Subsonic 5.1 Media Streamer Released, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Subsonic 5.1 Released, Install In Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Subsonic is a nice free, multi-platform web-based media streamer, make a large collection of music handling easy. You can share music with your friends or stream your favorite music anywhere. You can stream to multiple players simultaneously.


Subsonic 5.1 released this month. Subsonic can handle very large collection of music (hundreds of gigabytes). Although optimized for MP3 streaming, it works for any audio or video format that can stream over HTTP, for instance, AAC and OGG. By using transcoder plug-ins, Subsonic supports on-the-fly conversion and streaming of virtually any audio format, including WMA, FLAC, APE, Musepack, WavPack and Shorten.

Features –

  • Listen to your music from anywhere – all you need is a browser.
  • The clean web interface is optimized for constrained bandwidth environments and efficient browsing through large music collections (hundreds of gigabytes).
  • Free-text search helps you find your favorite tracks quickly.
  • Displays cover art, including images embedded in ID3 tags.
  • Supports MP3, OGG, AAC and any other audio or video format that streams over HTTP.
  • Transcoding engine allows for streaming of a variety of lossy and lossless formats by converting to MP3 on-the-fly.
  • Works with any network-enabled media player, such as Winamp, iTunes, XMMS, VLC, MusicMatch and Windows Media Player. Also includes an embedded Flash player.
  • Tag parsing and editing of MP3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, WMA and APE files, using the Jaudiotagger library.

To see all the features visit the official website.

How to install Subsonic 5.1 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

  • First, install Java:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre
  • The official website provides .deb file. To download click the download button below –
  • Open Subsonic file in Software Center and click on install. 

subsonic 5.1 open with ubuntu software center

  • Click ignore and install when the following popups –

subsonic 5.1 install in Ubuntu or linux mint

  • Note that the installer configures your system to start Subsonic automatically when booting. After installing, open the Subsonic web page on http://localhost:4040.

subsonic 5.1 login interface in Ubuntu or Linux mint

subsonic 5.1 playlist music player

Change user

By default, the Subsonic process is run as the root user. To improve security it is strongly advised that you run it as a dedicated user with less powerful privileges. You can specify this user by setting the SUBSONIC_USER variable in /etc/sysconfig/subsonic.

Note that non-root users are by default not allowed to use ports below 1024. Also make sure to grant the user write permissions in the music directories, otherwise changing album art and tags will fail.

Advanced configuration to change the port number, Java memory settings or other startup parameters, edit the SUBSONIC_ARGS variable in /etc/sysconfig/subsonic. To restart Subsonic, do

sudo service subsonic restart

TroubleshootingCheck the logs in /var/subsonic.

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