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Plex is a popular media server software that allows you to organize and stream your media content, such as movies, TV shows, music, and photos, to various devices. Installing Plex on Ubuntu is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. Once installed, you can access and stream your media content from anywhere, whether you're at home or on the go. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to install Plex on Ubuntu and get started with organizing and streaming your media content.
Steps to install Plex on Ubuntu
Installing Plex Media Server on Ubuntu is pretty easy. We will explain the installation step by step.
Step 1: Update The System And Install Required Dependencies
First, update the package list and packages in Ubuntu:
$ sudo apt update -y $ sudo apt upgrade -y
Install the wget package after the update. If it is installed you can skip this step:
$ sudo apt install wget -y
Step 2: Downloading Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server is available on its official website. Copy the download address of the package released for Ubuntu.
Type the copied link after the
wget command in the terminal. Depending on your internet speed, the download will complete in a few minutes.
$ wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server-new/188.8.131.5210-a607d384f/debian/plexmediaserver_184.108.40.20610-a607d384f_amd64.deb --2023-03-19 16:20:40-- https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server-new/220.127.116.1110-a607d384f/debian/plexmediaserver_18.104.22.16810-a607d384f_amd64.deb Resolving downloads.plex.tv (downloads.plex.tv)... 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 2606:4700:4400::6812:2999, ... Connecting to downloads.plex.tv (downloads.plex.tv)|188.8.131.52|:443... connected. HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK Length: 83378980 (80M) [application/x-debian-package] Saving to: ‘plexmediaserver_184.108.40.20610-a607d384f_amd64.deb’ plexmediaserver_1 100%[=============>] 79,52M 2,76MB/s in 28s 2023-03-19 16:21:08 (2,89 MB/s) - ‘plexmediaserver_220.127.116.1110-a607d384f_amd64.deb’ saved [83378980/83378980]
This command will download the latest version of Plex Media Server.
Step 3: Installation via Package Manager
After the download is complete, you can use the following command to install Plex Media Server:
$ sudo apt install ./plexmediaserver_18.104.22.16810-a607d384f_amd64.deb -y
Successfully installed Plex Media Server on installed Ubuntu.
Step 4: Starting Plex Media Server
With the installation of Plex Media Server, a service file has been installed on the system. Start servise:
$ sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service
and enable at startup:
$ sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service
plexmediaserver.service service is started. Status of the service:
$ sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver.service ● plexmediaserver.service - Plex Media Server Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service; enabl> Active: active (running) since Sun 2023-03-19 17:39:16 +03; 3min 1> Main PID: 102630 (Plex Media Serv) Tasks: 109 (limit: 4614) Memory: 234.2M CPU: 17.419s CGroup: /system.slice/plexmediaserver.service ├─102630 "/usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server" ...
Step 5: Firewall Configuration
Plex Media Server must gain access to the network to communicate with other devices. So to use Plex Media Server you need to open port 32400/tcp in Ubuntu's firewall.
$ sudo ufw allow 32400/tcp Rules updated Rules updated (v6)
Then reload the firewall:
$ sudo ufw reload Firewall reloaded
View the rules applied:
$ sudo ufw status Status: active To Action From -- ------ ---- 32400/tcp ALLOW Anywhere 32400/tcp (v6) ALLOW Anywhere (v6)
Step 6: Configuring Plex Media Server
To configure Plex Media Server, open a web browser and type the following URL http://<server_ip_address>:32400/web.
If you are already connected to that server, simply type the following addresses in a browser:
You can now login to the Plex media server using an existing social media account. If you don't have an account, you can create one now.
Configure your server name. Allow access to media outside the house and click the "Next" button.
- Yes, Start Syncing / No
The installation was successful. Click "Finish Setup".
You can now use Plex Media Server.
In summary, to install Plex on Ubuntu, you need to first update your system and install the required dependencies, followed by downloading the Plex Media Server. You can then install the server using the package manager and start it. After that, you need to configure the firewall settings to allow access to the server. Finally, you can configure the Plex Media Server to organize and stream your media content. By following these steps, you can set up Plex on your Ubuntu system and start enjoying your favorite media content.
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