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 v1.0b14 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 from official source package
    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 dependency version requirements
--mcversion VERSION
    Build or install a specific MC version, ex. "30.0.55" (default: latest version)
--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: per-service, see SERVICES)
--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)


jriver-mediaserver (default --service-type=user)
    Enable and start a mediaserver systemd service (requires an existing X server)
jriver-mediacenter (user)
    Enable and start a mediacenter systemd service (requires an existing X server)
jriver-x11vnc (user)
    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)
jriver-xvnc (system)
    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')
jriver-createrepo (system)
    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 30.0.55

    Build and install an MC 30.0.55 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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