How Do I Start a Calibre Web Server?


Scott Campbell

Starting a Calibre web server is a straightforward process that allows you to access and manage your e-book library from any device connected to the same network. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps required to set up and run a Calibre web server.

Step 1: Install Calibre
Before we begin, ensure that you have Calibre installed on your computer. If not, head over to the official Calibre website and download the latest version compatible with your operating system.

Step 2: Launch Calibre
Once Calibre is installed, open the application on your computer. The main interface of Calibre will appear, showcasing your library of e-books.

Step 3: Configure Preferences
To start the web server, you need to configure some preferences. Click on the “Preferences” button in the toolbar or navigate to “Preferences” under the “Preferences” menu option.

E-book Format Preferences

Under the “Import/Export” section in preferences, make sure that your desired e-book formats are selected for importing and exporting. This ensures compatibility when accessing your library through the web server.

Sharing Over The Net

In the left-hand sidebar of preferences, click on “Sharing Over The Net.” Here, enable the checkbox labeled “Enable Content Server.” You can also specify a custom port number if desired or leave it as default (port 8080).

Step 4: Start The Web Server
With all preferences set up correctly, it’s time to start the web server. Simply click on the “Connect/Share” button located at the top-right corner of Calibre’s main interface. A drop-down menu will appear; select “Start Content Server.”

If everything goes well, you should see a message indicating that the web server has started successfully. The message will also provide the IP address and port number you need to access your Calibre library.

Step 5: Access Your Library
Now that the web server is running, you can access your Calibre library from any device connected to the same network. Open a web browser on your desired device and enter the IP address and port number provided in the previous step.

For example, if the IP address is and the port number is 8080, you would enter “http://192.10:8080” in your web browser’s address bar.

Once entered, press Enter or click Go, and you will be redirected to the Calibre web interface. Here, you can browse your e-book library, search for specific titles, sort books by author or genre, and even download e-books directly to your device for offline reading.

  • Troubleshooting Tips:
  • If you are unable to access the Calibre web server from another device on the network, make sure that both devices are connected to the same network.
  • If you have multiple network interfaces (e.g., Wi-Fi and Ethernet), ensure that both devices are connected through the same interface.
  • Check if any firewall or antivirus software is blocking access to the web server. Temporarily disabling them can help identify if they are causing any issues.

With a running Calibre web server, managing your e-book library becomes more convenient than ever before. You can access it from various devices without needing to transfer files manually.

So go ahead, start your own Calibre web server today and enjoy seamless access to your e-book collection!

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