HowTo: OpenMediaVault - Install DLNA Plugin for Media Streaming

In the article Raspberry Pi - Music streaming to the Raspberry Pi via DLNA client I have already described how to use the Raspberry Pi as a playback device for content from a DLNA server. DLNA describes a standard with which you can easily stream content across devices in your own network.

For example, you can use the DLNA standard to stream videos, music or photos from a data source/server to your SmartTV. Perfect for presenting your own photo collection or playing your own music on the TV.

In this case, the SmartTV or the Raspberry Pi mentioned above would be the playback device. Of course, you also need a server from which the content to be played can be obtained. This is where OpenMediaVault comes into play.

OpenMediaVault is not just a simple NAS. Thanks to the many plugins, its functionality can also be extended. With the MIniDLNA plugin, for example, you can easily add the function of a DLNA server.

What you need to do is described in the following article.

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Helpful articles:
Before you start with this article you should have prepared the RaspberryPi so that it is accessible via the network and controllable via SSH.

The following three articles describe what needs to be done to prepare the RaspberryPi:

In the following lists you will find all the parts you need to implement this article.

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Create shared folder

For you to be able to share media, they should of course be stored on the NAS. This is often already the case. If you use your OpenMediaVault installation to store your photos, for example, you can also easily stream them to your SmartTV via DLNA.

To do this, your photos (it works the same way with music and videos) must be in a shared folder. If you have not yet prepared such a folder, you should do so now.

You can find tips on how to do this in the article

Install and activate DLNA server

To be able to use the DLNA server, you must first activate it.

To do this, click on in the tab

  • system

to the sub-item

  • plugins

Now use the search function to search for the plugin shown and click on the blue arrow pointing downwards.

Confirm the start of the installation process by clicking on

  • yes


The installation should then start ...

... and be completed shortly afterwards.

You can then close the window by clicking on

  • Close


After installation, you must now activate the DLNA plugin. To do this, click on the tab

  • services

and the sub-pin

  • MiniDLNA

Then click on the tile

  • Settings

At this point you can activate the DLNA server by checking the "Enabled" box.

You can also assign your own name for the DLNA server and make other settings here.

Click on "Save" to apply the settings.

Then you have to confirm the changed configuration again by clicking on the checkmark in the yellow area and...

... confirmed this once again.

Set media release

So that the DLNA server knows which media it should share and how, you must now create a media share.

Click in the subcategory

  • MiniDLNA

to the section

  • shares

To add a media share, click on the small plus in the top left corner.

In the following view you can then specify which type of media you want to share.

You should be careful here. For example, if you only set videos as "Content Type", photos contained in the share will not be displayed.

You can also select the shared folder from which the media data will be streamed.

How you can share a folder is explained in the following article

Then click on to apply the settings

  • Save

Then you have to confirm the changed configuration again by clicking on the checkmark in the yellow area and...

... confirmed this once again.

Start scanning the media data

In order for the media in the (new) shared folder to be recognized, you should initiate a "rescan" at this point.

To do this, click on the "Settings" view of the "MiniDLNA" plugin on the button

  • rescan

Test media sharing via DLNA

Basically, there are several ways to test your new DLNA server. For example, many SmartTVs offer the option of streaming content via DLNA. However, there is now also a good client in Windows 11.

Under Windows 11, the DLNA server should soon be displayed in the drives area.

As soon as you click on it, you have the option of selecting whether you want to display the contents by type or folder structure.

For example, if you click on "Browse Folders"...

...the folder structure is displayed, which you should know from the folder structure of your share.

Here you can now navigate through the folders until you...

... you have arrived at the content you were looking for.

More articles related to OpenMediaVault

I have described the many other functions of OpenMediaVault in other articles. There you will also find hints on how to extend the functionality of your OMV installation. These articles are all summarized in the following category.

Have fun with the project

I hope everything worked as described for you. If not or you have questions or suggestions please let me know in the comments. I will then add this to the article if necessary.
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