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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 http://plexapp.com/plex_pub_key.pub

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.