Naming Multi-File Movies

The scanners and metadata agents used by Plex will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:

      movie content
      music content
   /TV Shows
      television content

Warning!: Plex will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.

Movies in Multiple Parts

Movies that are split into several parts (e.g. CD-1, CD-2), can be played back as a single item if named correctly. The split parts must be nested inside their own folder, named as usual for the movie. Name the files as follows:

  • /Movies/MovieName (release year)/MovieName (release year) - Split_Name.ext

Where Split_Name is:

  • cdX
  • discX
  • diskX
  • dvdX
  • partX
  • ptX

...X is the part number (cd1, cd2, etc.), and ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

   /The Dark Knight (2008)
      The Dark Knight (2008) - pt1.mp4
      The Dark Knight (2008) - pt2.mp4


  • Not all Plex Apps support playback of stacked media
  • All parts must be of the same file format (e.g. all MP4 or all MKV)
  • All parts should have identical audio and subtitle streams in the same order
  • Only stacks up to 8 parts are supported
  • "Other Videos" libraries or those using the "Plex Video Files Scanner" do not support stacked content.

To get a better overall experience, we encourage you to instead use a tool to join/merge the individual files into a single video. There are multiple ways you can do this and a quick search in your favorite search engine should give you some options on how to "join" files. An unofficial guide with one free tool has even been posted in our forums.

Related Page: Forums: Joining multi-part movie files with MKVtoolnix GUI