PulseAudio can stream audio to DLNA / UPnP devices using Rygel.

For Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) and 12.10 (Quantal) install needed packages.

$ sudo apt-get install rygel pavucontrol paprefs

The following packages also contain useful tools.

$ sudo apt-get install gupnp-tools

Currently Rygel does not autostart on login because of Ubuntu bug #827030. Rygel can be started manually, though.

$ rygel

Load necessary PulseAudio modules.

$ pacmd load-module module-http-protocol-tcp

To make this happen automatically, add the line

load-module module-http-protocol-tcp

to /etc/pulse/default.pa.

Run paprefs, select the "Network Server" tab and enable "Make local sound devices available as DLNA/UPnP Media Server".

Enable the External plugin for Rygel and exporting of the PulseAudio media server by creating a file .config/rygel.conf with the following content:



Browse the DLNA network on a client device (Android phone, Smart TV, etc.). You will see "Audio on $hostname" -> Output Devices -> Built-in Audio Analogue Stereo (the device name will likely change depending on the audio hardware in your computer). You should hear on your client device whatever is currently being played via that sink.


If the preceding doesn't work then try using the gst-launch plugin. Install the plugin.

$ sudo apt-get install rygel-gst-launch

Run paprefs again and on the "Network Server" tab enable "Create separate audio device for DLNA/UPnP media streaming". This creates a new PulseAudio sink named "upnp" with a monitor named "upnp.monitor".

Enable the plugin by creating a file .config/rygel.conf with content like the following.

myaudioflac-title=FLAC audio on @HOSTNAME@
myaudioflac-launch=pulsesrc device=upnp.monitor ! flacenc

You can specify another format instead, or in addition.


myaudioflac-title=FLAC audio on @HOSTNAME@
myaudioflac-launch=pulsesrc device=upnp.monitor ! audio/x-raw,channels=2 ! flacenc

myaudiompeg-title=MPEG audio on @HOSTNAME@
myaudiompeg-launch=pulsesrc device=upnp.monitor ! audio/x-raw,channels=2 ! lamemp3enc target=quality quality=6

Restart Rygel.

$ kill -HUP $(pidof rygel)

External DLNA devices should now be able to see "FLAC audio on <hostname>", etc.


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Projects/Rygel/Pulseaudio (last edited 2016-07-28 20:33:32 by JensGeorg)