Plex is a streaming media server. It enables one to store all the media content in one server and use a client to access them from another computer or a mobile device. All the media uploaded to a Plex server is properly organized and makes it easy to be accessed from a client. Plex can run on different operating systems including Windows, MacOS and Linux. In this guide, we are going to look at how to install Plex media server on Ubuntu 20.04/ Linux Mint 20.

Step 1: Download Plex Media server on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linux Mint 20

Run the below command to download Plex Media server to your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install wget

Step 2: Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linux Mint 20

Once Plex Media server is downloaded to your server, go ahead to install it. Change to the directory of the download file and run the below command to install.

sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_1.19.5.3112-b23ab3896_amd64.deb

You should see on your screen a message showing that installation was successful, no errors, no warnings.

Step 3: Configuring Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linux Mint 20

After installation, Plex Media server runs automatically. Check status as shown below:

sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver.service


Now enable it to start automatically on boot using the below:

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service

Step 4: Access Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 20.04 | Linux Mint 20

Access Plex Media server from your browser on port 32400 to configure it. On your browser, type http://<plex-media-server-ip>:32400/web. You should see a screen as shown where you are being prompted to sign in to plex.

Having signed in, click Got it at the bottom of the next page.

In the next page, give a name to your Plex server. Also ensure that the box allow me to access my media outside my home is check. Click next

In the next page, add libraries. Click on ADD LIBRARY

This will take you to a page where you choose libraries to add. Once you pick click ADD LIBRARY. You can go back to add more libraries

If prompted to choose media folder, go ahead and select then click next. After adding your chosen libraries, click Next. You will see a screen telling you that all has been set up and directing you to get plex app. Clock DONE.

In the next page, you will see all sources marked. Unmark any that you do not need and click FINISH SETUP at the bottom end. You will be taken to a screen as shown.

That’s it. You have successfully installed Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 20.04/ Linux Mint 20.

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