Setting up a Calibre library server

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The Calibre library server is a great way to store your eBooks. It allows you to:


Install the Calibre package. You might also want rsync to upload books.

apt install -y calibre rsync
mkdir /opt/calibre

Either upload your existing library using rsync. For example to /opt/calibre/.

cd ~/Documents
rsync -avuP your-library-dir

Or create a library and add a book to it:

cd /opt/calibre
calibredb add book.epub --with-library your-library

Add a new user to protect your server:

calibre-server --manage-users

Creating a service

Create a new file /etc/systemd/system/calibre-server.service and add the following:

Description=Calibre library server

ExecStart=/usr/bin/calibre-server --enable-auth --enable-local-write /opt/calibre/your_library --listen-on


Issue systemctl daemon-reload to apply the changes.

Enable and start the service.

systemctl enable calibre-server
systemctl start calibre-server

A reverse proxy with Nginx

Create a new file /etc/nginx/sites-available/calibre and enter the following:

server {
    listen 80;
    client_max_body_size 64M; # to upload large books
    server_name ;

    location / {

Issue a Let's Encrypt certificate. Detailed instructions and additional information.

certbot --nginx

Now just go to The server will request an username and a password.


After login you will see something like this.



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