minidlna.conf(5) MiniDLNA server configuration file




minidlnad(1) reads configuration options from the system-wide configuration file /etc/minidlna.conf or the file specified with -f on the command line. The file contains keyword-argument pairs, one per line. Lines starting with `#' and empty lines are interpreted as comments.

The possible keywords and their meanings are as follows:

List of filenames to check for when searching for album art cache, separated by forward slashes (`/' ) This option can be specified more than once.
Path to the directory minidlnad should use to store its database and album art cache. Uses /var/lib/minidlna by default.
Set to ``yes'' to enable support for streaming JPEG and mp3 files to a TiVo supporting HMO. Set to ``no'' otherwise.
Customize the name that the minidlnad server sends to clients. Defaults to ``hostname: username''
Always set SortCriteria to this value, regardless of the SortCriteria passed by the clien t. ( E.g. force_sort_criteria=+upnp:class,+upnp:originalTrackNumber,+dc:title )
Set to ``yes'' to enable inotify monitoring of the files under media_dir to automatically discover new files. Set to ``no'' to disable inotify. network_interface if it is also unspecified or empty, it binds to all the valid network interfaces (except loopback)
Path to the directory where the log file should be stored. Defaults to /var/log
Defines the type of messages that should be logged, and down to which level of importance they should be considered.

The possible types are ``artwork'' ``database'' ``general'' ``http'' ``inotify'' ``metadata'' ``scanner'' ``ssdp'' and ``tivo''

The levels are ``off'' ``fatal'' ``error'' ``warn'' ``info'' and ``debug'' listed here in order of decreasing importance. ``off'' turns off logging messages entirely, ``fatal'' logs the most critical messages only, and so on down to ``debug'' that logs every single messages.

The types are comma-separated, followed by an equal sign (`=' ) followed by a level that applies to the preceding types. This can be repeated, separating each of these constructs with a comma.

Defaults to ``general,:artwork,:database,:inotify,:scanner,:metadata,:http,:ssdp,:tivo=warn'' which logs every type of message at the ``warn'' level.

Specify maximum number of simultaneous connections. Note: many clients open several simultaneous connections while streaming.
Path to the directory containing the media files the minidlnad server should share. Use this option several times if you have more than one directory to share. To restrict a path to one specific media type, you can use the following syntax: the letter `A' , `V' or `P' , followed by a comma (`,' ) followed by the path. The meaning of the first letter is as follows:

  • `A' for audio files;
  • `V' for video files;
  • `P' for image files.

For example, if you want to include only video files located under the /opt/media/videos directory, you would use media_dir=V,/opt/media/videos

Merge all media_dir base contents into the root container. The default value is no.
Path to the MiniSSDPd socket, if you want to use minidlnad together with MiniSSDPd. Defaults to /run/minissdpd.sock
Set the model name reported to clients. Defaults to ``Windows Media Connect compatible (MiniDLNA)''
Set the model number reported to clients. Defaults to the version number of minidlnad
Network interface(s) to bind to (e.g. eth0) comma delimited. This option can be specified more than once. If unspecified or empty, minidlnad binds to all the valid network interfaces (except loopback)
Set the notify interval, in seconds. The default is 895 seconds.
Port number for HTTP traffic (descriptions, SOAP, media transfe) This option is mandatory, unless the port number is specified on the command-line using -p (see minidlnad(1) )
Define the URL presented to clients (e.g. ``'' ) The default is `/'
Use a different container as the root of the tree exposed to clients. The possible values

  • `.' to use the standard container (this is the default);
  • `B' to use the ``Browse Directory'' container;
  • `M' to use the ``Music'' container;
  • `V' to use the ``Video'' container;
  • `P' to use the ``Pictures'' container.

If you specify `B' and the client device is audio only, then ``Music/Folders'' will be used as the root container.

Set the serial number reported to clients. Defaults to ``00000000''
Set to ``yes'' to strictly adhere to DLNA standards. This will allow server-side downscaling of very large JPEG images, which may hurt JPEG serving performance on (at least) Sony DLNA products. Set to ``no'' otherwise.
Specify the user name of UID to run as. Beware that if you are using the init script to start minidlnad then this option has no effect and you should set USER in /etc/default/minidlna instead.
Specify UID to run as.


System-wide default configuration file.