Roon is offered in a variety of software packages to accommodate your setup. Whether you are running Roon on one computer, or need to stream audio to multiple rooms across several devices, you can use this overview to find the right versions of Roon for your configuration.
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✓Control ✓Core ✓Output
An all-in-one solution that includes control, core, and output
functionality. Choose this package if you only have one computer that manages your music library and connects to your audio outputs (wired via USB or over the network).
This package requires OpenGL 3.0 to run the custom graphics engine that powers Roon. If your machine does not support OpenGL 3.0, as an alternative you can install Roon Server and control it with Roon Remote on your mobile device.
Roon Server is for those who want to install Roon on a machine with no monitor or graphical interface. This machine will still manage music library and audio outputs, but because it has no graphical user interface, it requires another device for control. After installing Roon Server on your headless machine, you can install Roon Remote on your mobile device or laptop to control Roon Server. You can read more about Roon Server here
Installing Roon Remote on a supported iPad or Android tablet allows you to control Roon or Roon Server using Roon's rich, immersive browsing experience. Roon Remote does not include core functionality, but it can connect to a Roon or Roon Server on your network. You can read more about using Roon remotely here
You can also run Roon Remote on another Mac or PC, just install the Roon app and choose to run as a remote during setup.
Roon Bridge can be installed to add audio outputs to your setup over the network, perfect for multi-room configurations. You can read more about Roon Bridge here
Minimum Requirements See the FAQ: What are the minimum requirements? for more information about the hardware and software platforms supported by Roon. Installing Roon on macOS Download the .dmg (Disk image) file from our downloads page. See Software ...
What is Roon Server? In terms of our Architecture, Roon Server packages provide Core and Output functionality. Why would you want to use Roon Server? A computer being used as a server that does not have a display or keyboard directly attached is ...
What is Roon Bridge? Roon Bridge is a software package that extends Roon's audio playback capabilities to other devices or computers in your home. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, including inexpensive embedded platforms like the Raspberry ...
Roon Server on NAS
To get a faster, more reliable Roon experience, we recommend moving away from networked file systems in favor of local storage. For a fully turnkey Roon Core with space for internal storage, check out Nucleus by Roon Labs. Roon Server requires a more ...
Installing Roon on Linux
Overview Two packages are available for Linux: Roon Bridge and Roon Server. There is no real purpose to running Roon Server and Roon Bridge on the same machine, since both provide identical access to audio devices. That said, doing so should not ...