[mythtv-users] running mythtv-backend in a VM?

James Abernathy jfabernathy at gmail.com
Mon May 8 18:34:40 UTC 2023

While playing around I have discovered that in some distros it can be
complicated to get mythtv running.  So I was wondering if you have a
requirement to run a distro that is not Mythtv friendly. What about using a

I setup KVM/QEMU and created a VM of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. I setup a share
directory between the host and Ubuntu guest machine using virtiofs and
mount that via /etc/fstab.

So Installing mythtv on Ubuntu is relatively easy.  Since my PC is uses a
network bridge, the VM is on the same subnet as the home network and can
see the HDHR tuners.

This works without any noticeable performance impact on the  PC.  So to me
keeping Mythtv simple by running it in a Ubuntu VM seems to be a perfect
solution if you are required to run another Distro and want Mythtv?

What am I missing?

Jim A
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