Home Assistant Community Add-on: Plex Media Server
Your recorded media, live TV, online news, and podcasts, beautifully organized and ready to stream.
The plex add-on brings your favorite media together in one place, making it beautiful and easy to enjoy. The Plex Media Server provided by this addon, organizes your personal video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your devices.
The installation of this add-on is pretty straightforward and not different in comparison to installing any other Home Assistant add-on.
- Search for the “Plex Media Server” add-on in the Hass.io 166 add-on store and install it.
- Surf to https://www.plex.tv/claim and get your claim token.
- Update the add-on config with the claim code you've got in the previous step.
- Save the add-on configuration.
- Start the "Plex Media Server" add-on.
- Check the logs of the "Plex Media Server" to see if everything went well.
- Login to the Plex admin interface and complete the setup process.
NOTE: When adding media locations, please use
/share as the base
Note: Remember to restart the add-on when the configuration is changed.
Example add-on configuration:
log_level: info claim_code: claim-cAMrqFrenckFU4x445Tn webtools: true
Note: This is just an example, don't copy and paste it! Create your own!
log_level option controls the level of log output by the addon and can
be changed to be more or less verbose, which might be useful when you are
dealing with an unknown issue. Possible values are:
trace: Show every detail, like all called internal functions.
debug: Shows detailed debug information.
info: Normal (usually) interesting events.
warning: Exceptional occurrences that are not errors.
error: Runtime errors that do not require immediate action.
fatal: Something went terribly wrong. Add-on becomes unusable.
Please note that each level automatically includes log messages from a
more severe level, e.g.,
debug also shows
info messages. By default,
log_level is set to
info, which is the recommended setting unless
you are troubleshooting.
To allow your server to sign-in to your Plex account, it needs a so-called "Claim Code". Sign-ing into Plex allows Plex to locate and connect to your server and unlocks all kinds of features as well.
In order to get your code surf to https://www.plex.tv/claim.
This code is only used once by the add-on. As soon as the server is successfully authenticated with Plex, the code may be removed.
WebTools is a plug-in that contains a collection of tools for the Plex Media Server.
Some of the tools:
- Manage Subs (Subtitles)
- Logs (PMS)
- UAS (Unsupported App Store)
The plugin also allows you to add and install custom plugins.
Set this variable to
true to enable it.
Solving connection issues with Plex
Plex is pretty straightforward and pretty easy to set up. Most of the settings are detected automatically. Nevertheless, it fails to recognize its IP on your home network. This may cause connection issues with some Plex apps, e.g., the Samsung Tizen Plex app.
This is not Plex its fault but is because of the Docker ecosystem, in which this add-on runs. Luckily, there is an option in Plex to help with that, but it is a little hidden.
- Login to the Plex web interface.
- Goto setting.
- Click the server tab.
- On the left side, choose "Network".
- Be sure you are looking at the advanced view. There is a button "Show Advanced" in the top right.
- Add your custom URLs to "Custom server access URLs" field.
The custom URLs are additional URLs Plex clients will use to try to connect to Plex. You can list multiple if you'd like, separated by a comma.
Port 1900 add-on conflicts
Plex Media server uses port
1900 for access to the Plex DLNA Server. This port
is also used by multiple other add-ons, like the AirSonos and UniFi add-ons.
In case they conflict, the Plex Media Server add-on will fail to start. The following error message is shown in the Hass.io system log:
[hassio.docker] Can't start addon_40817795_plex: 500 Server Error: Internal Server Error ("driver failed programming external connectivity on endpoint addon_40817795_plex): Error starting userland proxy: listen udp 0.0.0.0:1900: bind: address already in use
You have two choices:
- Disable or remove the conflicting add-on
- Change the port number 1900 to something else.
The last option will cause you to lose the DLNA capabilities of the Plex Media Server.
Known issues and limitations
- This add-on does support ARM-based devices, nevertheless, they must at least be an ARMv7 device. (Raspberry Pi 1 and Zero is not supported).
- This add-on will be able to run on a Raspberry Pi. While it still can be useful, don't expect too much. In general, the Pi lacks the processing power and is probably not able to stream your media; therefore it is not recommended using this add-on on such a device.
- This add-on cannot add/mount any additional USB or other devices for you. This is a Hass.io limitation. In case you'd like to use extra devices, you'll have to modify the host system yourself and is not supported by the Hass.io or Community add-ons team.
- A Plex Pass gives you exclusive access to new features, which are available through a Beta version channel of the media server. At this time, running this "Beta" version, is not supported by this add-on.
Changelog & Releases
Releases are based on Semantic Versioning, and use the format
MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH. In a nutshell, the version will be incremented
based on the following:
MAJOR: Incompatible or major changes.
MINOR: Backwards-compatible new features and enhancements.
PATCH: Backwards-compatible bugfixes and package updates.
You have several options to get them answered:
- The Home Assistant Community Add-ons Discord chat server for add-on support and feature requests.
- The Home Assistant Discord chat server for general Home Assistant discussions and questions.
- The Home Assistant Community Forum.
- Join the Reddit subreddit in /r/homeassistant
You could also open an issue here GitHub.
This is an active open-source project. We are always open to people who want to use the code or contribute to it.
We have set up a separate document containing our contribution guidelines.
Thank you for being involved!
Authors & contributors
The original setup of this repository is by Franck Nijhof.
For a full list of all authors and contributors, check the contributor's page.
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