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Calibre Server is a free and open source ebook management system.

FireDaemon Pro. This allows you to start and run the application automatically when Windows boots and before login. FireDaemon Pro also allows you to start multiple instances of the application, monitoring them and automatically restarting those instances in the event they crash. FireDaemon Fusion can also be used to manage your Calibre Server service, plus other Windows services via your web browser.

Calibre Server Setup Under FireDaemon Pro

Step 1: Download Calibre Server

  • Download and install Calibre Server from here.

Step 2: Configure Calibre Server

Create a path to save your eBooks on the server. For the purposes of this guide, we will use "C:\eBooks" as the path.

If you want to create user(s) for your server open a command prompt and do the following for every account you want to make:

  • "C:\Program Files (x86)\Calibre2\calibre-server" --enable-auth --manage-users
  • Tap 1 on keyboard
  • Create a username and enter the password twice.
  • Tap 4 on keyboard

Step 2: Set Up Calibre Server as a FireDaemon Pro Service

Download and install FireDaemon Pro. Double click the FireDaemon Pro icon on your desktop, then click on the New (i.e. +) button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl + N) to create a new service.:

FireDaemon Pro Example Service Program Tab

Replace "C:\eBooks" with the path to your Calibre library. If you don't define any users, omit "--enable-auth"

Next, click on the FireDaemon Pro Settings tab:

FireDaemon Pro Calibre Server service settings

Enter appropriate values in the fields on the Settings tab as follows:

  • (Required) Job Type:  You must set the job type to "Global Job".
  • (Required) Logon Account: Enter the Windows account under which the application is to be run, e.g. the current user account.
  • Password / Confirm Password:  Enter the logon account's password twice.
  • (Optional) Interact with Desktop: Interact with Desktop: If this setting is enabled (default), the applications' output messages can be seen in the console window on Windows Session 0. To switch to Session 0, it may be necessary to install FireDaemon Zero and ZeroInput. Alternatively, this setting may be disabled, in which case the application's messages will be hidden.
  • (Optional) Priority: To allocate more CPU time to the application, select a higher scheduling priority in this field.
  • (Optional) CPU Bindings: To run the application on a specific CPU, specify the appropriate CPU in this field.

Step 6: Verify that Calibre Server is Running Correctly

Calibre Server's status can easily be checked on the main FireDaemon Pro Services List - look for a Running Status value and a numeric Process ID (PID) value.

FireDaemon Pro Services list

If the service's Interact with Desktop setting is enabled, Calibre Server status can also be verified by switching to Windows Session 0 to view Calibre Server's messages.

Calibre Server console