Plex media server

Features

    • Camera Upload Overview
    • Set Up Camera Upload (Android)
    • Set Up Camera Upload (iOS)
    • Default Camera Upload Settings
    • HEIF in iOS 11 and Camera Upload
    • Overview
    • Supported Plex Companion Apps
    • Choose a Player
    • Fling Media
    • Controlling Flung Media
    • Controlling the Remote Player
    • Plex Companion Remote Control Issues
    • Frequently Asked Questions – DVR & Live TV
    • Supported DVR Tuners and Antennas
    • Live TV & DVR (Set Up and Manage)
    • Program Guide
    • Watching Live TV
    • Setting Up Recordings
    • Manage Your Recordings
    • Removing Commercials
    • Using XMLTV for guide data
    • Community Supported Tuners
    • Media Optimizer Overview
    • Example Media Optimizer Usage
    • Creating Optimized Versions
    • Conversion Queue
    • Mobile Sync Overview
    • Sync Media to a Device
    • Sync Multiple Items Dynamically
    • Sync Prepared Items to the Device
    • Monitoring Sync Status
    • Settings for Sync Jobs
    • Mobile Sync for Shared Users
    • Mobile Sync FAQ
    • Which Plex Apps support Mobile Sync?
    • Where are sync transcodes stored on my computer?
    • Upgrading Music Libraries to the New Metadata System
    • Correcting Your Music Content Matches
    • Changing Artist, Album, or Track Information
    • What is Plex Home?
    • Creating a Plex Home
    • Example Plex Home Setup
    • Managed Users
    • Fast User Switching
    • Parental Controls
    • How do I leave a Plex Home?
    • Plex Home Security Changes
    • Consequences of Being in a Plex Home
    • I forgot my Plex Account PIN; how can I reset it? How can I change my PIN?
    • Remote Access
    • Troubleshooting Remote Access
    • Creating and Managing Server Shares
    • Restricting the Shares
    • Single Item Shares
    • Watch Together
    • Frequently Asked Questions – Watch Together
  • Other Features

    • Skip TV Show Intros
    • Cinema Trailers, Extras, & Related Albums
    • Video Preview Thumbnails
    • HDR to SDR Tone Mapping
    • Automatic Lyrics from LyricFind
    • Auto Tagging of Photos
    • Webhooks
    • Play Queues
    • Play Queue Post-Play Screen
    • Watchlist for Free Movies & Shows on Plex
    • Push Notifications
    • Places (Location-Based Photos)
    • Why won’t trailers or extras play?

Plex Home Features

Enabling or joining a Plex Home gives you several features.

  • Free Plex accounts may have up to 14 managed users total in your Home (15 total users including your admin/owner account).
  • Plex Pass users can also add regular Plex accounts to the home in addition to creating managed users (still bound by 15 total member limit)

Managed Users

The administrator for a Plex Home has the ability to create Managed Users within that home. These are often used by parents to create an account for their children, for instance.

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Fast User Switching

Being in a Plex Home allows you to quickly switch between members of the Home in supported Plex apps. For supported apps, you can quickly switch between Home members without having to manually sign out and back in to the app.

Note: Once in a Plex Home, you can switch to any other member of the Home in supported apps. The only limitation is that members protected with a PIN will need to be unlocked by entering the correct code before they can be used.

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Protect via PIN code

Members of a Plex Home can have a PIN code set on their account. When set, it means that the code must be entered when switching to that account in a supported Plex app. For instance, parents may wish to put a PIN on their account so that their children can’t freely switch to the parent account.

Note: Remember that setting a PIN on an account is not a replacement for good account security. A PIN should not be considered true security and is provided as a convenience to help control access when young children are involved. Do not share your account password/credentials with others and do not let others access your account.

Home admins can add content ratings profiles to managed user accounts.

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Free Access to Plex apps (Plex Pass).

