Using the Library View

Plex Web App initially opens to the dashboard, which is a view of all libraries as well as items such as On Deck, Recently Added, and more.

Open a Library

To enter a library, click the name in the sidebar. You'll be shown that library's contents.

Library Bar

The bar across the top of the library provides quick access to actions as well as shows the total number of items currently displayed. The actions available in this top bar specifically apply to the visible items (when filtered) or those that are multi-selected. Actions related to the library itself (such as scanning for new content) are found in the left sidebar.

In order from left to right, the available actions are:


The filter dropdown provides quick access to common filters for the library items:

Available main filters are:

  • All - All items in the library
  • Unwatched - All unwatched items in the library
  • Duplicates- All items in the library that have more than one "version"

You can also apply a second filter by selecting it from the lower portion of the list.

Custom Filtering

You can select the Custom filter... option if you would like to create a complicated filter with multiple variables. For instance, you could choose to view "unwatched" items with the genre "Drama", which were released in "2013".

Additional filters can be added by clicking the  button.


Using the Sort controls, you can sort by different criteria. Click the sort type to toggle ascending/descending sorting.

Play All

You can play all items in order from the current view in a Play Queue.

Related Page: Plex Apps > Play Queues


You can play all items in a shuffled order from the current view in a Play Queue.

Related Page: Plex Apps > Play Queues

Add to Playlist

Add the current items to a new or existing playlist.


You can create a sync job for Mobile Sync or Cloud Sync from the current view.


Set up Media Optimizer to create optimized versions of items in the current view.

Related Page: Media Optimizer

Poster Size

You can select the size of the posters displayed in the current view using this slider.


You can select the view style for the library items:

Available views:

Grid View

The Grid View displays media in a grid of their posters.

List View

List View displays a simple list of media titles along with details (which can be customized using the  button).

Summary View

In the Summary View, posters are displayed along with some other details such as the summary.

Browse By Folder

The By Folder option lets you browse the media folder structure directly based on the folder hierarchy on disk. Browse By Folder is a sticky setting, letting you use Grid, List, or Summary view to browse your drive's directory structure.


You may select multiple items simultaneously to perform actions on them. To enable Multi-Select, hover the pointer over an item and select the circle in the top left corner of the poster. You can then click or drag on the library contents to select items.

In addition to the normal actions available, you can also perform some additional actions when multiple items are selected:


Mass-edit the selected items to change certain metadata fields.

Mark as Watched

Flag the selected items as "watched".

Mark as Unwatched

Flag the selected items as "unwatched".

Refresh Metadata

Refresh the selected items to get new metadata.

Related Page: Updating vs Refreshing a Library


Perform media analysis on the selected items.

Related Page: Managing Media Items > Analyze an Item


Merge the selected items together into a single entry.

Related Page: Managing Media Items > Merge or Split Items


Delete the selected items from your drive and remove the entries from your library.

Warning!: This is a destructive action since it actually deletes the source files. It is only available if you have enabled media deletion in the server library settings (and is only available for the server admin).

Library Layouts

Each type of library has some subtle differences in the layout to best suit that type of media.

Movie and Other Videos Libraries

By default, this is simply a display of the posters for items in the library. You can see examples in screenshots above.

If you select a particular item, you'll see the pre-play screen, which has details for the selected item as well as available actions on the top.

Related Page: Using Plex Web App > Viewing Item Details

Television Libraries

The Television library will display all of the shows/series in the library at the top level. The number of unwatched episodes is shown in a label at the top-right corner of the poster.

Choose a particular series to see available seasons for the show as well as details for that series.

Choose a particular season to see episodes available for that season. Unwatched episodes are indicated with an orange flag on the artwork.

Select an episode to enter the pre-play screen, which has details for the selected episode as well as available actions on the top.

Related Page: Using Plex Web App > Viewing Item Details

Music Libraries

At the top level, the Music library will show you a list of the artists by default.

Choose an artist to see a list of popular tracks, available albums, and similar artists.

Select a particular album to enter the album details view.

Related Page: Using Plex Web App > Viewing Item Details

Photos Libraries

The Type dropdown will allow you to switch between the Timeline, Photos, and Albums views if desired.

Timeline View

The default Timeline view lets you easily see all your Photos content, organized chronologically. Photos are automatically grouped together to let you easily see things that happened together.

Photo View

Choosing the Photos view will allow you to see images organized by their location on the disk.

Albums View

An album is a user-curated grouping of photo and videos. When browsing photos in any view, you can add items to an album by simply selecting Add to Album and choosing (or creating) the desired album.

Tip!: You can add the same photo(s) to multiple albums, if you wish.

Album names can also be found using the search function.

Viewing Photos

Choose a folder or album to see photos within it or choose an individual image to view it.

You can choose the Next or Previous image by clicking the navigation buttons to the left and right of the image. Return to the library overview by clicking the  at the top left of the image.

  • You can use the Play button to start a slideshow and the  button can be used to enter full-screen display.
  • You can change the photo description or name using the  button.
  • Further details can be viewed using the  button.
  • You can view the current album in a film strip using the  button.

Playing Content

Plex Web App has an integrated, browser-based player to allow you to watch and listen to your media content.

  • Open a library and select an item
  • Hover the pointer over the item and click the ► button in the center OR
  • Click the item to open the pre-play view to see details
  • Click the Play button on the top or on the item poster
  • A Play button is also available for items in the dashboard

Related Page: Using Plex Web App > Plex Web App Player