[HowTo] Install Plex Media Server and Add-on on Rasbperry Pi

This guide will include instructions for installing Plex Media Server, the Plex client add-on, and editing the OSMC homescreen to include a direct link to the Plex add-on.

Tested With

  • Device: Raspberry Pi 3 B+
    OSMC Version: 2018.12-1
    Repository: dev2day.de

Plex Media Server Installation (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3)

Note: This part of the guide is based on a guide made by the repo owner on the Plex forums

  1. Connect to Raspberry Pi via SSH as osmc user.

    ssh osmc@<IP ADDRESS>
  2. Add the repository:

    wget -O - https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
    echo "deb https://dev2day.de/pms/ stretch main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pms.list >/dev/null
  3. Install the dependency:

    sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https
  4. Update the package list and install Plex Media Server:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install plexmediaserver-installer
  5. Add OSMC and Plex to eachothers groups so they play nice together:

    sudo addgroup plex osmc
    sudo addgroup osmc plex
  6. Reboot OSMC:

  7. To configure Plex Media Server, use a browser on the same network by going to http://<IP ADDRESS>:32400/web.

Plex Add-on Installation

  1. From the OSMC home screen, go to Settings > Add-on browser > Plex.

  2. Install the Plex add-on.

  3. To access Plex, from the OSMC home screen go to Videos > Video Add-ons > Plex

  4. Launch Plex and follow the on-screen instructions to sign in.

Adding Plex Add-On Shortcut to OSMC Home Screen (Optional)

  1. From the OSMC home screen, go to Settings > Interface.

  2. Then under the Skin settings, select - Configure skin...

  3. Select Enable menu customisation

  4. Install Skin Helper Service when prompted.

  5. Install Skin Helper Service Widgets when prompted.

  6. Once installatiion of the previous 2 add-ons are complete, go to the Addons while still in the Skin Settings .

  7. Select Skin Shortcuts and install that add-on.

  8. Go to Home under Skin settings and select Customise Home Menu.

  9. In the Customise Home Menu, select Add at the bottom.

  10. Select - Set label and enter “Plex”.

  11. Select - Change action and select Video Library > Video Add-On > Plex

  12. Press ESC and go back to home screen.

Thank You

1 Like

Dear, thanks for this post. Could you write the steps to install of Emby server for OSMC in RPi?

Thanks a lot.

Unfortunately I can not. I only wrote guides for software I use. They are just my own step-by-step steps for getting something I installed for myself that I shared incase anyone else found it useful.

Since I don’t use or intend to use Emby, I will not be writing a guide for it. Sorry.

Hello, can You tell me if I install Plex server on my OSMC do I have access to my library from the internet oraz only from my local devices?


Access from the Internet might not work well (or at all) if Plex decides it needs to transcode a video.

Thank’s for answer. Is there a new method to install Plex server on OSMC because when I try to install I see errors:

wget -O - https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
--2020-02-13 19:54:44--  https://dev2day.de/pms/dev2day-pms.gpg.key
Resolving dev2day.de (dev2day.de)..., 2a01:4f8:200:502e::2
Connecting to dev2day.de (dev2day.de)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
2020-02-13 19:54:46 ERROR 404: Not Found.

gpg: no valid OpenPGP data found.

What instructions are you following?


I follow that Thread

Thanks, I will look at this.