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Source Tree

Jellyfin is a maze of clients, plugins, and other useful projects. These source trees can serve as an excellent tool to inform new developers about the structure of several projects.

Jellyfin Server

  1. .ci: Azure Pipelines Build definitions
  2. DvdLib: DVD Anaylzer
  3. Emby.Dlna: DLNA support for the server
    • Profiles: DLNA Profiles for clients
  4. Emby.Drawing: image processor managing the image encoder and image cache paths
  5. Emby.Naming: parsers for the media filenames
  6. Emby.Notifications: listening for events and sending the associated notification
  7. Emby.Photos: metadata provider for photos
  8. Emby.Server.Implementations: main implementations of the interfaces
    • ScheduledTasks: all scheduled tasks can be found here
  9. Jellyfin.Api: Jellyfin API
    • Controller: API controllers answering the Jellyfin API requests
    • Helpers:
      • MediaInfoHelper.cs: logic for the stream builder that determines method of playback such as Direct Play or Transcoding
  10. Jellyfin.Data: models used in the Entity Framework Core Database schema
  11. Jellyfin.Drawing.Skia: image manipulation like resizing images, making image collages
  12. Jellyfin.Networking: managing network interaces and settings
  13. Jellyfin.Server.Implementations: like Emby.Server.Implementations, implementations using the EF Core Database
  14. Jellyfin.Server: main server project that starts the whole server
  15. MediaBrowser.Common: common methods used throughout the server
  16. MediaBrowser.Controller: interface definitions
  17. MediaBrowser.LocalMetadata: metadata provider and saver for local images, local Collections and Playlists
  18. MediaBrowser.MediaEncoding: managing ffmpeg while interacting with the media files
  19. MediaBrowser.Model: defining models used throughout the server
  20. MediaBrowser.Providers: managing multiple metadata sources
  21. MediaBrowser.XbmcMetadata: metadata provider and saver for local .nfo files
  22. RSSDP: RSSDP library, including custom changes, for the Simple Service Discovery (SSDP) protocol
  23. apiclient: files used for generating the axios API client
  24. deployment: files used while building Jellyfin for different plattforms
  25. tests: multiple Unit Test projects testing Jellyfin functionality
  26. Dockerfile.* Dockerfiles defining the Jellyfin Docker image

Web Client

  1. src:
    • assets: images, styles, splash screens, and any other static assets
      • css: all global stylesheets used throughout the client
      • img: images for things like device icons and logos
      • splash: progressive web apps will show these splash screens
    • components: custom elements used for different sections of the user interface
      • playerstats.js: display playback info in browsers and other clients that include the web source
    • controllers: scripts that handle the logic for different pages
    • elements: custom UI components that are used globally such as buttons or menus
    • legacy: currently used for all polyfills and scripts related to backwards compatibility
    • libraries: dependencies that we eventually want to remove and include during the build step
    • scripts: any script that isn't tied to a UI element or page but rather general functionality
    • strings: translations for the entire interface
    • themes: custom and bundled themes can be found here in their own directories


  1. jellyfin_kodi
    • database: manipulating the local Jellyfin sqlite database
    • dialogs: code behind popup menus for user interaction
    • entrypoint: main add-on settings page
    • helper: small helper functions, mostly formatting or reused functions
    • jellyfin: interacting with the server
    • objects:
      • kodi: handling local Kodi media types and database
  2. resources:
    • language: string files for localization
    • skins: design of popup menus for user interaction