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The Complete Guide to Installing and Using Jellyfin on FireStick

January 21, 2024

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Introduction to Jellyfin – What It Is and Why It’s Useful

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Jellyfin is a free, open-source alternative to paid media center platforms like Plex and Emby. It allows you to set up your own personal streaming server to organize, manage and stream movies, TV shows, music, photos, and other media files.

Benefits of using Jellyfin on FireStick:

  • Stream your own media collection instead of relying only on streaming services
  • Consolidate media files in one place for easy access
  • Manage and view media metadata like descriptions, posters, ratings
  • Stream media to multiple devices like Apple TV, Samsung TVs, phones, tablets, smart TVs
  • Available for free with no subscription or in-app purchases
  • Open-source so you know exactly how your data is handled

As a long-time Fire TV user myself, I find Jellyfin invaluable for centralizing all my downloaded or ripped media. The streaming quality is excellent, it connects seamlessly to my Chromecast, and the interface is intuitive.

In the rest of this guide, I’ll walk through exactly how to get Jellyfin set up on your FireStick in just a few steps.

Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Jellyfin on FireStick

Before we get into the installation, let’s go over the prerequisites:

  • Fire OS 5 or higher
  • Stable internet connection
  • Amazon account credentials
  • MicroSD card (optional but recommended)

There are two main methods for installing Jellyfin on FireStick:

  1. Directly through the Amazon App Store
  2. Sideloading via Downloader app

Both methods are covered below.

Method 1: Install Jellyfin from the Amazon App Store

This method is the easiest way to install Jellyfin on FireStick.

1. From your FireStick home screen, select the Find option

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2. Click on the Search magnifying glass icon

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3. Type in “Jellyfin” and select it from the search results

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4. Click the Jellyfin icon

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5. Select Download or Get (button varies)

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6. Wait for the app to download and install

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7. You can now open Jellyfin from the FireStick home screen

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And that’s it! Jellyfin is now installed on your Fire TV Stick through the official App Store.

Method 2: Sideload Jellyfin APK using Downloader

If you’d prefer more control or want to sideload an older version of Jellyfin, use this method.

You’ll need the Downloader app first:

1. From the FireStick home screen, select Apps

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2. Select Downloader

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3. Grant the needed permissions when prompted

Now to install Jellyfin:

1. Open Downloader and enter firesticktricks.com/jellyfinapk

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2. Select Go and wait for the APK download

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3. Select Install once finished

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4. Choose Delete when asked about the downloaded file

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5. You’ll now find Jellyfin ready to open on your FireStick home screen

And that covers sideloading Jellyfin onto FireStick!

Connecting to Jellyfin Server

Whichever method you used to install Jellyfin, you’ll next need to connect it to the Jellyfin server you’ve set up.

Here are the steps:

1. Launch Jellyfin on your Fire TV

2. Enter the correct server address and port

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3. Select the user you want to sign in with

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4. Enter password if prompted

5. Your media library will now sync and you’ll have access to all your files

Important note: You’ll need to have already set up a Jellyfin server on a computer or network attached storage drive on your local network. That serves as the central repository holding your actual media files.

The Jellyfin app on FireStick is just the client that streams from that backend server. You can visit Jellyfin’s site for details on getting a server running.

How to Use Jellyfin on FireStick – Tips and Features

Now that you have Jellyfin set up, let’s go over how you can use it and some of the best features.

Navigating the Interface

The Jellyfin interface on FireStick is intuitive with just a few main areas:

  • Home: Shows your media library organized into Movies, TV Shows, Music, etc.
  • Favorites: Quick access to media you favorite for fast playback later
  • Search: Find specific movies, shows, albums
  • Settings: Change options like theme, subtitle language, cache location

You can browse through categories or use the built-in search to quickly pull up a certain title. Select any show, movie or album to start playback.

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Tip: Long press the play icon to access handy options during media playback like subtitles, aspect ratio adjustment, and more.

Sorting and Filtering Your Library

One of Jellyfin’s best features is automatically downloading rich metadata for your media and giving you powerful ways to sort and filter.

From any media category (Movies, TV Shows) you can apply filters like:

  • Recently added
  • Highest rated
  • 4K titles
  • Featuring a certain actor
  • By genre
  • Release year
  • Parental rating

You can also change the view style to show boxes, compact list view, or poster view.

