Plex/Nine has been released! - Plex Blog

Plex/Nine has been released!

| 30 Aug 2010 | by 163 Comments

Come and get it, we really hope you enjoy it.

Thank you so much for your incredible support over the last week, as we’ve worked super hard to get this out to you. Is it perfect? No. Is it bug free? Absolutely not. But it’s a giant step in the right direction, and it makes us very happy to be able to share it with you. We’re over the snowy pass, and heading down into a lush valley, where great things await.

Check it out, let us know how it works for you. If anything’s badly broken, we’ll fix it, and if anything is missing, we’ll add it!



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  1. Martin August 30th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Super terrific!

  2. bbue August 30th, 2010 8:57 pm

    Thanks a lot!!!

  3. AceyTech August 30th, 2010 8:59 pm

    I think you all should go have a beer(or a dozen) and get some sleep. This release is much anticipated, but there *will* be issues and compatibility “challenges”, due to your limited beta testing group. The best/worst is yet to come. Thanks for your efforts. I’m donating like a crazed banshee, hoping to further development.

  4. Pascal August 30th, 2010 8:59 pm

    This is sooo great! I’m just looking at the media manager working and sitting in lotus position right now!

    (One thing, I have several TV shows in English as well as in German and Plex seems to combine them although they are in different folders and have different names… it’s still scanning so I hope I can edit this later)

  5. Alex August 30th, 2010 9:02 pm

    Doesn’t boot :-(

  6. Samuel Claesson August 30th, 2010 9:04 pm

    Finally!!! Been waiting like for ages for this! THANKS A LOT GUYS!

  7. PJ August 30th, 2010 9:06 pm

    Thank you guys! This is quite exciting for me, I actually thought it was coming out tomorrow night but now I wont be able to sleep tonight playing with this :).

    Just have to say its the best software I have on my Macs and am appreciative its free. I’m submitting a donation in a few days as you guys deserve it!

  8. John August 30th, 2010 9:07 pm

    I am unable to add media on a network folder. The network computer always shows up as empty in the file dialog box. when i try to drag the folder in from finder, it doesn’t allow for drop in the media manager :/

  9. Johan andrén August 30th, 2010 9:08 pm

    Problem with adding sources over network?

  10. Alex August 30th, 2010 9:10 pm

    I deleted all Plex folders in ~/Library/Application Support, did a fresh install, and now when I try to start Plex it pops up the splash screen, then dies.

    Macbook Pro/Snow Leopard

  11. Mayhem August 30th, 2010 9:14 pm

    woooooooooooooo! Good thing i work overnights! AND have back to my mac. Remoting my little heart out tonight setting things up :)

  12. lockhart August 30th, 2010 9:18 pm

    So you’ll add RAR support? Because that’s missing.

  13. f00b4r August 30th, 2010 9:20 pm

    Awesome, downloading now

  14. xain09 August 30th, 2010 9:23 pm

    Great way to start a fresh day! Thanx team Plex for all the hard work :)

  15. Travis August 30th, 2010 9:34 pm

    It’s absolutely incredible Elan, well done! The “magic” of it all just blows me away. I’m currently scanning in the info on my Mac Mini Server, and just cranked up the iMac in my office and the library is just sitting there, waiting to be browsed, it’s just amazing!

    The Media manager is a thing of beauty too, it’s very cool watching all the posters load in. The only weird thing with it right now is the scrollwheel sensitivity is REALLY low on it in thumbnail view. Not a show-stopper by any means…

    The Plex OS X app did crash for me a while ago too as I was trying to test out the iPhone app. Probably because it’s very busy scanning everything in right now. I’m happy to wait until it’s finished before I mess around with the iOS apps.

    I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that are to come now that you’ve all done the hard part of rebuilding the library from scratch. It was a long wait, but I’m guessing the updates will now come in thick and fast. Hope you guys make millions out of the iOS apps!

  16. Dan August 30th, 2010 9:38 pm

    Downloaded. Installed. Scanning.

