We already shown how to install Plex Requests on Docker commandline, which works on all platforms: Windows, Linux, and Mac. Plex Requests provides a simple automated way for users to request new content for Plex. For people who don't prefer commandline installation, we presented Kitematic Docker GUI for Windows. In this post, I will show you how simple it is to install Plex Requests on Docker using Kitematic GUI for Docker engine. Unfortunately, at this point, there is no Kitematic like tool for non-Windows environment. Therefore, you can only install Plex Requests using Kitematic on Windows systems.
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Install Plex Requests on Docker using Kitematic
If you still do not know about Docker, I strongly recommend our guides on what is Docker and its installation on Windows and Ubuntu. In short, Docker allows installing home server apps such as Plex Requests as self-contained containers, making it easy to install and manage them. No complicated Plex Requests setup procedures. So, without further ado let's see how to install Plex Requests using Kitematic Docker GUI.
If you have not setup Kitematic yet, follow our Kitematic Windows Guide to set it up first.
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1. Search for Plex Requests Docker Hub Container
Once Kitematic is open and connected to your Docker engine. Search for "Linuxserver Plex Requests" in the search box as shown in the picture below.
There are several Plex Requests container images available on Docker hub. We are going to install LinuxServer's container. If you want to see all available Plex Requests containers, search for just "Plex Requests". I typically get the containers with high like and download numbers. LinuxServer's containers are widely used (needo and timhaak are other good ones). You may certainly try other containers. Remember, one of the advantages of Docker is that it isolates containers from the base OS and therefore you cannot damage your OS.
2. Create New Plex Requests Container
Once your figure out which Plex Requests container image you want to use (in this case LinuxServer's), hit the "Create" button as shown in the picture above to install Plex Requests on Docker. The Plex Requests container image will start to download as shown below.
3. Setup Plex Requests using Kitematic
Once Plex Requests Docker Hub container image is downloaded, Kitematic will use the image to create a new container with Plex Requests. Wait for the container setup to complete.
When done, you will see the "RUNNING" status and the Plex Requests web access link or URL and port, as shown in the picture above. [Read: 5 Best Plex Client Devices 2017: Plex TV Boxes to Stream from Server]
4. Setup Docker Volumes for Plex Requests
By default, Docker containers will save any data in the containers folder in C Drive (User’s folder) and Plex Requests won’t have access to folders outside that. For most apps, you will have to make some changes in the Docker Volumes section shown below. But not for Plex Requests.
Do not setup a folder for "config" as this often leads to Plex Requests database corruption. So there is really nothing to change here.
5. Change Plex Requests Port Number
Before accessing Plex Requests, I recommend changing
MAC IP:PORT. Under Settings -> Ports for the Plex Requests container, you can change the access port to the default port number or anything of your liking. If I let Docker decide the port number, I noticed that sometimes the container does not start, possibly due to port conflicts. While manually changing, if you choose a port number that is already being used by another service, Kitematic will notify you. You will then have to choose a different port number. In this case, I set the
MAC IP:PORT to the same as
DOCKER PORT for Plex Requests (ie. 3000). This allows you to set port forwarding on your router and access Plex Requests from outside your home network. Make sure to restart your container after making the port change.
Access Plex Requests Container on Docker
You may then access Plex Requests on your web browser using the URL or Link displayed in the "Home" tab or under "Ports".
If Plex Requests opens up in your browser as shown above, you are all set. Notice how much more simple it is to setup Plex Requests using Kitematic than commandline? Now you can proceed to configuring Plex Requests to start accepting requests. If you have friends or family sharing your Plex media, you may consider installing PlexPy to monitor their Plex usage. Sounds exciting? Go ahead install Plex Requests on Docker using Kitematic GUI and make your home server better.