How To Install Plex Media Server on CentOS 7

Install Plex Media Server on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install the Plex media server on your CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Plex is a free piece of software that allows you to organize your movies, TV shows, music, and photos in one beautiful interface and stream those media files on your PC, tablet, phone, TV, Roku, etc on the network or over the Internet.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Plex on a CentOS 7 server.

Install Plex Media Server on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Plex on CentOS 7.

Go to the Plex Downloads page and copy the installation link for CentOS. Use wget to download the installer via the copied link:

sudo yum install plexmediaserver*.rpm

Then, start the Plex Media Server and enable it to start on boot time by running the following command:

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service
sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service

Step 3. Configure Plex.

Now, open a web browser and type the following address. Change the IP address with your CentOS 7 IP address:


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Plex. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Plex Media Server on CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Plex website.

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