    This is freaken awesome! Big thanks to the team for their huge effort… donation on it’s way! Oh, and the iPhone app is quite possibly the best app in the iTunes store…

  17. Travis August 30th, 2010 9:44 pm

    Oh man, and now I just tried to stream a movie to the iPad, and you just blew my mind. This is going to be absolutely huge.

  18. Will August 30th, 2010 9:47 pm

    Just wow.

  19. JC Avila August 30th, 2010 9:54 pm

    Excellent app, thanks so much!!

    And the Ignore The option???
    Is possible to select the scrappers?
    And the last if in my directories I use tbn because I want customize the covers how activate the option?

    Excellent app for IOS, but plz I’m mexican and I want see the subtitle option, plz plz.

    If you want the translation to spanish, you have me! And how donate?

  20. elan August 30th, 2010 9:58 pm

    @JC Avila: “The” and “La” and “El” should be ignored. We don’t have scrapers any more, we have scanners and metadata agents. We’re looking for Spanish-speaking developers to write agents for Spanish film/tv sites! Subtitles will be available before too long, we’ve got most of the code written.

  21. Andrew August 30th, 2010 10:02 pm

    I reckon I downloaded it first. And it is amazing!!! Still scanning my library, but looks so good.

    Seriously guys, you’ve done such an awesome job already! And it’s still beta!

    Go get some sleep.

  22. Tuyen Vo August 30th, 2010 10:09 pm

    Unfreakingbelievable. I’m watching 300 over wifi in my bedroom. Crystal clear at 720p (even at 480!) on the iPhone. Can’t wait to get the app for iPad. I hope the quality translates to that, too. Best $4.99 app ever!

  23. Travis August 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    The “fs_events” thing you described for the media manager is incredible! It works so well, it seems I may never have to click “Scan for new content” ever again, and this makes me very happy indeed :)

  24. Black Dragon August 30th, 2010 10:15 pm

    PLEASE add RAR support back into Plex. I’m begging you. I will understand if you can’t get it to work with the streaming, but please add it back to the actual player. I literally will die without it.

  25. deLoco August 30th, 2010 10:17 pm

    Yeah! Cool! Im downloading at the moment and already bought the iOS-Version!
    You guy rock!
    Now the only thing I would like to have in addition to Plex/Nine is the Media Server available for WIndows and Linux. That would be a great way to setup a mediaserver without the cost of a MacMini (which is redicilously high priced)…

  26. nyugdijas August 30th, 2010 10:18 pm

    Superb! Thanks a lot

  27. Pascal August 30th, 2010 10:19 pm

    Elan, speaking of metadata agents… is there a place where I can configure them in this version of Plex Nine? Or will the nice settings window (this) be in a future release?

  28. pv_bain August 30th, 2010 10:25 pm

    after 3 months of unemployment, on the day I finally got a job…


    can’t wait to come back home!

  29. elan August 30th, 2010 10:29 pm

    @Pascal: Gear icon, in Plex Media Manager window, top middle :)

  30. Black Dragon August 30th, 2010 10:38 pm

    Oh, and I’ve just bought the iOS version to support Plex!

  31. Pascal August 30th, 2010 10:40 pm

    @elan Ahh, now I get it! Of course I saw it but apparently I always had a single show selected! Quite tricky!

  32. maersk August 30th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Thank you PLEX TEAM for making this beauitiful and excellent piece of FREE software. I’m on holiday so have to wait another 2 weeks for using this candy. All developers, skinners and contributers need a very big THANKS for all their hard work and efforts.
    I also want to thank all family members of our devs, skinners and contributors because they missed quality time when these very talented guys.

    Again donation is on his way and keep up this very very good work.

  33. Graham August 30th, 2010 10:49 pm

    One thing to say… WOOHOO! Already purchased the iOS app, glad to support you guys!

  34. Callum August 30th, 2010 10:53 pm


  35. Kim August 30th, 2010 10:54 pm

    Wow – fantastic update!

