Installing MythTV on Ubuntu

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Software-update-available.png This page is up-to-date as of MythTV version 0.27.6, the current release is 31.0

Introduction

This page describes how to install on Ubuntu, using the package manager.

Decide what type of installation you need.

If this is your first system and you are using a single box for recording and watching, you need a complete frontend, backend and database. Choose the mythtv package.

If you are adding a frontend to an existing system, to allow for watching on another TV or computer system, choose the mythtv-frontend package.

Slave Backend

If you are adding a slave backend use mythtv-backend. This is an advanced usage that few people will need. This is for one of the following purposes:

  1. Adding a backend because you have so many recordings at the same time that you need another backend to handle the load, or you have so many tuners that you need an additional computer to connect more tuners.
  2. Adding a backend to perform transcoding or commercial flagging if your primary backend is fully loaded. These are CPU intensive tasks so you may need a slave backend if you have a large number of recordings.

Choose Your Package

There are packages for installing a complete system, or for installing parts of a multi server system.

Available Packages
mythtv Complete frontend and backend system with database.
mythtv-frontend Frontend that connects to a separate backend.
mythtv-backend Backend without database. This is either a master backend where there is a separate database server or a slave backend.
mythtv-backend-master Master Backend with database.
mythtv-database MythTV database only. Advanced use where there is a separate database server from backend. You will need to also install mysql server when using this.
mythplugins Plugins for a frontend system.