Naming Multi-File TV Show Episodes

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:

/Media
   /Movies
      movie content
   /Music
      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.

Episodes in Multiple Parts/Files

By default, Plex matches against TheTVDB.com, so you should name and organize your content based on the information on that site.

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

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - sXXeYY - 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.)

Tip!: Be sure to use the English word "Season" as noted above, even if your content is in another language.

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - pt1.avi
         Heroes - s01e01 - pt2.avi
         Heroes - s01e02.avi

Notes:

  • 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

To get a better overall experience, you may wish to 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