Tech Tip 2: Jellyfin Media Server

Jellyfin is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) media server which his a great tool for people who would like to access their media across their devices. It has a client available for Android, Amazon Firestick as well as Windows. You can even play your shared media through any web browser which supports streaming (all modern web browsers do).
The best part of the server is that it has very low system requirement. I have tried it on a Pentium Dual Core / 4 GB system. People have even run the server on Raspberry Pie. So, basically you can run this media server on any old system lying around your house. It can run on Linux, Windows or Mac. Needless to say, for running the server on Linux – you need some technical skills to install additional codec requirements. But for Windows it is completely automated. But there is some performance penalty in either Mac or Windows as you need to run the entire graphical system, whereas for Linux – you can configure and run it on a plain text-based server. It runs perfectly fine on latest versions of Fedora as well as Ubuntu Server. But needless to say – for Linux deployment, you need to give complete access to the media folder. Unlike Windows.
One of the biggest strength of Jellyfin is it supports practically all video formats for decoding and streaming and that too with very low hardware requirement.
So, basically if you have a home wifi (Which probably most people reading this article has) and an old CPU / Laptop lying around (You don’t even need a permanent monitor) – you can centralise your movie / songs collection and distribute it along all smart devices in your home network.
The jellyfin installation is very easy and straightforward. Check the flavour you need to download as well as installation process as www.jellyfin.org.
If you need any help, feel free to leave a comment.

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