If the admin of the Plex Home has an active Plex Pass subscription, all members of a Plex Home (both Managed Users and regular accounts) will be able to use our regular mobile Plex apps from the various app stores without doing a separate one-time, in-app activation purchase.

  • Regular accounts in the Plex Home only need to sign into the app using their account and it will recognize they are in a Plex Home and allow use of the app.
  • For Managed User accounts, the Home admin or another regular account in the Home must sign in first, then switch to that Managed user. From then on, the Managed User will be able to select themselves in the user menu when they open the app.

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Live TV and DVR access

Plex Pass server admins that have set up Live TV & DVR can choose to enable access to just Live TV or both Live TV and DVR for individual members of their Plex Home.

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Server Installation

The server is available for many different platforms. Installation is always via an installation package and follows the platform’s usual installation method. For NAS devices, you should follow the manufacturer’s add-on installation procedure.

Note: You’ll need to be sure to run your Plex Media Server on a filesystem that allows symlinks/hardlinks. For the vast majority of users, this isn’t an issue. If you’re running on an unusual filesystem (such as a drive pool or similar), then you should check for support.

Windows

  • Download the Windows Installer .exe file
  • Run the installer
  • Follow the usual installation method
  • At the final screen, click the Launch button. If you don’t select this, launch the Server from the Start button

The Plex Media Server will launch and display an icon to the System Tray (bottom right of the screen) To setup the Plex Media Server, choose Open Plex… from the Plex icon in the system tray.

macOS

  • Download the Plex Media Server .zip
  • Unzip the file
  • Drag the Plex Media Server app to the Applications folder
  • Launch the Plex Media Server from the Applications folder

To setup Plex Media Server from the server computer, launch the Open Plex… from the “>” icon in your Mac’s menubar.

Linux

Below, you’ll find information on installing Plex Media Server for our supported Linux distributions. Once installation is complete, you can also choose to enable updating via repository.

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Ubuntu

  • Download the .deb package
  • run (replacing the last filename with the name of the package you downloaded)

To setup Plex Media Server, on the same machine you installed the server on, open a browser window, and go to .

Note: The Plex Media Server runs as the user “plex” by default. The plex user must have read and execute permissions to your media directories and files! For more details on how to do this, see the .

Fedora/CentOS

  • Download the .rpm package
  • run (replacing the last filename with the name of the package you downloaded)

To setup the Server, on the same machine you installed the Server on, open a browser window and go to .

Note: The Plex Media Server runs as the user “plex” by default. The plex user must have read and execute permissions to your media directories and files! For more details on how to do this, see the .

NAS Devices

  • Download the installation package appropriate to your device
  • Follow the NAS manufacturer’s installation procedure to install the Plex Media Server
  • If you have problems, visit the Plex Media Server NAS forums and search for your device for help

To setup the server, open a browser window and go to (e.g ).

Related Page: Related Page: Forums > Plex Media Server > NAS

For Docker installations please see the Github repo here

4. Installing Plex Apps

Downloading Apps

Whether you have an iPhone, Android, Roku, Smart TV, Xbox, or other device, you will want to download a Plex App from our website or the device’s app store. When on the Plex Downloads page, check the list of apps and follow the instructions for your preferred device.

Related Page: Plex Downloads

Network Connectivity

Once you have downloaded the app, make sure you are on the same local network as the server. If both are on the same network, everything should work, and you will be able to browse and play media from the device.

If you are trying to access Plex Media Server from a device outside of your home network, remote access will need to be set up and running.

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Connecting to Plex with Remote Access

One of the great features of Plex is the ability to access and stream your media when you’re away from home. By default, your Plex Media Server will attempt to set up this Remote Access feature for you automatically. While the automatic setup works for a lot of our users, it can fail on some home networks. If you have trouble getting it set up or decide you’d rather not have it enabled, we have additional resources and troubleshooting information available.

