Roon Server database management

Roon keeps all of the information it gathers on your tracks in a database file. You can enable access to this file. There are two reasons users want to do this.

  1. to backup the database
  2. to move a database from an existing Roon Server

In this post, I'll cover how to do this.

Expose the Roon Database

Before you do anything else you must expose the Roon database to a file share.

Be careful! Once the database is exposed it can be deleted or destroyed.

  1. Go to the sonicTransporter web user interface from sonicorbiter.com
  2. go to Settings -> Roon Server
  3. check "Expose Roon Server database" and press Save Changes

Access the Roon Databases

Once the Roon database is exposed you can get to it from a file share

  1. go to your network folder and select the sonicTransporter
  2. there will be a new file share called RoonServerDB

You now have access to your Roon database. Roon support may have told you a file they want you to delete. You can do that now.

Manually moving a database from another machine

This is not recomended but here is how to do it you need to

Backup the Roon Database

  1. Use a zip program like 7-zip and add all the files from the RoonServerDB to a zip file
  2. store this file in a safe location

Move a Roon Database to your sonicTransporter

  1. Go into Roon and remove your watched folders (you should "remove", as opposed to "disable")
  2. Stop the Roon Server on your computer
  3. Go into the sonicTransporter and stop your Roon Server (Apps -> Roon Server -> Stop Roon Server)
  4. Delete all the files in the RoonServerDB folder
  5. Copy the Roon Database files over from your computer
  6. If you are going to move your music files to the sonicTransporter do that now.
  7. Start Roon Server on your sonicTranspoerter (Apps -> Roon Server -> Restart Roon Server)
  8. Go into the Roon app and log into the sonicTransporter
  9. Add in your watched folders

Note: If your watched folder is on a NAS you will need to enter your NAS username and password even if you did not need to do this on your PC/MAC.