Plex Media Server is a great multimedia tool that will turn your Linux Mint into a features multimedia server. With Plex, you can stream your music or movies from any device at home.
In this context, we shall look into how to install Plex Media Server on Linux Mint 20.
1. Perform System Update
It is important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:
$ sudo apt update
2. Install Plex Media Server on the system
There are different ways on installing Plex Media Server on Linux Mint.
i. Install Plex Media Server from source
To do this, Run the below command to download Plex Media server to your system:
$ wget https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server-new/220.127.116.1117-ab5e1197c/debian/plexmediaserver_18.104.22.16817-ab5e1197c_amd64.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_22.214.171.12417-ab5e1197c_amd64.deb
After installation, the Plex Media Server runs automatically. Check status with the below command:
$ sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver.service
ii. Install Plex Media Server using Snap
Here, install snap from the Software Manager application:
$ sudo apt install snapd
To install Plex Media Server, simply use the following command:
$ sudo snap install plexmediaserver
In order the access Plex Media Server, simply open a web browser and type the following address. Change the IP address with your Linux Mint 20 IP address:
To use the Plex Media Server, you will need to create a Plex account or sign in with your existing account or sign in to Google/Facebook or Apple account.
First, we will create a folder for placing movies and tv shows. Here, for this demo, W will create a folder /movies and add it to the Plex media server as a library:
$ sudo mkdir /movies
$ sudo chown plex.plex /movies/
Next, Click on ADD LIBRARY.
Select the Library type suitable for your media folder and then name your library. Click NEXT.
On the next screen, click the BROWSE FOR MEDIA FOLDER.
Choose the media folder manually or type the folder path and then click ADD.
Finally, click the ADD LIBRARY.
You should see the added library we added just now. Click NEXT.
Click DONE to complete the Plex Media Setup.
Enable the Plex repository on your system by running the below command:
$ sudo sed -i 's/\#\ deb/deb/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plexmediaserver.list
When a new version of the Plex Media Server is released, you can update it with the following command:
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt --only-upgrade install plexmediaserver
To completely remove the Plex Media Server from the computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running. Then execute the following command:
$ dpkg -r plexmediaserver
Finally, Remove the directory, /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/:
$ rm -d /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/
This article covers how to install Plex Media Server on Linux Mint 20. In fact, Plex is a streaming media server which 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.