Install TVHeadend in a Proxmox LXC Container running Ubuntu 16.04

TVHeadend is my favourite TV Server.

There weren’t too many battles setting up the install but there were some.

Step 1 of course is to create your “CT’. It doesn’t need much so I just gave it the following:

root@pve01:/etc/pve/lxc# cat 102.conf 
arch: amd64
cpulimit: 4
cpuunits: 4096
hostname: media
memory: 4096
net0: name=eth0,bridge=vmbr1,gw=,hwaddr=00:0A:DE:01:02:10,ip=,ip6=auto,tag=10,type=veth
onboot: 1
ostype: ubuntu
rootfs: ssdmirror:subvol-102-disk-1,size=32G
startup: order=4,up=5,down=5
swap: 4096

4 cores, 4 gigs of RAM/swap and a 32G disk. This is because I’ll also have Plex, SABnzbd, CouchPotato and Sonar in the same CT.

A few things tripped me up. The debian sources aren’t optimal for me, the local timezone wasn’t set, and TVH wouldn’t auto start.

After creating CT, some housekeeping:

root@media:/home/hts/.hts# cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb xenial main restricted universe multiverse
deb xenial-updates main restricted universe multiverse
deb xenial-backports main restricted universe multiverse
deb xenial partner
deb xenial-security main restricted universe multiverse

### TVH source
deb stable main

Those “au” ones are much better for Australia.  You can possibly find even faster ones with this guide, although I don’t know if that works with Ubuntu. It certainly works in Debian.

The “tvheadend” source for Ubuntu is as per here:  I just go the sable branch, as I’m not after any new features and like things to not break. The stable branch is regularly updated so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

The timezone wasn’t set so I fixed that with:

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

Then I went to work with apt:

apt-get update
apt-get dist-upgrade
apt-get autoremove
apt-get install tvheadend

I started tvheadend with “service tvheadend start” and saw it all looked good. The only problem is that it doesn’t start on reboot. I traced this down with a google search to the installer being not quite compatible with systemd, but there is a fix that works fine for me (as per this bug ID:

root@media:~# systemctl enable tvheadend.service
tvheadend.service is not a native service, redirecting to systemd-sysv-install
Executing /lib/systemd/systemd-sysv-install enable tvheadend


For Australia you can get the TV icons by:

cd /usr/src
git clone

Then prefer picons over channel names in the settings and set the path to:


 Migrating from another Server

I found this post to be very handy. In a nutshell:

## the "FROM" box
sudo service tvheadend stop
sudo -s
cd /home/hts/.hts
sudo tar cvfp ../tvheadend.tar tvheadend
cd /home/hts/

## the "TO" box
new box
sudo service tvheadend stop
sudo -s
cd /home/hts/.hts
sudo mv tvheadend tvheadend-backup
tar xvfp ~/tvheadend.tar

I was very glad I didn’t need to manually copy all my old settings across!



  1. Hi Gavin! My tvheadend is running fine in a LXD container with Ubuntu Server 16.04 Xenial. I am also using the Official Apt Repository of tvheadend. My version is Build: 4.0.9-13~g64fec81~xenial. But I am missing the transcode options. I want to transcode my recordings automatically. Are they building the official deb packages without the transcoding support? Thank you! Kind regards, Matt

      1. Thank you for your reply. The multiverse repo is enabled and I think that I installed all necessary codecs. Well, I tried also the unstable version of tvheadend and this provides the transcode options but it’s really unstable (crashes etc). I guess the stable version was unfortunately built without the transcoding features :/

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