Options documentation

To see all options, please do a ./configure --help. Many options are self-explanatory others are not. Please feel free to add here. Updated to tvheadend 4.3


Sets up the build for a binary that can run on Android (arm-linux-androideabi-)


Enables the opensource implementation of Apple's zero configuration protocol. For example, a user can plug their computer into a network and have Avahi automatically advertise the network services running on its machine. Avahi's "ihavA" advertisement results in adding user access to printers, files and other networked services.


For encryption, automatically enabled by cwc or cccam. Tvheadend supports connecting to card clients via the cwc (newcamd) and capmt (linux network dvbapi) protocols for so-called 'softcam' descrambling. One example is the OSCAM package that lets you use your regular CA (Conditional Access) smartcard.


For excryption, disable Code Word Client


For excryption, disable another Code Word Client


Stops the inclusion/download of scan files. Digital TV scan tables.


Disables the Opus encoding audio format. Unclear who uses it


Disables the Ogg/Vorbis encoding audio format.


Disable linuxdvb in case you use iptv only.

--disable-satip_server --disable-satip_client

Sat>IP allows the satellite TV distribution to share a data network and enables display and viewing of the signals on any multimedia IP device equipped with suitable software. A Sat>IP server receives satellite signals and distributes them to IP-connected clients, such as PCs, Tablets or smartphones.


Disable timeshift or the ability to pause a programme you view for later viewing.


In case you do not have zlib and cannot install it. It is used for compression of web content (on the fly) when serving static pages. It's also used in the file bundling builds where the bundled resources may in fact be compressed in the bundle and some will need decompressing before they can be used. But if you disable zlib the bundle will simply not be compressed.


Disable Position Independent Executables whatever that is.




Tvheadend support connecting to card clients via the capmt protocol for so called softcam descrambling. This option disables that


ConstantCW(BISS). Presumably yet another descrambling method.


Disable the ability to work as a SAT IP server, serving SAT IP Clients.


Disable the ability to work as a SAT IP client, receiving data from SAT IP Servers.


Presumably the ability to use a remote HDHomerun tuner, such as the SiliconDust one


No idea, but I had to add this for it to build :)


Removes support for iptv in case you do ot need it


Presumably related to support for .ts files (transport stream)


Disables the ability to pause running (not recorded) programmes


Presumably disables debug tracing


Install libffmpeg-devel from Packman, and related ones as libavcodec-devel.

Will build completely without libav/ffmpeg support, you'd be missing support for many codecs then though or --enable-libffmpeg_static (to use the included ffmpeg) to configure


Do not link ffmpeg statically. Load dynamically

--disable-libx264, --disable-libx264_static, --disable-libx265, --disable-libx265_static,--disable-libvpx, --disable-libvpx_static, --disable-libtheora,--disable-libtheora_static, --disable-libvorbis, --disable-libvorbis_static

These all disable various decoders and/or tell tvheadend whether to use statically or dynamically


Enable the NVENC (Nvidia) decoder

--enable-vaapi, --disable-vaapi

Yet another decoder


Multimedia abstraction layer. See


Yet another encoding protocol

--enable-inotify, --disable-inotify

Inotify is the Linux way of setting up a callback for file system events. Presumably does tvheadend use this so it has not have to poll folders which is inefficient.

--enable-epoll, --disable-epoll

Inotify is another Linux way of setting up a callback for file system events. Presumably does tvheadend use this so it has not have to poll folders which is inefficient.

--enable-pcre, --disable-pcre, --enable-pcre2, --disable-pcre2

PCRE - Perl Compatible Regular Expressions

--enable-uriparser, --disable-uriparser

--enable-ccache, --disable-ccache

--enable-tvhcsa, --disable-tvhcsa

Relates to descrambing. See:


host-python is needed to create a bundled version of the tvheadend binary which
includes all files used by the web UI.

Having host-python alone as dependency is not enough, we need to add
--enable-bundle to enable this functionality.


Pngquant is a command-line utility and a library for lossy compression of PNG images


Another *UX way of registering for events

--enable-dbus, --disable-dbus


If you build on Android






Presumably related to PCloud, cloud storage


Disable support for Digital Devices CI Interfaces



--enable-execinfo, --disable-execinfo

Updated by Anders Gustafsson 2 months ago · 9 revisions