Using a Block Storage Volume with Plex Media Server
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What is Plex?
Plex is a media server that allows you to store your media on a remote server and stream it to your devices. This guide shows how to attach a Block Storage Volume to an existing Linode in order to meet the demands of a growing media library.
Before You Begin
The examples in this guide assume the Plex Server is installed and running on a Linode. See how to Install Plex Media Server on Ubuntu 16.04 if it is not already installed. After installation, follow the steps in the Initial Setup section to create an SSH tunnel to your Linode and configure the Plex server.
This guide also assumes you already have a Plex account since Plex Media Player will require login.
Attach a Block Storage Volume to a Linode
Create a Block Storage Volume and attach it to the Linode running Plex Media Server. See How to Add a Block Storage Volume to a Linode for instructions on how to do this from the Linode Manager.
To use the Linode CLI, create a new Volume and attach it to a Linode. The command below creates a 20GB Volume with the label
plex-volumeand attaches to a Linode labeled
plex-linode. Adjust the command as needed:
linode-cli volume create plex-volume -l plex-linode -s 20
Create a filesystem on the Block Storage Volume, then create a mountpoint per the instructions from the Linode Manager:
Check available disk space. Notice that there is some overhead with the Volume due to the file system:
Filesystem 1G-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/root 20G 3G 17G 13% / devtmpfs 1G 0G 1G 0% /dev tmpfs 1G 1G 1G 1% /dev/shm tmpfs 1G 1G 1G 2% /run tmpfs 1G 0G 1G 0% /run/lock tmpfs 1G 0G 1G 0% /sys/fs/cgroup /dev/sdc 20G 1G 38G 1% /mnt/plex-volume tmpfs 1G 0G 1G 0% /run/user/1000
If you want to use
scpto transfer your media files directly from a client machine to the Volume (see next section), you will need to change the ownership of the mount point:
sudo chown username:username /mnt/plex-volume
Configure a Plex Client
Install Plex Media Player on your device for streaming. Navigate to the Downloads section on the Plex website and follow the instructions for your device and operating system.
In the left menu, hover the mouse over Libraries. Click the + button:
Select the library type. Movies is selected in this example. Then click next:
Click Browse for Media Folder.
A window will appear. Select the folder corresponding to the Block Storage Volume. In this example, the mountpoint is
Transfer Media to the Volume via scp
Moving media to the Volume can be done with
scp using the following syntax:
scp example_video.mp4 email@example.com:/mnt/plex-volume
Depending on the file size(s), this may take a few minutes.
NoteThere are other ways to upload files to a remote server. See our section in Linux System Administration Basics for more information.
Scan for New Media on the Volume
After new media is added to the Block Storage Volume, scan for files in the Plex Media Player. In the left menu, hover over the media type and expand the drop down menu. Select Scan Library Files.
The media should now be available through Plex Media Player.
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