I recently came across forked-daapd, forget what the name means. If you’ve ever setup your iTunes app as a music server, well this is a clone of that.

This means you can use a remote on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to control the iTunes music server to play music on remote speakers (with the use of Apple’s Airport Express WiFi device).

I started with a scratch Raspberry Pi install, this time around I’m using the latest distribution of Raspbian named Stretch.

You can use instructions on this page to install Stretch on your Raspberry Pi:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md

Once that is done, you’ll then want to install what is called a repository key. A repository is basically a server that contains applications you can install. A gpg key is a digital signature used to authenticate the repository.

The command to get the repository key is:

wget -q -O – http://www.gyfgafguf.dk/raspbian/forked-daapd.gpg | sudo apt-key add –

Then we want to add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list, make sure it is the first line in the file, otherwise it will pick up an old version of forked-daapd. This adds the repository that contains forked-daapd to our software install list so we can install forked-daapd.

deb http://www.gyfgafguf.dk/raspbian/forked-daapd/ stretch contrib

Note that if you have Raspbian Jessie, you can replay the word stretch above with “jessie”.

Now we can install forked-daapd with this command, it takes about a minute or so:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install forked-daapd

Once installed, you have to configure forked-daapd’s configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/forked-daapd.conf

Look for the line that looks like: directories = { “/srv/music”}

Replace the directory “/srv/music/” with wherever you have your music located.

That’s all you have to do with this configuration file.

I have in a USB drive in a directory named “Music” so I first mount the USB drive by editing /etc/fstab file (so it’ll mount everytime the Pi reboots) like so:

/dev/sda1       /media  vfat    defaults,ro     0       0

Note the “ro” parameter, it means read only so you don’t accidentally write over your music files.

Mounting the USB drive is achieved by issuing this command:

sudo mount -a

So, now you have forked-daapd installed, music mounted, time to make it work:

# start forked-daapd
sudo service forked-daapd start

# check status to see if it started successfully
sudo service forked-daapd status

You should see something like this (sorry for the blur, it’s WordPress’ doing):

You can also check this file to see how forked-daapd file is doing:

sudo less /var/log/forked-daapd.log

I hope everything went well. If so, it’s time to add our remote.

For Apple devices, download the Remote app.

For Android devices, I have the best experience with TunesRemote+ app.

To pair your devices with forked-daapd use the following page, starting with Pairing with Remote on iPod/iPhone:

https://github.com/ejurgensen/forked-daapd/blob/master/README.md

With TunesRemote+ I found the pairing instructions above not working. Fortunately there is a workaround by adding the music library manually (i.e. enter the ip address of the forked-daapd server).

forked-daap has a very helpful and responsive help thread here:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=49928&hilit=forked+daapd

 

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