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OMV Webinterface

Developer Volker Theile
OS family GNU/Linux
↳ Debian GNU/Linux
↳ OpenMediaVault
Latest release 0.5.27
22 December 2013 (2013-12-22)
Platforms IA-32
License GNU GPL v3 (Free Software)
Official website

OpenMediaVault (OMV) is a complete and free open-source software (FOSS) network-attached storage (NAS) operating system (OS).[1] It is developed and designed primarily for home use. Developer Volker Theile began development of OpenMediaVault in 2009. Previously he worked with the FreeNAS[2][3] project.


OpenMediaVault is based on the Debian Linux distribution. It is licensed through the GNU General Public License v3[4] as published by the Free Software Foundation. OpenMediaVault uses Debian's official standard for package management, the Advanced Packaging Tool (APT). OpenMediaVault is designed to be configured and administered via the Webinterface, and is currently compatible with 32 and 64bit hardware


Through an Application programming interface (API)[5], OpenMediaVault is designed for features to be added to the Webinterface via the Plug-in System. The developer provides some Plug-ins that can be installed via the Webinterface, while others are developed by the community.[6] Many of the community supported Plug-ins are currently hosted in an unofficial plugin repository.[7]

Other features include:


Minimum System requirements[edit]

  • IA-32 (i386/i486) or AMD64 platform
  • 1 GiB RAM
  • 2 GiB Hard Drive (NOTE: The entire disk is used as a system disk. This disk can not be used to store user data.)
  • 1 HDD for data storage
  • 1 Network Card

Hardware support[edit]

Refer to the Debian Hardware Database to see a complete list of compatible hardware. [8]

Release history[edit]

Legend: Old version Older version, still supported Current stable version Latest preview version Future release
Version Name Release Date Base Notes
Old version, no longer supported: 0.2 Ix EOL 2011-10-17[9] Debian 6 initial public release
Old version, no longer supported: 0.3 Omnius EOL 2012-04-18[10] Debian 6 introduced multi-language web interface and graphical user prompt for rights administration via ACL
Older version, yet still supported: 0.4 Fedaykin stable version
maintenance only
2012-09-21[11][12] Debian 6 general improvements and customizing
Current stable version: 0.5 Sardaukar stable version 2013-08-25[13] Debian 6 changes in the API, 0.4 plugins are not compatible[14]
Future release: 0.6 development version Debian 7 support for Samba 4 and Btrfs filesystem[15]


OpenMediaVault is free Software and is available without charge. It is possible to support OMV through PayPal.


In addition to the version number, each version has a codename which is from the novel Dune from Frank Herbert.

See also[edit]



[[Category:Free file transfer software]] [[Category:Debian]] [[Category:Network-attached storage]] [[Category:Home servers]] [[Category:Free software]] [[Category:Linux distributions]]