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How To Install Plex Media Server On Ubuntu 20.04

Today we are going to learn that how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04. Before going to installation process let’s have a short introduction about Plex Media Server.

Plex is an Open Source software by which you can easily manage your Videos, TV shows, Music lists, Images and much more with the elegant interface. It also stream these media files on your Computer, Smartphones, TV and other such devices using the Network.

So, just follow the below steps to easily install the Plex Media Server on your Ubuntu system.

Step 1: Update Your System

As usual we do, update your system to have the latest packages installed.

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sudo apt update -y && sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2: Download Plex Media Server Deb Package

Visit the Plex Official download page for the latest version available before running the below command.

wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server-new/

Step 3: Install Plex Media Server On Ubuntu 20.04

Once you finished the download process, type the following command in your terminal to install Plex Media Server in Ubuntu 20.04.

sudo apt install ./plexmediaserver_1.20.4.3517-ab5e1197c_amd64.deb

Note: Switch to the download directory before running the above command.

Step 4: Verify Plex Media Server Status

Make sure that the Plex Media Server is running by typing the given command.

sabi@Ubuntu20:~$ sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver.service
● plexmediaserver.service - Plex Media Server
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service; enabled; vend>
Active: active (running) since Mon 2020-11-30 05:16:29 PKT; 1min 6s ago
Process: 3898 ExecStartPre=/bin/sh -c /usr/bin/test -d "${PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER>
Main PID: 3900 (Plex Media Serv)
Tasks: 113 (limit: 2285)
Memory: 263.8M
CGroup: /system.slice/plexmediaserver.service
├─3900 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server
├─3929 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.system] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/>
├─4023 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Tuner Service /usr/lib/plexme>
├─4062 Plex Plug-in [tv.plex.agents.music] /usr/lib/plexmediaserve>
├─4121 Plex Plug-in [org.musicbrainz.agents.music] /usr/lib/plexme>
├─4233 Plex Plug-in [tv.plex.agents.movie] /usr/lib/plexmediaserve>
├─4319 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.themoviedb] /usr/lib/plexm>
├─4358 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.thetvdb] /usr/lib/plexmedi>
└─4360 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.imdb] /usr/lib/plexmediase>
نومبر 30 05:16:29 Ubuntu20 systemd[1]: Starting Plex Media Server…
نومبر 30 05:16:29 Ubuntu20 systemd[1]: Started Plex Media Server.
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To start plex media server on boot, simply hit

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service

To allow firewall access, type

sudo ufw allow 32400

Step 5: Configure Plex Media Server On Ubuntu 20.04

Visit your Server IP address on port 32400 to configure the Plex Media Server like IP:32400/web. You’ll see the sign in page. Provide your details to login.

Once logged in, click on “got it” at the bottom of the page.

In the next step provide the plex a name and don’t forget to check the “allow me to access my media outside my home box“. Then click on “Next” button.

Now, you’ve to add libraries. Simply click on “Add Library” button.

You’ll be redirected to the libraries page where you can add your favourite libraries. Once done, click “Next”.

Now you can “Add Folders” by clicking on “Browse For Media Folder”. Simply choose to add the folder and then add it to the Library.

Once you added libraries, select the “Next” button to proceed further. Here click on the “Done” button. That’s it you are all done. Now, click on “Finish Setup” at the bottom of the page to finish it.

So, this is how you can install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 20.04.

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