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Simple DLNA/UPnP Media Server


Cohen is a DLNA/UPnP Media Server written in Python (v2), providing several UPnP MediaServers and MediaRenderers to make simple publishing and streaming different types of media content to your network.

Cohen is actually a highly simplified and refreshed version of Coherence Framework project by Frank Scholz which looks like no longer supported.


Cohen is known to work with various clients
  • Sony Playstation 3/4
  • XBox360/One
  • Denon AV Receivers
  • WD HD Live MediaPlayers
  • Samsung TVs
  • Sony Bravia TVs
And provides a lot of backends to fulfil your media streaming needs
  • Local file storage
  • YouTube
  • and much more...

Installation from source

After downloading and extracting the archive or having done a git clone, move into the freshly created 'Cohen' folder and install the files with:

$ sudo python ./ install

This will copy the Python module files into your local Python package folder and the cohen executable to /usr/local/bin/cohen.


To just export some files on your hard-disk fire up Cohen with an UPnP MediaServer with a file-system backend enabled:

$ cohen --plugin=backend:FSStore,content:/path/to/your/media/files

You can also configure cohen via a config file. Feel free to check our example misc/cohen.conf.example. The config file can be placed anywhere, cohen looks by default for $HOME/.cohen, but you can pass the path via the commandline option '-c' to it too:

$ cohen -c /path/to/config/file


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