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How to Update Plex Media Server

Unlike a regular Plex Media Server you might run on a computer or NAS device, you can’t arbitrarily update the server version. Instead, new Plex Media Server updates will be released on Google Play specifically for the NVIDIA SHIELD. You would then install the update through the Google Play store just like you would for any other app.

Note: Plex Media Server won’t show up in searches of the Google Play store. But when there’s a new version, it will show up as an available update in Google Play.

Since Plex Media Server updates are distributed just like normal updates through Google Play, it is not possible to downgrade server versions.

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Intro to Plex

    • What is Plex?
    • Quick-Start & Step by Step Guides for Plex Media Server
    • Plex: Free vs Paid
    • Exploring More of Plex
    • Plex Media Server Requirements
    • Internet and Network Requirements
    • What is Plex Pass?
    • Plex Pass Feature Overview
    • Free Access to Plex Apps
    • Plex Pass Subscription Management
    • Early Access & Beta Releases
    • Sales Tax information
    • Plex Accounts
    • Sign in to Your Plex Account
    • Use Google, Facebook, or Apple to Sign in with Plex
    • Secure Your Account with Two-Factor Authentication
    • Account Audio/Subtitle Language Settings
    • I forgot my Plex Account PIN; how can I reset it? How can I change my PIN?
    • Why can’t the Plex app find or connect to my Plex Media Server?
    • Why is my video stream buffering?
    • How do I choose the right Streaming Quality in an app?
    • Why is some of my content not found?
    • Is Plex like Netflix?
    • Changelogs and Release Notes
    • Log Files
    • Why don’t videos from iTunes, Amazon, etc. play?
    • Using plex.tv resources information to troubleshoot app connections
    • Is Plex Illegal?
  • Guides

    • Connect a Player App to Your Plex Account
    • Using Hardware-Accelerated Streaming
    • Automatically Adjust Quality when streaming
    • How to Use Secure Server Connections
    • Server Settings – Bandwidth and Transcoding Limits
    • Accessing a Server through Relay
    • Reporting Security Issues
    • Getting Started with Plex Music
    • Quick Guide to Mobile Sync
    • Forum Community Guidelines
    • License Information

General Troubleshooting

Here are some general troubleshooting steps you can take:

  • Ensure you have the current version of Plex Media Server installed
  • Ensure that Plex Media Server is actually actively running
  • Verify that your Server is listed on your page
  • Disable any VPN on your computer or router
  • Disable any proxies being used on your computer or router
  • Make sure you aren’t requiring secure connections on the server while using an app that doesn’t support them (see below)

Once you’ve checked those:

  1. Sign out of your Plex account in both the app and Plex Media Server
  2. in the Server
  3. Then sign into your account in the Plex app

Depending on whether your app is local or remote to the Server, there are also other things to check. If you continue to have an issue, then posting details in our support forums will be the best resource for you. See the Related Page information for additional information you can gather.

Related Page: Plex Support ForumsRelated Page:

App and Server Are on the Same Network

When both your Plex app and Plex Media Server are on the same local network:

Make sure both the Server and app are on the same subnet of the network

Tip!: Make sure the subnet mask (netmask) is set correctly, so that the devices are actually treated as being on the same subnet.

App Is Remote from the Server

If your app is not on the same network as your Plex Media Server:

Ensure that Remote Access has been successfully enabled for the Server

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Can’t Access Server Settings

In some cases, you may find that the Server entry doesn’t appear for you under Settings in the web app and thus you can’t try to sign in to the Server. This often occurs when you’re not yet signed in on the Server and you’re using the hosted Plex Web App.

  1. Load the “” on your Server computer using or , for instance
  2.  to the Plex Web App
  3. Access the Server settings and sign in to the Server

Once you’ve done that, your Plex Media Server should appear when using the hosted Plex Web App, too.

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Using a Third-Party App That Cannot Sign In

Starting with version 1.1.0 of Plex Media Server, security improvements were made to help protect users. Basically, if you are signed in to Plex Media Server, then apps accessing the server must also be signed in.

