Plex finally has a Linux desktop player


Plex is one of the most popular ways to stream your own media collection, but there hasn’t been an app officially available to play all of Plex’s content on Linux, until now.

Plex revealed today in a blog post that the Plex desktop app (the client for playing content, not the server) is finally officially available for Linux systems. It is distributed as a Snap package, which means you need a distribution that supports Snap and the framework installed. Snap is installed by default on Ubuntu Linux and also works on Arch, Fedora, Pop!_OS, KDE Neon, openSUSE, Debian and other distributions.

Plex for Linux plexus

While this is the same desktop Plex app available on Mac and Windows, it’s more or less just the interface with the added bonus of offline support (so you can save movies and other content for offline viewing later). . The current version of the app was first released on Windows and macOS in 2019, replacing the previous version of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) that was designed for Windows 10 and Windows Phone. Plexamp, an alternative app built just to stream music from a Plex server, is now available for Linux.

You can download Plex for Linux from the Snap store or by running sudo snap install plex-desktop in Terminal on a Linux PC with Snap already installed. Plex says that a Flatpak version will also be available at some point.

Source: Plex Blog