Plex Media Server



Plex Media Server 1.0.2 is now available for everyone.

See the previous notes for details.


Plex Media Server 1.0.3 is now available for everyone.


  • Crash handling certain requests from PS4 clients. (#4984)
  • (OS X) Don't prevent the display from going to sleep.
  • (Metadata) Issues obtaining data from TVDB, requiring server restart.
  • (Metadata) Fallback to English TVDB searches when searching with another language fails. (#4933)
  • (Metadata) Tracks and disc numbers in premium music libraries could be affected by bad tag data. (#4437)


Plex Media Server 1.1.0 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • Support videos in photo libraries. (#3928)
  • Support uploading videos to photo libraries. (Android support is available now and other mobile apps are coming soon.) (#3522)
  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.7.8.
  • (Security) When server is signed in, clients must be signed in as well, even if they are on the LAN or on localhost. (#3819)
  • (Preferences) New pref to enable/disable deep media analysis.
  • (Windows) Updating the server from Plex Web no longer requires user intervention. (#4136)


  • (Sync) Items present in multiple synced playlists would only appear in the first synced playlist. (#4967)
  • (Media Optimizer) Unexpected behavior when version jobs overlap to include the same videos. (#4840)
  • (Media Optimizer) Reprocess item when original processing decided a media item was compatible, but the media item was deleted. (#4840)
  • (Transcoder) Playback failures with pcm_dvd audio. (#4980)
  • (Transcoder) Use faster AAC encoder on slower NAS systems. (#5058)
  • (Media Analysis) Scanner hangs with early AAC files from iTunes. (#5041)
  • (Media Analysis) Improve performance of deep media analysis. (#5068)
  • (Media Analysis) Issues generating video preview thumbnails for certain HEVC videos on windows. (#5139)
  • (Butler) Long-running Butler tasks could starve others from executing (#4873)
  • (Chapters) Chapter thumbnail generation could fail repeatedly with invalid media. (#5043)
  • (Metadata) Improve TVDB agent performance by not using TMDb information. (#5110)
  • (Metadata) Changing title could overwrite sort title. (#3971)
  • (Metadata) Fall back to release dates from TMDB when IMDB has no data. (#4978)
  • (Metadata) Fall back to English-language fields when metadata is unavailable in desired language. (#5015)
  • (Metadata) Show durations in minutes could be incorrectly interpreted as milliseconds (#5012)
  • (Metadata) Handle empty movie release dates from TMDb. (#5096)
  • (Photos) Photos might play back in wrong order. (#5035)
  • (Windows) Install Media Feature Pack on Windows Anniversary Update N and KN (#5064)
  • (Windows) Plex Relay process wasn't starting up in some configurations. (#5118)
  • (OS X) Plex Relay executable wasn't correctly signed.
  • (OS X) Occasional crashes on some older versions of MacOS. (#5028)
  • (Android) Improve H.264 limitations in profile. (#4930)
  • (iOS) 'Go to Show' from episode context menu wasn't working. (#4811)
  • (Xbox One) Improve reliability when proxying Plex Companion commands. (#4002)
  • Improve localization of certain error messages. (#4587)


Plex Media Server 1.1.1 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.7.10
  • (Security) "Networks allowed without auth" preference now also works when server is signed in.
  • (Security) "Networks allowed without auth" preference can be used with IP addresses, as well as netmask filters.
  • (Network) Browsers denied access to the server's root path are now redirected to Plex Web. (#5100)


  • (Subtitles) Subtitle auto selection didn't quite match the specification. (#4565)
  • (Relay) Issues starting relay on certain NAS devices. (#5126)
  • (Metadata) Show theme music wasn't downloaded when using third party TVDB DVD order agent. (#5159)
  • (Metadata) Occasional issues getting metadata from TVDB. (#5199)
  • (Shows) Fixed viewing seasons with the unwatched filter enabled on older and third party clients. (#5182)
  • (Thumbnails) Failures running scheduled task for thumbnail generation. (#5195)
  • (Extras) Cloud trailers might not be downloaded on startup on faster systems. (#5188)
  • (Channels) Only offer iTunes, iPhoto, and Aperture channel preferences on supported platforms. (#5157)
  • (Windows) Disable iTunes channel by default. (#5157)
  • (Windows) Issues loading Plex Web on IE11 (#5181)
  • (OS X) Fix auto-update not working in some cases. (#5212)
  • (Now Playing) Issues with play queues containing mixed photos and videos. (#5164)
  • Some rare server crashes. (#4951)


