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February 15th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I am trying to find a tutorial on installing ps3 mediaserver for ubuntu server. Most search comes up with howto on installing it on the ubuntu desktop version.

February 23rd, 2011, 01:29 PM
No one can help me out?

February 23rd, 2011, 01:40 PM
doesnt look like you'll be able to :/ not without installing X.

ive just checked it out, and it isnt really a true server as you'd expect. yes, it serves files, but it isn't a service that is always running in the background or anything like that. its a gui app that tries to automate everything for you. its probably quite nice to use under the right circumstances since it doesnt need much configuration.

anyway, i guess you can:

investigate how to forward X over ssh without having an X session running on your server

install X and a minimal desktop manager (awesomewm, openbox etc) on your server and autostart the ps3mediaserver

install X, minimal desktop manager and VNC on your server, and set things in motion on a desktop pc as and when you need it.

use mediatomb and hope it works well.

February 28th, 2011, 01:53 AM
I've read more people choose ps3 mediaserver over mediatomb and figured I do the same. Since I can't find any tutorials on it, I have installed mediatomb. At the moment, audio files is what I am using and seems to be working for me. Hopefully, in the near future when I decided to view video files, it won't be that difficult to setup. Thanks for the advice.

September 19th, 2011, 12:21 AM
This link may help you out.


personally I just downloaded the latest linux version and setup the network interface and the media folders. It works right out of the box

latest version link


November 3rd, 2011, 05:56 AM
I am using Ubuntu Server 10.04 and I used the guide on irrationale as groundwork.
There were some modifications I had to make th their guide but my server is ran all comand line.
The first modification I made was to the pre-requisites. This is what I used:
sudo apt-get install mencoder ffmpeg mplayer vlc open-jdk-6-jre

Here is the command I used to download PS3 Media Server:
sudo wget http://ps3mediaserver.googlecode.com/files/pms-generic-linux-unix-1.40.0.tgz

after that I followed the guide until I got to the part to modify the config file. when I unpacked PS3 Media Server I did not have a PMS.conf file so I created one. I used nano to create and write it. I used a different configuration then what they used in the writeup since I was streaming to an XBOX 360.
Other then that their guide worked pretty well without a gui. I did get a libmediainfo not found error and to correct this I installed media info. Here is how I did this.

I added python software properties using:
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

Then I installed mediainfo:
sudo apt-add-repository ppaishiki/mediainfo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mediainfo

Hope this helps. I am still working on tweeking my PS3 Media Server but this got a basic media server up and running for me.

December 30th, 2011, 10:06 PM
Great job and link to the tutorial. The only question I have is what was the configuration you used? Would you mind sharing?

Thanks a ton

September 5th, 2012, 08:43 AM

The config file I used was one from my desktop version. I just opened the file after I started ps3 media server and created it in my server setup.

September 5th, 2012, 09:18 AM
Hope it's ok to hint about an alternative. Atleast it sounds like it could be an alternative. Ushare is something I use a lot myself, and it's quite easy to setup. :)

install: sudo apt-get install ushare
config: sudo nano /etc/ushare/ushare.conf (might be /etc/ushare.conf)
start: ushare
start as daemon: sudo services ushare start