How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS

This tutorial will take a look at how to install Plex on a Synology NAS.

Plex is one of the best applications that you can run on a Synology NAS. In general, most people who purchase a Synology NAS store their media files in a shared folder, which makes running Plex on a Synology a great option as you’re running it on the same device that is storing your media. Please keep in mind that the tutorial below is for a brand-new setup on DSM 7, so if you’re looking to update Plex from DSM 6 to DSM 7, please watch this video.

1. How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS

1. Navigate to the Plex website and download the latest Synology DSM 7 install file. Almost all users will be using the Intel 64-bit install file, but this will be dependent on the CPU that your NAS has.

downloading the dsm 7 plex package

2. Open Synology DSM 7 and navigate to the Package Center. In the top right corner, select Manual Install.

NOTE: We are installing the latest version of Plex from the Plex website as the current Plex version in the Package Center is an older, beta version. This may be updated at a later time, but it’s probably in your best interest to always download the latest version for Synology on the Plex website.

how to install plex on a synology nas - manually installing the plex package

3. Browse to the Plex file that you just downloaded and select Next.

uploading the plex package to dsm

4. You will receive a message stating that the package is provided by a third-party (in this case, Plex).

agreeing that you are comfortable installing third-party packages

5. You will be prompted with two options. The first is to run the normal installation and claim the server (link it to your Plex user account) at a later time. It’s generally easiest to claim the server now, so that it’s automatically attributed with your Plex user account as soon as the install finishes. Select Install using Plex Claim Token and then click Get Plex Claim Token.

isntalling plex with a claim token

6. You will then need to sign-in to Plex.

signing in with an account into plex

7. After you sign-in, a claim token will be shown. Copy the claim code.

copying the claim code from the plex website

8. In the Plex install, paste the claim code and select Next.

pasting the claim code to install plex

9. Select Done to install Plex on your Synology! Plex will take a few minutes to fully install and when it’s done, you’ll see that it’s successfully claimed by your user account.

confirming settings for plex on dsm

This is how the Synology Plex server will look when it’s successfully claimed.

plex successfully claimed message

10. Select Open to launch Plex.

package center plex icon

You’ll receive a message stating that Plex would like to sign into your user account. Sign in to proceed.

signing in to plex website

11. Plex will automatically bring you to the home page. Select Settings in the top right (wrench icon).

selecting the settings icon in plex

12. Scroll down on the left-hand side and select Libraries.

selecting libraries in plex to add new libraries

13. Select Add Library, then select the Library Type and add the folder. You’ll have to navigate to the volume you have (most people will have their media in /volume1), then the actual folder holding the media. Please keep in mind that you’ll have to create one for each media type (Movies, TV Shows, Music).

selecting the location of the media files

14. Your media files will now start to crawl in the covers and titles!

1.2 How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS using Docker

You can easily run Plex on Docker using your Synology NAS. The benefit to this is that if you’d ever like to move this Plex installation to a separate device, you can copy the mounted volumes and easily migrate your media library. If you’re interested in installing Plex on Docker, please follow these instructions.

1.2.1 Synology Plex Hardware Acceleration

As of right now (and most likely forever), you can’t run Plex and use Hardware Acceleration with the package installation above. However, you can use a combination of both and easily get Hardware Acceleration working. If you’re interested in using Hardware Acceleration, please watch the video below!

1.3 How to Manually Update Plex on a Synology NAS

Periodically, Plex will release a new update that brings new functionality or improved performance that can be installed manually. In order to update to the latest version, you’ll need to download it from Plex’s website.

You can then run the same install process as above by manually installing the package to upgrade to the latest version. Please keep in mind that as of right now, updates are not pushed to the Synology Package Center, so this is the only way to update Plex and it must be done manually.

Please watch the extremely quick video below to learn how to upgrade Plex on a Synology NAS!

2. Conclusion – How to Install Plex on a Synology NAS

This tutorial looked at how to install Plex on a Synology NAS. There are technically three ways that you can install Plex on a Synology, and each option has its own benefits. If you’d like to use Hardware Acceleration, you’ll be forced to use Docker, but the package installation method above will work for most people.

Thanks so much for checking out the tutorial on how to install Plex on a Synology NAS. If you have any questions on how to install Plex on a Synology NAS, feel free to leave them in the comments of the YouTube video above!