Synology: 30 Second Plex Install Using Task Scheduler & Docker

Synology 30 Second Plex Install Using Task Scheduler & Docker

Do you want to install Plex via Docker without a terminal? Are you tired of complicated guides? Do you want something quick and easy? Well today I will teach you how to install Plex on your Synology NAS in less than 30 seconds directly through the Task Scheduler option. It’ll be over in a couple of seconds and it’s essentially child’s play.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

1 install docker synology dsm

  • STEP 3

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create two new folders and name one plex and other one multimedia. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 4

Now create one new folder inside the plex folder and name it config. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 5

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the images below.

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  • STEP 6

Once you click on User-defined script a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in “Install Plex“.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that click OK.
docker run -d --name=plex --net=host -e PUID=1026 -e PGID=100 -e TZ=Europe/Bucharest -e VERSION=docker -v /volume1/docker/plex/config:/config -v /volume1/docker/multimedia:/Multimedia --restart unless-stopped --device=/dev/dri:/dev/dri linuxserver/plex:latest

In the code above change the value for TZ (Select your current Time Zone from this list).
In the code above change the value numbers for PUID and PGID with your own values. (Follow my step by step guide on how to do this).

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  • STEP 7

After you click OK on STEP 6, select your “Install Plex” Task and uncheck then click Save. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 8

After you click save on STEP 7, select your “Install Plex” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to Install Plex – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

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  • STEP 9

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂

  • STEP 10

Was the installation successful and did you receive the confirmation email? Open your browser and type in http://Synology-ip-address:32400/web

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Enjoy your Plex!

Note: At STEP 6 you can change the -v /volume1/docker/multimedia and add the path to your media directory.
Note: Find out how to update Plex container with the latest image.
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: What are the benefits for using Plex via Docker?

  1. Auto updates.
  2. Version will almost always be more up to date than Synology Package version.
  3. Can easily migrate installation to another server or OS in minutes.
  4. Not impacted by any other software installed or running on the NAS.
  5. Uses less CPU and RAM than the pkg version.

Plex is a client-server media player system, plus an ancillary software suite. The Plex Media Server desktop application runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Plex gives you one place to find and access all the media that matters to you. From personal media on your own server, to podcasts, web shows, and news, to streaming music, you can enjoy it all in one app, on any device.

This post was updated on Tuesday / September 15th, 2020 at 11:50 PM