In rare cases, you may have an old, deprecated app that does not support signing in such as LG’s “Media Link” or “Smart Share” apps. To allow such apps to access your Plex Media Server, you will need to make a specific exception for them.

  1. Find out the local IP address of the device on which the app is running. You will typically be able to find this in the device’s system settings.
  2. In your Plex Web App, go to Settings > Server > Network.
  3. Enter the IP address from step one into the List of IP addresses and networks that are allowed without auth setting and save.

Step by Step

Overview

Getting started with Plex isn’t really any different than installing other software, except that you first install the server software. Then, you install apps on your devices so that each device can connect to the server.

Preparing and Organizing Your Media Collection

Getting your media set up can be an important step. As you set up your Plex Media Server, you’ll be creating libraries for your media—movies, TV shows, music, photos, and home videos. When you do so, Plex will identify and match content like movies and TV shows and then gather things like movie poster artwork, movie casts, TV episode descriptions, and more to make your collections beautiful.

Plex will do its best to automatically identify and match your content. You can help that process out and give yourself the very best results by ensuring that your content follows our media preparation guidelines.

Related Page: Your Media

The “Plex Media Server: Start here!” Video

For those that would prefer a video overview, please check out our “Plex Media Server: Start here!” video.

What Can I Do About It?

Turn Off Video Preview Thumbnails Generation

Since video preview thumbnails are one of the most common reasons for large directories, disabling their generation can greatly reduce further growth of the directory.

Note that disabling the settings will not affect existing video preview thumbnails; only future items will be affected. (However, see below regarding existing items.)

Tip!: You can choose on a per-library basis whether video preview thumbnails are created for that library. So, if you want them for movie content but not TV episodes, you can do that.

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Delete Existing Video Preview Thumbnails

If you have existing video preview thumbnails that you no longer want, you can remove those. To do so:

  1. Edit the library for which you want to remove thumbnails (e.g. your Movies or TV library)
  2. Select the Advanced tab on the left
  3. Use the Delete Preview Thumbnails button
  4. Confirm that you want to delete them

After you confirm deletion, your Plex Media Server will go through your library content and remove the video preview thumbnails. Depending on your library size, this may take a while to complete.

Tip!: If you wish to remove the video preview thumbnails for more than one library, simply edit each one and choose to delete.

Note: You’ll want to make sure that you also turn off video preview thumbnail creation or else they’ll simply get re-generated.

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Relocate your Plex Media Server Data Directory

If the underlying issue is that you’re running out of space on a small boot drive, for instance, then the easiest solution is often simply to relocate the Plex Media Server data directory.

Tip!: When relocating the data directory, you should make sure you do so to an internal drive on your computer (hard drive or SSD). Moving to a network location can result in poor, unexpected, or even completely broken behavior.

For Windows installations, you can make use of the The Path where Local Application Data is Stored general server setting. Refer to information about that setting for details.

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macOS

The easiest way to re-locate the data directory on macOS is typically to use a standard symbolic link (symlink) to place the directory in another location and then point to it from the original location. It’s important to note that it needs to be an actual symlink and not an alias or shortcut.

Related Page: Symbolic Link (Wikipedia)

While you can use a symbolic link on Linux similar to macOS (above), the user and permissions situation on Linux often makes that more complicated. You can find more detailed information about how to re-locate the data directory in the forums.

Related Page: Forums: Moving PMS ‘Libarary’

Relocate your Sync Data Directory

If you need to move the directory used to store your processed sync files before they’re synced, you can use a standard symbolic link (symlink) to relocate the directory. It’s important to note that it needs to be an actual symlink and not an alias or shortcut.

The default location for the Sync data directory varies based on your OS:

Subtitles

Placement

The Subtitle Placement setting controls the location where subtitles are displayed on the screen when supported and enabled. The user can choose between Lower left, Lower right, Lower middle (the default), Upper left, Upper right, and Upper middle.