    One request, though – could you please update the iOS app with Retina graphics – the thumbs and posters look very pixelated on the iPhone 4…


  36. jansink August 30th, 2010 10:56 pm

    Thanks for this great release! Wow, it really is a giant step!!!

  37. COA August 30th, 2010 11:00 pm

    Great news !! Already bought the iOS app can’t wait for tonight (france time) to download the Plexapp on my iMac :D
    In the mean time, could anybody comment on the speed of this version compared to Plex 8?
    Thanks a lot to the team !!

  38. Eric - Apple iTV Apps August 30th, 2010 11:09 pm

    Great work, eager to finish up work and go home to get the new version running. Would we see AirVideo functions to convert and sync vidoes for offline usage on iOS devices? I bet so, in the very near future.

    Cross your fingers for some more exiting news tomorrow when hopefully the new Apple iTV will be released.

  39. Travis August 30th, 2010 11:14 pm

    Elan, if I’ve got 2 movie sections that contain common content (e.g., “Movies”, and “Movies HD”) is the media manager smart enough to detect items already scanned in the other section? It seems to load the metadata pretty quickly, so I’m guessing it’s hitting the LOCAL metadata, not the Internet?

  40. elan August 30th, 2010 11:18 pm

    @Travis: Yessir, it tracks by what movie it is, not by the actual file, and their is lots of caching occurring :)

  41. sunnyhd August 30th, 2010 11:21 pm

    me problem as John. Cant add a media on a network folder…

  42. duglas August 30th, 2010 11:24 pm

    AWESOME job guys, really solid release. You should be proud of your hard work. I have no requirement for the iOS app but have purchased it to show support. Thanks!

  43. Julian August 30th, 2010 11:26 pm

    Thanks guys, it looks awesome!

    And the iPhone app looks great as well. I’m going home to try it all out!!!

  44. elan August 30th, 2010 11:30 pm

    @sunnyhd: very strange, i’ve been adding my drobos over AFP for months. Can you explain a bit more your set up and what network protocol you’re using, etc.?

  45. Roland August 30th, 2010 11:33 pm

    I think that the new Plex looks great and was well worth the wait. I appreciate all the thought and planning that went into Plex 9 to make it as flexible as possible. It really is a slick implementation.

  46. p6jkf6tt6n August 30th, 2010 11:38 pm

    I want to go home, still 6,5 long hours until I’m off from work. Just downloaded the IOS app…

  47. Pappabear August 30th, 2010 11:46 pm


    Finally a app that rocks, is smart, etc………
    The Mac gets what it deserves, the best multimedia app out there.
    Now a new Apple TV and you have the perfect setup….

    Thanks guys,

  48. Jon August 30th, 2010 11:51 pm

    Just downloading this and scanning in my media as I type.

    This is amazing – have been using Ember Media Manager on VMWare, but having used this for a bit, I don’t think I’ll be needing it any more.

    What an amazing program, and can’t believe it’s still in beta.

    Thanks so much.

  49. sunnyhd August 30th, 2010 11:52 pm

    Thanks for the chance to polish my english a bit. Im using a Synology NAS DS508.
    The share is connected with afp also. On Plex 0.8.5 it worked great. I really would like to test the new release…

  50. KermitX19 August 30th, 2010 11:54 pm

    Crashes on the splash screen on my ’08 MacBook Pro running 10.6.4. I’ve never had Plex installed.

  51. elan August 30th, 2010 11:55 pm

    @sunnyhd: So the volumes are mounted, you can browse in the Finder, but when you drop nothing happens? Or it doesn’t let you drop? And if you try the [+] button it doesn’t help?

    It might be good to open up a forum thread about this so we can diagnose further and FIX IT!

  52. dev August 30th, 2010 11:57 pm

    Elan, i love you, and i would like to give you a big hug ! :)

  53. elan August 30th, 2010 11:58 pm

    @KermitX19: Can you head here and paste your crash report? Also, it might sound odd, but make sure your computer has a name inside Sharing preference pane.

  54. osplo August 31st, 2010 12:22 am

    Just bought the Plex app to support you guys.

