Install Emby and stream content locally

Streaming through the internet has become a widely popular past time. We watch videos, consume content, and eventually replace traditional forms of entertainment such as watching TV. Not everyone has the best and most stable internet connections, and people just want to watch their new favorite episode that has just come out, or maybe the internet cut out and there’s nothing to watch. Luckily, there’s a place to download your content and store them locally(and legally) on your computer to watch later. We are going to install Emby.

What is Emby?

Emby is a media content server that allows you to stream videos/pictures, as well as live TV on any device within your network or on the internet. There is an app that’s available for most platforms. Emby can also be accessed from any compatible web browser(most modern web browsers) with relative ease.

You have the option of creating an Emby account to sign-in and manage your personal library, but it isn’t mandatory. In fact, you don’t even need an internet connection to use Emby. You can just simply disconnect your Emby server computer from the internet, and stream away on your LAN without having to worry about internet-related restrictions.

Emby Premiere

Emby does offer a premium service called Emby Premiere. With this, you will be able to stream live TV as well as plenty of others options available for you to utilize at your disposal. Some restrictions on certain platforms are also lifted. For more information, please look here for a comparison between the free and paid versions.

Install Emby

We are now going to install Emby. You can download Emby for Windows here. Don’t be alarmed by the small size. This installer will download Emby in its entirety and then install it for you. Go ahead and click on it to get started.

Depending on your security settings configured in Windows, you will receive a prompt asking whether to run this application or not. Click on “Run”. The installer will now download the Emby installer. You will be prompted to run it again, click it again.

Emby is now being downloaded in its entirety. Depending on your internet connection speed, this may take awhile. It will then extract the contents of the downloaded package files and complete the installation.

You will get a security alert if you have Windows Firewall enabled. Go ahead and “Allow access” for your designated network profile to Emby.

Emby will now open up a new web page on your default web browser. You will now set it up through here. Set your preferred display language and click “Next”.

Here, you will create a user to access the media server with. If you have already signed up with Emby on their website, fill in the details down below to link your Emby account. Click “Next” when you’re done.

You can now set up your “Media library”. This is usually an existing/new folder where your content(videos, music, etc) is/will be stored. Click on the plus where it says “Add Media Library”.

You will need to specify a “Content type:” and a “Display name” for our library when browsing Emby. Most of the time, you will want to set it as “Mixed Content” under content type since you will be using your own files for content. Otherwise, your content may not be displayed through Emby.

Click the “+” next to “Folders” and navigate the path to your folder on the hard drive. When you’ve found your desired folder, click “OK” and exit.

Below are meta settings for your content. Emby will attempt to identify the content within those files and match it via pre-defined databases such as “TheTVDB”, “TheMovieDb”, and “The Open Movie Database”. You can also configure thumbnails for your library and the use of subtitles.

Once you’re done, click “OK” and then click “Next”.

Set a language for meta data that is displayed within Emby content, and click “Next”.

Now you will configure how to connect to your Emby server. It is highly recommended that you uncheck the box that says “Enable automatic port mapping” and configure port forwarding yourself on the router. This is only if you want to access it from the internet. Click “Next” to continue.

Accept the terms and conditions, click “Next” once more, and then click “Finish” to complete setup.

A login page will open up. Click on your newly-created user and enter the password that you’ve created as well. You will be taken to the server dashboard.

Here, you will be given an IP address to click on to access your Emby library directly, via LAN or WAN(if configured). You can also configure Emby from here. Before you do so, click on the power-looking icon next to your computer name and restart the server to finish updating.

When you’re finished, go to http://localhost:8096 to see your Emby library in action.

You have now successfully configured Emby and are ready to stream content to your heart’s content!