Host your own Madsonic server on Windows Server: A comprehensive guide

Madsonic is a popular media server designed for music lovers. It provides a user-friendly interface for managing your music collection, creating playlists, and streaming music to multiple devices. One of the best things about Madsonic is that it can be hosted on your own server, allowing you to access your music library from anywhere. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps of hosting your own Madsonic server on a Windows Server.

Prerequisites: Before we get started, make sure that you have the following prerequisites:

  • A Windows Server with administrative access.
  • Java 8 or later installed on the server.
  • Madsonic installation file (downloadable from the official website).
  • Port 4040 open on your firewall.

Step 1: Install Madsonic To begin, download the latest version of Madsonic from the official website. Once downloaded, navigate to the folder where the installation file is saved and double-click on it to begin the installation process. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.

Step 2: Configure Madsonic Once the installation is complete, launch Madsonic from the Start menu. You will be prompted to configure your server settings. Enter the appropriate information such as your server name, port number, and music folder location.

Step 3: Configure firewall Make sure to open port 4040 on your firewall to allow remote access to your Madsonic server.

Step 4: Configure SSL (optional) To ensure secure remote access, you can configure SSL for your Madsonic server. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Download and install OpenSSL on your Windows Server.
  2. Open the OpenSSL command prompt and generate a self-signed certificate.
  3. Copy the generated certificate and private key to your Madsonic installation folder.
  4. Open the file in a text editor.
  5. Add the following lines to the file: https.port=4443 https.keystore=/path/to/certificate https.keystore.password=password
  6. Save the file and restart Madsonic.

Step 5: Access Madsonic Now that Madsonic is installed and configured, you can access it by opening a web browser and entering the server’s IP address followed by the port number (e.g. You will be prompted to enter your Madsonic login credentials.

Step 6: Customize Madsonic Madsonic provides various customization options that allow you to customize the look and feel of your media server. You can customize the themes, background images, and more by navigating to the “Settings” menu.

Conclusion: Hosting your own Madsonic server on a Windows Server is a great way to keep your music library organized and accessible from anywhere. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can easily install and configure Madsonic on your own server.