Run configurable fixups against the media database of a Plex Media Server
The PlexMediaFixup project provides a command named plexmediafixup that performs certain changes in the media database of a Plex Media Server.
The functionality to perform these changes is organized in plugins called fixups. Each fixup can be enabled or disabled and configured as needed.
Currently supported fixups are:
This fixup walks through the movie and episode items of the configured library sections of the Plex Media Server, and syncs the “title” field of each item by setting it to the value of the title tag found in the corresponding media files. The ffprobe command is used to get the title tag from the media files.
Use this fixup if you properly maintain the title tags in your media files and are not happy with the titles that get set from the metadata sites.
This fixup walks through the movie, show and episode items of the configured library sections of the Plex Media Server, and syncs the “sort title” field of each item by setting it to the value of its “title” field.
Use this fixup if you are not happy with the fact that PMS removes leading articles and other words from the sort title.
This fixup walks through the movie and show items of the configured library sections of the Plex Media Server, and cleans up the “Genres” field of each item. It can consolidate differently spelled genres into a single genre, remove useless genres, and set a default genre if the list of genres is empty. These changes can be configured in the config file.
Look at the example plexmediafixup config file example_config_file.yml if you want to see what can be configured. It describes each parameter.
This project uses the python-PlexAPI package, and access to the Plex Media Server is specified in the PlexAPI config file. The plexmediafixup command supports a choice of using a direct connection to a network-accessible Plex Media Server (which is the faster choice) or using an indirect connection through the Plex web site (which works from anywhere but is slower).
Installation and configuration
Install the latest released version of the plexmediafixup Python package into your active Python environment:
$ pip install plexmediafixup
This will also install any prerequisite Python packages, including the python-PlexAPI package.
If you want to use direct connections to a network-accessible Plex Media Server, specify the following parameters:
[auth] server_baseurl = <URL of your PMS> server_token = <server auth token of your PMS>
The server auth token of your PMS can be found as described in Finding your server auth token.
If you want to use indirect connections through the Plex web site, specify the following parameters. This is simpler to set up compared to direct connections, but every request goes through the Plex web site and from there to your Plex Media Server:
[auth] myplex_username = <your plex account username/email> myplex_password = <your plex account password>
The PlexAPI environment variables can also be used.
Create a plexmediafixup config file.
A plexmediafixup config file is in YAML format and specifies some general parameters (such as whether to use direct or indirect connections, or the location of the PlexAPI config file) and the fixups that should be run, including any parameters for the fixups.
An example plexmediafixup config file is provided as example_config_file.yml. This example config file contains descriptions for all parameters, and describes all supported fixups.
Create your plexmediafixup config file by copying that example file and modifying it as needed.
The copy of the example file should work without further modifications. By default, it uses a direct connection and has all fixups enabled and configured to process all items. However, please review your copy carefully and make changes as needed.
Install the ffprobe command
This command is only used by the sync_title fixup.
On Windows with Chocolatey, on MacOS with HomeBrew, and on most Linux distros, the package containing this command is named ffmpeg. Alternatively, download it from https://ffmpeg.org/download.html.
To explore the command line options and general usage of the plexmediafixup command, invoke:
$ plexmediafixup --help
The following commands assume that my_config_file.yml is the plexmediafixup config file you have created.
First, invoke the plexmediafixup command in dry-run mode. This shows you what would be changed in a real run without actually doing any changes:
$ plexmediafixup my_config_file.yml --verbose --dryrun
If you are satisfied with what you see, perform the changes:
$ plexmediafixup my_config_file.yml --verbose
Simplified setup and run script
If you want to run the plexmediafixup command regularly, this GitHub repo contains a run_plexmediafixup.sh script that simplifies the setup somewhat. Copy that script to a directory in your PATH and modify it as needed. That script has the following prerequisites:
- The plexmediafixup config file exists as $HOME/.config/plexmediafixup.yml
- The PlexAPI config file exists
- The ffprobe and virtualenv commands are available
That script performs all the setup that is needed, such as checking if the virtualenv and ffprobe commands are available, creating a Python virtual environment, activating it, installing the plexmediafixup package into that virtual environment, checking if the plexmediafixup config file exists, and finally running the plexmediafixup command with that config file.
Bugs and features
Please report any bugs and request features via the issue tracker.
Contributions to the PlexMediaFixup project are welcome; for details see Development.
The PlexMediaFixup project is provided under the Apache Software License 2.0.
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