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   >  Configuring MediaTomb
   >  Adding Content to MediaTomb
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How to Add Content to MediaTomb

 Adding Contents to MediaTomb

How to Add Content to MediaTomb

At it's heart, MediaTomb is simply a database of digital content, that can be accessed via the DLNA uPnP Protocols. It runs as a service in the background (-i.e. as a daemon), listening for DLNA requests from other devices on the network. If it receives a request for some content, MediaTomb scans it's database for that content and sends it to the requesting device - assuming it is found.

When you first run MediaTomb, it's database will (-of course) be empty:

MediaTomb Empty Database, we first need to populate it! Click on "Filesystem" link near the top of the screen - this will show you all the files on the host:

MediaTomb Filesystem

You can then browse through your filesystem to locate the files that you would like to add (-a little like Windows Explorer):

MediaTomb Filesystem Browse

Select the directory or file that you wish to add to the MediaTomb database and click either on the "Add" button (MediaTomb Add Button) or the on the "Add AutoScan" button (MediaTomb Add Autoscan Button) to add it to the database.

Note: the difference between the two buttons is that "AutoScan" will periodically scan the directory for new content and add them to the database - so it's useful here, for example, if I might be uploading other music under this directory.

If we now click back on the "Database" link near the top of the screen, we can see that MediaTomb has scanned the new directory and has found both music and photos (-e.g. album art):

MediaTomb has picked up Content

If we want, we can drill down to see the individual files stored in the database:

MediaTomb Databas Files

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