Docker - Jellyfin Container Setup

Jellyfin is a great open source media system and in my case Jellyfin replaced Plex. Here I describe my setup of the Docker Jellyfin container.


I run this Docker container on a Ubuntu VM that runs via [[ Proxmox VE ]]. I perform the following on the CLI.

Docker pull command:

docker pull jellyfin/jellyfin

Within my home folder I have created a Docker folder where I create a subfolder for each container:

cd ~
mkdir -p docker/jellyfin
cd docker/jellyfin

Also create the folders where the media, config and cache can be stored:

mkdir media
mkdir cache
mkdir config

I use the Nano text editor to create a shell script:

sudo nano

With this shell script we are going to create the container. Copy the following into

IDu=$(id -u $(logname)) # Saves the logged in user id in the IDu variable
IDg=$(id -g $(logname)) # Saves the logged in user group in the IDg variable

docker run -d \
 --name=jellyfin \
 --hostname=jellyfin \
 --net=host \
 --user $IDu:$IDg \
 -e TZ=Europe/Amsterdam \
 -v $PWD/config:/config \
 -v $PWD/cache:/cache \
 -v $PWD/media:/media \
 --restart unless-stopped \

Using host networking (--net=host) is optional but required in order to use DLNA. Please see the documentation.

-e TZ=Europe/Amsterdam
Pick the right timezone

-v $PWD/config:/config
Choose the location for the Jellyfin configuration. In this example it is the config map we created.

-v $PWD/cache:/cache
Choose the location for the Jellyfin cache. In this example it is the cache map we created.

-v $PWD/media:/media
Choose the location for the Jellyfin media. In this example it is the media map we created. Personally I use a mapping to my fileserver: /mnt/fileserver/media instead of $PWD/media

Exit Nano (CTRL-X) and save the changes.

Now create the container:

sudo sh

Check if the container is running properly.

See also my notes about updating containers with Portainer or via the CLI. With Synology’s Docker Application, updating a container is also very easy.

Jellyfin Configuration

Jellyfin can now be accessed via the following URL:

http://<IP DOCKER HOST>:8096

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