Plex Media Server is a rich features media streaming server platform that allows us to manage, organize your favorite multimedia files. With this tool, we can easily stream our digital video and audio from virtually anywhere. This tutorial is going to show you how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark.
By using Plex Media Server, we can turn our Ubuntu/Linux into a powerful multimedia streaming server. You can play/stream your movies, music and pictures from any devices such as laptops, android smartphone, iOS devices and many more. Even you can access Plex Media Server from a smart TV, Playstation 4 etc. You can built a low cost multimedia server at home.
Plex Media Server Features
Currently, Plex Media Server 1.9.4 is available for download. This version brings many improvements and bug fixes. Instead of Ubuntu, you can also install PMS on other Linux system such as Fedora, Debian, CentOS, Arch Linux and derivatives. We will cover that later.
When you have tons of musics and videos, organizing them is a huge task and requires a lot of resources. But with PMS, you can simply add the folders to PMS and let this program do the rest. It will automatically categorize your movies or music based on genre, popularity etc. It can also check and download the album art from the internet.
Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 17.10
Before we go through the installation steps, here are some screenshots of Plex Media Server interface on a web browser.
Plex Media Server Dashboard
Let’s install Plex Media Server
Step 1. Download Plex Media Server DEB package
Step 2. Install the package
Now install it with the following command
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_188.8.131.5225-1bf240a65_amd64.deb
Once the installation completed, open web browser and type the following address: