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Dockerized Plex Media Server
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Dockerized Plex Media Server based in wernight/docker-plex-media-server adapted to Fedora

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It is recommended to provide two mount points writable by user 797 (that plex random UID inside the container for safety, alternatively use --user flag):

  • /config: To somewhere to hold your Plex configuration (can be a data-only container). This will include all media listing, posters, collections and playlists you've setup...
  • /media: To one or more of your media files (videos, audio, images...).


$ mkdir ~/plex-config
$ chown 797:797 -R ~/plex-config
$ docker run -d --restart=always -v ~/plex-config:/config -v ~/Movies:/media -p 32400:32400 wernight/plex-media-server

The --restart=always is optional, it'll for example allow auto-start on boot.

If you want Avahi broadcast to work, add --net=host but this will be more insecure. Without it you may also not see the Server tab unless the server is logged in, see troubleshooting section below.

Once done, wait about a minute and open http://localhost:32400/web in your browser.


Comparison of main Plex Docker containers (view on GitHub)

Image Base Runs As PID 1 Reap Slim Container Upgrade from UI
wernight/plex-media-server Debian user Safe Yes No
linuxserver/plex Ubuntu user? Safe No Yes
timhaak/plex Ubuntu root Unsafe No Yes
needo/plex Ubuntu root Safe No Yes?
binhex/arch-plex Arch root Unsafe No ?

Based on current state as of July 2015.

Upgrades and Versions

To upgrade to the latest version do again a docker pull wernight/plex-media-server and that should be it. Currently Plex auto-upgrade does not seem to be properly supported (probably because this image runs a single plex process and not initd).

You may use a tagged version to use a fixed or older version.

Environment Variables

You can change some settings by setting environement variables:

  • PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_STACK_SIZE ulimit stack size (default: 3000).
  • ENV PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_MAX_PLUGIN_PROCS the number of plugins that can run at the same time (default: 6).


  • I have to accept EULA each time?!
    • Did you forget to mount /config directory? Check also that it's writable by user 797.
  • Cannot see Server tab from settings!
    • Try running once with --net=host. You may allow more IPs without being logged in by then going to Plex Settings > Server > Network > List of networks that are allowed without auth; or edit your_config_location/Plex Media Server/Preferences.xml and add allowedNetworks="" attribute the <Preferences …> node or what ever your local range is.
  • Why do I have a random server name each time?
    • Either set a friendly name undex Plex Settings > Server > General; or start with -h some-name.


Honestly I wish there was a more official documentation for this. What you really need to back-up (adapt ~/plex-config to
your /config mounting point):

  • Your media obviously
  • ~/plex-config/Plex Media Server/Media/
  • ~/plex-config/Plex Media Server/Metadata/
  • ~/plex-config/Plex Media Server/Plug-in Support/Databases/

In practice, you may want to be safer and back-up everything except may be ~/plex-config/Plex Media Server/Cache/
which is pretty large and you can really just skip it. It'll be rebuild with the thumbnails, etc. as you had them.
But don't take my word for it, it's really easy for you to check.


Having more issues? Report a bug on GitHub.

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