Can you run a Plex Server and client from a single Raspberry Pi 3?

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#1

I was wondering if anyone has setup a single Raspberry Pi 3 to run both Plex server and client software. I currently have that setup on a Windows 7 machine but would like to switch to using a Raspberry Pi 3 with external UBS drive enclosures.

Any input would be helpful, thanks.


#2

My Question is why? If you want to play this only on one device why not use KODI?


#3

@ericrook said:
I was wondering if anyone has setup a single Raspberry Pi 3 to run both Plex server and client software. I currently have that setup on a Windows 7 machine but would like to switch to using a Raspberry Pi 3 with external UBS drive enclosures.

Any input would be helpful, thanks.

This question gets asked a lot so you can find longer answers with a quick search of the Rasplex subforum. The short answer is: No, you cannot. The rPi OpenPHT version is 'embedded' meaning it comes packaged inside (or embedded) in it's own operating system that is mostly readonly. The hardware limitations doesn't make it a good candidate for running both either.

If you want an all in one solution with a single rPi, you may want to check out LibreElec (kodi/XBMC).


#4

Considering Plex is a client/server solution aimed at situations where that sort of architecture is desired or needed, I failed to see the point or any benefit of the ridiculous over-complication of a solution where both are on the same box. There are countless simpler ways to play media stored locally.


#5

what they appear to be really saying is no-one - not one - has developed a plex media player for a linux OS like raspbian. maybe it's a open-source issue.


#6

@Colbald said:
what they appear to be really saying is no-one - not one - has developed a plex media player for a linux OS like raspbian. maybe it's a open-source issue.

Its not an open source issue, its just that its not on the scope of the Rasplex project. Rasplex is a nice UI fork of Kodi, and on Kodi you can do both things. If someone wants a "ready to use" server and client solution, they need to use Kodi


#7

To be precise, Kodi is not a 'server and client' solution.

Kodi is a media player with access to network and the ability to build a media library based on a combination of networked and local file systems. But it's not a server, as it can not share its media library with any other playback clients.
Thus Kodi is suitable for cases where you ONLY want to play media on the same device that holds the media library, as no server is needed for this usage.

A Plex server is motivated when you need to access media from another device than the one holding the media library.
And for these cases it's sometimes possible to also have some Plex client program(s) on the same device, though that depends on the OS used for both server and client. And as stated above, RasPlex uses an embedded OS that currently does not allow for a PMS server.

For those running PMS under some Linux distro for the RPi, it may be possible to use Kodi as a Plex client through one of the available addons for that purpose. Three such addons exist that I'm aware of, those being "PlexBMC", "PlexKodiConnect", and the official "Plex for Kodi" addon from Plex Inc, though I believe that one is still in a preview 'PlexPass-only' release state.

Best regards: dlanor


#8

I found this thread and can explain a very valid reason why you'd want this. If the Pi could be server and player at the same time, it could behave as the box that can serve media anytime to any of my devices including remote ones when I'm away. And then when I'm at home it would also be the box that connects to my main TV and plays media.

The answers in this thread tell me the reality is I will need two Pis or a Pi for server duties and another device for playback on the main TV. Not a big deal, but just one device would be nice.