    Hey, great work! Is it possible to have the old AND the new version? I live or die on Plex so I’d love to test it but my family will kill me if I spoil things.

  55. sunnyhd August 31st, 2010 12:27 am

    I cant drop local files or files from the network into the drag folders window. Local folders or folders from other Macs can be added with the + button. I will open a forum thread after I reinstalled Plex and it still dont works… Thanks!

  56. Springs August 31st, 2010 12:38 am

    Just updated to 9 and could not add NAS storage with Media Manager. Had to Make Alias and add that. But that didn’t actually work when it showed that it did. I did not add the iTunes folder but that is what plex is showing when I select MUSIC which should be on the NAS. Next all my video plug ins are gone and I can not install them again. (Netflix Hulu etc). Guess I will have to try to remove and get a clean install. Mac Mini running 10.5

  57. Jan August 31st, 2010 12:48 am

    Everything about Plex/nine looks fantastic. Downloading now, but getting a DL-speed of 8KB/sec…:-(
    Suggestion: Make Plex/nine a torrent on That way people can download it much faster, or am I mistaken?

  58. Danielo Silva August 31st, 2010 12:52 am

    I’m downloading now, but I know that I can only hope for a wonderful job. Congratulations to all involved.

  59. Chris Lentz August 31st, 2010 1:10 am

    Great news. I plan to spend my entire evening exploring the Media Manager and the new iOS app.

    Great work you all. I plan to do a full review of both the iOS app and Plex/Nine on my tech blog.

  60. elan August 31st, 2010 1:10 am

    @Springs, we’re tracking that NAS issue. Also, sorry about the plug-ins issue, I think our server is melting down, we’re also looking into it!

  61. elan August 31st, 2010 1:11 am

    @sunny: We only support dropping folders, not files.

  62. Mr T August 31st, 2010 1:32 am

    Just grabbed the IOS app. Will install the new plex on my macbook and mini when I get home from work. :D

  63. rayne August 31st, 2010 1:46 am

    I’m a bit surprised that you charge for the app, as I expected it to be free too, as Plex is. Are you planning on charging for Plex in the future? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely think you deserve the money, I was just always under the impression that Plex is free, independent, open source, etc.

    Does the App work with Plex 8? I’m waiting for the next couple of bugfixes until I get Plex 9.

  64. Simon August 31st, 2010 2:03 am

    Guys, congratulations ! Plex 9 works as a charme (client/server even over vpn and then wifi). Beautiful ! I’m amazed…

  65. KermitX19 August 31st, 2010 2:04 am

    Crash on start solved. You MUST have a Computer Name set. Refer System Preferences>Sharing>Computer Name

  66. ppson August 31st, 2010 2:07 am

    THANK YOU LORD! (and the Plex team).

  67. sunnyhd August 31st, 2010 2:08 am

    Sorry. I mean folders. All my media is on the NAS stored in folders for music,videos,homevideos,kids…

  68. Timo Repo August 31st, 2010 2:14 am

    Where are the release notes? Am I the only person here who’s interested in them?

  69. ruggighund August 31st, 2010 2:18 am

    Great work guys! Just bought the iOS-app and the work you’ve put into this project is simply amazing.

  70. fishmoose August 31st, 2010 2:27 am

    No RAR-support makes fishmoose a dull boy T_T
    For me it used to be one of the killer features of Plex :(
    Already bought the iOS app but I guess I have to rollback to 8 anyway >_<

  71. Jerome August 31st, 2010 2:39 am

    Great works guys. Truly a job well done!

  72. Dekuwa August 31st, 2010 2:53 am

    Finally! Congratulations! :)

  73. Gerd August 31st, 2010 3:05 am

    Why is the “Edit Info” button in the Media Manager always grayed out? Like here:
    I want to edit this Movie but it isn’t possible!? I wanna add some Text, Year etc..

    I why is everything in English? in Plex 8.5 i was able to scan German Movies and shows, but now there is just English?

    Another one: Is it possible to show some Dual Language Flags? Like 1080p, 2.0, Surround etc.

