Share Your Videos and Pictures to UPnP devices using Rygel; An Open Source Media Server – Install it on Ubuntu Linux 15.04


Rygel lets users browse and play media stored on a computer system using devices like TV or PS3, even if the original media is in the typical format that PS3 or TV can not play. You can use this application to redirect sound output to DLNA, you can use your smart phone to search, browse and play media stored on your computer system.

This is an awesome tool which tries to achieve the compatibility with various available UPnP hardware components in the market and has been successfully catering the need. Let’s see how can we install this awesome piece of software on our ubuntu system.

Installing Rygel

In order to successfully install Rygel on ubuntu , here are some of the pre-requisits, these software components must be installed on your ubuntu system before you attempt to install Rygel.

  • Gupnp
  • Gstreamer
  • Vala

Installing Gupnp

Launch your terminal and add following PPA to your ubuntu package manager.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yg-jensge/gupnp

Update package manager and install Gupnp:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gupnp

Installing Gstreamer

Run following command on your terminal to add PPA for Gstreamer.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gstreamer-developers/ppa

Update package manager and install Gstreamer by running the followings:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer

Installing Vala

Run following three command in order to install Vala software components on your ubuntu.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:vala-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vala

That’s it, our ubuntu system is all set to install Rygel, run following APT command to install it.

sudo apt-get install rygel

Here is how the successful installation should look like:



The installation of this tool is simple. It is under constant development and recently 0.27.3 version has been launched which offers more features and stability. It is gaining popularity and we can hope to see it as a success story sometimes in future.

Rygel official page