Running Plex on your Linux HTPC

Plex.tv (check out their beautiful website) is a media solution for your home that has support for many devices. It is a solution that consists of 2 components: a media server and a media player. Both are available for a wide variety of devices. This compatibility makes Plex an unparalleled media solution. Also, Plex is very good looking. So, in my opinion the top 3 reasons to choose Plex as your home media server are:

  1. Device compatibility
  2. Easy to use (it just works)
  3. Wow.. what a beautiful GUI

Plex device support

No shortage here! There is the media server, which can be installed on a server:

plex_server

Or on a NAS device:

plex_nas

There are media players for your TV:

plex_tv

Or for your mobile devices:

plex_mobile

Or for your PC:

plex_pc

Installing plexmediaserver (server) on Ubuntu Linux

Go to https://plex.tv/downloads, or install from the command line by executing:

wget http://downloads.plexapp.com/plex-media-server/0.9.9.12.504-3e7f93c/plexmediaserver_0.9.9.12.504-3e7f93c_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.9.9.10.458-008ea34_amd64.deb

Now go to http://localhost:32400/web/ to access the built-in HTML5 media player of the server. In this interface, you can also update the server and configure the media folders you want to watch for content.

Install plexhometheater (player) on Ubuntu Linux

If you have a Linux HTPC and your TV is connected as a display, then you can install the plex home theater (player) software. In that case, you would install it on the same machine as where you install the server (plexmediaserver) software. The following commands install the plexhometheater on Ubuntu Linux:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plexapp/plexht
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pulse-eight/libcec
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plexhometheater

Is Plex media server free?

Plex Media Center’s source code was initially forked from XBMC Media Center on May 21, 2008; this fork is still used today as a front-end media player on Linux for Plex’s media server back-end media host component. – Wikipedia

Plex Media Server, unlike the open source plexhometheater, is proprietary software. Still, you can enjoy most of it’s features without buying the monthly subscription or a paid app. Enjoy a revolutionary TV experience!

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