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mediatomb: UPnP MediaServer


mediatomb - UPnP MediaServer


mediatomb [-i IP address ] [-e interface ] [-p port ] [-c config file ] [-d] [-m home dir ] [-f config dir ] [-P PID file ] [-u user ] [-g group ] [-a path ] [-l logfile ] [-D] [--compile-info] [--version] [-h]


This manual page describes the command line parameters for MediaTomb. For a detailed documentation please see the README file which is distributed with MediaTomb or visit


-i, --ip

The server will bind to the given IP address, currently we can not bind to multiple interfaces so binding to will not be possible.

-e, --interface

The server will bind to the given network interface, currently we can only bind to one interface at a time.

-p, --port

Specify the server port that will be used for the web user interface, for serving media and for UPnP requests, minimum allowed value is 49152. If this option is omitted a default port will be chosen, however, in this case it is possible that the port will change upon server restart.

-c, --config

By default MediaTomb will search for a file named "config.xml" in the ~/.mediatomb directory. This option allows you to specify a config file by the name and location of your choice. The file name must be absolute.

-d, --daemon

Run the server in background, MediaTomb will shutdown on SIGTERM, SIGINT and restart on SIGHUP.

-m, --home

Specify an alternative home directory. By default MediaTomb will try to retrieve the users home directory from the environment, then it will look for a .mediatomb directory in users home. If .mediatomb was found we will try to find the default configuration file (config.xml), if not found we will create both, the .mediatomb directory and the default config file.

This option is useful in two cases: when the home directory can not be retrieved from the environment (in this case you could also use -c to point MediaTomb to your configuration file or when you want to create a new configuration in a non standard location (for example, when setting up daemon mode). In the latter case you can combine this parameter with the parameter described in Section 5.6, "Config Directory"

-f, --cfgdir

The default configuration directory is combined out of the users home and the default that equals to .mediatomb, this option allows you to override the default directory naming. This is useful when you want to setup the server in a nonstandard location, but want that the default configuration to be written by the server.

-P, --pidfile

Specify a file that will hold the server process ID, the filename must be absolute.

-u, --user

Run MediaTomb under the specified user name, this is especially useful in combination with the daemon mode.

-g, --group

Run MediaTomb under the specified group, this is especially useful in combination with the daemon mode.

-a, --add

Add the specified directory or file name to the database without UI interaction. The path must be absolute, if path is a directory then it will be added recursively. If path is a file, then only the given file will be imported.

-l, --logfile

Do not output log messages to stdout, but redirect everything to a specified file.

-D, --debug

Enable debug log output.


Print the configuration summary (used libraried and enabled features) and exit.


Print version information and exit.

-h, --help

Print a summary about the available command line options.


Sergey Bostandzhyan

Leonhard Wimmer


Copyright © 2005 Gena Batsyan, Sergey Bostandzhyan
Copyright © 2006-2008 Gena Batsyan, Sergey Bostandzhyan, Leonhard Wimmer

This manual page is part of MediaTomb.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 2 as published by the Free Software Foundation.