Mar 4, 2015


OpenMediaVault (OMV) is a complete and free open-source software (FOSS) network-attached storage (NAS) operating system (OS). It is developed and designed primarily for home use. Developer Volker Theile began development of OpenMediaVault in 2009 Previously he worked with the FreeNAS project.

OpenMediaVault is based on the Debian Linux distribution. It is licensed through the GNU General Public License v3 as published by the Free Software Foundation. OpenMediaVault uses Debian's official standard for package management, the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT). OpenMediaVault is designed to be configured and administered via the Webinterface, which is written in Ext JS, and is currently compatible with 32 and 64bit hardware


Through an Application programming interface (API),  OpenMediaVault is designed for features to be added to the Webinterface via the Plug-in System. The developer provides a group of core Plug-ins that can be installed via the Webinterface, while others are developed by the community. Many of the community supported Plug-ins are currently hosted in an unofficial plugin repository.

Other features include:
  • Multi Language web based graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Protocols: CIFS (Samba), FTP, NFS (Version 3 and 4), SSH, rsync, iSCSI, AFP and TFTP
  • Software-RAID with the RAID-Level 0, 1, 4, 5, 6 and 10 plus JBOD
  • Monitoring: Syslog, Watchdog, S.M.A.R.T., SNMP (v1/2c/3) (Read-Only)
  • Statistic reports per E-Mail
  • Statistic graphs for the CPU-workload, LAN transferrates, hard disk usage and RAM allocation
  • GPT/EFI partitioning >2 TByte possible, ext4 maximal 16TiB
  • Filesystems: ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, JFS, NTFS, FAT32
  • Quota
  • User and groupmanagement
  • Access controls via ACL
  • Link Aggreggation Bonding, Wake On LAN
  • Plug-in system

Core Plug-ins are developed by Volker Theile
  • ClamAV - Antivirus software
  • Digital Audio Access Protocol - provides audio files in a local network (also for iTunes)
  • SAN and iSCSI - blockbased access datastores over the network
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol - Information request and changes of an Directory service
  • Logical Volume Manager - enables the possibility to create and administrate dynamic partitions
  • Netatalk - File-, time- and printserver for Apple Macintosh
  • Plug-in to support the use of an Uninterruptible power supply
  • easy changes to the Routing tables
  • Plug-in, which allows (automatic) backups to external USB hard disks
External Plug-ins are available via additional package repositories. The majority of those Plug-ins are developed by a group called OpenMediaVault Plugin Developers. The status of all Plug-ins can be viewed online.

Minimum System requirements
  • IA-32 (i386/i486) or AMD64 platform
  • 1 GiB RAM
  • 2 GiB hard drive, solid-state drive, or USB flash drive with static wear leveling support (NOTE: The entire disk is used as a system disk. This disk can not be used to store user data.)
  • 1 hard drive, solid-state drive, or USB flash drive for storing user data
  • 1 network card


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