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

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This program will install JRiver Media Center and associated helper services on Fedora, CentOS (>=8), Ubuntu, Debian, and Linux Mint.


  1. This script will not point major upgrades to your old library. You should first perform a library backup, install the new major version, and then restore the library backup in the new version.
  2. Typically installJRMC should be executed as your normal user (i.e. don't run it with sudo). Services are installed for the user that executes the script so do not execute as root unless you want to install system-wide services. Doing so may lead to permissions issues. installJRMC will prompt you for your sudo password as necessary to install dependencies and services.


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. If any other option is specified, then the default install method will need to be specified using --install. This makes it possible to install services, containers, repos, etc. independent of Media Center.


Here is a list of possible options that can be passed to the script. You can always find the latest supported options by running installJRMC --help.

--install, -i repo|rpm
    repo: Install MC from repository, future updates will be handled by the system package manager
    rpm: Build and install MC locally (RPM-based OSes only)
    Build RPM from source DEB (no installation)
--mcversion VERSION
    Build or install a specific MC version, ex. "28.0.25"
--outputdir PATH
    Generate rpmbuild output in this directory (Default: $PWD/output)
--restorefile RESTOREFILE
    Restore file location for automatic license registration (Default: skip registration)
--betapass PASSWORD
    Enter beta team password for access to beta builds
--service-user USER
    Install systemd services and containers for USER (Default: current user)
--service, -s SERVICE
    See SERVICES section below for a list of possible services to install
--container, -c CONTAINER (TODO: Under construction)
    See CONTAINERS section below for a list of possible services to install
    Build rpm, copy to webroot, and run createrepo
--createrepo-webroot PATH
    The webroot directory to install the repo (Default: /srv/jriver/)
--createrepo-user USER
    The web server user (Default: 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 files)


When installing systemd services it is important to execute installJRMC as the user you wish to run the services. Typically this is your normal user account but for some server installations it may be necessary to execute the script as root. If so, use --service-user root to override sanity checks.

    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
        Display to start x11vnc/Xvnc (Default: The current display (x11vnc) or the
        current display incremented by 1 (Xvnc))
    Install hourly service to build latest MC RPM and run createrepo

It is possible to install multiple services at one time using multiple --service blocks: installJRMC --repo --service jriver-x11vnc --service jriver-mediacenter

jriver-x11vnc versus jriver-xvnc-mediacenter

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-mediacenter creates a new Xvnc display and starts a JRiver Media Center service in the foreground of the new VNC display. The requisite firewall rules will also be added to the system firewall to enable remote access.

Note: If jriver-xvnc-mediacenter 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.

Firewall Rules

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

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 do so (sudo ufw enable) after running installJRMC and inspecting their rules.


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  • installJRMC

    Installs the latest version of JRiver Media Center from the repository.

  • installJRMC --install repo --service jriver-mediaserver

    Installs JRiver Media Center from the repository and starts/enables the /MediaServer service.

  • installJRMC --install rpm --restorefile /path/to/license.mjr --mcversion 26.0.56

    Builds JRiver Media Center version 26.0.56 RPM from the source DEB, installs it (RPM distros only), and activates it using the specified .mjr license file.

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

    Builds the RPM, moves it to the webroot, and runs createrepo as www-user.

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

    Installs 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"

    Installs services to share the existing local desktop via VNC and automatically run Media Center on startup.

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

    Installs an Xvnc server on display ':2' that starts Media Center.

  • installJRMC --uninstall

    Uninstalls JRiver Media Center 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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