Ampache on QNap TS-239 Pro II

  • Go to the Web Interface -> Applications -> MySQL Server -> “Enable MySQL Server” and “Enable TCP/IP Networking
  • Go to the Web Interface -> Network Services -> “Enable Web Server
  • In the “Web” directory on the QNap, create a directory called “music“.
  • Download the latest release of Ampache and extract it to this directory.
  • Open the corresponding URL in a browser (e.g. ‘http://nas/music’) and the Ampache installation page appears.
    If all requirements are met the configuration can begin.
  • Leave the default settings and enter ‘root’ in username and ‘admin’ in password, if you have not changed these.
  • This will generate a config file, which must be saved to the
    /config‘ directory of the Ampache installation.
  • Lastly, you will be asked to create a user for Ampache itself.
  • After logging into Ampache, go to the admin menu (found in the left menu) and add a catalog. This catalog should point to your music collection on the NAS.
  • Open a port in your router and forward it to the web server on the QNap (port 80 if it was not changed).
  • You are now ready to test your Ampache installation. You can go directly to the Ampache URL or if you have an iPhone you can use the free iAmpache app. One caveat with using the iAmpache app is, that it cannot play FLAC files. If you need to do this, or just want to save some bandwidth, continue with the following steps, which sets up FLAC to MP3 transcoding.
  • You will need LAME and FLAC in order to transcode the FLAC files to mp3.
    Install them as follows:
    ipkg install lame
    ipkg install flac
  • Open ampache.cfg in an editor able to display unix line ending (e.g. Notepad++) and edit the ‘transcode_cmd_flac‘ directive,
    so it looks like the following:

    transcode_cmd_flac = "/opt/bin/flac -dc %FILE% | /opt/bin/lame -rb %SAMPLE% -S - - "

  • Set ‘transcode_flac’ to ‘true’:

    transcode_flac = true

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