General settings for the Plex Media Server. You can access these under Settings > Server > General in Plex Web App.
Related Page: Using Plex Web App
If you haven’t yet signed into your Plex account on your Plex Media Server, you can do so here. Enter your username (or email) and password for your Plex account.
Related Page: Sign in to Your Plex Account
When you visit the server settings page, a check will automatically be made to see if there is an updated version of Plex Media Server available. Information about the update status is displayed here, including the ability to download or install an update if one is available.
The friendly name is used to identify your Plex Media Server. This will show up for you when selecting your Server in a Plex App as well as if you share Libraries with others, for instance. You might choose a name such as “Office Library” or “Kim’s Server”. If you don’t set a friendly name yourself, the computer’s name will be used by default.
Send anonymous usage data to Plex
Plex uses information about media matching and other basic usage to help improve your experience using Plex. You can choose to help this by allowing the Plex Media Server to send anonymous data back to Plex.
Server version updates
When an update for Plex Media Server is available, choose how that update is handled. Available options:
- Ask me: You will have to manually choose to apply the update. Plex Web App and some other apps can prompt you when an update is available.
- Automatically during scheduled maintenance: Choose to have an available update applied automatically during the server’s scheduled maintenance time.
Note: This setting is only available and applicable to Windows or macOS Plex Media Server installs. Linux and NAS installs have a different setting (see below).
Related Page: Scheduled Tasks
Automatically check for updates
Choose whether or not your Plex Media Server will download (but not install) an update when one is available for it.
Note: This setting is only available and applicable to Linux or NAS Plex Media Server installs. Windows and macOS installs have a different setting (see above).
For users with a Plex Pass subscription, you can choose whether or not you look for
Beta (preview) updates whenever the server does a check.
Tip!: The Beta channel may have beta/preview releases available. These can have new functionality or fixes and be available early, but may also be more prone to have unanticipated issues.
Related Page: Early Access & Beta Releases
Click on the Show Advanced button at the top right of the settings area to toggle display of advanced settings. Be careful when adjusting or using advanced settings.
Plex Media Server debug logging
Enable this to include debug information in the various Plex Media Server logs. This should be enabled if investigating an issue or seeking assistance by posting in the Plex support forums.
Plex Media Server verbose logging
When enabled, Verbose-level information will be included in the various Plex Media Server logs.
Warning!: This should not typically be enabled, even when investigating most issues. Only enable this if specifically instructed to do so as it can very quickly fill log files and the information is not typically useful for most troubleshooting.
Allow Plex Media Server tokens in logs
By default, your Plex tokens are not displayed in your log files. Tokens should be treated as secure information and you should typically refrain from sharing information that includes your token. Only enable this option if specifically instructed to do so during an investigation.
Warning: If you’re disabling this so you can share logs, be sure to: (1) quit/stop your Plex Media Server after disabling the preference, (2) delete the contents of your server
Logs directory and then (3) launch your Plex Media Server again before reproducing an issue and gathering logs.
OS X Specific Settings
Show in dock
By default the Plex Media Server does not appear as an item in your Dock on OS X. (It will always appear in the top menubar.) You can enable this option to have the Server appear as a standard Dock icon.
Related Page: Mac Basics: The Dock
Ask to add a login item for externally mounted drives
When adding a source from an external or network mounted drive to a Library, you can be asked whether you wish to have that drive added to your Login Items in OS X.
Related Page: Login Items
Windows Specific Settings
The path where local application data is stored
You can set the location where your Plex Media Server data directory is located. This is the path to the directory containing the
Plex Media Server folder.
Note: Altering this setting will not move the data for you. You will need to ensure the data is in the desired location yourself.
Warning!: You should not specify a location that resides on a network share/disk.
Related Page: Where is the Plex Media Server data directory located?
Size of IPC buffer (in bytes) when streaming transcodes
You can adjust the size of the IPC (inter-process communication) buffer.
Warning!: DO NOT adjust this if you don’t know exactly what it does. This is not a setting a user should normally be changing.
Support Away Mode when preventing system sleep
The “Away Mode” in Windows is intended “to provide a ‘user not present’ state to the machine so you can walk away, know that your recording is going to happen (or not be interrupted) while not badgering the user with a screen, audio, etc.”.
In the context of Plex, it allows the Plex Media Server to continue functioning and streaming.
Related Page: What is Away Mode?