In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Plex Media Server is a great multimedia tool that will turn your Ubuntu into a features multimedia server. You can stream your music or movies from any device at home.
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 the step-by-step installation of Plex on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver).
- It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
- SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
- An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for Plex.
non-root sudo useror access to the
root user. We recommend acting as a
non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.
Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.
First, download the latest Plex Media Server for Ubuntu with the following command:
Next, install the DEB package we downloaded from the first step above:
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_126.96.36.19923-31d3c0c65_amd64.deb
Then, start the Plex Media Server and enable it to start on boot time by running the following command:
systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service systemctl start plexmediaserver.service
Step 3. Configure Plex.
Now, open a web browser and type the following address. Change the IP address with your Ubuntu 18.04 IP address:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Plex. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Plex Media Server in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Plex Media Server website.