The Gerbera application provides a web browser user interface. When you launch the Gerbera application the system reports URL to the user interface. The interface is available for you to maintain your media library in Gerbera.
The Gerbera UI is enabled or disabled using the config.xml file.
<config> <server> <ui enabled="no" show-tooltips="yes"> <accounts enabled="no" session-timeout="30"> <account user="" password=""/> </accounts> </ui> </server> </config>
When the Gerbera server starts successfully it reports the location of the web browser user interface
2018-01-28 17:05:28 INFO: The Web UI can be reached by following this link: http://127.0.0.1:49152/
When the accounts section of the server configuration is enabled you can login to the UI with the associated user and password.
The UI supports entering the username and password in the top menu.
Note The system performs simple encoding of the password sent over HTTP to the Gerbera server. Do not consider the UI a completely secure data transmission.
If you choose to have the accounts disabled, then the UI automatically logs in and loads a new user session.
The menu is activated with successful login and you can choose from the following menu options:
- Clears the view
- Loads the Gerbera database
- Loads the local filesystem tree
- Shows all connected clients
- View and update Gerbera settings
- Report an Issue
- Opens URL to Gerbera’s GitHub Issues
The Gerbera web UI has several features to maintain your media.
- Filesystem Items View
- Database Items View
- Clients View
- Config View
- Item Operations
- Trail Operations
The filesystem view is accessible through the File System menu item. The filesystem view shows a folder tree representing the local filesystem. You can choose folders and items to add to your media library.
You can add items to the database view, making them accessible to UPNP clients. A successful addition of a filesystem item results in that item being indexed and available in the Database view.
You can maintain the database view removing items and edit existing items to keep your media library up to date.
The clients view is accessible through the Clients menu item. The view contains details on all clients that contacted the server.
The clients list is purged when restarting the server.
The config view is accessible through the Config menu item. The view contains the current gerbera settings.
You can switch between three different levels of details. Only expert´ mode gives you all config values and modification options. Be careful when changing values you do not fully understand. The server may fail to restart or become inaccessible. The new values are stored in Gerbera database and overwrite values from `config.xml.
The items list displays when a virtual item is selected in the database view tree. The UI supports the following item operations
- Download Item
- Edit Item
- Delete Item
- Downloading the item retrieves the media directly from the Gerbera server.
- Editing the item updates the UPNP meta-data for the item.
- Deleting the item removes it from the virtual Database View
Item operations act upon existing database items. You can create new custom items using the Gerbera Trail.
The Gerbera Trail shows the current database/filesystem path and provides a number of operations.
- Add New Item
- Add Autoscan
- Add Tweak
- Edit Container
- Delete Container
- Delete All
The Gerbera Trail supports adding virtual item types including containers, items, internal urls, external urls. Adding an autoscan triggers the scan of a complete directory. Autoscan adds valid mime-type items to the Gerbera database. Edit and Delete of container removes the container. The Delete All icon removes a container and all sub-items from the Gerbera database.
Gerbera runs all activities asynchronously. As you add content to the Gerbera database, the server scans and updates the items based on the media tagging. The Gerbera server reports busy activities to the UI in the form of 2 message bars.
- Status Message
- Task Message
The status message alerts upon operations to the server. The server reports success and failure messages to the status message bar at the bottom of the page.
The task message bar is only visible when there is active processing on the Gerbera server. The active tasks display in the task message bar at the top of the page.