Plex Monitoring Tool – Plexpy / Tautulli Guide

Plex Monitoring Tool – Plexpy / Tautulli installation guide

PlexPy or now called Tautulli since a major upgrade is a must have monitoring tool if you have a Plex Media Server.

It makes the Plex experience so much better by being able to monitor who is watching and when. You can even set up notifications via email or an android app.

To install on Ubuntu 15 / 16 follow the below steps.

Install Git

Open terminal and enter the below
sudo apt-get install git-core

cd /opt (install in this folder)
git clone
cd Tautulli
python (to start the program)

Tautulli will be loaded in your browser or listening on http://localhost:8181

You may need to fix permissions if you have any errors

Allow all users to run: sudo chmod -R 777 Tautulli
Allow only a certain user to run: sudo chown -R tautulli:tautulli Tautulli

To start on startup you will a startup daemon as follows.
In a terminal type
sudo touch /etc/systemd/system/tautulli.service
sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/tautulli.service

Then paste the below and then save.
[Unit] Description=Tautilli / plexpy

[Service] Type=simple
ExecStart=/usr/bin/python /opt/plexpy/


Then enable and start the service as follows
sudo systemctl enable tautulli.service
sudo systemctl start tautulli.service
To update at any point go to /opt/Tautilli and type “git pull” in the terminal.

If you you get an error after upgrading from PlexPy to Tautuilli you will simply need to refer the daemon startup script to rather than

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Plex Media Server

Plex is an excellent media server. It can organise  media on your server or computer and stream to any device with the plex app installed within your house. Not only this you can stream on the move or anywhere in the world and share with other users.

The best part for me its ability to record / organise terrestrial  aired TV or Movies with Netflix style covers and menus.  It will record an entire TV series and even remove any commercials.

I have mine instead on a dedicated ubuntu server. Check out the below link for information guide

more to follow….

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A simple approach to creating a secure site HTTPS

Creating a secure site in Ubuntu / apache seems like a daunting task, so I thought there must me an easier way – and there is by installing Letsencrypt on the server.

Installing Letsencrypt (aka cerbot)

Step 1 – add the repository

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot

Then update

sudo apt-get update

and install

sudo apt-get install python-certbot-apach

Step 2 – Creating the Certificate for a domain

sudo certbot --apache -d

or for multiple simply

sudo certbot --apache -d -d

the terminal will then present you with a step by step guide. The certificates can be viewed here /etc/letsencrypt/live

You can verify your site using the following link (replacing the example with your own)

You should now able to conect to you site using HTTPS

Step 3 -Auto Renew

You will need to auto renew the certificate every 90 days by simply running the following command. You can then set up a cron job to do this automatically.

sudo certbot renew 

More information here

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