  74. Robbin August 31st, 2010 3:18 am
  75. no August 31st, 2010 3:39 am

    Feature Request for the Plex Media Server:
    Scan of iTunes Playlists

  76. Christopher Anderton August 31st, 2010 3:43 am

    This one is Disco. But as already mentioned. Please bring back rar support!

  77. Michal August 31st, 2010 3:51 am

    I love Plex 9 and the iOS app but I have to second the RAR concern.
    Almost all of my stuff is stored in uncompressed multipart RAR files and this was a defining feature of both XBMC and Plex for me.

    I really hope this will be added very soon. In the meantime I will experiment with Plex 9 but use XBMC as my primary app.

    Thank you for all the hard work that you have put into Plex. I also very much appreciate the effort that you have put into making it a very Apple like experience (especially the great “one more thing” which you managed to pull off as well as Apple themselves).

    Viva la Plex!

  78. Ron August 31st, 2010 3:56 am

    Hey guys,

    Thank you so much for your talent, passion and hardwork.
    I’ve just downloaded and installed Plex 9 and am currently having it run through my media. It looks fantastic! I can’t wait to check out the main app along with the iOS one as well.

    Again, thank you very much.


  79. MariusTank August 31st, 2010 4:19 am

    Is it smart to uninstall the old version of plex before I install the new one? Or doesn’t it have anything to say?

    I downloaded the ios app and more than glad to contribute to your project! I love and have always loved PLEX:)

  80. Neckaros August 31st, 2010 5:01 am

    Does this version support fetching of subtitles and not only metadata?

  81. arnemart August 31st, 2010 5:07 am

    No support for adding media on smb-volumes (without having them mounted in the Finder)? Deal-breaker for me. Staying on v.8.

  82. John August 31st, 2010 5:12 am

    The program works great! Awesome look and streaming to iOS devices is very usefull. I’ve only 1 problem; 2 movies do not get added to media manager, although they’re in the scanned map and the same format (.mkv) as all my other movies. Someone a suggestion?

  83. Albert August 31st, 2010 5:20 am

    Help out their servers – (if its not okay to post bittorrent links, please remove)

  84. noben August 31st, 2010 5:44 am

    I have two questions that I hope somebody can answer.

    First, I have a MacMini thats connected to a HK receiver via HDMI. When I turn off the receiver my mini looses connection to the receiver and it runs “headless”. The problem is when I try to manage my library with the new MedialManager (in “headless mode, via VNC”) it doesn’t show any thumbs or receiving any metadata. I suppose it has to do something with graphic acceleration built into Mac OS X that doesn’t work in headless mode? Would i be possible to (via a preferens ) do deactivate the features that uses the graphic acceleration? Anyone with tha same problem?

    My second question is if it in the future will possible to add a remote Library (over the internet) in the Plex player (or via the new Media Manager) in the same way U can do with the new iOS Plex app.

  85. John August 31st, 2010 6:16 am

    Finally, Plex 9, good job guys. I really like the new Media Manager!

    I do have a couple of bugs though:
    - (every menuitem links to preferences)
    - When adding a tv show (that’s on an external drive) no cover art is found, you can however select one image in the media library but I have to click the arrow to the right once before I actually see it on the right hand side (what I’m trying to say is that there are are a lot of empty images in front of it)

  86. RALF August 31st, 2010 6:34 am

    GPU Accelerated NOT working…..

    Im back on XBMC 10 beta 1.

  87. boogaloo August 31st, 2010 6:37 am

    Wow! I left Plex almost a year ago and went back to XBMC because Plex would cause the audio to be out of sync on my 720p and 1080p films on my 240hz LCD TV. However, after this release and the iOS app that streams to my iPad I am back on the Plex bandwagon.

    Elan you guys have always done great work. A big thank you from all HTPC nerds everywhere!

  88. Andrew "The Pilot" Arbo August 31st, 2010 7:01 am

    Congratulations to all…I just saw Jay’s glazed eyes and hugged him. You guys put a lot of work in for this amazing app!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

    I just purchased the iOS app as well and am sure i’ll be blown away tonight when I get home to try it!