Plex Media Server 1.1.2 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Security) Devices authorized with the "networks allowed without auth" preference were unable to render images and play media when the server was signed in.
  • (OS X) Fix issue with automatic updates. (Upgrades from 1.1.0 and 1.1.1 will require manual installation.)


Plex Media Server 1.1.3 is now available for everyone.

IMPORTANT: With the security changes in version 1.1.0, if your Plex Media Server is signed in to a account, then all of the apps you use must also be signed-in. If you use older apps that cannot authenticate (e.g. LG's MediaLink or SmartShare apps), you can add the IP address of the device to the following advanced preference: Settings > Server > Network > List of IP addresses and networks that are allowed without auth. (We strongly encourage apps to be signed in for improved security and enhanced functionality.)


  • (Media Flags) Update bundle.


  • (NAS) Non-ASCII characters were being encoded to XML incorrectly on certain ARM devices. (#5255)
  • (Android) Enforce h264 profile limitations correctly. (#5233)


Plex Media Server 1.1.4 is now available for everyone.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.8.1.
  • (Nvidia Shield) Enable DLNA server. (#5013)
  • (Security) Allow http requests using the server's machine name to authenticate using the "networks allowed without auth" preference. (#5270)
  • Improved crash reporting infrastructure. (#4669)


  • (LG) Connectivity problems when older LG MediaLink TVs connect to signed-in servers with whitelisted IP addresses. (#5271)
  • (Ubuntu) Installation failures on certain VPS systems lacking /proc/1/comm. (#5300)
  • (QNAP) Issues restarting PMS after unclean shutdown. (#5309)
  • (Trailers) Plex Movie agent 'Use red band (restricted audiences) trailers when available' preference was being ignored when downloading trailers. (#5298)
  • Enabling network logging in clients could cause the server to hang. (#5277)
  • Spurious "Streaming session doesn't exist" errors when playing synced content on certain clients. (#5264)


Plex Media Server 1.2.1 is now available for Plex Pass members.

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  • New Feature - Streaming Brain.
  • (Streaming Brain) Preference for limiting bandwidth on WAN uploads. Limits can be per-stream and total (Plex Pass only).
  • (Streaming Brain) Playback session termination reasons are sent to the client and displayed to the user. This may require an updated client.
  • (Streaming Brain) Removed 'Prioritize streaming transcodes' preference. Background transcodes such as Sync, Media Optimizer, and video preview thumbnail generation are always prioritized behind streaming transcodes, and will pause completely if the simultaneous transcode limit is reached.
  • (Streaming Brain) Removed 'Cloud Sync upload speed limit' preference. Sync traffic automatically scales based on streaming WAN usage, and uses whatever bandwidth is left unused (Plex Pass only).
  • ~~(Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.9.3.~~ Plex Web is updated in PMS 1.2.2 Plex Pass release.
  • (Relay) Allow multiple connections from PMS to relay servers. (#4894)
  • (Windows) Localize installer for Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese locales. (#5189)
  • (Linux) QNAP x64 packages for the new QTS 4.3 64bit firmware.


