How to install Plex media server on Ubuntu 19.04 -Simplest method

Are you looking for the simplest and easiest method to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 19.04? Here is that. Single command of snap will setup Plex server for you…

Plex Media server doesn’t need an introduction however, those are not acquainted with it; the Plex Server is a software which is free to use and cross-platform. This means it is available for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, NAS and MacOS along with a wide range of Client apps to stream videos from Plex Medi server. Not only videos, but the users can also stream music files too locally as well as remotely along with TV shows, and photos on PC, Chromecast, Android or iOS smartphone, tablet, ROKU etc.

We are going to use the Snap package manager for the installation Plex server here. The benefit of using SNAP is it makes everything so simple. No need to download and install each file separately.

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 19.04 via Snap

Though this article performed onUbuntu 19.04 disco dingo, it will be also the same for other older versions such as Ubuntu 18.10/18.04/17.04/16.04/14.04… along with Elementary OS and Linux Mint. Yes, you can use the commands given here to install Plex Media server on Elemenarty OS.

Install Snap-on Ubuntu

If you are using the Ubuntu 19.04, the snap comes as a pre-installed application. However, for older Ubuntu systems to install SNAP, the users can use the command:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Snapd is a daemon required to run snaps, it also includes the command snap which we need here to install Plex Media server.

Install Plex Media Server using SNAP

We don’t need to go for long manual steps and multiple settings to set up Plex Media server if we are using SNAP. It installed the PLEX server in a confined environment without any kind of interaction with any other web server like apache running on the same system. Snap application packages of software are self-contained an doesn’t rely on traditional package management like APT or YUM.

Sudo snap install plexmediaserver

Trivia: In case you want to restart/start/stop the Plex server in future then use Snap service commands:

sudo snap restart plexmediaserver
sudo snap stop plexmediaserver
sudo snap restart plexmediaserver

To find out what services running under snap the command is:

sudo snap services

Plex Media Server Initial access

Once you run the above Plex media server installation command using snap-on Ubuntu 19.04, you automatically get all packages on their respective place. The only thing which you have to do- Open your browser and type your machine IP address along with port number 32400.

server-ip-address:32400

Replace server-ip-address with your local or machine IP address.

If your plex on your local machine then use the localhost then you can also use:

http://localhost:32400/web

Setup Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 19.04

Step 1: The first screen will appear asking you to login into Plex account using Google, Facebook or Email ID. If you don’t have Plex server account then you use any of the given sign in medium to create the same. Or use this link to Plex sign up.

Authenticate the Plex Media server

Step 2: After signing in, the Plex will again get back to your local server IP address. At this step just click on Got it button.

Snap install Plex media server Ubuntu 19.04

Step 3: The Plex Server on Ubuntu 19.04 will identify your local installed server and ask you whether you want to assign some custom name to it. Give some friendly name and click on NEXT button.

Plex media Server setup on Ubuntu 19.04

Step 4: Its time to add some media files to Plex. Click on Add library button.

Note: You can also Add Media files to Plex later from Dashboard.

Add media library into Plex MEdia server

Step 5: Select the Type of Media files you would like to add into your media server. We are adding some Music files.

Select Media library type

  Step 6: Click on “Browse For Media Folder” button.browse media library folder

Step 7: Select the folder which has your Media files. For example, our Music files are in /media folder so, we have selected that.

You can repeat the same step to add other media files folder and then finally move towards the Finish.

Select the folder to import media files to Plex

Step 8: After adding library and finishing setup you will find your newly install Plex server Dashboard with all media files into it.

Access the music from Plex server installed on Ubuntu 19.04

Note: If while playing any music you got some error like “Error code: s9009 (Manifest)“. Then install vlc, it is a codec problem, I think and after installing it worked for me.

sudo apt install vlc

In future, if you want to update the Plex Media server installed using SNAP package manager then use the below command:

sudo snap refresh plexmediaserver

In this way just using the single command of SNAP, we install the Plex Media server on not only Ubuntu 19.04 but other Linux OS such as Centos, Debian, openSUSE and more… However, this method is easy to use but the traditional one gives more control over the back end and on each every file from Apache server to other supported services( see the traditional method to install Plex on Ubuntu). But for newbies installation via snap is recommended.

To clear some doubts related to Plex see: Plex media server FAQ ( Frequently Asked Questions)

Let us know if you face any problem…


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  1. Dave Kimble September 1, 2019
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