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Emby Server for FreeBSD


pkg install emby-server

Configure FFMpeg

# Update FreeBSD ports tree
portsnap fetch update

# Remove default FFMpeg package
pkg delete -f ffmpeg

# Reinstall FFMpeg from ports with lame option enabled
cd /usr/ports/multimedia/ffmpeg
make config
# enable the lame option
# enable the ass subtitles option
# enable the opus subtitles option
# enable the x265 subtitles option
make install clean


service emby-server start

To enable Emby service (will automatically run at boot):
sysrc emby_server_enable="YES"

Additional Notes

Emby Server uses FFmpeg for transcoding and ImageMagick for generating thumbnails. The default ports/pkg builds of FFmpeg and ImageMagick on FreeBSD have a number of options which could be SET/UNSET to improve your Emby Server experience. It is recommended to recompile the multimedia/ffmpeg package from ports with the following options ENABLED (SET): - ASS (required for subtitle rendering) - LAME (required for mp3 audio transcoding, disabled by default due to mp3 licensing restrictions) - OPUS (required for opus audio codec support) - X265 (required for H.265 video codec support It is recommended to recompile the graphics/ImageMagick package from ports with the following options DISABLED (UNSET): - 16BIT_PIXEL (to increase thumbnail generation performance) If you had mediabrowser installed before the project was renamed to emby-server, you may want to rename the user and group (note that moving the database is not supported): # pw groupmod 989 -n mediabrowser -l emby # pw usermod 989 -n mediabrowser -l emby -g emby -c Emby\ Server To automatically start Emby Server at boot time: # echo 'emby_server_enable="YES"' >> /etc/rc.conf To then manually start Emby Server without rebooting: # service emby-server start Once started, visit the following webpage to configure: http://localhost:8096/