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The team brings you another container release featuring :-

  • regular and timely application updates
  • easy user mappings (PGID, PUID)
  • custom base image with s6 overlay
  • weekly base OS updates with common layers across the entire ecosystem to minimise space usage, down time and bandwidth
  • regular security updates

Find us at:

  • Discord - realtime support / chat with the community and the team.
  • IRC - on freenode at Our primary support channel is Discord.
  • Blog - all the things you can do with our containers including How-To guides, opinions and much more!
  • Podcast - on hiatus. Coming back soon (late 2018).

PSA: Changes are happening

From August 2018 onwards, Linuxserver are in the midst of switching to a new CI platform which will enable us to build and release multiple architectures under a single repo. To this end, existing images for arm64 and armhf builds are being deprecated. They are replaced by a manifest file in each container which automatically pulls the correct image for your architecture. You'll also be able to pull based on a specific architecture tag.

TLDR: Multi-arch support is changing from multiple repos to one repo per container image.


Docker Pulls Docker Stars Build Status

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. has always been a top priority. Straightforward design and bulk actions mean getting things done faster. To All Arm Users - Plex is currently transitioning to a new build system allowing everyone to ingest software releases for all popular architectures. In the mean time releases on this channel for armv7 and aarch64 will be frozen at a beta release version of 1.15, including plex pass users. For armv7 users that want a stable release please use our legacy repo Here .


Supported Architectures

Our images support multiple architectures such as x86-64, arm64 and armhf. We utilise the docker manifest for multi-platform awareness. More information is available from docker here.

Simply pulling linuxserver/plex should retrieve the correct image for your arch, but you can also pull specific arch images via tags.

The architectures supported by this image are:

Architecture Tag
x86-64 amd64-latest
arm64 arm64v8-latest
armhf arm32v6-latest


Here are some example snippets to help you get started creating a container.


docker create \
  --name=plex \
  --net=host \
  -e PUID=1001 \
  -e PGID=1001 \
  -e VERSION=docker \
  -v </path/to/library>:/config \
  -v <path/to/tvseries>:/data/tvshows \
  -v </path/to/movies>:/data/movies \
  -v </path for transcoding>:/transcode \
  --restart unless-stopped \


Compatible with docker-compose v2 schemas.

version: "2"
    image: linuxserver/plex
    container_name: plex
    network_mode: host
      - PUID=1001
      - PGID=1001
      - VERSION=docker
      - </path/to/library>:/config
      - <path/to/tvseries>:/data/tvshows
      - </path/to/movies>:/data/movies
      - </path for transcoding>:/transcode
    mem_limit: 4096m
    restart: unless-stopped


Container images are configured using parameters passed at runtime (such as those above). These parameters are separated by a colon and indicate <external>:<internal> respectively. For example, -p 8080:80 would expose port 80 from inside the container to be accessible from the host's IP on port 8080 outside the container.

Parameter Function
--net=host Use Host Networking
-e PUID=1001 for UserID - see below for explanation
-e PGID=1001 for GroupID - see below for explanation
-e VERSION=docker Set whether to update plex or not - see Application Setup section.
-v /config Plex library location. This can grow very large, 50gb+ is likely for a large collection.
-v /data/tvshows Media goes here. Add as many as needed e.g. /data/movies, /data/tv, etc.
-v /data/movies Media goes here. Add as many as needed e.g. /data/movies, /data/tv, etc.
-v /transcode Path for transcoding folder, optional.

Optional Parameters

Special note - If you'd like to run Plex without requiring --net=host (NOT recommended) 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

The application accepts a series of environment variables to further customize itself on boot:

Parameter Function
-v /transcode Path for transcoding folder
--device=/dev/dri:/dev/dri Add this option to your run command if you plan on using Quicksync hardware acceleration - see Application Setup section.

User / Group Identifiers

When using 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 any volume directories on the host are owned by the same user you specify and any permissions issues will vanish like magic.

