How To Install Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure the Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer written in Java, available for Linux, macOS, and Windows. With Subsonic, you can stream your music from a home computer or any public-facing computer and listen to your music from anywhere with a web browser.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Subsonic Media Server on a Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing Java.

First, we need to install Java by running the following three commands in sequence:

add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
apt-get update
apt-get install oracle-java8-installer

Step 2. Installing Subsonic Media Server.

Run the following commands to install Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu systems:


Next, install the downloaded Subsonic package by running the following command:

sudo dpkg -i subsonic-6.0.deb

Once it’s installed, the Subsonic daemon will automatically start:

systemctl start subsonic
systemctl enable subsonic

Step 3. Accessing Subsonic Media Server.

Subsonic Media Server will be available on HTTP port 80 by default. Open your favorite browser and navigate to or http://your-server-ip:4040 and complete the required steps to finish the installation. If you are using a firewall, please open port 4040 to enable access to the control panel.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Subsonic. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Subsonic Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS  (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Subsonic Media Server website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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