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Launch app/script/shortcut from Plex (openPHT) home menu

kinema_KLEINkinema_KLEIN Members, Plex Pass Posts: 18 Plex Pass

Is there any method for adding another 'Section' to the Plex home menu that would launch a custom script or application? Sections as in Channels, Shared Content, Watch Later, etc on the home menu like this: https://i.imgur.com/9dkOiuP.jpg

Currently running OpenPHT on a MacMini, same machine as plex server.
Use case is to have a section, or shortcut, like 'GAMES' to launch script closing PHT and launching Steam Big Picture (or any action defined in script)..

There is a related setting called:"'Play File' on homemenu" -- that allows manually defining an additional menu item for playing a particular movie/show (i think), but that looks to be tied to video file formats only.


  • TonioRoffoTonioRoffo Members, Plex Pass Posts: 196 Plex Pass

    I like this, it would open up a lot of possibilities for customisation.

  • swordsandtequilaswordsandtequila Members, Plex Pass Posts: 341 Plex Pass

    Not sure about Plex, but flirc and your remote would do the job.

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  • HeciruamHeciruam Members, Plex Pass Posts: 160 Plex Pass

    Since it will never be on PMP I would really like to know if there is a chance for this to be implemented in openPHT.

    I currently boot into Steam and go to PLEX or my other game launcher(Launchbox) from there. I would like to have it the other way around because I mostly watch movies.

  • bkurybkury Members Posts: 393 ✭✭✭
    edited September 2016

    You can already do that with OpenPHT, it's just not implemented in a "user/gui friendly" way right now ... here is an example how to do it manually with the default skin :

    • Edit "skin.plex/720p/HomeMenu.xml" and look for this code :
    <item id="121">
       <description>Play File</description>
       ... more code ...

    now add the following new item after the Play File item like this :

    <item id="121">
       <description>Play File</description>
       ... more code ...
       <label>My Program Name</label>

    OSX/Linux users should change the path accordingly!

    edit: You can also use "System.Exec()" in keymaps file, e.g. press key "X" to open an application ...

    Save your changes and restart OpenPHT ...
    You should now have a new home menu item "My Program Name" which executes "C:\mypath\myprogram.exe" on click ...

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  • HeciruamHeciruam Members, Plex Pass Posts: 160 Plex Pass

    Thats exactly what I was looking for!


  • tooviraltooviral Members, Plex Pass Posts: 5 Plex Pass

    Anyway to do this with aeon nox?


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  • _ToXIc__ToXIc_ Members, Plex Pass Posts: 37 Plex Pass

    this is pretty kewl.. what custom scripts are you guys running?

  • AaronG85AaronG85 Members, Plex Pass Posts: 76 Plex Pass

    Can you use this to launch programs?

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