Quick start

CBers edited this page May 17, 2018 · 18 revisions

Emby has two distinct parts:

  • Server — Store your media library in a central place
  • Apps — Players that play back media from the Server

A fully-functioning Emby system needs both a Server and at least one App. The Server includes the Emby web app which is used to manage the Server and your media library. The web app also includes a media player so a minimal installation could be just the server, but most people will want to install apps on other devices around their home.

Has someone invited you to their server?

If you have received an invitation to share an existing Emby server, then you can skip the server installation process and jump straight to app installation. Choose one of the many apps we have available:


Or try the online web app, using the login credentials supplied by your Emby server administrator, at


Prepare your media

Emby identifies your media according to folder structure, file name, and the type of library to which it is assigned. Once identified, Emby downloads information like posters, descriptions, and ratings that make media selection a rich experience. The requirements for organizing and naming files are quite flexible, but will require some basic structure.

The general recommendations are:

  • Separate media into appropriate folders (e.g., Movies in a "Movies" folder, TV shows in a "TV Shows" folder, music in a "Music" folder, photos in a "Photos" folder, etc.)

  • Movies should be named as "Name (Year).exe", for example "Brave (2012).mp4"

  • TV shows should include season and episode numbers in the name, and be stored in separate folders per show. For example: "\TV\Homeland\Homeland s01e01.mp4"

  • Music should be stored within artist and album folders, such as "\Music\Artist\Album\tracks"

Install the Server

Once your media is named and organized, it's time to install the Server. The server is available on a number of platforms ranging from Windows to Linux, Mac, FreeBSD and Nas devices.

For more information, see installation.

Install apps on your devices

Once your installation is up and running and you've completed the startup wizard, it's time to install apps on your devices.

Choose one of the many apps we have available:


Or try the online web app at


Add Users

You may wish to add users and invite your friends. Users can have their own personalized media libraries, user data, recommendations and more.

For more information, see users.

Install Plugins

Installing plugins can further enhance your Emby experience. Cover Art allows you to personalize the artwork this is displayed within your Emby apps, and Trailers provides a library of streaming internet trailers to your media collection. Trakt is also extremely popular.

For more information, see plugins.

Get Emby Premiere

Emby Premiere brings a number of additional benefits and bonus features. With Emby Premiere you can enjoy:

  • Emby DVR
  • Cover Art
  • Offline Media
  • Cloud Sync
  • and much more

Learn more about Emby Premiere.

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