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YouTube-Agent.bundle: Plex Movie & TV Series library agent

This is a Metadata Agent for downloaded YouTube videos. It works by looking up metadata on YouTube using the YouTube video id. It is important to have this id in the filename, otherwise this agent can't do the lookup. This plugin also supports looking up metadata from .info.json files, see --write-info-json usage below.

This supports the following formats in file or folder names:

  • [xxxxxxxx]
  • [youtube-xxx]
  • [YouTube-xxx]
  • [Youtube-xxx]

This will find the YouTube id in names, like for example:

  • Person Of Interest Soundtrack - John Reese Themes (Compilation) [OR5EnqdnwK0].mp4

When using this Plugin, please respect YouTube Terms and conditions:


The plugin code needs to be put into Plex Media Server/Plug-ins folder:

Here is how to find the Plug-in folder location:

Plex main folder location could be one of:

* '%LOCALAPPDATA%\Plex Media Server\'                                        # Windows Vista/7/8
* '%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Plex Media Server\'         # Windows XP, 2003, Home Server
* '$HOME/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/'                     # Mac OS
* '$PLEX_HOME/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/',               # Linux
* '/var/lib/plexmediaserver/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/', # Debian,Fedora,CentOS,Ubuntu
* '/usr/local/plexdata/Plex Media Server/',                                  # FreeBSD
* '/usr/pbi/plexmediaserver-amd64/plexdata/Plex Media Server/',              # FreeNAS
* '${JAIL_ROOT}/var/db/plexdata/Plex Media Server/',                         # FreeNAS
* '/c/.plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/',                 # ReadyNAS
* '/share/MD0_DATA/.qpkg/PlexMediaServer/Library/Plex Media Server/',        # QNAP
* '/volume1/Plex/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/',            # Synology, Asustor
* '/raid0/data/module/Plex/sys/Plex Media Server/',                          # Thecus
* '/raid0/data/PLEX_CONFIG/Plex Media Server/'                               # Thecus Plex community

To obtain the code:

  1. Download the Zip file:
  2. Unpack the downloaded Zip and rename the contents as Youtube-Agent.bundle (remove -master)
  3. Place it inside Plug-ins folder
  4. Restart Plex Media Server to make sure that the new plugin will be loaded.
  5. Create your own YouTube API token (recommended)

To enable for Library:

  1. Create a new (or update an existing) library
  2. Choose Manage Library -> Edit
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and select Agent: YoutubeMovie or YouTubeSeries depending on library type

Repeat this for all libraries you wish to use this agent.


To download a playlist:

  1. Take video link:
  2. Click on top right on playlist name or remove v=video_id from URL:
  3. Run youtube-dl command: youtube-dl

Additionally, you may want to use:

  1. --restrict-filenames: Necessary, when storing media files on Windows filesystem. Restrict filenames to only ASCII characters, and avoid "&" and spaces in filenames, makes the filenames slightly messy but no crash due to unsupported character.
  2. --write-info-json: The agent will load metadata from the local file if exists. This can reduce YouTube API request rate if metadata is obtained from local .info.json files.

A My_Plex_Pass user script from for both channels and playlists in format channel name [chanid]\video title [videoid].ext:

  • youtube-dl -v --dateafter 20081004 --download-archive /volume1/Youtube/.Downloaded -i -o "/volume1/Youtube/%(uploader)s [%(channel_id)s]/%(playlist_index)s - %(title)s [%(id)s].%(ext)s" -f bestvideo+bestaudio -ci --batch-file=/volume1/Youtube/Channels_to_DL.txt
  • Example files: Youtube\Errant Signal [UCm4JnxTxtvItQecKUc4zRhQ]\001 - Thanksgiving Leftovers - Battlefield V [Qgdr8xdqGDE]

YouTube IDs


  • Do create your own YouTube API key and replace in Absolute Series Scanner (ASS) code and agent settings
  • Please use the Absolute Series Scanner to scan your media and leave the YouTube id in the series/movie title
  • leave the YouTube video ID on every file
  • Playlist (preferred) id OR Channel id on series folder name (as Search() need to assign an id to the series)

Naming convention for Movie/Home Video library:

  • filename without extension named exactly the same as the YouTube video
  • filename with youtube video id [xxxxxxxxxx] or [youtube-xxxxxxxxxx]

Naming convention for TV Series library:

  • movies have to be put in identically named folder named exactly the same as the YouTube video or have YouTube video id
  • series folder name with YouTube playlist id [PLxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] in title or inside a file at its root
  • series folder name with YouTube channel id [UCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] in title or inside a file at its root


