Saturday, February 22, 2014

Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server ( "bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media."

Plex allows you to play your collection of movies, music and photos from a variety of devices, such as a computer, Smart TV, Roku, cell phones, tablets and others.  Through the online Plex Service you can also share your media collection with friends and family.

Plex has a server download for Windows, Linux and Mac.  I have had the best results (least issues) with the Linux 64bit version.

Plex Installation

Plex is really easy to install.  Plex can be downloaded from

For Windows, you run the simple installer executable.

For Linux, you download the appropriate rpm/deb.  The following example works for Fedora 14 or CentOS 6 (or newer) 64bit

# as the root user...


rpm -Uvh plexmediaserver-

service plexmediaserver restart

To access the Plex web interface visit

To use the online Plex Service you will need to open up port 32400 on your firewall.

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