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

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This self-contained program will install JRiver Media Center and associated services on most major Linux distros.

You can always find the latest version of installJRMC, changelog, and documentation in my repository.


installJRMC [--option [ARGUMENT]]

Running installJRMC without any options will install the latest version of JRiver Media Center (MC) 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 passed, then the default install method (i.e. --install repo or --install local) must be specified. This makes it possible to install services and containers independent of MC.


$ 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. "32.0.45" (default: latest version)
--mcrepo REPO
    Specify the MC repository, ex. "bullseye", "bookworm", "noble", etc (default: latest official)
--arch ARCH
    Specify the MC architecture, ex. "amd64", "arm64", etc (default: host architecture)
--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
--yes, -y, --auto
    Always assume yes for questions
--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, service files, and firewall rules (does not remove library or media files)


jriver-mediaserver [--service-type=user]
    Enable and start a mediaserver systemd service (requires an existing X server)
jriver-mediacenter [--service-type=user]
    Enable and start a mediacenter systemd service (requires an existing X server)
jriver-x11vnc [--service-type=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 [--service-type=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 [--service-type=system]
    Install hourly service to build latest MC RPM and run createrepo
    By default installs as root service to handle www permissions more gracefully


By default, MC services use a sane --service-type listed next to the service name in the --service= section. User services begin at user login and are managed by the unprivileged user, for example: systemctl --user stop jriver-mediacenter. System services begin at boot and are managed by root, for example: sudo systemctl stop jriver-servicename@username.service. It is possible to run all services of a particular user at boot using sudo loginctl enable-linger username.

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 the 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.


Coming soon!


installJRMC automatically creates port forwarding firewall rules for remote access to Media Network (52100-52200/tcp, 1900/udp DLNA) and Xvnc/x11vnc (if selected), using firewall-cmd or ufw.

Note: ufw is not installed by default on Debian but will be installed by installJRMC. To prevent SSH lock-out, 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 32.0.45

    Build and install an MC 32.0.45 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, services, and firewall rules. This will not remove your media, media library/database, or library backup folder.

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