Install Plex Media Server Ubuntu 14.x

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Plex is an awesome media server software that is great for serving to multiple devices. It is so easy, even people who are not particularly tech savvy will be able to navigate and use plex which makes it perfect if you are trying to create an HTPC home media server solution for friends or family. Plex will stream to practically any device in your house: iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, Roku, Raspberry Pi and other PCs. Let’s install Plex Media Server Ubuntu in less than 5 minutes.

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Install Plex Media Server Ubuntu

Add the GPG key and add source repositories, there are 3 lines here
If you get the key is not found error then it may have changed name, find the .key file from here and replace it in the wget line

wget -O - http://shell.ninthgate.se/packages/shell.ninthgate.se.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org wheezy main non-free" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/deb-multimedia.list
echo "deb http://shell.ninthgate.se/packages/debian wheezy main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plex.list

Update your packages and do a distro upgrade to make sure you have the latest libc6

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Install this magic Debian multimedia keyring

sudo apt-get install deb-multimedia-keyring -y --force-yes

Update packages again

sudo apt-get update

Install the Plex Media Server on Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install plexmediaserver -y

See if you can connect at http://ip.address:32400/web or http://ip.address:32400/manage/index.html#!/setup

Plex media server will autostart on boot 🙂

Fix Plex Permission Issues

If you are getting permission issues it is because Plex runs as its own user, there are two options: change permissions of the downloads folders or change the user Plex runs as.

To change permissions of your media folders, first add the plex user to your main user’s group

sudo usermod -aG htpcguides plex

Then set the permissions of your media folders to 775 so your group (and the plex user member of that group) can execute files

sudo chmod -R 775 /path/to/media

You can change the user Plex Media Server runs as to fix the permission issues you get from CouchPotato, SickRage, Sonarr, Headphones and others.

sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Find this line

PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER=plex

Change plex to your regular user

PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_USER=htpcguides

Ctrl+X, Y and Enter to save the configuration

Restart the Plex Media Server service

sudo service plexmediaserver restart

Now you can Configure Plex Media Server

Consider using Dynamic DNS to access Plex and avoid problems when using plex.tv