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Emby is a mostly open-source media server with a client-server model. This install for Ansible-NAS provides a server, which various clients can then connect to from platforms such as other computers, smartphones and smart TVs.

Note that Plex, also included in Ansible-NAS, has a very similar functionality.


Set emby_enabled: true in your inventories/<your_inventory>/nas.yml file. There are further parameters you can edit such as movies_root and tv_root lower down.

Specific Configuration

The emby web interface can be found at port 8096 (http) or 8920 (https, if configured) of your NAS. Heimdall has a dedicated icon for emby.

By default, Ansible-NAS gives emby read/write access to the folders where your movies and TV shows are stored. To change this to read-only, edit the following lines in all.yml:

        emby_movies_permissions: "rw"
        emby_tv_permissions: "rw"

so that they end in ro instead of rw. Note that emby will not be able to delete files then, which might be exactly what you want. However, you will not have the option to store cover art in the related folders. Always leave the configuration directory read/write.

File system considerations

Movie and TV show files are almost always very large and pre-compressed. If you are using a specialized filesystem such as ZFS for bulk storage, you'll want to set the parameters accordingly. The ZFS configuration documentation has an example of this.

Naming movies and TV shows

Emby is very fussy about how movies and TV shows must be named to enable automatic downloads of cover art and metadata. In short, movie files should follow how movies are listed in the IMDb, including the year of publication:

        movies/Bride of Frankenstein (1935).mp4

Note the spaces. You should probably remove colons and other special characters.

TV shows require a folder structure with the name of the series - again if possible with the year of publication - followed by sub-folders for the individual seasons. For example, the first episode of the first season of the original "Doctor Who" could be stored as:

        tv/Doctor Who (1963)/Season 1/Doctor Who - s01e01.mp4

The TVDB is one source for the exact names of TV shows.

Unfortunately, there are number of special cases, especially related to split movies and older series. See the movie naming and TV naming guides for further information.