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Dockerization of Plex & Remote Transcoding
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Plex organizes video, music and photos from personal media libraries and streams them to smart TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices. This container is packaged as a standalone Plex Media Server.


docker create \
    --name=plex-prt \
    --net=host \
    -e VERSION=latest \
    -e PUID=<UID> -e PGID=<GID> \
    -v </path/to/library>:/config \
    -v <path/to/tvseries>:/data/tvshows \
    -v </path/to/movies>:/data/movies \


  • --net=host - Shares host networking with container, required.
  • -v /config - Plex library location. This can grow very large, 50gb+ is likely for a large collection.
  • -v /data/xyz - Media goes here. Add as many as needed e.g. /data/movies, /data/tv, etc.
  • -v /transcode - Shared Transcode Mount goes here.
  • -e VERSION=latest - Permits specific version selection e.g., also supports public (this forces plex so stick with ). If left blank, auto update is disabled until set.
  • -e PGID= for for GroupID - see below for explanation
  • -e PUID= for for UserID - see below for explanation

Special note - If you'd like to run Plex without requiring --net=host then you will need the following ports in your docker create command:

  -p 32400:32400 \
  -p 32400:32400/udp \
  -p 32469:32469 \
  -p 32469:32469/udp \
  -p 5353:5353/udp \
  -p 1900:1900/udp

User / Group Identifiers

Sometimes when using data volumes (-v flags) permissions issues can arise between the host OS and the container. We avoid this issue by allowing you to specify the user PUID and group PGID. Ensure the data volume directory on the host is owned by the same user you specify and it will "just work" <sup>TM</sup>.

In this instance PUID=1001 and PGID=1001. To find yours use id user as below:

  $ id <dockeruser>
    uid=1001(dockeruser) gid=1001(dockergroup) groups=1001(dockergroup)

Updates / Monitoring

  • Shell access whilst the container is running: docker exec -it plex /bin/bash
  • Upgrade to the latest version: docker restart plex
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime: docker logs -f plex
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