The Roon Core is software that manages your music library, audio devices, and network connections.

It's responsible for organizing your music collection, accessing and integrating with streaming services like TIDAL and Qobuz, and controlling the playback of music on various devices, including networked speakers, connected amplifiers, and mobile devices.

The simplest Core is running Roon on your Mac or Windows PC. It's built right into the Roon app.
Six ways to run your Roon Core

Running the Roon app on your Mac is the easiest way to run the Roon Core right on your computer. Alternatively, you can run Roon Server on any Mac as well.


Roon and Roon Server are both available for Windows, making it easy to have a core on your PC or on a dedicated media PC in your entertainment system.


Designed by the team that built Roon, Nucleus is a dedicated Roon Core based on an Intel architecture and our own Linux distribution: Roon OS.

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Roon Optimized Core Kit is a free do-it-yourself build of Roon OS, designed to let you build your own x86-based machine as a dedicated Roon Core.

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The headless Roon Server is available for modern x64 machines running widely-used Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Arch, and Fedora.

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For users with high-performance x86 network attached storage devices from QNAP, Synology, or Asustor, Roon Server is available as an installable package.

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