How to Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04

r00t October 4, 2017

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04

In this tutorial we’ll learn how to install plex media server on Ubuntu 16.04. 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 16.04 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 16.04

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.

Download the package for Plex media server with following command:


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.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured plex  on your Ubuntu 16.04 server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing plex media server on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system.

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