Documenting the steps I took to get a Calibre server up and running on a Raspberry Pi.


A Raspberry Pi that’s accessible from devices in the network and that’s optionally set up with a static IP and a custom domain.

Setting up calibre

Install calibre. The latest version of calibre doesn’t seem to be available in the repos.

sudo apt install calibre

Create a calibre library.

mkdir /mnt/elements/media/ebooks/
cd /mnt/elements/media/ebooks/
wget -O
calibredb add /mnt/elements/media/ebooks/* --library-path /mnt/elements/media/ebooks/

Make sure everything works

calibre-server /mnt/elements/media/ebooks/

Try loading up

(Optional) Create a systemd service unit file to manage the server. Create file at /etc/systemd/system/calibre-server.service with the following

Description=calibre content server

ExecStart=/usr/bin/calibre-server "/mnt/elements/media/ebooks/"


Try starting up the server

systemctl enable calibre-server
systemctl start calibre-server

Next Steps

You can make the server publicly accessible over HTTPS.