Install ReadyMedia miniDLNA on Banana Pi Pro with Bananian

banana-pi-minidlnaDLNA servers allow you to stream your media library on your HTPC server to any DLNA enabled client. DLNA enabled clients include Bluray players, XBOX 360, XBOX One, PS3, PS4 and some Smart TVs. ReadyMedia miniDLNA has the lowest memory footprint of the DLNA servers I have tested. I am assuming  you have already mounted a USB hard drive for this guide – here is my Properly Mount USB Storage Guide in case you want to make sure it is mounted properly. You will be compiling miniDLNA for Bananian from source, it only takes a few minutes. It works on Bananian Wheezy and Jessie, also works on Igor’s images and is part of the Media Server Installer. This has been tested on the LeMaker Banana Pi and Banana Pi Pro.

Pi Unit
Processor
RAM
RAM Bus
Network
WiFi
USB
SATA
Cost
Raspberry Pi 3
1.2 GHz ARMv8
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
Yes
4
No
$35
Raspberry Pi 2
900 MHz ARMv7
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$35.00
Raspberry Pi
700 MHz ARMv6
Single Core
512 MB SDRAM
400 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$25
Banana Pi
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
No
2
Yes
$36.99
Banana Pi Pro
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
Yes
2
Yes
$45.00

Install ReadyMedia miniDLNA on Banana Pi

Update your repositories

sudo apt-get update

Install the ReadyMedia miniDLNA dependencies so you can compile it

sudo apt-get install build-essential autopoint debhelper dh-autoreconf gcc libavutil-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libjpeg-dev libsqlite3-dev libexif-dev libid3tag0-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libflac-dev -y

Download the latest miniDLNA source

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/minidlna/files/latest/download?source=files -O minidlna.tar.gz

Unpack the miniDLNA source

tar -xvf minidlna*.tar.gz

Enter the miniDLNA directory

cd minidlna*

Configure, make and install miniDLNA, it will take 5 minutes.

./configure && sudo make && make install

Copy the default configuration file

sudo cp minidlna.conf /etc/

Copy the startup daemon script to autostart ReadyMedia miniDLNA on boot

sudo cp linux/minidlna.init.d.script /etc/init.d/minidlna

Make the startup script executable

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/minidlna

Update rc to use the miniDLNA defaults

sudo update-rc.d minidlna defaults

Edit the configuration

sudo nano /etc/minidlna.conf

Edit the following to point to your media shown below.

This version of miniDLNA will give you multiple folders under Video. Before movies and TV would have been under separate categories, now movies and TV will both be under the category video. It will also show the folder structure of them instead of showing just the video files. Avi files will also show up and be streamable.

inotify uses resources because it autoupdates your library, if you don’t use inotify you will have to manually restart and reload the miniDLNA service

The friendly name is how your miniDLNA server will show up to its streaming clients

media_dir=V,/mnt/usbstorage/Movies
media_dir=V,/mnt/usbstorage/TV
media_dir=A,/mnt/usbstorage/Music
media_dir=P,/mnt/usbstorage/Pictures
# Names the DLNA server
friendly_name=RasPi Media Server
# Tells the DLNA to update the library when there are changes
inotify=yes

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save and exit

Start the miniDLNA service

sudo service minidlna start

Now make sure it starts on boot

sudo reboot

Your Banana Pi DLNA server will now be accessible to stream media to your clients: PCs, XBOX, PS3, Phones, TVs and more.