How to Install Plex on Arch Linux

Published by Paresh Pawar
on January 10, 2018

Plex is a media software suite which is available for almost all platforms. Plex media server is the key of this software suite. Installing the plex media server on a windows system is quite easy. In this post, we are going to install to Plex Media Server on Arch Linux or any Arch based Linux Distro Like Manjaro.

Why Arch Linux?

No doubt that windows system need to have a fine amount of resources and in my case, I have an old machine having core 2 duo and 2 Gigs of RAM. that's why I can't use windows here. Then why Arch? and not other Linux distros? that is because I also want to use my machine for browsing using Chrome which wasn't possible with Ubuntu/Debian or other distros. Unlike other Linux distributions Arch does not come with preinstalled software and tools which make it very lightweight and let you install only the things which you want to.

How to Install Plex Media Server?

Plex is not included in the official arch repository so we need to get it from AUR (Arch User Repository). open terminal and type:

user@arch:$ git clone

go into that directory

user@arch:$ cd plex-media-server

then build the package by simply typing:

user@arch:$ makepkg

it will take a little time to create the package which depends on your Internet speed and system. after a successful package building you can install that package by typing:

user@arch:$ sudo pacman -U plex-media-server****

(package name can be a little different. I'll suggest you press Tab key after typing plex) after installing you should enable the plex service to start automatically when the system boots up. type this:

user@arch:$ sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service

you can reboot your system to start the service by typing:

user@arch:$ sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service

That's it you just installed the Plex media server on your Arch machine. You can go to the server by opening the browser and typing address as Follow this video if having any difficulties:

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Article last updated: November 6, 2023

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