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Calibre is a comprehensive book library package.

I had the server running on my Ubuntu 14.04 system about 5 years ago. From memory the Calibre web interface was a bit unpolished, however some of my phone apps could access the library for easier book access.

I recently looked at my local library again because I wanted to reread some of my favorite books. I spent some time to clean the library up, but still need to spend more time.

The best solution is on the Calibre website Download for Linux
I took the advise and loaded the recommended dependencies from How To Create a Calibre Ebook Server on Ubuntu 20.04 first: sudo apt update && sudo apt install -y libfontconfig libgl1-mesa-glx
After this I ran the command as recommended by Calibre Download for Linux : sudo -v && wget -nv -O- https://download.calibre-ebook.com/linux-installer.sh | sudo sh /dev/stdin. As expected the installer came up with:

  • *Setting up completion failed with error:
  • *Setting up desktop integration failed with error:

As the installation was on a server that does not have the desktop installed.

I tested the installation with the terminal command: calibre-server '/mnt/disk1/KarlData/Karl Data 2/Calibre_library' Testing with http://your_server_ip:8080 in a browser on my LAN.

Next setup the systemd service as follows sudo vim sudo vim /etc/systemd/system/calibre-server.service :

## startup service
[Unit]
Description=calibre content server
After=network.target

[Service]
Type=simple
User= user
Group= group
ExecStart=/opt/calibre/calibre-server '/mnt/disk1/KarlData/Karl Data 2/Calibre_library' --enable-local-write

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Where for user and group I just used my normal user and group values.
Run sudo systemctl daemon-reload to configure the new systemd service. After this the usual systemctl commands on the new service can be used, e.g.:

  • sudo systemctl enable calibre-server
  • sudo systemctl start calibre-server

Since I got Wireguard running to allow secure remote access to my LAN I can not be bothered trying to put my Calibre library on my public access web. This is just for my personal use. I access it using the command noted earlier: http://your_server_ip:8080. This also means that I do not need to bother with password protecting access to the Calibre on-line server, as it is only accessible on my LAN. If some one gains unauthorised access to my LAN, their access to my Calibre Library is the least of my problems!

In any case some links to setup as a Linux server are as follows:


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  • Last modified: 2022-01-16 Sun wk02 11:19
  • by baumkp