Plus every movie and show has detailed information like ratings, cast, crew, descriptions, images, trailers and more pulled in automatically.

This metadata combined with robust filters makes it easy to slice and dice your library to quickly find what you want.

Offline Media Playback

If you’ll be without internet or want to save data, Jellyfin has a handy feature for offline media playback.

First, make sure external storage is mounted:

  1. Go to Settings > Device > Storage
  2. Select your connected USB drive
  3. Choose Mount

Now to make titles available offline:

  1. Highlight a movie, show or album
  2. Press menu button on remote
  3. Select Download
  4. Choose download quality
  5. Wait for download to finish

The title will now have a green arrow indicating it’s available for offline playback even without internet.

Using Jellyfin on Multiple Devices

A great benefit of Jellyfin is that your entire media library and watch status is synced across all devices connected to your server.

So you can start watching a movie on your tablet and pick up right where you left off on your home theater system.

Jellyfin apps are available for all major platforms:

  • Fire OS
  • Android
  • iOS
  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Roku

Plus there are browser-based apps allowing you to stream from any laptop or desktop as well.

All your devices stay perfectly in sync regardless of where you watch your media.

Customizing and Optimizing Jellyfin on FireStick

Let’s go over some tweaks to customize Jellyfin to your needs and preferences.

Changing Server Settings

In the app settings you can modify advanced server options by selecting Advanced under the Video, Audio, Subtitles sections.

Here you can alter:

  • Maximum playback bitrates
  • Encoding priorities
  • Default subtitle selection
  • And more

If you run into buffering or stability issues, adjusting these server-side settings is a good troubleshooting step.

Altering Client Settings

There are also a number of client settings accessible directly on your FireStick Jellyfin installation:

  1. Go to Settings from Jellyfin home screen
  2. Select options like:
  • Toggle theme between light and dark mode
  • Set cache location
  • Change subtitle appearance
  • Enable auto play of next episode
  • Adjust max streaming bitrate
  • And more

Play around to dial in your preferred settings.

Linking Trakttv Account

To really amplify Jellyfin, consider linking your Trakttv account which will enrich your media library even further.

When connected, Jellyfin automatically pulls in trailers, images, ratings, actor info, summaries, and other metadata from Trakt improving the experience.

To link accounts:

  1. Go to Settings > Users
  2. Enter your Trakt credentials
  3. Authorize permission to share data

And that’s it! Your Jellyfin library will now sync much more metadata from Trakt to supplement the information already scraped from TheMovieDB and TheTVDB.

Troubleshooting Problems with Jellyfin on FireStick

Jellyfin is generally quite stable, but here are some solutions for common issues you may encounter:

Can’t sign into my server

  • Double check server address and port
  • Verify your user credentials
  • Make sure Jellyfin server is running on the backend
  • Check firewall and router configuration

Choppy playback and buffering

  • Lower maximum streaming bitrate in app settings
  • Adjust encoding priorities on server
  • Check internet speeds with speedtest
  • Reboot router and FireStick

Missing descriptions, metadata, posters

Consider linking Trakt account to amplify scraped data as covered above.

Subtitles not working

  • Enable subtitle support on server
  • Confirm SRT files are named identically and in same folder as media
  • Adjust subtitle settings on player and confirm language selected

Can’t find Jellyfin app

  • Re-run downloader with updated URL for latest APK
  • Uninstall and fresh install Jellyfin
  • Restart FireStick

Hopefully those cover any major problems, but Google and Jellyfin’s forum are great resources as well.

Closing Recommendations and Next Steps

And that wraps up this complete guide to installing Jellyfin on FireStick and unleashing your own personal media streaming server!

The key next steps I recommend are:

  • Get a Jellyfin server installed on local network storage
  • Stock it full of your personal media collection
  • Install Jellyfin app on all your streaming devices
  • Link Trakt account to amplify metadata
  • Make use of robust sorting and filtering to discover new stuff
  • Set a few titles to be available offline
  • And never pay for an streaming service again!

Jellyfin combined with Kodi for added streaming sources give you an insanely powerful private media center rivaling any paid service.

I sincerely hope this guide served you well setting up Jellyfin on your FireStick. Let me know if you have any questions down below!