Raspberry Pi Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users and developers of hardware and software for Raspberry Pi. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to be able to serve files from my external hard drive through my Raspberry Pi to my network. Essentially using the Raspberry Pi as a network interface for my External Hard Drive, and allowing my other devices (game consoles, tablets, PCs, etc) to access the media there.

I like the interface and flexibility of Windows Media Center, but I suppose that's probably a no-go here.

share|improve this question
This is a bit subjective... – Jivings Jun 13 '12 at 1:07
@Jivings In what way? – Kyle Macey Jun 13 '12 at 1:08
Because it depends on ones preference of media center. Personally I use Samba to share files and OMXPlayer to play them. – Jivings Jun 13 '12 at 1:11
up vote 16 down vote accepted

Have you taken a look at XBMC?

There are two distros being developed for the Pi. These are:

Your other choice is to perform connectivity and media playback manually. This involves using a Samba for file sharing and OMXPlayer for your media.

My new personal favorite is XBian, which is well supported, up-to-date, and offers a selection of useful utilities pre-installed such as Transmission and Sickbeard.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.