Customizing your Plex configuration on
This information is intended for those systems where
cat /proc/1/comm returns
On systems which use Systemd (Ubuntu 16+, Fedora, Centos 7, Debian 8,) you create this customization file which SystemD reads prior to launching PMS. This file is independent of the default configuration and service control mechanisms in
/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service. Your customization override is preserved across updates, uninstall, re-install operations.
If your system returns
init, please edit the values in
While you may change
/lib/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service, it is under the control of the package manager and subject to replacement without warning at any time during an update. To provide stability, systemd allows creation of an
override.conf file to customize and create enduring local adjustments to a distributed default package.
You can change a number of parameters about how PMS runs on your Linux system including where the metadata (Library) resides.
The most common, and safest, parameters you can change are:
- Environment variables.
- Username PMS uses at runtime
- Group name PMS uses at runtime
All Environment variable specifications are of the forms:
Environment="VARIABLE_NAME=literal string here. spaces are allowed"
The Plex-supplied service definition should not be modified as any changes are subject to overwriting at every update.
The task, with PMS stopped, is:
- Create the ‘override’ file in directory
- Move any files if needed
- Change ownership if needed
- Inform systemd of the changes
- Start PMS
In the example below, the following will be shown. Tailor to your environment as needed
a) Run as user
b) Move the metadata (Library) to
/home/plexdir for the extra space
c) Relax the default file-creation permissions (for plug-ins, etc)
/media is reserved by Gnome and Gnome’s Nautilus file browser
The following steps must be done as root, elevate first and get a full shell to work in
A. Create directory
/etc/systemd/system/plexmediaserver.service.d. In it, create
override.conf containing the following
# # Customize Plex's config # # Identify this as a service override [Service] # # Move the data directory Environment="PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR=/home/plexdir/Library/Application Support" # # These values are only needed if you wish to change user & group User=chuck Group=chuck # # This is needed to change the default umask UMask=002 # this must be octal - See warning below
Some distros used
UMask while others use
Some distros want 4 octal digits, not the standard 3. Go figure
Please be cautious of this on your system.
B. Inform SystemD of the changes and test the related & reconfigured PMS
systemctl daemon-reload systemctl start plexmediaserver
C. Test your system. Verify everything is exactly as it was. If not, resolve before proceeding
Once you have created the override file, you can later edit it with
systemctl edit plexmediaserver
If you have only a few customizations to make, you may opt to let
systemctl make the files for you
sudo systemctl stop plexmediaserver
sudo systemctl edit plexmediaserver
- Enter the same override information as shown above
- Save and exit the editor
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
- Perform any required ownership / other work required
sudo systemctl start plexmediaserver