Home media streaming server on CenOS 7

Hi everyone,

I got this quite old machine for free and I wanted to do something useful with it, so I thought it could be a good idea to bulid a home server (I can’t think of anything better as of now). I’ve just installed a Desktop version of CentOS 7 with Plasma and I like it so far, but I’m going to reinstall it. Here are some basic specs :

CPU~Dual core Intel Pentium Dual E2160 (-MCP-) speed~1814 MHz (max)
Kernel~3.10.0-229.14.1.el7.x86_64 x86_64 Up~3:56 Mem~1047.8/1840.0MB
HDD~160.0GB(9.4% used) Procs~174 Client~Shell inxi~2.2.28

I know the HDD is quite small, but I only have about 20 gigs of content.

As I said, at the moment it’as a desktop, but I plan to use it as a home server if that’s possible. I plan to:

  1. Install minimal CentOS 7
  2. Install other necessary software (any recommendations?)
  3. Use it as a library for my private stuff (pictures, videos, documents…)
  4. Access it from my main desktop, laptop and mobile devices (at home of course)

Any suggestions re what software to install, how to do that, any tutorials, websites…anything that you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.


I suggest you to try for Plex Media Streaming Server with FreeNAS or CentOS 7, here is the complete guide on setting up FREENAS with Plex media server.


If you looking for Music streaming, then I suggest you to try GNUMP3D or Winamp Player and Mixxx DJ console using “SHOUTcast Radio Server” in Linux.

Gnump3d - http://www.tecmint.com/install-gnump3d-a-streaming-media-server/
Shoutcast - http://www.tecmint.com/install-shoutcast-in-linux/

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Rhanks Ravi,

I’d read that one earlier, but I didn’t go any further when the author posted the table with the server setup. He installed FreeNAS and minimum RAM he (Babin Lonston) used was 8GB. See Part 1: http://www.tecmint.com/installation-of-freenas/

If, however, I can use it with my hardvare and CentOS, than I’d be happy to do that. Can I?

Apologies if it was answered in the article - I just didn’t read it any further.

Yes, you can install Plex as media server under CentOS 7, ignore the hardware setup in the FreeNAS article, just follow the Plex installation on CentOS 7…that’s it…

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Wow, thanks Ravi!!! You guys are awesome! :grinning: