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Install the New Plex Home Theater On Linux Mint 15!

Written by Mr. X on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Home Entertainment, PC

Install the New Plex Home Theater On Linux Mint 15!

Plex Home Theater is the new Linux port of their flagship app, Plex Media Center, which is a fork of XBMC. Since using Plex Media Server on my Linux based [Flawless] Cloud Media Server, I have become a huge fan. Plex provides a complete media ecosystem by not only building a great back end server, but by also creating front end clients for all the major operating systems (Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Roku, and now Linux!) that all talk and integrate seamlessly with each other allowing you to store your media library and metadata all in one central place. Not only is the Plex media ecosystem robust, but it's easy to use, and I mean easy. One of the biggest challenges I have faced with different front end media clients is the overcomplexity of the interface. The only front end device that has gone the distance in my house and remained the primary front end client is Boxee Box. This is due to Boxee Box's extremely easy to use interface (another XBMC port), which is absent of the endless options and configurations that I feel are currently plaguing the XBMC product. Plex Home Theater on the other hand, while being a fork from XBMC, has decided to put simplicity at the forefront creating an smooth user friendly interface, allowing more that just tech enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a truely increadible media experience.

Lets get started

What you'll need:

  • HTPC hardware strong enough to run Plex/XBMC @1080p (like the Zotac ZBOX-ID41-U)
  • Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon)
  • PlexPass Membership (Plex Home Theater is currently a closed beta only open to PlexPass Members. Get yours for only $3.99/mo)

 

Steps to install Plex Home Theater on your HTPC runing Linux Mint 15 (Cinnamon)

  1. Download the Linux Mint 15 ISO
  2. Install Linux Mint 15 on your HTPC
  3. Now let's install Plex Home Theater
    1. Open the terminal
    2. First we need to add the Plex repository as well as some dependency repositories.
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:plexapp/plexht
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jon-severinsson/ffmpeg
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pulse-eight/libcec
      
    3. Next we need to refresh apt to pull in the new repositories
      sudo apt-get update
      
    4. Now we're ready to install Plex Home Theater as well and some enhanced pulse audio settings and controls
      sudo apt-get install plexhometheater paprefs pavucontrol
      
    5. That's it. Your now ready to rock and roll with the full featured Plex client, now for the first time on Linux!

If your having audio problems over HDMI using AMD hardware (no sound or playback is too fast), it's due to the HDMI audio being disabled by default on Ubuntu based distros. Follow these quick steps to enable HDMI audio fix.

  1. Edit grub
    sudo nano /etc/default/grub
    
    Change the following line to

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash radeon.audio=1"

  2. Now reload grub
    sudo update-grub
  3. and reboot
    sudo shutdown -r now

 

Enjoy!

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Mr. X

Mr. X

Mr. X is a technology enthusiast.

Comments (13)

  • Zerocool

    Zerocool

    14 June 2013 at 21:04 |
    When will they release it to the public?
  • tomtheitguy

    tomtheitguy

    03 July 2013 at 11:43 |
    You have a typo in your install, the below line:

    sudo apt-get install plexhometheater paprefs pavucontrols

    should be

    sudo apt-get install plexhometheater paprefs pavucontrol
  • Mr.X

    Mr.X

    06 July 2013 at 12:33 |
    @tomtheitguy Thanks for the heads up on the typo, much appreciated.
  • Larce

    Larce

    15 July 2013 at 19:20 |
    This is no longer working... This hangs at the last line of code.
    sudo apt-get install plexhometheater paprefs pavucontrol error E: Package 'paparefs' has no installation candidate same for pavucontrol.
  • Mr.X

    Mr.X

    15 July 2013 at 20:54 |
    @Larce - I just installed Plex and the pulse audio packages on a fresh Linux Mint 15 iso and only had some issues with the ffmpeg ppa. What distro are you using? The pulse audio packages only add some additional controls over the audio, which is helpful if you are having HDMI audio issues. They are not required to install Plex, so you can skip them if needed.
  • Scott

    Scott

    01 September 2013 at 11:23 |
    I followed the directions. Plex Home Theater installs, but nothing appears when I run it. The only difference I see is I'm using Linux Mint 13. Any suggestions?
  • bertybassett

    bertybassett

    05 September 2013 at 08:46 |
    what is everyone using as the remote for these??? How about an MCE remote but where to start?
  • Sunny

    Sunny

    16 September 2013 at 08:31 |
    Bit off topic but still related. I'm trying to write a android app to control my Plex Home Theater anyone have an idea on how to go about doing this? I know there's apps already out there but I wanted to add some extra functionality.
  • mysticpete

    mysticpete

    21 September 2013 at 13:45 |
    links no longer working
    • Mr.X

      Mr.X

      21 September 2013 at 14:07 |
      I just clicked on every link in the post twice, and they all appear to be working. Can you be more specific?
      • Pete

        Pete

        23 September 2013 at 01:12 |
        Sorry
        Had my router firewall enabled :-) got it all now thanks.
  • Jan Nielsen

    Jan Nielsen

    12 December 2013 at 07:53 |
    What needs to be changed in the guide, to get Plex working on Linux Mint 16.?
  • Mike

    Mike

    09 February 2014 at 16:03 |
    I am having "no sound and fast video" issue, but with HDMI & Intel -gigabyte Z87N-WIFI
    -LinuxMint 15
    -Plex has my full server movie library available, can hear "selection" clicks, etc, but when you play a movie using same HDMI audio output, no sound and fast video.
    -However, same Plex plays movie from server just fine with analog speaker output.
    -How do I get HDMI movie audio working with correct video speed?

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