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x360mediaserve - Stream Music To Your 360 In Linux

Written by Matt on April 7, 2008 – 7:27 pm -

Remember that time you threw your controller at your Xbox 360 when you tried streaming music to your Xbox, only to learn once again that Microsoft hates Linux? Now, with x360mediaserve, you can easily stream thousands of songs from your Linux box straight to your 360! I’ve simplified installing and setting up x360mediaserve into three easy steps! Note that for the server to work, you need java, lame,faad,flac and sox already installed.


I’ve written a script to download the tar.gz, extract it, and then delete the tar.gz. I’ve also provided you with a simple command that will download, run, and then delete the script itself. To install, all you have to do is paste this into a terminal:

wget && bash && rm


Using the following command, you can start the server by pasting it into a terminal, adding it to your menu, or even adding it to your services (so it starts everytime you boot).

cd Programs/x360mediaserve-0.0.2/ && ./start


Don’t worry, this part is as easy as the rest of this tutorial. After the media server is running, click on the link below:

Using this simple configuration tool, you’ll need to type in the exact path to your music directory. Friendly name is the name that’ll show up on your Xbox when you go to browse your music. Everything else you don’t need to mess with, but hey, it’s your computer.

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11 Comments to “x360mediaserve - Stream Music To Your 360 In Linux”

  1. jim Says:

    Well, that’s interesting. Actually, I have had thoughts of streaming it to my 380:) (For those of you that don’t know, that is a pistol).My current problem is getting java to work on a 64-bit machine. I am currently trying to maintain the 64-bit environment w/o invoking 32-bit archs. This is tough. OEM’s don’t want to support the 64 and compiling a 32 usually leads to errors and I have to change the USE flags. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one and any advice would be well received. Thanks. Jim

  2. Sean A Says:

    Hey your link to dont do anything for me… am i missing something should i have my xbox pluged into my network? dose it have anything to do with difrent kinds of rounters… should i restart?

  3. Sean A Says:

    Hey me again… *slaps self in the head* never mind :D i got it… i forgot to past the start line in my terminal

  4. David Says:

    Will this work with videos too, or just music?

  5. Sean A Says:

    ok new problem… when i am useing the config tool and i type in my paths and frienly name and i hit the send… it wants to save a document… and i dont think its hooked up to my xbox… dose the 360 have to have media center enabled?

  6. Geoserv Says:


    Will need to re-read to get my head around this one.

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  7. Sean A Says:

    So i got it set up on my computer right… now how do i get the xbox to see my computer??? i cant get it selected by my 360 what do i have to do with it?

  8. John Says:

    Umm, yeah it works great but everytime I start the server it has to rescan my libary (takes about 5 minutes). Is there a way to get around this other than leaving it on all day.

    Also how do I add it to my services?

  9. Rob Says:

    Thanks a lot man, this is awesome! More people should know about this.

    Do you plan on streaming video as well? Also, what would be a good way to start the service automatically at boot?

    Great job, keep up the good work!

  10. Rob Says:

    Hey Matt, If you can, email me back, I’m having a little trouble at system shutdown, and I lost your email address

  11. Steve Says:

    Hey, Thanks for the program, but Im having some trouble with it. It looks like it picks up all of my music, but I cant get my Xbox to detect the computer.

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