FAQ: How do I move my Roon library to a new computer?

FAQ: How do I move my Roon library to a new computer?

Roon tracks every file in your library, and any actions you take in Roon are attached to that file, whether you're editing it, adding it to a playlist, marking it as a favorite, or tracking how many times you've played it.

Starting with Roon 1.1 (Build 69), Roon will be able to track your files and preserve your edits in as many situations as possible, including cases where you need to move your Roon Core install to a new operating system.

The instructions below detail the process for moving your install to a new operating system while preserving your edits, playlists, login info, history, preferences, and more.

Migrating To A New Computer 

Before you start, please:
  1. Confirm you're running the latest version of Roon. You can check this by clicking About on the Settings page.
  2. Make sure you have a recent backup. instructions are here.
  3. Confirm the audio extraction process has completed. Once in while (such as when you first update to Build 69) Roon will need to extract audio from your files for tracking. While your files are being analyzed, you can monitor this process by clicking the spinner in the top-right, next to Bookmarks and Search

If the spinner disappears, your files have been fully analyzed.


  Note that these instructions don't cover moving your music files themselves. If you store your files on a USB drive, you will have to confirm it works on the new computer that will be running your Roon Core. If you use a NAS drive, you may have to re-add it to Roon once you've followed the steps below and moved your database to the new platform.
  1. Make a backup (details here) to a local or network storage device
  2. Install Roon or RoonServer on the new machine. You can visit the Roon website and download the appropriate installer for your new platform
  3. Run the installer and launch Roon or Roon Server. If you installed Roon Server, you will need to also launch Roon in order to configure your new Core. This can be done from any other supported computer or tablet on your network. 
  4. Restore the backup. When you reach the login screen, don't log in. Click the "Restore a Backup" link in the lower-left and point Roon at the backup you made in Step 1. 


In many cases, Roon will no longer be able to find your storage devices. In order to preserve your edits, play history, and playlists, make sure to edit the paths according to this guide.

If you have any issues with this process or need more assistance, please  let us know. Thanks!

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