Install Plex Media Server Raspberry Pi 2 + 3 Manually

raspberry_pi_plexInstall Plex Media Server Raspberry Pi 2 + 3 manually to get the latest Plex Pass version. uglymagoo on the Plex forum has done the Pi community a great service by providing a repository to easily install the latest Plex Media Server on the Raspberry Pi. Because paying Plex Pass users always have access to a private latest version, uglymagoo cannot legally keep this version in his repository.

This guide is essentially a manual version of what uglymagoo’s repository does when you install Plex. Essentially you are going to download the latest NETGEAR ReadyNAS version for Plex Pass which has transcoding enabled by default so no more javascript hacks are necessary. I used the minimal Raspbian distribution Minibian for this guide, when you are done Plex will also autostart on boot. If you are looking for a ready made image for the Pi 2 or Pi 3 that has Plex you can just upgrade see the other guide (that works on the Pi 2 and 3).

Pi Unit
Processor
RAM
RAM Bus
Network
WiFi
USB
SATA
Cost
Raspberry Pi 3
1.2 GHz ARMv8
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
Yes
4
No
$35
Raspberry Pi 2
900 MHz ARMv7
Quad Core
1 GB DDR2
450 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$35.00
Raspberry Pi
700 MHz ARMv6
Single Core
512 MB SDRAM
400 MHz
100 Mbit
No
4
No
$25
Banana Pi
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
No
2
Yes
$36.99
Banana Pi Pro
1 GHz ARMv7
Dual Core
1 GB DDR3
432 MHz
Gigabit
Yes
2
Yes
$45.00

Install Plex Media Server Manually Raspberry Pi 2 + 3

Plex Media Server requires a few components to work properly:

  • Make sure you have the en_US locale
  • Make sure sure you have libc6 version 2.19 or greater by using Minibian or Raspbian Jessie or later

Generate Locales

First we need to verify the en_US locale is enabled.

This command lists current locales

locale -a

My output looks like this

C
C.UTF-8
en_US.utf8
POSIX

If you don’t have en_US.utf8 you can generate it.

To generate the locale, edit the locale generator configuration file first to enable the locale

sudo nano /etc/locale.gen

Uncomment this line by deleting the #

# en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Now generate the locales

sudo locale-gen

If you get the locale-gen cannot be found error this should solve it

echo "export PATH=$PATH:/usr/sbin" >> ~/.profile

Now generate the locales again if locale-gen wasn’t found

sudo locale-gen

Reconfigure locales for good measure (source)

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales

Install Plex Media Server Manually Raspberry Pi 2 + 3

Install the Plex Media Server dependencies

sudo apt-get install binutils libexpat1-dev libc6 -y

Go get the download link from https://plex.tv/downloads under the NETGEAR tab right click ARM 6.x RN2xx and copy the link to the clipboard.

Plex Pass users who want the latest version not available to the public will have to find the equivalent download link.

Replace the red text below with the download link, make sure to scroll all the way to the right for the full command.

cd /tmp
wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/0.9.16.6.1993-5089475/plexmediaserver-ros6-binaries-annapurna_0.9.16.6.1993-5089475_armel.deb -O plex.deb

Make the Plex Media Server directory

sudo mkdir -p /usr/lib/plexmediaserver

Unpack the Plex package

sudo ar p plex.deb data.tar.gz | tar -xzf - -C /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/ --strip-components=4 ./apps/plexmediaserver-annapurna/Binaries

Remove the config.xml file

sudo rm /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/config.xml

Create the Plex user

sudo adduser --quiet --system --shell /bin/bash --home /var/lib/plexmediaserver plex

Make the Plex user the owner of the Plex Media Server directory

sudo chown plex -R /usr/lib/plexmediaserver

Autostart Plex Media Server Raspberry Pi 2 +3

Make the Plex configuration file which the init.d script pulls variables from

sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Paste the default Plex configuration file – note this is where you can change the user Plex runs under.

