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Home Assistant Community Add-on: Plex Media Server

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Your recorded media, live TV, online news, and podcasts, beautifully organized and ready to stream.

About

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.

Installation

The installation of this add-on is pretty straightforward and not different in comparison to installing any other Home Assistant add-on.

  1. Search for the “Plex Media Server” add-on in the Hass.io 166 add-on store and install it.
  2. Surf to https://www.plex.tv/claim and get your claim token.
  3. Update the add-on config with the claim code you've got in the previous step.
  4. Save the add-on configuration.
  5. Start the "Plex Media Server" add-on.
  6. Check the logs of the "Plex Media Server" to see if everything went well.
  7. Login to the Plex admin interface and complete the setup process.

NOTE: When adding media locations, please use /share as the base directory.

Configuration

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!

Option: log_level

The 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, the log_level is set to info, which is the recommended setting unless you are troubleshooting.

Option: claim_code

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.

Option: webtools

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)
  • FindMedia
  • PlayLists
  • TechInfo

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.

Example:

http://hassio.local:32400,http://192.168.1.88:32400,http://mydomain.duckdns.org:32400

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

This repository keeps a change log using GitHub's releases functionality. The format of the log is based on Keep a Changelog.

Releases are based on Semantic Versioning, and use the format of 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.

Support

Got questions?

You have several options to get them answered:

You could also open an issue here GitHub.

Contributing

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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License

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2018-2020 Franck Nijhof

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

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