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Welcome to Amahi!

The Amahi home server is a GNU/Linux-based, open-source network server.

  • It is meant to be headless, and running 24x7.
  • Some people also use it as a desktop, while still serving the rest of the home network.
  • It has the following features:
    • Centralized storage server
    • Bare metal backup server
    • Calendar server
    • Wiki server
    • Remote access server (for secure remote access to your files) (i.e. VPN).
    • Printer server
    • ... and other types of installable services:
      • Bittorrent server
      • Slideshow generator
      • Recipes database
      • ... and many more in the online Application Gallery!

We think there are two "types" of users for our HDAs:

  • The technical user (the one who installs and runs it)
  • The real user of the home network: spouses, kids, etc.

We have a few features that are directed towards making life easier for one or the other, or both. However, ultimately, the real users are the non-technical users.

The features directed towards the technical user are meant to make his/her life easier when running a home network for the benefit of all the users.

More Amahi!

The User_Manual is now available for download, it gets updated a lot so keep it up to date. Update dates will be posted when updated.

Storage and file sharing How to store your music, pictures, movies and other files and share them with the rest of the devices in your network.
Networking Using your HDA to manage your home network
Remote Access Accessing your HDA from anywhere on the network
  • VPN: Accessing your HDA remotely from outside your network.
  • VNC: Accessing your HDA remotely from inside your network (e.g. if your HDA is "headless").
  • FreeNX: Accessing your HDA with FreeNX
  • SSH based access to your HDA: Key-Based SSH Logins

Doing More

Using Applications

For a more detailed list refer to the Apps Directory

  • Remote File Management AjaxPlorer
  • Calendars: How to use the calendar server in the HDA, including Outlook and iCal sync.
  • PXE KNIFE be able to install different operating systems, or run virus checkers, all by network-booting ...
  • Wiki: All about the wiki in your HDA.
  • Dashboard_Design: Using the amahi Dashboard

Getting `Under the Hood`


Roadmap & Development



Related Links

  • Intro: Introduction to the Amahi HDA
  • FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Feedback: Issues, feedback.
  • Developers: How to write HDA apps, questions, API suggestions, etc.
  • Requirements: What's needed
  • Credits: How are we doing all this!?! We have many OSS projects to thank!

For questions or help do not hesitate to contact us.

Featured Application

Transmission is a fast, easy, and free multi-platform BitTorrent client.

Transmission is designed from the ground up to balance power with simplicity. We've set initial preferences so things "Just Work", while advanced features like watch directories, bad peer blocking, and the web interface can be configured with just a few clicks.

When Ubuntu chose Transmission as its default BitTorrent client, one of the most-cited reasons was its easy learning curve.

With few dependencies and written in C, Transmission has the lowest memory footprint of any BitTorrent client we've seen. It's also the client of choice on low-memory hardware. Imageshack chose Transmission for its BitTorrent farms because the competition "requires amounts of memory several times greater than Transmission". Native.

Unlike some cross-platform programs, Transmission seamlessly integrates with your operating system. The Mac OS X interface is written in Objective-C and uses Growl notifications and dock badging to keep you informed.

"It's fast, it's extremely lightweight, and — even though it's available for a variety of platforms — it behaves just as you'd expect a Mac program to." Macworld, naming Transmission a "Mac Gem"

The GTK+ interface has been carefully written with the GNOME Human Interface Guidelines in mind. It uses libnotify for torrent notification, DBUS for hibernation management, and GIO for watch directories. Powerful.

Transmission has the features you expect in a BitTorrent client: encryption, a web-based interface, peer exchange, UPnP and NAT-PMP port forwarding, web seed support, watch directories, tracker editing, global and per-torrent speed limits, and more. Free.

Transmission is free software. All its code is freely available online and is licensed under either the GNU Public License v2 or the MIT License. The development team welcomes anyone who is interested in contributing code, documentation, translations, or other help.

Read more about Transmission -

Editing The Wiki

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