Universal Media Server is the UPnP media server’s DNLA-compliant software. This software was primarily released as a fork of PS3 Media Server. 

FULL NAME:Universal Server Media for Windows

What is the Universal Media Server?

This software helps in the streaming of media to devices such as gaming consoles, TVs, and more. These multimedia files are streamed and transcoded to a rendering device over a network. The packages from AviSynth, FFmpeg, MEncoder, and VLC help in the accomplishment of the transcoding. 

If users can get this software to work, it provides them free access to home network streaming through its features. Like other media servers available, the Universal Media Server is based on pre-existing technology know as the PS3 Media Server.

Universal Server Media
Universal Server Media

With the communication through the DNLA devices, these media servers can stream their content across all the devices without any difficulty. Network Attached Storage Device can help users in storing data and use this as a server if users don’t want to use the hard disk as their device.

List of Features of Universal Media Server

  • Free – Without asking users for any dime, this software provides its users with tons of functionality.
  • Open Source – As this software is open source, it will always be free to use. The software is designed in such a manner that on the users’ home network it will scan all of their content. 
  • Support – Works with a wide range of devices from gaming consoles to TVs and smartphones to iPods and iPad, etc. Also, this software was built on JAVA so that it can be used on Windows and Mac OS smoothly. 

System Requirement For Universal Media Server


  • macOS™ v10.11 through 10.14
  • 2.0 GHz or faster processor
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB available hard drive space for application files, plus additional space for fonts


  • Windows® Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server 2019
  • 2.0 GHz or faster multi-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB available hard drive space for application files, plus additional space for fonts

How to Download and Install Universal Server Media for Windows 

  1. Users can download the application directly from the official software site http://universalmediaserver.com. Navigate the site for the download button. Click on the download button to start the download of the installer.
  2. Once the installer is downloaded, double click on the installer to start. Follow the steps to complete the installation. Once completed, double click on the .exe file to run the application

How to Download and Install Universal Server Media for Mac OS

  1. Press Command+Space and type Terminal and press enter/return key.
  2. Run in Terminal app:
    ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)” < /dev/null 2> /dev/null ; brew install caskroom/cask/brew-cask 2> /dev/null
    and press enter/return key.
    If the screen prompts you to enter a password, please enter your Mac’s user password to continue. When you type the password, it won’t be displayed on the screen, but the system would accept it. So just type your password and press ENTER/RETURN key. Then wait for the command to finish.
  3. Run:
    brew cask install universal-media-server

Done! You can now use Universal Media Server.

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