Install Plex Media Server on Debian Linux

Plex is a very useful cross-platform mediaserver, it supports many different media formats and has a good UI. So I decided to install a Plex mediaserver on my dedicated server.

The OS in my server is Ubuntu 16.04, the following code can be also used in Debian.

Install Plex:

Plex can be deployed by following ways:

1.by apt (recommand)

you can easily update your server with this methode, instead of download deb packages from website each time.

add apt key and source list.

wget -q https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-keys/PlexSign.key -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo echo"deb https://downloads.plex.tv/repo/deb/ public main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plexmediaserver.list
echo

install plex server:

sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y
sudo apt-get -y update
sudo apt-get install -y plexmediaserver

2.through dpkg

you can also download deb from official website:

wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/1.13.5.5332-21ab172de/plexmediaserver_1.13.5.5332-21ab172de_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver*.deb

enable startup and start the service

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

Configure Plex server:

We need to create a SSH Tunnel to connect to server before we setting our media server. e.g. in xshell:

Enter http://localhost:8787/web into your browser to view the Plex web interface, as shown below. Input your Plex account username and password to proceed with the setup process:

you should finish following guide to initial your server

add Media Library

Before you add the Library, you should modify permission of the directory you want to share. Plex server has their own usergroup, so you need to give the correct permission.


chmod -R 755 /your/path/to/MediaLibrary

if you don’t need write access of the media server, you can also give only read and execute access.
click add to add Libiraies:

guide to the sharing directory

click add.

ATTENTION: the scanner and the media proxy in advance tab will affect the information in your libraries(and even file format).

After initialisation, you can enter ip:32400 to modify your libraries or other settings. The Apps in the mobile phone will also works fine.

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