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How to use Plex on v2 seedboxes

Posted April 7th, 2017    10152   2   how to plex v2 seedboxes

This guide is intended for our v2 seedboxes. If you bought your seedbox from us before 6th December 2016, then you own a v1 seedbox which works on our older platform. In this case, please read this guide instead.

Please note: if you have Plex support already enabled "the old way" (using the shared plex server), you need to disable it first (your media will remain untouched) and then refresh your seedbox details page, in order to see the Plex as a dedicated application in the "Installable applications" list.

The Plex Media Server is a closed source project, that is intended as a home media center, in order to stream your personal library.

We support a dedicated plex server installation, meaning you will have administration access over your own plex server, and be able to change its settings at will.

Plex Installation
First you need to create a Plex.tv account if you already do not have one. It is free to create one.

  • Login to your client area. After you log in to your seedbox account, click in the "My Client Area" button.

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  • Under "My Seedboxes" click on the little gear icon next to the seedbox you want to use and click on the "Manage Seedbox" button.

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  • Scroll down and Click on the Installable Apps Tab. Click on "Add Application".From the application list, click on "Plex Media Server", then click INSTALL.

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  • A popup emerges, which asks your CLAIM CODE. This is a code, which can be retrieved from here. This code, will link the newly installed Plex Media Server with your Plex.tv username. This code expires 5 minutes after it is generated, so please make sure to use it immediately after it is generated and proceed with the Plex server installation.

ATTENTION: Please use the "Copy to Clipboard" button to copy paste the code, instead of manually selecting the code. This is important. We have reports of the plex server not correctly installing when users did not use the copy-to-clipboard button

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  • Once you click INSTALL, the installation will commence and you will be informed once it is completed.
  • Once Plex is installed, you can click the "Go to Application" button to visit your new plex installation. Alternatively, you can go to https://plex.tv and after you login, to click the "Launch" Button on the top right corner of the screen.
  • Please login with your Plex.tv account. Please be careful not to use your seedboxes.cc account to login, you need to use the credentials of your Plex.tv account instead.

  • The setup is now completed. Our automated installer should have created 3 default libraries for you (Movies, TV and Music). You can create as many other libraries as you want of course.
    Streaming with Plex

IMPORTANT: To stream your media files you will need to move your media files inside the appropriate Plex directory! Please try to avoid to point your ~/files/downloads folder as your Movies and TV path in your libraries. If you do this, your plex server will underperform during scanning of new media, will make many wrong matches, and potential crash often.

Moving your files with ruTorrent

If you want to continue seeding the files and move them, then the correct way to do this is:

  • Right click the release on your ruTorrent
  • Select "Save To..."
  • Choose the folder where you want to move the release, and make sure the options "Move Data Files" and "Fast Resume" are checked
  • After you click OK, ruTorrent will move your data files and resume seeding your release

If you do not want to continue seeding the files you can easily move them via the File Manager which your ruTorrent provides (look at the tabs at the bottom).

*Moving your files with FTP *

If you are not using ruTorrent as your torrent client, then the only alternative is to use an FTP client (such as FileZilla) and move the files you want in the appropriate Plex directories.

13 Comments

Pigpen
Pigpen

Is it possible to install outside of the GUI? I have channel files that need to be dumped in $PLEX_HOME/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Plug-ins

daugbjerg
daugbjerg

Hi just brought a Nvidia Shield pro, can i strem from that to my seedbox via Plex? :?

tony
tony
Staff

Yes, you should be able to stream with Nvidia shield, it is supported by Plex already

tony
tony
Staff

@Pigpen, you can install your custom plugins at ~/.apps/plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Plug-ins

In order to see the .apps folder you need to connect to your account via SSH or SFTP

RollTide16X
RollTide16X

After I click the Go To Application button a small dialog popup says that an update is available. How do I update the Plex Server on the seedbox? Thanks

therdgen7
therdgen7

I have noticed the past couple days that my Movies arent updating/refreshing in plex as fast as before. I waited about an hour before I gave up and noticed it had updated in the morning.

I have not had an issue with this until now. I restart the seed box and refresh plex libraries, any ideas.

I was also curious about the update.

ubergoober
ubergoober

I too am curious how we can update the media server.

lionessen
lionessen

The new Plex does not update/refresh as fast as before. It sometimes takes up to 24 hours before the files in my seedbox show up in my plex library.

I have not had an issue with this until after the update :-( .

tony
tony
Staff

To all of the above that complain about plex not refreshing. You have to understand, that you manage your own plex server now. This means you have administrative access on it, and you can refresh your libraries directly from within the plex interface yourselves. Furthermore, most probably, you don't have automatic updates enabled for your libraries in your plex server. You probably just have to go to your plex server settings and enable it

Alias
Alias

Any idea on how do we update the Plex to the latest version?

calderan
calderan

@Alias I guess the answer is here:
*Plex is the only application that does not update automatically. We need to test each new version (in order to make sure that no bugs have been introduced with the new version) and then we deploy the update to all clients.

Unfortunately it is very common new plex version to break things and perform much worse than previous versions.

So don't worry about it, at some point we will update it, once we are confident that it will not break anything in your service*

animatexyz
animatexyz

For anyone having trouble with Plex updating your new content you will need to do a couple of things to get the content to show up immediately.

  1. Go to settings (wrench and screw driver icon on the upper right of the ui)
    Select the "Server" tab on the upper right
    Select "Library" in the list on the left
    Check the first box "Update my library automatically"
    Check the fourth box "Update my library periodically" and set the interval to your desired time

  2. On your home page click the 3 dot menu next to the library you want to update (movie, music, tv, etc) and select "scan library files"

You can use both of these workflows together or separate depending on your needs. I personally use both. When I want to watch something right away is when I will use option 2. most of the time though option 1 will give you your content within a 5 minute window.

argrithmag
argrithmag

does plex pluggin support https?