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This document will guide you through the process of installing and configuring MediaCenter for Linux. You are advised to read through the document before installing MediaCenter. It assumes some basic knowledge of Linux in general and familiarity working from a terminal. It also assumes an installation on 64-bit distribution as that will most likely be the target system. Installation on a 32-bit system will be very similar and, where applicable, notes will clarify the differences.

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Before you begin

MediaCenter is in beta and is under heavy development. As such, it may not work as expected. Although it is considered to be stable enough for regular use it may still show unexpected behavior such as crashes or random refusals to play a track. Please make sure you read through the list of Outstanding issues.

It is strongly advised to make regular backups of your media. There have been no reports of MediaCenter for Linux messing up tags or otherwise corrupting files, but it is still in beta - consider yourself warned. You can configure MediaCenter to not update tags at all, it will only read from your files but that does not negate the fact that you should always have backups.

It is also a good idea to read through the sticky threads on the forums, too.

System requirements

MediaCenter is being developed on Debian Wheezy 32-bit, x86 architecture. It will run on multiarch distributions (64-bit with 32-bit libraries) once the proper 32-bit dependencies are satisfied. See DEPENDENCIES for more information.

MediaCenter requires a CPU that supports SSE2. This means the CPU needs to be from around 2002 or newer.

Hardware Requirements (Minimum)

  • Intel or AMD x86 Compatible CPU with SSE2
  • 2GB RAM
  • 300MB free hard drive space for installation (excluding space for digital media)
  • Sound device supported by ALSA
  • Internet connection (recommended)

Software Requirements

  • Debian Wheezy or a similar distribution based on Debian
  • Working Xorg - MediaCenter is known to work on XFCE, Unity and KDE, Gnome and Cinnamon. MATE is currently untested.
  • Working ALSA sound stack

MediaCenter is known to work on recent versions of Mint, Ubuntu, OpenSuse, Fedora and Arch Linux. However, this considered experimental and it is currently unsupported. If you intent to run MediaCenter on an unsupported distribution, you are strongly encouraged to share your experience on Interact.


Although Linux can run on architectures other than x86 (like ARM or PowerPC for instance), MediaCenter does currently not run on architectures other than i386 or x86_64.

OSS and Pulse are currently not supported by MediaCenter.

MediaCenter can run in server mode on a headless server, but it requires an Xserver running. See HEADLESS for more information.


To successfully install MediaCenter, you need to make sure your system has the following libraries installed.

Downloading MediaCenter

Installing MediaCenter