Color

The Subtitle Color setting allows the user to specify the color that subtitles are displayed in. They can choose between Light grey, Blended light grey, Yellow, Light yellow, and Blended light yellow.

Size

The Subtitle Size setting controls which preset size subtitles are rendered at: Tiny, Small, Normal, Large, and Huge.

Related Page: Using Subtitles

Opening the Plex Web App on a Device Other than the Server Itself

On the Same Local Network

To open Plex Web App from a different device than the server computer while still on the same network:

  1. Open a browser window
  2. Type into the address bar (e.g “http://192.168.1.5:32400/web”)
  3. The browser will connect to the server and load Plex Web App

On a Different Network

If you’re on a different network than the server computer (or the entire “local network” is not in the private network IP ranges), you’ll first need to set up a SSH tunnel so that you can access things as if they were local.

Tip!: This is only necessary for the initial setup. Once you’ve gone through the setup, you can access as normal.

macOS or Linux

  1. Open a Terminal window or your command prompt
  2. Enter the following command (substituting the IP address of your server as appropriate):
  3. Open a browser window
  4. Type into the address bar
  5. The browser will connect to the server as if it were local and load Plex Web App

Windows

If you’re using Windows on your local system and your server is on Linux or macOS, you’ll need to use an application such as Putty or Windows 10’s built-in SSH client that can create the SSH tunnel for you. You can use instructions like these for setting up the Putty/SSH connection. If following that, you would use this information:

  • Gateway: ip.address.of.server
  • Source Port: 8888
  • Destination: localhost:32400

Once you have the SSH tunnel set up:

  1. Open a browser window
  2. Type into the address bar
  3. The browser will connect to the server as if it were local and load Plex Web App

If your server is running Windows, then you could do a standard Remote Desktop session or similar.

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Hosted Plex Web App

You can access the Plex Web App from wherever you are by making use of the version hosted on the plex.tv website. To use it:

  • Open a browser window
  • Visit https://app.plex.tv/desktop

or:

  • Sign in to your account on the plex.tv website
  • Click the large orange Launch button at the top right:

When you do so, the web application will be loaded from the plex.tv website. It runs in your local browser and accesses content from the local browser.

Tip!: When using the hosted Plex Web App, your connection does not go “through” the plex.tv website. Communication happens between the browser and Plex Media Server directly.

In order to be able to access and manage your content when away from home, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve successfully enabled Remote Access for your server.

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3. Completing Plex Media Server Setup

The Setup Wizard

The Setup Wizard should be running. It will lead you through a short series of steps to perform actions like naming your server and setting up your media libraries.

Related Page: Installation and Basic Setup

Setting Up Libraries and Adding Media

When the asks you to set up libraries, it means you are organizing your media collections for Plex. As we mentioned earlier in this article, there are five types of libraries you can set up for your media (movies, TV shows, music, photos, and home videos) and Plex uses your file and folder data to match content and then gather awesome metadata for it. For files you have ripped or purchased (without digital rights management)—like movies, TV shows, or music—the metadata, filenames, and folders are usually organized well enough for Plex to enhance correctly, without any issues or need to correct. There are also ways to correct any issues, and they are outlined in the media preparation guide.

We suggest, at this point, that you prepare a test folder for each media type, add libraries, and see how it looks in Plex. Try some movies, TV shows, home videos, music, and photos. You can always go back and update the library, delete it, recreate libraries, or start over with a new library.

This test will give you a sense for the organization and labeling you want. Then, you can decide how you want your libraries grouped and named. For example, you may want to go ahead and add well organized folders to various libraries right away, and then put a bunch of unorganized files and folders into another library—these might be named “Summer Beach Trip 2014 Photos” and “Unorganized 2014 Photos.”

Note: Video content purchased from online stores such as iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon will typically be protected by DRM (digital rights management) and cannot legally be played in other systems such as Plex.

