Olaris 0.2: Nephelae

It’s been a month since Olaris’s first release and we have been hard at work at making various improvements; big and small. Let’s start with the big one first.

We’ve added support for a dozen or so cloud hosting providers so that your files can be indexed and streamed directly from an online source. The following providers are supported with the 0.2.0 release.

Now obviously a month is not enough to build in support for all these services ourselves, we managed to get this done in such a short time because we built on top of the shoulders of a giant: Rclone. For those that are unaware Rclone is a command line tool to interact with various cloud hosting platforms. Because Rclone is written in the same language as Olaris we were able to integrate Rclone as a library inside the Olaris codebase. This means that we only had to (re-)write our codebase to support indexing and streaming from an Rclone backend and Rclone took care of all the other details for us.

To get connected to a cloud hosting provider Olaris 0.2 expects that you already have a working Rclone configuration on the server where Olaris is installed. There is no way yet to setup an Rclone remote from within Olaris although we do plan to do this at a later date. FUSE is not needed for this to work.

We have not been able to test all the providers that should be supported so please let us know how things work for you, and more specifically if they don’t work. We are also very interested in hearing about the API calls being produced with the various remote configurations (cache, non-cache).

Adding a cloud library

To add a cloud library with Rclone first ensure you have a working Rclone configuration setup.

  1. Navigate to your Olaris and press the “+”-sign next to the library type you want to add.
  2. Select “Rclone” in the “Library Type” dialog.
  3. A new select box should appear with the remotes Olaris found in your Rclone config file, select the one you want to add.
  4. Lastly enter the path you want to index on this remote. Add an Rclone remote

There is no local filesystem involved in this procedure so always make sure you enter the path from the root of your cloud provider. Do note that indexing from a cloud provider will be much slower than from a local filesystem because of the higher latency of the cloud storage. Files from cloud storage may also take a tad longer to start playback. However, playback should be smooth and stutter-free as usual.

Other changes in 0.2.0

Here are some other smaller things that got changed in this Olaris release.


Olaris 0.2 can be downloaded here, please give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

As always issues can be reported on our issue tracker.