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A step by step guide to installing MediaPortal using the Installer (Deploy Tool)


The primary function of MP is to provide a whole-house media solution, which includes sharing TV Tuner(s) resources to multiple systems (clients) on a home network. Thus, the software is split into two parts:


Warning: Always run the installer from your local hard disk, not from a network share. The Installer is a .net application which can not be started if is located on a network share. 

Install Options

The design of MP is flexible. You can install and configure it to suit your hardware configuration. 

Thus, through a series of questions and answers, the Installer supports a variety of different installations based on your configuration:

Without TV

You can use MediaPortal as a media center without Live TV:


  • No
    • Choose One Click Installation to install only MediaPortal (client) not the TV-Server or TV Client plugin

With TV

Use MediaPortal to Watch TV?

  • Yes
    • Choose One Click Installation to install both MediaPortal and TV-Server* *on the same system

Server, Client or both

  • Choose Advanced Installation to install:
    • Single-seat - both the server-side and the client-side can be installed on the same HTPC (same as One Click Installation but you can select custom options) 
    • Dedicated TV-Server (master) - to install ONLY the TV-Server, not MediaPortal (client). 
    • MediaPortal client - to install ONLY MediaPortal without the TV-Server -  the TV client can connect to another PC which has MediaPortal with either Single-seat or Dedicated TV-Server option installed on it.