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Emby (formerly Media Browser) is a media server designed to organize, play, and stream audio and video to a variety of devices. Emby's source code is mostly open with some closed-source components as of August 2017, releases of the software published via the Emby website are however proprietary and cannot be replicated from source due to the build scripts also being proprietary. As of version 3.5.3 Emby has been relicensed and is now closed-source, while open source components will be moved to plugins. Due to this a free open source fork of Emby was created called Jellyfin. Emby uses a client-server model.

Emby Server has been developed for Windows, Linux, macOS, and FreeBSD. Users can connect to the server from a compatible client, available on a wide variety of platforms including HTML5, mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV, smart TV platforms such as LG Smart TV and Samsung Smart TV, and video game consoles including the Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Emby Core

Emby media server brings together your personal videos, music, photos, and live television.

Emby Connect

Emby Connect is an optional extra, that enables you to access your Emby Server wherever you are and share servers with your family and friends.

Sign In or Sign Up to Emby Connect

Emby Premiere

Emby Premiere give you loads of extra features to enhance the experience.

Emby Premiere Features


Download the software...

wget https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Emby.Releases/releases/download/

Check package information and dependencies...

dpkg -I emby-server-deb_4.4.3.0_amd64.deb

List contents...

dpkg -c emby-server-deb_4.4.3.0_amd64.deb

Install package...

sudo dpkg -i emby-server-deb_4.4.3.0_amd64.deb

Check software is running...

pidof EmbyServer
sudo netstat -ntap | grep 'EmbyServer'

Check software will automatically start on reboot...

sudo systemctl is-enabled emby-server.service


Create the folders ready for your media content...

mkdir -p ~/Emby/{Movies,TV}


  1. Load Admin - http://ip.or.name.of.your.server:8096
  2. Add Users
  3. Add Libraries
  4. Log in

Smart Home Integration

Google Home

Introducing Emby for Google Home

Emby for Google Home

Emby on Google Assistant

Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa and Emby



Emby Community Forum

Emby for Roku

Emby for Samsung Smart TV