How to Install a Plex Media Server on Alibaba Cloud


  • You must have Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS) activated and verified your valid payment method. If you are a new user, you can get $300 — $1200 worth in Alibaba Cloud credits for your new account. If you don’t know about how to setup your ECS instance, you can refer to this tutorial or quick-start guide. Your ECS instance must have at least 2GB RAM and 2 Core processor (2.4 GHz or higher).
  • A domain name registered from Alibaba Cloud. If you have already registered a domain from Alibaba Cloud or any other host, you can update its domain nameserver records.
  • Domain name must be pointed to your Alibaba Cloud ECS’s IP address
  • Access to VNC console in your Alibaba Cloud or SSH client installed in your PC
  • Set up your server’s hostname and create user with root privileges.

Setting Up Your Server

# sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Install Plex

# wget
# sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_1.13.5.5332-21ab172de_amd64.deb
# sudo systemctl enable plexmediaserver.service
# sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver.service

Set Up Plex

# ssh your_username@alibaba_cloud_ecs_ip_address -L 8888:localhost:32400

Set Up Firewalls and Ports

Install Nginx

# sudo apt-get install -y nginx
# sudo systemctl start nginx
# sudo systemctl enable nginx

Install Node.js:

# sudo apt-get install nodejs

Set Up Reverse Proxy

# sudo nano /etc/nginx/conf.d/Plex.conf
server {
listen 80;
listen [::]:80;
server_name; location / {
proxy_pass http://localhost:32400/;
# sudo systemctl restart nginx
# cd ~
# mkdir -p plex-media/movies && mkdir plex-media/television

Install software-properties-common

# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common -y

Install SSL Certificate

# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install python-certbot-nginx
# sudo certbot --nginx -d
# sudo systemctl restart nginx




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