Related Page: Related Page: Your Media

Test Media Playback with Plex Web App

Once the setup is done, try clicking on media to view or play it. If it isn’t working, try searching or browsing for solutions on our support site.

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What’s Taking Up Space?

In a standard Plex Media Server installation, the majority of space here will be taken up by metadata—particularly by artwork. These are found under the and subdirectories. It isn’t uncommon for installs to take several gigabytes of space. If you make use of Mobile Sync, it’s also possible for sync files to take up a significant amount of space.

Video Preview Thumbnails

One of the most common reasons for unexpectedly-large data directories is when people have enabled video preview thumbnails generation. If you’ve enabled that for your content, it can consume significant amounts of space. Installations with a large number of media items in your library can easily take dozens or even hundreds of gigabytes of space when generation of video preview thumbnails is enabled.

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Sync Jobs

When you set up a sync job for Mobile Sync, your Plex Media Server will process the files before they’re ready to sync. If you create a really large sync job (say, an entire season or series of a television show or a large number of movies), those will all need to be prepared before they’re ready to sync. That means they may be taking up a large amount of disk space until the sync completes.

Tip!: This also applies if you enable the Allow Sync option when sharing with other users. If a shared user creates a large sync job, it will affect your server.

Related Page: Mobile SyncRelated Page: Remote Access and Server Sharing

Opening the Plex Web App on a Device Other than the Server Itself

On the Same Local Network

To open the Plex Web App from a different device than the server computer while still on the same network:

  1. Open a browser window
  2. Type into the address bar (e.g “http://192.168.1.5:32400/web”)
  3. The browser will connect to the server and load Plex Web App

On a Different Network

If you’re on a different network than the server computer, you’ll first need to set up a SSH tunnel so that you can access things as if they were local. This is only necessary for the initial setup. After initial setup, you should be able to access by using the network IP address as normal.

OS X or Linux

  1. Open a Terminal window or your command prompt
  2. Enter the following command (substituting the IP address of your server as appropriate):

  3. Open a browser window
  4. Type into the address bar
  5. The browser will connect to the server as if it were local and load Plex Web App

Windows

If you’re using Windows on your local system and your server is on Linux or OS X, you’ll need to use an application such as Putty that can create the SSH tunnel for you. You can use instructions like these for setting up the Putty/SSH connection. If following that, you would use this information:

  • Gateway: ip.address.of.server
  • Source Port: 8888
  • Destination: localhost:32400

Once you have the SSH tunnel set up:

  1. Open a browser window
  2. Type into the address bar
  3. The browser will connect to the Server as if it were local and load Plex Web App

If your server is running Windows, then you could do a standard Remote Desktop session or similar.

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Preparation

Before You Begin

Before you begin installing Plex Media Server, it’s strongly recommended that you check that your media collection has been named and organized in a way that Plex will understand. If not, you may notice content isn’t recognized, is mis-matched, or not found at all.

You may already be naming and organizing your media files in a way suitable for Plex. Here are the important things:

  • Movies are gathered together in a “Movies” type folder, TV Shows in a “TV Shows” type folder, etc.
  • Movies are named as follows:

  • TV Show episodes are named with the season and episode:

  • TV Show episodes are stored in their own folder as follows:

  • For TV shows, the folder structure can be very important. Make sure you have show folders that contain season folders that contain the episodes

Related Page: Your Media

Tip!: It’s important to understand that Plex Media Server does not have its own graphical user interface. When you run the server on your computer, NAS, or other device, you won’t see a window open with a “server UI” or similar. Instead, you use the Plex Web App to manage your server.

Download the Installer

The Plex Media Server can be downloaded for free from the Plex Downloads page. There are many platforms available:

  • Windows
  • macOS
  • Linux
  • Compatible NAS devices

From the Downloads page, choose the platform or device you need, and download the installer.

