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How To Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Plex is a server for media streaming that enables the storage of all media content in one place and to use of a client application to access them, for example, another computer or a mobile device. It supports all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux. The basic version of the Plex Media Server can be used free of charge, but it only has a limited range of functions. You can get additional functions by purchasing Plex Pass at $4.99/month.

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 the Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 22.04 and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop!_OS, and more as well.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • 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).
  • A non-root sudo user or 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 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Step 2. Installing Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04.

  • Install Plex Media Server from Official Repository

By default, the Plex is not available on Ubuntu 22.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the Plex repository to your Ubuntu system:

echo deb https://downloads.plex.tv/repo/deb public main | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/plexmediaserver.list

Next, import the GPG key:

curl https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-keys/PlexSign.key | sudo apt-key add -

After the repository is enabled, now install the latest version of Plex Media Server using the below command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install plexmediaserver

Once successfully installed, enable Plex (to start automatically upon system boot), start, and verify the status using the commands below:

sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver
sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver
sudo systemctl status plexmediaserver
  • Install Plex Media Server from Snap Store.

If Snap package manager is not already installed then you can install it by running the following command below:

sudo apt install snapd

To install Plex, simply use the following command:

sudo snap install plexmediaserver

Step 3. Configure Firewall.

By default, the UFW firewall is enabled on Ubuntu. Depending on your Plex configuration file, open ports 32400 to allow HTTP traffic:

sudo ufw allow ssh
sudo ufw allow 32400
sudo ufw reload

Step 4. Accessing Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04.

Once successfully installed, open your web browser and access the Plex web interface using the URL http://your-IP-address:32400/web. You will be redirected to the following page:

Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Plex. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Plex website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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