In this tutorial I will be showing how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a Plex Media Server. Plex is a Client/Software media player which organizes all your TV Shows, Movies, and Music and allows you play them on any of your devices. The Plex Server will store all your media and will transmit the media to your client, which can be your Phone, TV, Tablet, XBox, Chromecast or even your Raspberry Pi running RasPlex, the possibilities are endless since the Plex Client is available for almost every device. You can also setup your Raspberry Pi Plex Server to allow you to take your media anywhere by setting it up to be available outside of your network.
The Plex Media Server will also trans-code your media on the fly so that you can play any media file on any device, even if the client device doesn’t support the media file. This is why I recommend loading the Plex Server on the Raspberry Pi 3, it will work on the Raspberry Pi 2 as well. The Raspberry Pi 3 will work the best since it has the fastest processor, I would not recommend running the Plex Server on the original Raspberry Pi.
To install the Plex Media Server on our Raspberry Pi 3
You will need the following:
- Raspberry Pi
- 8GB Micro SD Card (You can use a bigger SD Card to store more videos on your server)
- 2.5A Power Supply
I will be installing the Raspberry Pi Plex Server remotely to my Raspberry Pi over SSH. I will be running my Raspberry Pi as a server without a monitor which will allow me to control it from any other computer over SSH. I will assume you know how to SSH into your Raspberry Pi server.
Install the Raspberry Pi Plex Server
SSH into your Raspberry Pi and run the apt-get update and upgrade commands to get our Raspberry Pi software up to date before we start installing our Plex Server. Run the following commands: Continue Reading