Although you can set up a standalone Plex server, if you already have a FreeNAS server to share files in the network, you can simply set up a plugin to convert the file server into a media streaming service for your home. However, before you can start streaming your media files, you must install the Plex plugin using the Jails system on FreeNAS, configure the storage, and set up your Plex library. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to install and set up the Plex Media Server plugin on FreeNAS version 11.2 or higher.

How to install Plex plugin on FreeNAS

To install and set up Plex on FreeNAS, you need to configure the Jails system, storage to store media files, and Plex library. If this is the first time adding a plugin, FreeNAS will take some additional time to download and configure the Jails system.

Installing Plex plugin

Use these steps to install Plex on FreeNAS: Once you complete the steps, don’t try to open Plex, instead jump to the following set of instructions to configure the storage for the media files. Plex Media Server plugin on FreeNAS Plex IP configuration on FreeNAS Plex plugin installation complete

Configuring Plex media storage

After installing Plex, you need to mount the storage that you’re planning to use to store your media files. You can use a folder already available in one of your FreeNAS shared folders, or you can create a new dataset to use as storage for your Plex media. Use these steps to mount a FreeNAS folder to the Plex server: After you complete the steps, the Plex server will be ready for the initial setup. Stop Plex on FreeNAS Plex mount points option on FreeNAS Add new mount point to Plex Plex configure source and destination mount point Start Plex on FreeNAS

Initial Plex setup

Use these steps to add a folder to the Plex library to access media files stored on FreeNAS: Once you complete the steps, you can start streaming the media you added using Plex. Open Plex on the web from FreeNAS Initial Plex server setup Plex add library option Select Plex library type Plex add folders to library option Plex select media folder from FreeNAS Complete Plex adding folder to library setup All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.