  • (NVIDIA SHIELD) Relay was crashing on startup. (#5419)
  • (Transcoder) Failures transcoding video files that lack a video stream. (#4503)
  • (Transcoder) Stuttering video transcoding HE-AAC on macOS. (#5376)
  • (Transcoder) Completed transcodes might continue to block static transcodes. (#5423)
  • (Subtitles) Inconsistent automatic subtitle selection for media containing multiple embedded subtitles. (#5011)
  • (On Deck) Handle specials and episodes without a known air date better in On Deck. (#4661)
  • (Camera Upload) Fix a couple of edge case scenarios when resuming uploads. (#5152) (#5218)
  • (Pub-Sub) Better load distribution selecting servers. (#4915)
  • (Relay) Relay process might not be killed when the media server shuts down on certain Unix platforms. (#5173)
  • (Butler) Issues deleting old files in cache directory.
  • (Media Analysis) Scanner crashes analyzing mp4 files lacking moov atoms. (#5373)
  • (Media Analysis) Some 1080i media wasn't being recognized as being interlaced. (#5279)
  • (Media Analysis) Crashes analyzing certain photos with malformed metadata tags. (#5461)
  • (Metadata) Issues recognizing episodes of shows whose names contain multiple numeric digits. (#5377)
  • (Search) Duplicate results from different libraries now indicate the library of origin. (#4949)
  • (Search) Treat searches using a single non-ASCII character the same as a single ASCII character. (#5319)
  • (Linux) Local Media Agent errors when paths/files contained non-ASCII characters. (#5470)
  • (Linux) Fixed Readynas RN2xx build to work on ReadyNAS OS Firmware 6.6.0 (#5512)
  • A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5042) (#5459)


Plex Media Server 1.2.2 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web 2.9.3, which was missing from the previous release


Plex Media Server 1.2.3 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.10.5.
  • (Media Flags) Update bundle.
  • (Localization) Updated server translations.


  • (Network) Clients might incorrectly report a server as unclaimed or remote access as unavailable after network timeouts. (#4994)
  • (Streaming Brain) In some cases the server could unexpectedly reserve any remaining bandwidth. (#5447)
  • (Streaming Brain) Playback failures on Android. (#5537 #5589)
  • (Streaming Brain) Issues starting transcode sessions with OpenPHT. (#5546)
  • (Streaming Brain) Issues transcoding sidecar subtitles while Direct Playing a video. (#5540)
  • (Scanner) Library section analysis wasn't always working. (#5536)
  • (Scanner) Issues scanning TV series with numeric names. (#5547)
  • (Camera Upload) Duplicate photos could be uploaded in some cases on case-sensitive filesystems. (#5509)
  • (Camera Upload) Uploads were failing if the target library path didn't already exist. (#5553)
  • (Music) Unplayable music videos might show up after refreshing certain albums. (#5559)
  • (Metadata) Issues obtaining preview images from (#5524)
  • (Linux) Transcoder errors caused by an invalid locale configuration on certain systems. (#4717)
  • (NAS) Crashes on ReadyNAS 6.6. (#5567)
  • (NAS) Issues scanning when paths contained non-ASCII characters. (#5618)


Plex Media Server 1.2.4 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.10.7.


  • (PS4) Crash starting music playback from a PS4. (#5620)
  • (Scanner) Issues handling non-ASCII characters in path names on certain platforms. (#5129) (#5231)
  • (Linux) Crashes adding or removing libraries on some platforms. (#5615)
  • (Linux) Don't override the default Python install on Centos/Fedora. (5651)
  • (OS X) Exclude *.photoslibrary from default photos library. (#4910)
  • A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5598) (#5644) (#5647)


Plex Media Server 1.2.5 is now available for everyone.

- (Music) Issues scanning premium music libraries. (#5684)
- (Metadata) Issues obtaining preview images from (#5665)


Plex Media Server 1.2.6 is now available for everyone.

- (TV) Issues playing transcoded music on the PlayStation 4 and other TV and Web apps. (#5703)


Plex Media Server 1.2.7 is now available for everyone.

- (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.10.10.
- (Media Flags) Updated bundle.

- Playback issues on Roku, iOS and other platforms. (#5715)
- Occasional server hangs during video playback. (#5505) (#5658)


Plex Media Server 1.3.0 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.11.0.
  • (Photos) Optional automatic tagging of photos in Photo libraries. (Requires a Plex Pass.)
  • (Photos) Massively improved performance of photo library scans.
  • (Music) Improve matching of local album art. (#5654)


