How to install Plex Media Server on Debian 9

Hello everyone, today I am going to show you how to install Plex Media Server on Debian 9 Stretch. Plex Media Server is a great application that turn Linux into a rich features multimedia streaming server. You can then stream your favorite movies, music, TV Shows, Photos from any devices. Installing Plex Media Server on Debian 9 is pretty easy.

Why Plex Media Server ?

Plex Media Server is free, open source. It comes with a nice web management console that is very easy to configure.

Requirements

  • Debian 9 (Desktop or Server)
  • root access to the Debian server

Steps to Install Plex Media Server on Debian 9

Step 1. Download Plex Media Server

Open Terminal or connect to Debian 9 via SSH (if you are installing from a remote computer). Paste the following lines to download PMS package.

cd /tmp
wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/1.8.4.4249-3497d6779/plexmediaserver_1.8.4.4249-3497d6779_amd64.deb

Step 2. Install PMS

Execute the following command to install the deb package as root.

dpkg -i plexmediaserver_1.8.4.4249-3497d6779_amd64.deb

Output example:

root@debian:/tmp# dpkg -i plexmediaserver_1.8.4.4249-3497d6779_amd64.deb 
Selecting previously unselected package plexmediaserver.
(Reading database ... 81263 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack plexmediaserver_1.8.4.4249-3497d6779_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking plexmediaserver (1.8.4.4249-3497d6779) ...
Setting up plexmediaserver (1.8.4.4249-3497d6779) ...
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/plexmediaserver.service → /lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service.
Processing triggers for systemd (232-25+deb9u1) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.60) ...

Ensure that the service is running

systemctl status plexmediaserver

Output

root@debian:/tmp# systemctl status plexmediaserver
● plexmediaserver.service - Plex Media Server for Linux
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: active (running) since Thu 2017-09-14 14:00:21 WITA; 45s ago
 Main PID: 724 (sh)
   CGroup: /system.slice/plexmediaserver.service
           ├─ 724 /bin/sh -c LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib/plexmediaserver "/usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server"
           ├─ 726 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Media Server
           ├─ 765 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.system] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d6779/Framework.bu
           ├─ 815 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex Tuner Service /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Tuner/Private /usr/li
           ├─ 822 /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Plex DLNA Server
           ├─ 847 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.plexmusic] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d6779/Fr
           ├─ 966 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.thetvdb] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d6779/Fram
           ├─1055 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.plexthememusic] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d67
           ├─1064 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.opensubtitles] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d677
           ├─1130 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.themoviedb] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d6779/F
           └─1242 Plex Plug-in [com.plexapp.agents.imdb] /usr/lib/plexmediaserver/Resources/Plug-ins-3497d6779/Framewo

Sep 14 14:00:21 debian systemd[1]: Started Plex Media Server for Linux.
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]: Error in command line:the argument for option '--serverUuid' should follow immediately
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]: Crash Uploader options (all are required):
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --directory arg       Directory to scan for crash reports
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --serverUuid arg      UUID of the server that crashed
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --userId arg          User that owns this product
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --platform arg        Platform string
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --url arg             URL to upload to
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --help                show help message
Sep 14 14:00:23 debian sh[724]:   --version arg         Version of the product
lines 1-27/27 (END)

Open Plex Media Server web management console

Open a web browser and type the following address. Don’t forget to change the IP address with your Debian IP address.

http://10.34.0.202:32400/manage

Output

OK, now sign in with your Plex pass. Create a new one if you don’t have. Its free.

Now we need to configure our sever. Give our new server a name

Add library to our server. Here, you will need to add folder where you save the music or movies.


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