blc wrote:There was a previous discussion about this. Plex Media Server is proprietary and closed source, and does not run on the Pi natively - it is compiled for x86. There are ARM versions about, but they are designed for a few specific NAS appliances and there's no guarantee that they're even compiled for the same ARM architecture as the Pi. It would be up to Plex to release a working version for the Pi as there is no way for anyone else to "port" it.
To be honest, one of the great things about Plex is the transcoding: no matter what the client can or can't play, the server can transcode the video into a format and bitrate that the player can accept. I have serious doubts that the Pi CPU is up to the task of transcoding, especially with HD content. Plex Media Server apparently does all transcoding with the CPU only, there is no GPU offload (source); it's the VideoCoreIV GPU in the Pi that makes it so good with media, not the CPU, but Plex wouldn't take advantage of that power even if there was a Pi version. I run Plex Media Server on an overclocked 3.75GHz Core2Duo machine and transcoding high-bitrate video is enough to kick the fan speed up to full.
You'd be better of running RaspBian or OpenELEC (or similar) and using XBMC to play the videos directly . If you really want/need a Plex Media Server, re-purposing an old PC will probably give you a quicker result; the official documentation recommends at least a 2.4GHz Core2Duo for HD transcoding.
As ghans already mentioned, nothing has changed at all. The Plex client is a fork of XBMC, but it's back-end transcoding server is totally proprietary - there will be no chance of getting it on the Pi unless an official version comes along, and I don't think that's likely. You could look for open source transcoding media servers, but to be honest they're probably not going to work well on the Pi; it just doesn't have the CPU power.caines1989 wrote:hi guys i would like to more about this as i would prefer the pi to act as the server instead of my laptop, as i would prefer something which is worth £30 to brake instead of say £300's worth,, i have a external harddrive that i would put my movies on and then connect it to the pi and have the pi as the server, if this cant be done is there any alternatives?
if so what would you say would be the minimum requirement spec's?
or an alternative:-
addon hard ware to the pi?
or use a virtual server?
sorry so many questions but mine is practically the same title as this? but just thought there might be a update as things are moving quite quickly and swiftly for the pi as now its january 2014.
I never figured out how to get RaspBMC to play content on a local HD plugged into a USB port. Is there a guide somewhere I haven't been able to find?drgeoff wrote:1. Yes, XBMC will work without an internet connection. You can play content off the SD card or off a storage device connected by USB. Or have a (W)LAN in your camper and play from SMB shares or DLNA servers.
Rasplex is a Plex Client, not Plex Media Server (PMS).dananick wrote:Digging up an old thread because Google has it #1 in searches related to this.
Plex has a native arm image for the pi now called rasplex, and I want to have the pi have the media server, BUT I have my pi customized just how I want it. Any ideas on possibly installing the server application using apt- get on raspian?