  • (Apple TV) Improve seeking behavior. (#5029)
  • (Sync) Issues syncing photo sync items on folders with lots of subfolders. (#5284)
  • (Sync) Occasional issues syncing from multiple sync clients. (#5767)
  • (Sync) Errors syncing playlists inside folders. (#5780)
  • (Transcoder) Boost audio using a rematrix adjustment, instead of simply increasing volume. (#4594)
  • (Scanner) Music scanner fails to scan in files with replaygain_seratogain_gain. (#4352)
  • (Scanner) Issues refreshing libraries when library locations contained trailing slashes. (#5396)
  • (Scanner) Issues scanning certain Hawaii Five-O episodes.
  • (Scanner) Duplicate status alerts generated for Camera Uploads. (#5150)
  • (Metadata) Adding an album to Various Artists was causing other albums to be refreshed. (#4418)
  • (Metadata) Preserve user edited text fields when unmatching and rematching a media file. (#4999)
  • (Video) Improve performance when direct streaming video on some TV apps. (#5532)
  • (Music) The music library created during setup wasn't premium for Plex Pass users. (#5775)
  • (Music) Support local per-track music videos, stored globally. (#5564)
  • (Music) Replace 'Popular New Music Videos' hub with 'Recently Added Music Videos'. (#5564)
  • (Relay) Cache host keys to improve relay startup performance. (#5516)
  • (DLNA) Issues with TV show watched status on DLNA clients and LG Medialink. (#5609)
  • (DLNA) Crash generating DIDL for videos with no video streams. (#5731)
  • (Sharing) Issues with content rating restrictions containing diacritics and other non-ASCII characters. (#5565)
  • (HTTP) Return 503 errors when server is overloaded. (#5530)
  • (Search) Duplicate search results in certain cases. (#5657)
  • (Safari) Downloads weren't resuming correctly. (#5548)
  • (iTunes) Importing iTunes playlist from a non-default location wasn't working on Windows. (#5755)
  • Artwork and images might not display in certain clients when the server wasn't signed in. (#5748)
  • A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5465) (#5773) (#5788) (#5804)


Plex Media Server 1.3.1 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.12.3.
  • (Transcoder) Improved performance and stability.
  • (Transcoder) Use platform-provided fonts when burning subtitles on Windows and OS X. Reduces application package size.
  • (Media Analysis) Updated video and music media analysis to be more stable and consistent across platforms.


  • (Photos) Avoid occasional duplicate tagging of images during scan. (#5836)
  • (Media Analysis) Deep analysis data was being erased under some circumstances. (#5898)
  • (Windows) Crashes when running Resource Monitor. (#5832)
  • (DLNA) Crashes browsing photos library sections. (#5874)
  • (Relay) Relayed connections weren't always working with shared users. (#5869)
  • (Linux) Issues with Premium Music on some Linux/NAS x86 platforms. (#5897)
  • (Linux) Install issues on CentOS/Fedora/Ubuntu. (#5903) (#5905)
  • (Scanner) Clean up show names obtained from file names.
  • A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5850) (#5871) (#5873) (#5855)


Plex Media Server 1.3.2 is now available for everyone.


  • (NAS) Improve support for Western Digital MyCloud PR2100 and PR4100 devices.


  • (Localization) Updated server translation text. (#5908)


Plex Media Server 1.3.3 is now available for everyone.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.12.5.
  • (DLNA) Transcoded videos weren't showing up on older Sony TVs and Blu-ray players. (#5902)
  • (Photos) Video clips in photo sections might have incorrect dates. (#5924)
  • (Media Optimizer) Version file names would replace non-ASCII characters with underscores. (#5944)
  • (Transcoder) Issues playing some MPEG-TS videos. (#5977)
  • (Transcoder) Issues burning PGS subtitles on Western Digital PR devices. (#6013)
  • (Transcoder) Issues encoding H.264 on the NVIDIA SHIELD. (#5921)
  • (TV) Episodes without season and episode numbers were sorting ahead of all others. (#5777)
  • (TV) Scanning a show with a new episode could leave the episode unlinked to its series until a library refresh. (#5939)
  • (Search) Better disambiguation of matching search results. (#5785)
  • (Search) Searches might return other users' playlists. (#5972)
  • (Scanner) Changing the case of a filename would completely recreate the item on case-insensitive filesystems. (#5935)
  • (Media Analysis) Pre-play pages weren't always triggering a media analysis refresh when needed.
  • Streaming Brain-related crash. (#5788)
  • Crash when handling old obsolete sync data. (#5894)
  • Updating a library could crash the server in rare cases. (#5981)
  • Lack of video stream in a video file could lead to server crash under some circumstances. (#5995)
  • Crash when handling transcode request due to some invalid media data. (#5997)
  • DLNA-related server crashes. (#5993) (#5994) (#5999)
  • Crash due to a rare unhandled exception when scanning for plugins. (#5991)


Plex Media Server 1.3.4 is now available for everyone.


