DVB Daemon


GNOME DVB Daemon is a daemon written in Vala based on GStreamer to setup your DVB devices, record and watch TV shows and browse EPG. It can be controlled by any application via its D-Bus interface.



  • Supports DVB-C, DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-T devices (DVBv5 API)
  • UI to scan for channels with initial tuning data
  • Recording with manually provided start time and duration
  • Automatically distribute overlapping recordings between adapters of same group
  • Record multiple shows on same transport stream at the same time with a single adapter
  • Brute force scan for DVB-T
  • Browse EPG data
  • Schedule recording from EPG
  • Watch live TV using Totem
  • Hot-plugging support of devices
  • UPnP/DLNA support by Rygel



Release tarballs are available at http://download.gnome.org/sources/gnome-dvb-daemon/

Packages for the following distributions are available:

Older releases are listed here.

User Guide

Check out the user guide describing the essential steps to setup your DVB cards and schedule recordings.


If you have question or problems please subscribe to dvb-daemon-list.

Reporting Bugs

Bugs can be reported in Bugzilla


The project was started during Google Summer of Code 2008 by Sebastian Pölsterl.


Development takes place in a Git repository. To checkout the latest version run the following command:

git clone git://git.gnome.org/gnome-dvb-daemon

In addition to the requirements above you need:

  • Vala 0.25.1 or later

Python library

Communication with DVB daemon is possible through its D-Bus interfaces. DVB daemon already ships a D-Bus wrapper for Python (gnomedvb module) and some basic GTK+ widgets (gnomedvb.widgets module). You can browse the gnomedvb module if you run python and enter the following commands:

>>> import gnomedvb
>>> help(gnomedvb)


Projects/DVBDaemon (last edited 2016-11-02 18:35:42 by KaiKorla)