Plex Media Player Overview

The Plex Media Player app is designed from the ground up to be fast, powerful, stable, and to bring you closer to your personal media than ever.

Getting Started

Plex Media Player is available on range of platforms. Whether it be installing it on Windows or Mac OS X, or writing disk image to your SD Card or USB Stick for your Embedded systems such as Raspberry Pi 2 or Intel NUC, installation and initial configuration is straight forward and simple.

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Navigating the App

Home Screen

The home screen is designed to help you quickly find interesting content or access your libraries. This is achieved through unique Discover views.


Continue Watching

If you recently left off in the middle of a movie or TV episode, you can quickly get right back into it from Continue Watching.

On Deck

On Deck shows you television content that you're watching. If you have a whole season of content and finish episode 3, On Deck will then have episode 4 waiting for you to quickly start. In cases when you stop watching in the middle of an episode, it will be available for you to pick up right where you left off.

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Recent Playlists

Just as regular library content is presented as a"hub" on the home screen, your recently accessed playlists are now quickly accessible from the home screen. This is great for getting back to your "Marvel Movies" playlist or for that "On the move" music playlist that has just the right music to motivate your run.

Tip!: Only playlists that have been accessed within the last week will appear here. If you have a playlist you haven't recently accessed, you can always find it under Playlists in the navigation menu.

Recently Added

The Recently Added areas let you see what content you've added of different types and provides quick access to that content. You can see recent additions for movies, music, photos, home videos, or television. For television content, it will even be intelligently stacked for you so that if you add an entire season of content, you'll just get a single "season" entry displayed rather than a dozen individual episode entries, for instance.

User Menu

The User Menu can be used to manage your app settings, switch users, or exit the app.



Enable automatic sign in, choose whether you want Cinema Trailers played before a movie, configure audio settings, adjust video playback, or even change the background style to your preferred look. All of that and more can be adjusted under the app Settings.

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Viewing Libraries

When viewing your libraries you can quickly find interesting content. This is achieved through unique Discover and Browse views.


The Discover view is designed to help you quickly access content in which you may be interested. This is achieved by displaying several "hubs" of content.

Each Discover screen is specially crafted to the type of content you are viewing. Be it movies by a particular director, most played music in the month of June, TV Shows from a genre, or photos taken this year, these dynamic displays help you find interesting content.

The following are some examples of the kinds of "hubs" that you might find on the Discover screens. This is not an exhaustive list, and is meant to give you an idea about the variety of ways you might explore your content.

  • Movies
    • Recently Released Movies
    • Top Movies by Ridley Scott
    • Top Movies in Action
  • Television
    • Recently Aired TV
    • Start Watching (Shows that you haven't begun watching yet)
    • Rediscover (Shows that you started, but haven't recently watched)
  • Music
    • Most played in May
    • More by Arcade Fire
    • Top Albums from 1995
    • Artists on Tour
  • Photos
    • Photos from 2005
    • Photos From the 2010s
    • This Month in 2009
  • Home Videos
    • Videos from 2013
    • Continue Watching
    • Unwatched Videos

Browse All

The Browse view provides simple, yet fast access to libraries, playlists, and channels.

Type / Filter / Sort

You can browse your libraries by type (such as Artists, Albums, or Tracks), filter them to find specific content, and sort them as desired.


The pmp-library-viewbutton.png button allows you to quickly change to your preferred view for a library. You can enjoy the beautiful "poster-centric" grid view, a simple yet clean list view, or view the library by folder.

Item Preplay Screen

The preplay screen offers a rich, content-filled overview for your media. You can access related movies based on similar characteristics, view extras, and even watch the trailer.

For TV Shows, you can also quickly jump to a season or queue up the show for a viewing marathon.

When playing music, you can read artist bios, view tour dates, find similar artists, browse their albums, and even watch their music videos!


Media Playback

Plex Media Player offers a clean, uncluttered media viewing experience regardless of whether you're playing videos, music, or even photos in the app. You can even play music in the background while still browsing the app or viewing your photos.

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The Location Menu

The Location Menu is can be used to switch between your different Plex Media servers.


Controlling the App

There are multiple ways to control Plex Media Player, including via keyboard, mouse, or remote control.

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Audio Configuration Guide

Plex Media Player offers powerful audio playback and bit-exact LPCM decoding of HD audio formats. Should you wish to tailor the audio configuration to your home theater setup, our handy configuration guide will help you on your way.

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