How to Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04

r00t May 30, 2018

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install plex media server on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Plex Media Server is a free and user friendly media library platform that allows you to manage and arrange all of your own media files saved on your computer or any other device. Not only that, but lets you to stream media files to all of your devices like mobile phones, tablet computers, smart TVs, etc. From anywhere, whether you are at home or on-the-go.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Installing Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04.

Download the package for Plex media server with following command:

wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/1.13.0.5023-31d3c0c65/plexmediaserver_1.13.0.5023-31d3c0c65_amd64.deb

Once Plex is downloaded, run the following command to install Plex:

sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver*.deb

Enable Plex Media Server to start on reboot, and then start the server:

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service
sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service

The last step after installing the file, go to Ubuntu dashboard and type plex in the search-bar. It will display the application icon, click on it to open.

Now, all the components are installed on your system, it’s time to configure and access Plex. Open your web browser and type the URL http://192.168.0.46:32400/web

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured plex on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing plex media server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system.

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