Plex is a proprietary media player suite that organizes video, audio, and photos from a user’s collections and from online services, enabling the user to access and stream the content from the server from any device. The Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Live TV and DVR Hook your local Plex Media Server up to a compatible tuner and digital antenna to let you watch and record free, over-the-air broadcasts available in your area. Record content into your library to gain all the benefits of other content: beautiful metadata, access anywhere and any time, and more. Or watch content live, wherever you are, on tons of devices.
Plex Home (Parental Controls) Control the media that your friends and family can access, both in and out of the home. Plex Home allows you to create customized, managed accounts, and restrict content those users can access. Restrict based on content ratings, or share specific items. Buy one Plex Pass for your home and share benefits like free apps.
Mobile Sync If you’re flying across the Atlantic, taking a subway to work, or even just relaxing in the park, you can still play your content! Use Mobile Sync to load copies of your content on your phone or tablet so you can use it when you don’t have internet access. Mobile Sync also helps make sure you always have the next episode of your favorite show ready for your commute.
Premium Music Features Take your music experience to eleven! Enjoy better artwork and artist bios, automatic lyrics from LyricFind, loudness leveling, sweet fades, visualizers, and more.
Premium Photo Libraries Make your personal photos and videos pop, with Plex. Auto-tag your photos, get location information, and more.
Camera Upload Wirelessly sync photos from your phone or tablet to your Plex Media Server. This makes sharing special snaps with family and friends easy, lets you stream those photos to other Plex Apps, and allows you to free up space on your mobile device.
Hardware-Accelerated Streaming When using a compatible device or processor on the Plex Media Server, subscribers can make use of hardware acceleration when content needs to be converted (transcoded) during streaming. This can be faster and more power-efficient for users.
Bandwidth and Transcoding Limits Plex Pass subscribers have additional control over processor usage and network/bandwidth usage when streaming.
Early Access Users with an active Plex Pass subscription often get early access to new features or apps. For instance, both Chromecast support and Plex Home Theater were available to Plex Pass subscribers prior to being released for all users.
Free Access to Plex Apps Enjoy free access to the Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone apps.
Cloud Sync Subscribers have access to even more features and benefits. For instance, subscribers can have Trailers and Extras automatically retrieved for movies in their library or make use of Webhooks for notifications and integrations with other tools.
Once the initial setup is done, Navigate to the Application Manager page of your dashboard and search for plex.
Click icon to open the Access Info page and note down WEB PORT which will be used later.
Click Go To Application to open plex webui.
If prompted, sign in to your plex account. You will be presented with an initial welcome screen as following. Click GOT IT!.
Set a friendly name for your plex server and click Next.
Click Add Library to create your first media library. Select appropriate folder under /storage while adding folders to your library.
If your selected folder is a Google Drive/Rclone mountpoint, make sure to uncheck Enable video preview thumbnails option under Advanced tab to prevent abnormal bandwidth usage and avoid hitting your google drive API limits.
Click Add Library. Then click Next and Done in sequence, to finish the initial setup.
Click icon at the top right. Navigate to Settings > Remote Access. Enter Web Port from step 2 and click Retry. Make sure that, the selected plex server is correct (on the left panel) incase you have multiple plex server associated with your plex account .
If successful, you will get the follwing message.
Now you should be able to access your plex server securely from plex.tv.
The code for a plex plugin is contained within a directory named with a .bundle suffix. As such they are often referred to as bundles. To install plug-in bundles manually, you will first need a link to the plug-in bundle. Sometimes the bundle will be posted on the plex forum or available via link to download from github.
Download the plugin bundle. If the link leads to a github page rather than a direct download, click Code > Download Zip to download the zipped plugin bundle. Bundles downloaded from github will usually have extra identifiers appended to the bundle’s filename, such as -master. Edit the bundle’s file or folder name to remove any text after .bundle.
Connect to your GigaDrive via FTP or SFTP and upload the plug-in bundle to the plex’s plugin folder which is located at /storage/.appdata/plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server.
Restart plex to make sure that the new plugin will be loaded.