One of my presents from Christmas a few years back was a Sony smart blu-ray player. It was marketed as something that easily streams files from your computer. That is absolutely true for anyone that runs Windows, just point and click. With Ubuntu, it’s a bit more complicated. Enter minidlna.
First thing, install minidlna. Open a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-t) and type this in:
sudo apt-get install minidlna
If you’d rather use the package manager, just search for minidlna.
The configuration file is editable by running this in the terminal:
sudo gedit /etc/minidlna.conf
There are 2 settings to note: media_dir and friendly_name. The names used are pretty explanatory. Here’s an example of what to update:
# Path to the directory you want scanned for media files. media_dir=/path/to/shared/media # Name that the DLNA server presents to clients. friendly_name=fileserver
Save and close the file. On the terminal run this to refresh minidlna:
sudo service minidlna restart
That’s it! minidlna is all setup to server the files and folders in your media_dir.