Uninstall Plex Media Server

Warning!: Following the instructions below will completely remove your Plex Media Server, including all Library metadata, viewstates, etc. If you simply want to install a different version, you can just run the new installer.

Windows

To completely remove the Plex Media Server from your Windows computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running.

Initiate an uninstall for the Plex Media Server as normal via the Control Panel in Windows.

Delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Plex, Inc. registry key.

Tip! You'll need to use the "regedit" or similar Windows app to modify your registry. It's always a good idea to back up your registry before making any changes!

Delete the following directory:

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Plex Media Server\

If desired, you can also remove the Plex Media Server entry from your account on the Devices page of Plex Web App.

Related Page: Remove a Device

OS X

To completely remove the Plex Media Server from your OS X computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running.

Using the Finder's "Go" menu, select Go To Folder... then enter the following in the dialog box that pops up:

~/Library/

Browse to and delete the following files and folders:

~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/
~/Library/Caches/PlexMediaServer/
~/Library/Logs/Plex Media Server/ ~/Library/Preferences/com.plexapp.plexmediaserver.plist

Delete the actual application itself under /Applications/Plex Media Server.app

Restart your computer to clear out any cached Plex Media Server preferences.

If desired, you can also remove the Plex Media Server entry from your account on the Devices page of Plex Web App.

Related Page: Remove a Device

You may also need to remove a Plex Media Server entry from your Login Items.

Note: Server versions prior to 0.9.16.0 will have logs located at ~/Library/Logs/ instead.

Linux

Debian, Ubuntu

To completely remove the Plex Media Server from the computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running. Then do the following:

  1. Run the command dpkg -r plexmediaserver
  2. Remove the directory /var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/

Fedora, CentOS

To completely remove the Plex Media Server from the computer, first make sure the Plex Media Server is not running. Then do the following:

  1. Run the command rpm -e plexmediaserver
  2. Remove the directory /var/lib/plexmediaserver/
  3. Run the command userdel plex

NAS Installs

Use the device's normal graphical interface to remove the package.

Be aware that not all package uninstallers will remove all the metadata content in addition to the application itself. In such a case, if you wish to remove all the metadata files and other ancillary content, you'll need to do so manually, which is beyond the scope of this article. If you need assistance, please post in our support forums.

Related Page: Plex Support Forums

If desired, you can also remove the Plex Media Server entry from your account on the Devices page of Plex Web App.

Related Page: Remove a Device