This is the first in a series of posts to guide new users through the setup of a Plex media streaming server and accompanying automation and management services.
Most of the services I’m going to be referencing are all well-documented online, so I will not be covering operating system-specific installation instructions and will instead walk through each application’s initial setup after installation and provide some context as to how each service integrates and communicates with one another.
A Few Things to Note Before Getting Started…
As much as I would like this to be a master guide for anyone looking to get started, there are a few things that may not pertain to everyone:
- I use Plex Media Server to stream media from my server to remote devices. There are other services that can be leveraged (Emby and Jellyfin, to name a few). I’ve chosen Plex because, in my opinion, it’s the most robust and has the features I’m looking for.
- If I’m downloading certain items from the internet (er, Linux ISOs, etc.), I find torrents to be sufficient for my needs. If you’re looking for instructions on UseNet, you won’t find them here – at least not yet.
- I do not and will never endorse the idea of downloading copyrighted material from the internet and heavily encourage users to pay for their own physical media and rip it themselves. With that being said, I inevitably always get a million questions about downloading, so I’m including a section on it in this guide to appease the masses. If you follow it, do so at your own risk.
Services and Applications
|Setup Order||Application||Function||Setup Guide||Project Home||Alternatives|
|1||Plex||Streams media to remote devices||Link||Plex.tv||• Emby
|2||Deluge||Downloads torrents requested by Radarr and Sonarr||Coming Soon||Deluge||• Qbittorrent|
|3||Jackett||Provides updated lists of available torrents to Radarr and Sonarr||Coming Soon||Jackett||N/A|
|4||Radarr||Monitors movie availability and automatically sends downloads to Deluge when found||Coming Soon||Radarr||N/A|
|5||Sonarr||Monitors TV show availability and automatically sends downloads to Deluge when found||Coming Soon||Sonarr||N/A|
|6||Ombi||Allows users to request movies and TV shows and sends them to Radarr and Sonarr for monitoring||Coming Soon||Ombi.io||N/A|
|7||Trakt||Tracks movie queues and Radarr library with custom lists||Coming Soon||Trakt.tv||N/A|
|8||Tautulli||Provides Plex statistics and watch history||Coming Soon||Tautulli||N/A|
|9||Organizr||Manage above applications in a single tab||Link||Organizr||N/A|
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