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

  $ id username
    uid=1001(dockeruser) gid=1001(dockergroup) groups=1001(dockergroup)


Application Setup

Webui can be found at <your-ip>:32400/web

** Note about updates, if there is no value set for the VERSION variable, then no updates will take place.**

** For new users, no updates will take place on the first run of the container as there is no preferences file to read your token from, to update restart the Docker container after logging in through the webui**

Valid settings for VERSION are:-


  • docker: Let Docker handle the Plex Version, we keep our Dockerhub Endpoint up to date with the latest public builds. This is the same as leaving this setting out of your create command.
  • latest: will update plex to the latest version available that you are entitled to.
  • public: will update plexpass users to the latest public version, useful for plexpass users that don't want to be on the bleeding edge but still want the latest public updates.
  • <specific-version>: will select a specific version (eg of plex to install, note you cannot use this to access plexpass versions if you do not have plexpass.

Hardware acceleration users for Intel Quicksync will need to mount their /dev/dri video device inside of the container by passing the following command when running or creating the container:


We will automatically ensure the abc user inside of the container has the proper permissions to access this device.

Hardware acceleration users for Nvidia will need to install the container runtime provided by Nvidia on their host, instructions can be found here:

We automatically add the necessary environment variable that will utilise all the features available on a GPU on the host. Once nvidia-docker is installed on your host you will need to re/create the docker container with the nvidia container runtime --runtime=nvidia and add an environment variable -e NVIDIA_VISIBLE_DEVICES=all (can also be set to a specific gpu's UUID, this can be discovered by running nvidia-smi --query-gpu=gpu_name,gpu_uuid --format=csv ). NVIDIA automatically mounts the GPU and drivers from your host into the plex docker.

Support Info

  • Shell access whilst the container is running: docker exec -it plex /bin/bash
  • To monitor the logs of the container in realtime: docker logs -f plex
  • container version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' plex
  • image version number
    • docker inspect -f '{{ index .Config.Labels "build_version" }}' linuxserver/plex

Updating Info

Most of our images are static, versioned, and require an image update and container recreation to update the app inside. With some exceptions (ie. nextcloud, plex), we do not recommend or support updating apps inside the container. Please consult the Application Setup section above to see if it is recommended for the image.

Below are the instructions for updating containers:

Via Docker Run/Create

  • Update the image: docker pull linuxserver/plex
  • Stop the running container: docker stop plex
  • Delete the container: docker rm plex
  • Recreate a new container with the same docker create parameters as instructed above (if mapped correctly to a host folder, your /config folder and settings will be preserved)
  • Start the new container: docker start plex
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune

Via Docker Compose

  • Update the image: docker-compose pull linuxserver/plex
  • Let compose update containers as necessary: docker-compose up -d
  • You can also remove the old dangling images: docker image prune


  • 15.02.19: - Clean up plex pid after unclean stop.
  • 11.02.19: - Fix nvidia variables, add device variables.
  • 16.01.19: - Add pipeline logic, multi arch, and HW transcoding configuration; remove avahi service.
  • 07.09.18: - Rebase to ubuntu bionic, add udev package.
  • 09.12.17: - Fix continuation lines.
  • 12.07.17: - Add inspect commands to README, move to jenkins build and push.
  • 28.05.17: - Add unrar package as per requests, for subzero plugin.
  • 11.01.17: - Use Plex environment variables from pms docker, change abc home folder to /app to alleviate usermod chowning library
  • 03.01.17: - Use case insensitive version variable matching rather than export and make lowercase.
  • 17.10.16: - Allow use of uppercase version variable
  • 01.10.16: - Add TZ info to README.
  • 09.09.16: - Add layer badges to README.
  • 27.08.16: - Add badges to README.
  • 22.08.16: - Rebased to xenial and s6 overlay
  • 07.04.16: - removed /transcode volume support (upstream Plex change) and modified PlexPass download method to prevent unauthorised usage of paid PMS
  • 24.09.15: - added optional support for volume transcoding (/transcode), and various typo fixes.
  • 17.09.15: - Changed to run chmod only once
  • 19.09.15: - Plex updated their download servers from http to https
  • 28.08.15: - Removed plexpass from routine, and now uses VERSION as a combination fix.
  • 18.07.15: - Moved autoupdate to be hosted by and implemented bugfix thanks to ljm42.
  • 09.07.15: - Now with ability to pick static version number.
  • 08.07.15: - Now with autoupdates. (Hosted by
  • 03.07.15: - Fixed a mistake that allowed plex to run as user plex rather than abc (99:100). Thanks to double16 for spotting this.