Compile Gerbera

Gerbera uses the excellent CMake build system.



Remember to install associated development packages, because development headers are needed for compilation!

In order to compile Gerbera you will have to install the following packages:

Library Version Required? Note Compile-time option Default
libupnp 1.8.3 Required pupnp  
libuuid   Depends on OS On BSD native libuuid is used others require e2fsprogs-libuuid    
expat   Required      
libiconv   Required      
sqlite3   Required Database storage    
duktape 2.1.0 Optional Scripting Support WITH_JS Enabled
mysql   Optional Alternate database storage WITH_MYSQL Disabled
curl   Optional Enables web services WITH_CURL Enabled
taglib 1.11.1 Optional Audio tag support WITH_TAGLIB Enabled
libmagic   Optional File type detection WITH_MAGIC Enabled
ffmpeg/libav   Optional File metadata WITH_AVCODEC Disabled
libexif   Optional JPEG Exif metadata WITH_EXIF Enabled
libexiv2   Optional Exif, IPTC, XMP metadata WITH_EXIV2 Disabled
lastfmlib 0.4.0 Optional Enables scrobbling WITH_LASTFM Disabled
ffmpegthumbnailer   Optional Generate video thumbnails WITH_FFMPEGTHUMBNAILER Disabled
inotify   Optional Efficient file monitoring WITH_INOTIFY Enabled

Quick Start Build

git clone
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../gerbera -DWITH_MAGIC=1 -DWITH_MYSQL=1 -DWITH_CURL=1 -DWITH_JS=1 \
make -j4
sudo make install

Alternatively, the options can be set using a GUI (make sure to press “c” to configure after toggling settings in the GUI):

git clone
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ../gerbera
make edit_cache
# Enable some of the WITH... options
make -j4
sudo make install

Build On Ubuntu 16.04

apt-get install uuid-dev libexpat1-dev libsqlite3-dev libmysqlclient-dev \
libmagic-dev libexif-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev
# If building with LibAV/FFmpeg (-DWITH_AVCODEC=1)
apt-get install libavutil-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libavdevice-dev \
libavfilter-dev libavresample-dev libswscale-dev libswresample-dev libpostproc-dev

The following packages are too old in 16.04 and must be installed from source: taglib (1.11.x), and libupnp (1.8.x).

libupnp must be configured/built with --enable-ipv6. See scripts/ for details.

Build On FreeBSD

The following has been tested on FreeBSD 11.0 using a clean jail environment.

1. Install the required prerequisites as root using either ports or packages. This can be done via Package manager or ports. (pkg manager is used here.) Include mysql if you wish to use that instead of SQLite3.

pkg install wget git autoconf automake libtool taglib cmake gcc libav ffmpeg \
libexif pkgconf liblastfm gmake

2. Clone repository, build depdences in current in ports and then build gerbera.

git clone
mkdir build
cd build
sh ../gerbera/scripts/
sh ../gerbera/scripts/
make -j4
sudo make install

Build On macOS

The following has been tested on macOS High Sierra 10.13.4

The Gerbera Team maintains a Homebrew Tap to build and install Gerbera Media Server. Take a look at the Homebrew formula to see an example of how to compile Gerbera on macOS.