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As I mentioned last time, one of the things to be aware of when running RasPlex for the first time is how very slow the UI is before the cache is built..

With our larger library, it took a few days to cache everything properly.

Note: Based on the speed of development, this is going to be outdated information VERY quickly.

I’ve been doing a bunch of other projects, so now need to update, and want to preserve the cache (of course).

So, since I have to go through the process anyway, it’s sharing time.

  1. ssh in to the Raspberry (default username/password: “plexuser” / “rasplex” (no quotes) )
  2. Transfer the ‘/storage/.plexht’ folder to your local computer
    (I would normally suggest using gzip, but that would involve the tiny CPU, so I personally just transferred the whole folder with rsync. SCP and other SFTP programs are good choices too)
  3. Use the GUI Installer to update RasPlex (which is a nice choice that only means pressing a couple buttons)
  4. Boot up the updated version
  5. Transfer everything back, overwriting the updated ‘/storage/.plexht’ folder

And, a pleasant bonus:

This process keeps the myPlex login info, and all other Plex personalizations.

Honestly, it’s been a little bit since researching and trying new HTPC software has pulled me in, and recently I’ve been shown

just how wrong it was….

In previous posts, I talked about how the dream setup was to have a lightweight Plex client installed on the RasPi, so that it would just be a matter of the well-established Plex server serving content to any number of RasPis automatically.

Recent work, however, has blown this entirely out of the water!

In what seems like the blink of an eye, RasPlex has sprung up, bringing a complete port of the new codebase of Plex/HT to the RasPI version of OpenELEC.

Seriously; the entire (Next generation) Plex desktop  client is now on the Raspberry.

Even the site is flash, yet looks like it works with it’s hands – very nice.

Initial impressions: Fantastic.

One caveat: The FAQ warning at the bottom of this page mentions having to ‘warm up’ the cache in order to have a responsive UI, but it’s not a well-known fact, and the first boot of RasPlex had me thinking that my Raspberry was slacking – 3-4 second response times to the plex remote, taking over 7 seconds to start a video, grinding to a halt when AirPlay was tested…

With with size of our Plex library, it was still caching 30 minutes later, and was still fairly sluggish before getting up to this speed a while later (left it on all night).

TADA! Raspberry Pi and Plex; together in the future at last!