Table of content
What is Ubooquity ?
Ubooquity is small content server that you can use on any device on which Java is installed (virtually everything running on Windows, Linux or Mac OS, including NAS). Once installed, it runs in the background and makes all the comics and books you chose to share available through a web page. The idea behind Ubooquity is to be able to browse your personal digital library from your tablet (e.g an iPad), your e-reader or your smartphone, either at home or from anywhere else.
To install Ubooquity on a desktop computer (Windows, Linux or MacOS), or just to test it quickly, read the 5-minutes installation guide.
To install Ubooquity on device without graphical environment (on a NAS for instance), read below.
Using the command line
Here are the steps of an installation without using the graphical interface.
First, you need to install Java on your device. You can get it here for desktop computers. Others devices, like NAS or Raspberry Pi, require specific versions though.
Then download the Ubooquity package from the download page.
Unzip the downloaded file in a dedicated folder of your choice (the folder must be empty, Ubooquity will create here all the files it needs to function).Since Ubooquity will write files in this folder, you must provide the appropriate rights (read and write) to the user which will launch the Ubooquity process.
- When you are in the Ubooquity folder, the minimal command to launch ubooquity is (on all operating systems):
java -jar Ubooquity.jar
This will launch Ubooquity on the default ports: 2202 for the library, 2203 for the administration page.
You might however want to use a script to have more control on the launched process.
Under Linux you can use these scripts to run Ubooquity and monitor logs (don’t forget to “chmod” them).
Once Ubooquity is running, go to the administration page on http://YOUR_IP:2203/admin and choose an administration password.For security reasons, the administration is only reachable from the device Ubooquity is running on. To allow access from a remote computer, use the --remoteadmin option.
Now, add the directories you want to share (comics, ebooks or other types of files) in the appropriate sections of the administration page. At this point you can also define users and password to restrict files access.
- Your files are now available on http://YOUR_IP:2202
Command line options
Available options can be listed with the
java -jar Ubooquity.jar --help
Allow access to the administration page from a remote machine. By default the adminstration page can only be reached from the local host.
--libraryport <library port>
This option must be followed (after a blank space) by a port number between 1024 and 65535. For instance, if the IP address of your server is 10.0.0.3 and set the port to 3456, your library will be reachable in your browser at the address 10.0.0.3:3456 Default port is 2202.
--adminport <admin port>
This option must be followed (after a blank space) by a port number between 1024 and 65535.
For instance, if the IP address of your server is 10.0.0.3 and set the port to 3457, the admin page will be reachable in your browser at the address 10.0.0.3:3457
Default port is 2203.
Use it if you don’t want the Ubooquity interface to be displayed, or to avoid compatibility issues on devices with no graphical environment (e.g. NAS).
--workdir <directory path>
This option allows you to specify where Ubooquity should create its own files (database, logs, preferences, cache, etc). The default working directory is simply the one from which you run Ubooquity.
--host <hostname or IP address>
By default, Ubooquity binds itself to all available network interfaces. This option allows you to specify the hostname Ubooquity should use when configuring its binding.
Example: if you launch Ubooquity on your local machine (with the address 192.168.0.42, for instance), you will be able to access it with your browser on localhost:2202 and 192.168.0.42:2202. Now if you add “–host 192.168.0.42” to your command line, localhost:2202 won’t work anymore.