  • The Absolute Series Scanner will support file in series folder and pass it to the agent through the series title
  • [!] register your own API key and also replace API_KEY='AIzaSyC2q8yjciNdlYRNdvwbb7NEcDxBkv1Cass' in Absolute Series Scanner codebase and the agent setting [Agent_youtube_api_key] OR you will deplete the quota of requests in MY account and metadata will stop for ALL users using default settings.
  • You can use grouping folders and a collection field will be created. If the logs complain about INFO (__init__:527) - Place correct Plex token in file in logs folder or in PLEX_LIBRARY_URL variable to have a log per library -, then create a Plex Media Server/ containing the Plex token id by logging on, then visit, and find <MediaContainer><Device ... token="xxxxxxxxxxxxxx"> value.

Movie Library Fields supported:

  • title
  • summary
  • poster
  • rating
  • originally_available_at
  • year
  • genres (many? to test)
  • directors (1)


This shows example file layout:

CaRtOoNz [UCdQWs2nw6w77Rw0t-37a4OA]/
- Ben and Ed/
  - Ben and Ed _ 'My Zombie Best Friend!' (I Didn't Need Those Legs Anyway!) [fRFr7L_qgEo].mkv
  - Ben and Ed _ 'Clownin Around!' (F_ck You Neck-Beard!) [Nh9eILgD5N4].mkv
- Golf With Your Friends/
  - Golf With Friends _ HOLE IN ONE...THOUSAND! (w_ H2O Delirious, Bryce, & Ohmwrecker) [81er8CP24h8].mkv
  - Golf With Friends _ GOLF LIKE AN EGYPTIAN! (w_ H2O Delirious, Bryce, & Ohmwrecker) [gKYid-SjDiE].mkv

H2ODelirious [UCClNRixXlagwAd--5MwJKCw]/
- Ben and Ed/
  - Ben And Ed Ep.1 (MUST SAVE BEN) BRAINNNNNSSSS [9YeXl28l9Yg].mkv
  - Ben And Ed - Blood Party - ANGRYLIRIOUS!!!!! (I CAN DO THIS!) [BEDE2z3G3hY].mkv
- Golf With Your Friends/
  - Golf With Your Friends - 1st Time Playing! 'Professionals' [wxS52xI_W_Y].mkv
  - Golf With Your Friends - Hitting Balls, Stroking Out! [GdLon0CCEXE].mkv


Forked initially from @paulds8 and @sander1's YouTube-Agent.bundle movie-only agent:

@sander1 did the initial movie only agent using a given YouTube video id:

@paulds8 did the initial title search fork that @ZeroQI had to fix:

Made it into a series agent straight away...

YouTube API key

To avoid depleting usage quota of the built-in API key, you should register your own YouTube API key and configure this plugin to use it.

When quota has reached, all users (including you) using default API key will have metadata requests blocked.

The setup is moderately complicated:

  1. Go to Google Developer Console.
  2. From the top bar choose or create a new project
  3. Follow "API keys" instructions from registering an application
  4. Skip the API restrictions part
  5. Enable YouTube Data API for the project
  6. Copy the API key from "API key created" dialog
  7. Place the value to youtube-key.txt file in the plugin directory
  8. If you need to obtain the API key any time later, visit credentials page


If you ask for something already answered in the readme, or post scanner issues on the agent page or vice-versa, please donate (will be refered to as the RTFM tax)

If files and series are showing in Plex GUI with the right season, the scanner did its job If you miss metadata (serie title wrong, no posters, summary, wrong episode title or summaries, ep screenshot, etc...), that is the Agent doing.

To avoid already solved issues, and make sure you do include all relevant logs in one go, please do the following:

  • Update to the latest Absolute Series Scanner, Youtube-Agent
  • deleting all Plex logs leaving folders intact
  • restart Plex
  • Update the series Metadata
  • including all the following logs: (location:
    • [...]/Plex Media Server/Logs/PMS Plugin Logs/com.plexapp.agents.Youtube-Agent.log (Agent logs)
    • [...]/Plex Media Server/Logs/PMS Plugin Logs/com.plexapp.system.log (show why the agent cannot launch)
    • Screen capture to illustrate if needed. Above logs are still mandatory

Support thread for agent:


You can choose either:

  1. Pay link: https://PayPal.Me/ZeroQI
  2. Donate link: A PayPal payment, but marked as donation. Having money sent as donation you could be eligible for tax return depending on the country you pay taxes for.


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