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| Published on: July 8, 2022 | Last updated on: May 13, 2024

Emby Server is a powerful, open-source media solution that allows you to create your own personal streaming platform. With its user-friendly interface and extensive features, Emby simplifies the process of organizing and accessing your multimedia library from any device. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step installation and configuration of Emby Server on Ubuntu 20.04, along with expert tips to enhance performance and user experience.

https://emby.media/

Prerequisites:

  • A server running Ubuntu 20.04
  • SSH access to the server
  • Basic knowledge of Linux commands

Install Emby Server on Ubuntu

For the sake of this post, I have Ubuntu 20.04 server set up and running on a separate server. Therefore, most of the time I will connect to the server via SSH.

Step 1. Update Ubuntu

Before starting to install emby server on ubuntu, it’s crucial to ensure that your Ubuntu system is up to date. Open your terminal and run the following command:

Bash
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Emby Server

To install Emby Server on ubuntu, you’ll need to download the appropriate package. Use the following command to download the latest stable release:

Bash
Wget https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Emby.Releases/releases/download/4.7.5.0/emby-server-deb_4.7.5.0_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i emby-server-deb_4.7.5.0_amd64.deb

Once the installation is complete, verify that the Emby service is running:

Bash
sudo systemctl status emby-server.service
emby cli service information

Step 2.1 Install Emby Server Beta

If you prefer to use the beta version of Emby Server on ubuntu, follow these steps instead:

Bash
Wget https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Emby.Releases/releases/download/4.8.0.21/emby-server-deb_4.8.0.21_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i emby-server-deb_4.8.0.21_amd64.deb

Alternatively, you can use curl:

Bash
curl -O https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Emby.Releases/releases/download/4.8.0.21/emby-server-deb_4.8.0.21_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i emby-server-deb_4.8.0.21_amd64.deb

Step 3. Configure Emby

To access the Emby web interface, open a browser on another device connected to the same network and enter the server’s IP address followed by port 8096:

Bash
http://x.x.x.x:8096

The first step is to pick a language of preference.

Create a new user by pressing Next.

After that, we may begin building our media collections. For the time being, you may just click the next button.

Next, set up remote access. Emby can be accessed remotely in this scenario.

Finally, we’re all set.

There is now a working emby server on ubuntu on the network. Adding your music and movies is all we need to do.

TIPS

Better performance

If you want better performance, I would highly suggest you use HTTPS when connecting externally. HTTP is not able to use HTTP/2 and is limited to http1.1. HTTPS on the other hand is able to provide better bandwidth and better performance due to the support of HTTP1.1 and most importantly, HTTP/2.

See here for more information about HTTP/2

HTTP/2 is able to handle multiple streams in a single connection while http1.1 sends them 1 by 1 and can have a hold up.. In the newer versions, emby has been confirmed having support for it

https://emby.media/community/index.php?/topic/36187-server-upgrade-code-to-http2-http11-successor/

Reverse Proxying

If you can avoid using a reverse proxy and let emby through the firewall using Port forward, 1:1 NAT, or any of the other ways described above, that would be the best way to use emby.

Otherwise, head into your reverse proxy server and open up either /etc/nginx/nginx.conf or /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/*.conf

Replace x.x.x.x with your emby machine ip and port if it applies.

NGINX

Bash
proxy_pass http://x.x.x.x:8096/;

Apache / HTTPD

Bash
ProxyPreserveHost On
proxypass / http://x.x.x.x:8096/
ProxyPassReverse / http://x.x.x.x:8096/

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