Install JRiver Media Center and optionally create helper services on several Linux distributions

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This program will install JRiver Media Center (JRMC) and associated services on most major Linux distros.


installJRMC [--option [ARGUMENT]]

Running installJRMC without any options will install the latest version of JRiver Media Center from the official JRiver repository (Ubuntu/Debian) or my unofficial repository (Fedora/CentOS) using the system package manager (--install repo). If any other option is specified, then the default install method (i.e. --install repo or --install local) will need to be explicitly specified. This makes it possible to install services and containers independent of MC.

Note: As of 1.0b14 major version library migrations are performed if the destination config directory $HOME/.jriver/Media Center XX is missing for major release XX. However, it is still a good idea to create a manual library backup before migrating major versions.


$ installJRMC --help
--install, -i repo|local
    repo: Install MC from repository, future updates will be handled by the system package manager
    local: Build and install MC package locally
    Build RPM from source DEB but do not install
    Optionally, specify a target distro for cross-building (ex. --build=suse, note the '=')
    Build/install MC without minimum library specifiers
--mcversion VERSION
    Build or install a specific MC version, ex. "29.0.18"
--outputdir PATH
    Generate rpmbuild output in this PATH (Default: ./output)
--restorefile RESTOREFILE
    Restore file location for automatic license registration
--betapass PASSWORD
    Enter beta team password for access to beta builds
--service, -s SERVICE
    See SERVICES section below for the list of services to deploy
  --service-type user|system
      Starts services at boot (system) or user login (user) (Default: system)
--container, -c CONTAINER (TODO: Under construction)
    See CONTAINERS section below for a list of containers to deploy
    Build rpm, copy to webroot, and run createrepo.
    Optionally, specify a target distro for non-native repo (ex. --createrepo=fedora, note the '=')
  --createrepo-webroot PATH
      The webroot directory to install the repo (Default: /var/www/jriver/)
  --createrepo-user USER
      The web server user if different from the current user
--version, -v
    Print this script version and exit
--debug, -d
    Print debug output
--help, -h
    Print help dialog and exit
--uninstall, -u
    Uninstall JRiver MC, cleanup service files, and remove firewall rules (does not remove library or media files)


    Enable and start a mediaserver systemd service (requires an existing X server)
    Enable and start a mediacenter systemd service (requires an existing X server)
    Enable and start x11vnc for the local desktop (requires an existing X server, does NOT support Wayland)
  --vncpass and --display are also valid options (see below)
    Enable and start a new Xvnc session running JRiver Media Center
  --vncpass PASSWORD
    Set vnc password for x11vnc/Xvnc access. If no password is set, the script will either use existing password stored in ~/.vnc/jrmc_passwd or use no password
  --display DISPLAY
    Manually specify display to use for x11vnc/Xvnc (ex. ':1')
    Install hourly service to build latest MC RPM and run createrepo
    By default installs as root service to handle www permissions more gracefully


MC helper services are installed as system-level services (--service-type system) by default and are manipulable as admin: sudo systemctl stop jriver-servicename@username.service. It is also possible to create user-level services using --service-type user that can be manipulated by the unprivileged user: systemctl --user stop jriver-mediacenter.

Multiple services (but not --service-types) can be installed at one time using multiple --service blocks: installJRMC --install repo --service jriver-x11vnc --service jriver-mediacenter

jriver-x11vnc versus jriver-xvnc

jriver-x11vnc shares your existing X display via VNC and can be combined with additional services to start Media Center or Media Server. Conversely, jriver-xvnc creates a new Xvnc display and starts a JRiver Media Center service in the foreground of the new VNC display.

Note: If jriver-xvnc finds an existing display it will attempt to increment the display number by 1. This should work fine in most cases, but if you have multiple running X servers on your host machine you should use the --display option to specify a free display.


Coming soon!


installJRMC will automatically add port forwarding firewall rules enabling remote access to Media Server (52100-52200/tcp, 1900/udp DLNA) and Xvnc/x11vnc (depends on port selection). installJRMC uses firewall-cmd on EL distros and ufw on Debian/Ubuntu.

Note: ufw is not installed by default on Debian but will be installed by installJRMC. To prevent user lock-out (i.e. SSH), Debian users that have not already enabled ufw will need to sudo ufw enable after running installJRMC and inspecting their configuration.


  • installJRMC

    Install the latest version of MC from the best available repository.

  • installJRMC --install local --compat

    Install a more widely-compatible version of the latest MC (for older distros).

  • installJRMC --install repo --service jriver-mediacenter --service-type user

    Install MC from the repository and start/enable jriver-mediacenter.service as a user service.

  • installJRMC --install local --compat --restorefile /path/to/license.mjr --mcversion 29.0.18

    Build and install an MC 29.0.18 comptability RPM locally and activate it using the /path/to/license.mjr

  • installJRMC --createrepo --createrepo-webroot /srv/jriver/repo --createrepo-user www-user

    Build an RPM locally for the current distro, move it to the webroot, and run createrepo as www-user.

  • installJRMC --service jriver-createrepo --createrepo-webroot /srv/jriver/repo --createrepo-user www-user

    Install the jriver-createrepo timer and service to build the RPM, move it to the webroot, and run createrepo as www-user hourly.

  • installJRMC --install repo --service jriver-x11vnc --service jriver-mediacenter --vncpass "letmein"

    Install services to share the existing local desktop via VNC and automatically run MC on startup.

  • installJRMC --install repo --service jriver-xvnc --display ":2"

    Install an Xvnc server on display ':2' that starts MC.

  • installJRMC --uninstall

    Uninstall MC and its associated services and firewall rules. This will not remove your media, media library/database, or automated library backup folder.

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