Related Page: Plex DownloadsRelated Page: NAS Devices

Get a Plex (Player) App

While you’re on the Downloads page, you may wish to download a player app as well. The server includes the browser-based Plex Web App, but you’ll probably want to download an app for other devices. There are many available:

  • Windows/macOS Desktop PCs: Plex for Windows, Plex for macOS, or Plex Media Player (primarily intended for HTPC usage)
  • Mobile Devices: Android, iOS
  • Connected Devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Smart TVs, game consoles, and more

Related Page: Player Apps and Platforms

Добавление медиатек в Plex

Например нам нужно добавить новую фототеку в Plex. Для этого перейдите на веб страницу Plex и нажмите «+», как указано на изображении ниже:

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В Plex для добавления того или иного контента предусмотрены типы. Основываясь на них происходит добавление новых материалов в медиатеку.

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Нажмите кнопку «Добавить папку» и выберите папку с Вашим изображением.

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После того как папка с изображениями была выбрана нажмите

«Добавить библиотеку»

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После добавления фототеки дождитесь окончания обработки контента Plex

Медиа сервером.

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Аналогичным образом происходит добавление и других типов контента.

Для того что бы добавить новую папку с контентом в уже имеющуюся библиотеку, нажмите «Редактировать библиотеку»

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И добавьте новую папку с контентом.

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После того как папка с контеном была добавлена, можно просто добавлять новый контент в уже добавленную папку, и он автоматически будет добавляется в библиотеку Plex после нажатия кнопки

«Обновить библиотку».

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Desktop Computer

Running Plex Media Server on a desktop computer is a very popular option. This allows you to choose your operating system and you have flexibility in your computer components.

Operating System

You can run Plex Media Server on a desktop computer running a number of operating systems.

Tip!: You’ll generally want to ensure that you’ve installed all “critical” type updates or service packs for your current operating system.

Windows

When running on Windows, the following operating system versions are supported:

  • Windows 7 SP1 / Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1 (with Update) / Windows Server 2012 R2 (with Update)
  • Windows 10

Linux

We have official Plex Media Server releases available for the following Linux Distributions:

  • CentOS 7 or newer
  • Debian 8 or newer
  • Fedora 27 or newer
  • SUSE 15 or newer
  • Ubuntu 16.04 or newer

FreeBSD

Plex Media Server releases are available for FreeBSD 11.2 or newer.

Note: If running in a FreeBSD “jail”, you’ll want to make sure that VNET is enabled. (For instance, FreeNAS has instructions.)

CPU

CPU requirements can vary dramatically, depending on how exactly you want to use Plex, which particular Plex apps you’ll be using, properties of your media, how many people will be using Plex at the same time, and more.

As a minimum, we recommend:

Intel Core i3 (or equivalent) or faster

Note: While Plex Media Server can install and run on a computer with a slower processor, you might not have a very good experience, depending on your usage.

Generally, any modern computer should meet that minimum. However, if you will have multiple people accessing content simultaneously and you’ll sometimes require transcoding of content during playback, then you may well need something faster than the minimum.

If your computer’s CPU is not powerful enough to keep up with transcoding your media, you will notice pausing or buffering as the app waits for the server to catch up. We have additional information to help you figure out what kind of processor you might need for your own particular usage.

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In general, Plex Media Server doesn’t require large amounts of RAM. 2GB of RAM is typically more than sufficient and some installs (particularly Linux-based installs) can often happily run with even less. Of course, more RAM won’t hurt you and will certainly be helpful if you’re also doing other things on the computer.

Consequences of Being in a Plex Home

When you create a Plex Home, there are certain things you should be aware of that may be important to you.

  • There is a single admin for the Plex Home; this is the user that created the Home originally.
  • When switching to another member, you have all of the access and abilities of that user.
  • Some changes will be made on the Server:
    • Any App, device, or tool communicating with your Server will need to be signed in to a Plex Account.
    • The DLNA server will be disabled by default.
  • You need an active internet connection to be able to do Fast User Switching between members of a Plex Home.

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Last modified on: October 12, 2020

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