# default script for Plex Media Server

# the number of plugins that can run at the same time
PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_PLUGIN_PROCS=6

# ulimit -s $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_STACK_SIZE
PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_STACK_SIZE=3000

# where the mediaserver should store the transcodes
PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_TMPDIR=/tmp

# uncomment to set it to something else
# PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR="${HOME}/Library/Application\ Support"

# the user that PMS should run as, defaults to 'plex'
# note that if you change this you might need to move
# the Application Support directory to not lose your
# media library
PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER=plex

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Make Plex the owner of its configuration file

sudo chown plex /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Create the start_pms file which the init.d script uses to load Plex

sudo nano /usr/sbin/start_pms

Paste this currently confirmed working start_pms script

#!/bin/sh

#change these parameters in /etc/default/plexmediaserver
export PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_PLUGIN_PROCS=6
export PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_HOME=/usr/lib/plexmediaserver
export PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_STACK_SIZE=3000
export PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_TMPDIR=/tmp
export PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR="${HOME}/Library/Application Support"

test -f /etc/default/plexmediaserver && . /etc/default/plexmediaserver

if [ ! -d "$PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR" ]
then
  mkdir -p "$PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR"
  if [ ! $? -eq 0 ]
  then
    echo "WARNING COULDN'T CREATE $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR, MAKE SURE I HAVE PERMISSON TO DO THAT!"
    exit 1
  fi
fi

export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="${PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_HOME}"
export TMPDIR="${PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_TMPDIR}"

echo $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_PLUGIN_PROCS $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_STACK_SIZE $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR

ulimit -s $PLEX_MAX_STACK_SIZE

(cd /usr/lib/plexmediaserver; ./Plex\ Media\ Server)

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Make Plex the owner of start_pms

sudo chown plex /usr/sbin/start_pms

Make start_pms executable

sudo chmod +x /usr/sbin/start_pms

Create the Plex init.d script

sudo nano /etc/init.d/plexmediaserver

Paste this working Plex init.d script

#!/bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides:          plexmediaserver
# Required-Start:    $remote_fs $syslog $networking
# Required-Stop:     
# Default-Start:     2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop:      0 1 6
# Short-Description: Plex Media Server
# Description:       Plex Media Server for Linux,
#                    More information at http://www.plexapp.com
#                    Many thanks to the great PlexApp team for their wonderfull job !
# Author:            Cedric Quillevere / origin@killy.net
# Rewamped     Christian Svedin / christian.svedin@gmail.com
# Version:           1.2
### END INIT INFO

# Read configuration variable file if it is present
[ -r /etc/default/plexmediaserver ] && . /etc/default/plexmediaserver

plex_running=`ps ax | grep "\./Plex Media Server" | awk '{ print $1 }' | wc -l`

case "$1" in
    start)
if [ "$plex_running" -gt 1 ]; then
echo "Plex already running..."
exit 0
fi
echo -n "Starting Plex Media Server: "
su -l $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER -c "/usr/sbin/start_pms &" >/dev/null 2>&1
sleep 1
echo "done"
;;
    stop)
if [ "$plex_running" -eq 1 ]; then
echo "Plex Media Server is not running (no process found)..."
exit 0
fi
echo -n "Killing Plex Media Server: "
# Trying to kill the Plex Media Server itself but also the Plug-ins
ps ax | grep "Plex Media Server" | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill -9 >/dev/null 2>&1
ps ax | grep "Plex Plug-in" | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill -9 >/dev/null 2>&1
ps ax | grep "Plex DLNA Server" | awk '{ print $1 }' | xargs kill -9 >/dev/null 2>&1
sleep 1
echo "done"
;;
    restart)
sh $0 stop
sh $0 start
;;
    status)
        if [ "$plex_running" -gt 1 ]; then
                echo "Plex Media Server process running."
else
echo "It seems that Plex Media Server isn't running (no process found)."
        fi
;;
    *)
echo "Usage: $0 {start|stop|restart|status}"
exit 1
;;
esac

exit 0

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save

Make the Plex init.d script executable

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/plexmediaserver

Tell the system to use the Plex init.d script

sudo update-rc.d plexmediaserver defaults

Start the Plex Media Server service

sudo service plexmediaserver start

Plex will be available on its default port 32400 which can be accessed at http://ip.address:32400/web

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