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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

-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.

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