Software Update: Plex Media Server

Plex has released version of Plex Media Server. This version was previously available to holders of the paid PlexPass, but can now be downloaded by anyone. Plex Media Server is a media server for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, macOS and various NAS devices. The software can serve content to clients on the same machine within the local network or over the Internet. Client software is available for the aforementioned operating systems, but content can also be viewed on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Google TV and Chromecast, for example.

The program includes its own software store where plug-ins can be exchanged. Via these plug-ins, content from various streaming services can be viewed, among other things. In addition, there is PlexPass, a paid service that gives early access to new versions in addition to discounts on ‘Premium features’. The changelog for this release looks like this:


  • This is the first 1.15.x series release on nVidia Shield. Please Note that the creation of new “Premium Music” libraries on the shield is currently unsupported and all existing Premium Music libraries will gracefully fall back to using standard library matching. Improvements are actively being worked on and are Coming Soon (within the next few months, latest)!


  • (DVR) Add Resolution, Replace lower resolution items, and Allow partial airings at DVR level with option to override at recording level.


  • (Analysis) Corrected chapters not being imported again
  • (DVR) Prefer HD airings when both HD and SD are available. (#9641)
  • Docker host addresses were published unnecessarily (#9576)
  • IP addresses from interfacing starting with a “v” weren’t published (#9576)
  • Sync or Optimize could fail to fallback to software transcoding if hardware transcoding failed (#9455)

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Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Linux, BSD, macOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website plex
License type GPL