AirPlay Mirroring Without Apple TV (using RPi)




Intro: AirPlay Mirroring Without Apple TV (using RPi)

Ever wanted to mirror your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac to your TV, but you had no Apple TV?
Now you can without an Apple TV. With a Raspberry Pi and some free time you can transform your Pi into an AirPlay device that can mirror your iDevice to your TV using rPlay!

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What you need:
1. A Raspberry Pi
2. A Wifi dongle or Ethernet connection
3. A PC
4. USB keyboard and mouse
5. An MicroSD card (4 GB or larger)
6. TV or a HDMI screen
7. HDMI cable
8. MicroUSB charger

Step 1: Preparing Your Pi

First, you must prepare your Pi!

Download the Raspbian image here:

Extract the image from the archive and plug your microSD card into your pc. Format it using SD Card Formatter (You can download it here: )

Using Win32DiskImager (Download it here: ), select the location of your Raspbian Image , the SD card drive and than press 'Write'

After the program finishes writing the OS to the SD card, unplug your SD card. You won't need the PC anymore. :)

Step 2: Setting Up Your Pi

Now, it's time to set up your Pi!

Plug your microSD card, USB keyboard and mouse, Wifi dongle or Ethernet cable, HDMI cable into the Pi. After that plug the microUSB charger too. Wait for the Os to load and than you can login with pi as the username and raspberry as the password.When the configuration menu shows up, expand the filesystem and n Advanced Option select memory split and type 256 . After that, reboot the Pi. If you are using Wifi dongle, type startx to launch the desktop and than connect to your network.

After that, you must update your Pi to the newest version. Open a terminal and write:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

sudo rpi-update

and wait for the Pi to update. After that, reboot your Pi.

Step 3: Installing the Software

You must install the needed software:

sudo apt-get install libao-dev avahi-utils libavahi-compat-libdnssd-dev libva-dev youtube-dl

wget -O rplay-1.0.1-armhf.deb

sudo dpkg -i rplay-1.0.1-armhf.deb

Now you have installed rPlay and it will run automatically on boot. Reboot your Pi.

Step 4: Activating RPlay

Before you use rPlay, you must enter the license key.

Launch the desktop and open the web browser.

Type http://localhost:7100/admin and hit enter.

The username is admin and password admin.

Scroll to the end of the page and enter the License key (License key: S1377T8072I7798N4133R)

Step 5: Connecting Your IDevice to RPlay

On your iDevice, go to Airplay and select rPlay(raspberry) . The mirroring should begin!

Android users can use the YouMap app in order to connect to rPlay.

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    114 Discussions


    16 days ago

    Hey guys, if anyone is still reading this in 2018 : there is a lib missing.

    You should do:

    sudo apt install libjpeg8

    Then reboot your pi and then it should work correctly.

    Let me know if it works for you.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 days ago

    I'm pretty sure everything installed correctly and I was able to enter key but it's not showing up on my airplay choices. Although, it does show up in the Youtube App cast options but doesn't work when I click. Working with IOS 11.4.1 and Android 5.1, same situation on both. Thanks for any light you can shed.


    Reply 12 days ago


    The localhost opens but for some reason my iOS device does not find rplay. Any suggestions if it should work on iOS 11?


    Question 4 months ago

    localhost not open...

    i can try sudo rplay but it contain error like: this


    bash: rplay:: command not found



    4 months ago


    first of all thanks for the good description, seemed to work very well without any kind of error for me. eg. my YT app finds the Pi but cant quite connect. Same goes for Netflix. In the iOS Menu the Raspi doesnt show up. When I say "sudo rplay" it tells me

    "Another instance using port 7100 is running, please kill it first. Exit now.."

    I tried to check what uses the port but i dont really know what it is or how to end it. So if you have any ideas on fixing this pls tell me :)


    6 months ago on Step 3

    WHen I get to step 3 and enter the command to install. It asks me y or no. I hit yes. But then after that it says Abort.

    WHen I got to the next step of Type http://localhost:7100/admin and hit enter.

    I get a host not found message.

    2 replies

    Reply 4 months ago

    when it is time to install, you are asked n or Y. Don't type 'y' or 'yes', you have to type it exactly as shown: as an upper case Y, otherwise it aborts (some linux programming nerd had a bit of righteous fun with that one!)


    Reply 4 months ago

    that’s odd because even when I put a capital Y it still aborts


    6 months ago

    The rPlay server won’t show up on any iOS 11 device in the house! What can I do? Is rPlay just not compatible?


    Question 7 months ago

    I was able to get everything done step by step. I just cant connect to rplay. My iOS devices are not finding it as an option when trying to screen mirroring.


    Question 8 months ago on Step 4

    What do I do if I can't reach the web GUI to enter the license key? Have made sure rplay is running and that all packages are up to date.
    When I tey to connect it gives error "Connection refused: host can't be reached".
    I also use rasbian lite

    1 more answer

    Answer 7 months ago

    sudo rplay (im also on ras lite)


    1 year ago

    Hello, "localhost" do not open in my raspberry, somebody can help me?

    3 replies

    Reply 8 months ago

    I have this same problem, pleasse help


    9 months ago

    Sorry but i'm sitting for ages on a problem with a missing lib. Tried to copyform firmware repo but same error ever

    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo /etc/init.d/rplay status

    ● rplay.service - LSB: rplay server

    Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/rplay; generated; vendor preset: enabled)

    Active: active (exited) since Sun 2017-12-31 14:00:14 UTC; 3min 55s ago

    Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)

    Process: 477 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/rplay start (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

    CGroup: /system.slice/rplay.service

    Dez 31 14:00:14 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Starting LSB: rplay server...

    Dez 31 14:00:14 raspberrypi rplay[477]: Starting rplay:.

    Dez 31 14:00:14 raspberrypi systemd[1]: Started LSB: rplay server.

    Dez 31 14:00:14 raspberrypi rplay[477]: /usr/bin/rplay: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

    May some body helps?