  • (Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.13.0
  • (Media Flags) Updated bundle to 2016-12-22 (#6033)


  • (DLNA) Crash browsing to certain photo library sections. (#5874)
  • (Streaming Brain) Certain videos might transcode instead even when enough bandwidth was available to direct play. (#6085) (#6216)


Plex Media Server 1.4.1 is now available for Plex Pass members.


  • (DVR) Plex DVR beta 5.
  • (macOS) macOS version 10.8 is no longer supported. (#6155)
  • (Movies) Add related and post-play hubs for a movie's collections. (#6005) (#6011)
  • (Music) Improved performance of music hubs with large libraries (#6060)
  • (Music) Removed 'Music Videos For Recent Artists' hub. (#6075)
  • (Photos) Added same-day and same-month hubs for photos. (#5666)
  • (Metadata) Added hidden 'ArticleStrings' preference, a comma-separated list of words considered to be grammatical articles when sorting titles in a library. (#6110)


  • (Windows) Work around crash on startup on some Windows 10 installations. (#5719)
  • (Web) Transcode multi-channel audio to stereo, when transcoding audio. (#5588)
  • (Music) MP3 files with certain ID3v2 tag patterns were being ignored. (#5093)
  • (Music) Local lyrics weren't displayed in certain cases. (#6153)
  • (Music) Transcoding lossless audio at 'original' quality to a lossy codec could result in low-bitrate output. (#5858)
  • (Music) Issues with Plex Mixes on NVIDIA SHIELD. (#5724)
  • (Metadata) Sort cast entries from TVDB correctly. (#5744)
  • (Metadata) Posters and art were unnecessarily re-downloaded on every refresh. (#6001)
  • (Metadata) Score matches similarly for TMDB and IMDB results. (#6027)
  • (Metadata) Issues downloading metadata from TVDB over TLS. (#5986)
  • (Scanner) Improve performance refreshing album metadata. (#3894)
  • (Scanner) Fixed intermittent crash on startup, particularly for FreeBSD users. (#6026)
  • (Network) Server would transiently deny access to apps that hadn't run for a while. (#5443)
  • (Network) Server might become unresponsive under load. (#5558)
  • (Network) Incorrect Remote Access status reported in some cases. (#5834) (#6105)
  • (Subtitles) Prefer embedded subtitles, over agent-provided sidecar subtitles in bundles. (#5848)
  • (Database) Improve database backup performance. (#5839)
  • (Transcoder) Improve streaming MKV output, improving seek performance with conformant clients. (#2495)
  • (Hubs) Adding many episodes from a single show could swamp Recently Added hubs. (#5687)
  • (Sync) Sync items in a failure state might not be cleared on next successful sync. (#6078)
  • (Sync) Improved performance when garbage-collecting (#6077)
  • (Sync) Empty sync items might not be marked as completed. (#6194)
  • (NAS) Rare installation failures on Synology devices. (#6045)
  • (Channels) Issues on Windows for some channels, e.g. ExportTools. (#6127)
  • (DVR) Fix for post-processing sometimes not moving files into library (#6087)
  • (DVR) Fix a rare crash while processing recording schedule (#6050)
  • (DVR) When adding or removing a device, make sure we re-run scheduling (#6177)
  • (DVR) Support for logical channels in XMLTV, may require remapping.
  • (DVR) Support for previously-shown element in XMLTV.
  • (DVR) A recording with pre-padding could be cancelled prematurely (#6256)
  • The default sort order for albums was alphabetical (#6255)
  • A rare crash when computing recently added TV shows.