How to install Plex Media Server on CentOS / Fedora / RHEL

In an earlier post we covered installing Plex Media Server on a Windows 7 system. In this post we’ll cover how to install and configure on a Linux system, CentOS 6.2 to be exact, but this process can be used on Fedora / and RHEL as well.

First make sure you meet the system requirements.

System Requirements:

  • 1.6 GHz processor (2.4 GHz dual core for 1080p transcoding).
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Gigabit Ethernet recommended for HD streaming.
  • N.B. Flash and Silverlight video playback is not supported on Linux.

Installation is very simple. It is just a matter of adding the repo to the server and importing the key.

Create the plex.repo definition in /etc/yum.repos.d with the following contents.


Import the GPG key

$ rpm --import

Then install it with this command:

$ yum install plexmediaserver

Now start the Plex Media Server

$ /etc/init.d/plexmediaserver start

Once the startup is completed open a browser and goto http://localhost (or systems ip):32400/manage/index.html

Click on any of the Add Media to you Library icons to add your content for the devices to see. Change preferences from the many options available.

Look for future posts on customizing Plex Media Server and adding DLNA profiles for some of the many devices that can connect.

Currently Plex Media Server runs off older init scripts. there is a post in the Plex forums with a way to use the newer systemd here


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