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How to Install Jellyfin Media Server in Rocky Linux 8

Jellyfin is a free and open-source media streaming software used to organize media content and stream it to any device. It is similar to other media streaming applications like Plex and Netflix. Jellyfin is cross-platform and it can be accessed from a range of devices such as mobile phones, tablets, TVs, PCs and popular media devices like Roku or Nvidia shield. Jellyfin manages all your movies, songs, photos, and podcasts from a central location and streams them to other devices.

In this post, we will show you how to install Jellyfin media server on Rocky Linux 8.

Prerequisites

  • A server running Rocky Linux 8 on the Atlantic.Net Cloud Platform
  • A root password configured on your server

Step 1 – Create Atlantic.Net Cloud Server

First, log in to your Atlantic.Net Cloud Server. Create a new server, choosing Rocky Linux 8 as the operating system with at least 2GB RAM. Connect to your Cloud Server via SSH and log in using the credentials highlighted at the top of the page.

Once you are logged in to your server, run the following command to update your base system with the latest available packages.

dnf update -y

Step 2 – Install Required Repository

By default, the Jellyfin media package is not included in the Rocky Linux 8 default repo, so you will need to add the EPEL, RPM Fusion, and Power Tools repo to your system.

You can install all of these using the following commands:

dnf install epel-release -y
dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/rpmfusion-free-release-8.noarch.rpm https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-8.noarch.rpm
dnf config-manager --enable powertools

Next, install the SDL2 and FFmpeg packages with the following command:

dnf install -y SDL2 ffmpeg ffmpeg-devel

Once all the required packages are installed, you can move to the next step.

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Step 3 – Install Jellyfin Media Server

Now, run the following command to install the Jellyfin media server to your system.

dnf install https://repo.jellyfin.org/releases/server/centos/stable/server/jellyfin-10.7.7-1.el7.x86_64.rpm https://repo.jellyfin.org/releases/server/centos/stable/server/jellyfin-server-10.7.7-1.el7.x86_64.rpm https://repo.jellyfin.org/releases/server/centos/stable/web/jellyfin-web-10.7.7-1.el7.noarch.rpm

Once the Jellyfin package is installed, start the Jellyfin service and enable it to start at system reboot:

systemctl start jellyfin
systemctl enable jellyfin

You can now verify the status of Jellyfin using the following command:

systemctl status jellyfin

You will get the following output:

● jellyfin.service - Jellyfin is a free software media system that puts you in control of managing and streaming your media.
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/jellyfin.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/jellyfin.service.d
           └─override.conf
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2022-02-16 15:49:18 UTC; 10s ago
 Main PID: 2469 (jellyfin)
    Tasks: 20 (limit: 11412)
   Memory: 108.9M
   CGroup: /system.slice/jellyfin.service
           └─2469 /usr/lib64/jellyfin/jellyfin --webdir=/usr/share/jellyfin-web --restartpath=/usr/libexec/jellyfin/restart.sh

Feb 16 15:49:22 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:22] [WRN] [4] Jellyfin.Networking.Manager.NetworkManager: 127.0.0.1/32: GetBindInterface: Loopba>
Feb 16 15:49:22 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:22] [INF] [4] Emby.Server.Implementations.ApplicationHost: Executed all pre-startup entry points>
Feb 16 15:49:22 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:22] [INF] [4] Emby.Server.Implementations.ApplicationHost: Core startup complete
Feb 16 15:49:22 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:22] [INF] [4] Emby.Server.Implementations.ApplicationHost: Executed all post-startup entry point>
Feb 16 15:49:22 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:22] [INF] [4] Main: Startup complete 0:00:03.9283628
Feb 16 15:49:24 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:24] [INF] [9] Emby.Server.Implementations.ScheduledTasks.TaskManager: StartupTrigger fired for t>
Feb 16 15:49:24 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:24] [INF] [9] Emby.Server.Implementations.ScheduledTasks.TaskManager: Queuing task PluginUpdateT>
Feb 16 15:49:24 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:24] [INF] [4] Emby.Server.Implementations.ScheduledTasks.TaskManager: Executing Update Plugins
Feb 16 15:49:25 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:25] [INF] [9] Emby.Server.Implementations.ScheduledTasks.TaskManager: Update Plugins Completed a>
Feb 16 15:49:25 linux jellyfin[2469]: [15:49:25] [INF] [9] Emby.Server.Implementations.ScheduledTasks.TaskManager: ExecuteQueuedTasks

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Step 4 – Access Jellyfin Web Installation Wizard

At this point, Jellyfin is installed and listens on port 8096. You can now check the listening port with the following command:

ss -antpl | grep 8096

You will get the following output:

LISTEN 0      128          0.0.0.0:8096      0.0.0.0:*    users:(("jellyfin",pid=2469,fd=289))

Now, open your web browser and access the Jellyfin web interface using the URL http://your-server-ip:8096. You will be redirected to the following screen:
Jellyfin select language
Select your language and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:
Jellyfin set admin user
Provide your Jellyfin admin username and password and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:
Jellyfin add media
Click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:
Jellyfin select metadata language
Select your metadata language and click on the Next button. You should see the following screen:
Jellyfin configure remote access
Configure remote access and click on the Next button. Once the installation is finished, you should see the following screen:
Jellyfin installed
Click on the Finish button. You should see the Jellyfin login screen:
Jellyfin login screen
Provide your admin username, password, and click on the Sign In button. You should see the Jellyfin dashboard on the following screen:
Jellyfin dashboard screen

Conclusion

In this guide, we explained how to install the Jellyfin media streaming server on Rocky Linux 8. Now, add your movies and other media to the Jellyfin media library and start streaming them from remote devices. Try installing a media server on a dedicated server from Atlantic.Net!

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