  89. Ronald August 31st, 2010 7:55 am

    I have just completed the installation and I’m truly impressed by what you guys have accomplished. It took me only 5 minutes to get the whole thing up and running on my Mac, iPhone and iPod. Congratulations on a job well done!

  90. Greg August 31st, 2010 8:13 am

    Elan & Devs — This is incredible.
    Not only is the new media manager a thing of beauty, but the client app performance is tremendously improved. ‘teh snappy’(tm) :D

  91. Jim D August 31st, 2010 8:21 am

    None of my media folders appear in the Plex menu screen. I have them set up in the Media Manager under Library Sections. I only Quit, Preferences, Applications, Pic/Music/video Plug Ins, Plex Online, Favs, Help in the Menu. What is wrong?

  92. Jim D August 31st, 2010 8:25 am

    None of my media folders appear in the Plex menu screen. I have them set up in the Media Manager under Library Sections. I only see Quit, Preferences, Applications, Pic/Music/video Plug Ins, Plex Online, Favs, Help in the Menu. What is wrong?

  93. r00t August 31st, 2010 8:37 am

    >Already bought the iOS app but I guess I have to rollback to 8 anyway

    Same for me. Unable to just browse HDD for files. Sad, but 9 version force me to make move to Boxee… :(

  94. NOnak August 31st, 2010 8:42 am

    Nice work!

    Only missing support for pictures (that is something else than iPhoto) and it will be perfect!

    The iPad app looks very nice as well. Again about picture support, if the app could cache the following pictures, that would be brilliant.

    Anyway, congratulations on this release… waiting for the next one :)

  95. Shaun August 31st, 2010 8:56 am

    Legitimately, this makes my week. You guys can be expecting a purchase of the iPhone app and a donation soon :-)

  96. Emil August 31st, 2010 9:18 am

    Nice! I really miss a straight up finder/explorer-like view though. im having real trouble playing files from my temporary download folder wich really sux. add a normal file view and I,ll rate the new plex with 10 stars, for now i miss my old plex :(

  97. Egas August 31st, 2010 9:20 am

    Plex 9 is awesome. Just installed the server on my Mac Mini connected to ReadyNas and clients on Macbook Pro, Macbook, iPad and iPhone.
    Live conversion performs much better than AirVideo, 720p streams without any problem over WiFi
    The media manager is still automatically downloading metadata and art, so far the results look excellent.

    Great experience, worth the wait, many thanks for this wonderful experience

  98. Aron August 31st, 2010 9:30 am

    Elan; where did that RAR-archives support go? Is it a bug or have you guys dropped the feature? I depend heavily on it, Plex 0.9 is pretty much useless for me without it.

    Will we see it again or should I begin the transition to XBMC? (After all this wait for Alexandria :()

  99. miniman August 31st, 2010 12:35 pm

    Does this release include the hardware h.264 decoding that was released as a binary in a previous blog post?

  100. elan August 31st, 2010 1:03 pm

    @miniman: Yes.

  101. elan August 31st, 2010 1:18 pm

    @r00t: if you want to browse local files, use the context menu (‘c’ key) to Add a Source in Video Plug-ins section.

  102. leroy jenkins August 31st, 2010 1:40 pm

    C’est Magnifique!

  103. elan August 31st, 2010 1:42 pm

    @no: If you look under Music Plug-ins > iTunes > Playlists they should be there.

  104. Miguel August 31st, 2010 1:51 pm

    The Tv Shows doesn’t get the info. I have no info at all. It’s strange because the Movies are working perfect. It even get to work when refreshing the info in the media manager. There’s no option in the client app to get the metadata?

    In general you did a great work but it still needs improvement to get the usability we had back in the Plex 8. Once you fix several things I will buy the iOS app, that’s for sure!!

  105. elan August 31st, 2010 1:54 pm

    @Miguel, thanks for your comment. If you could post to the forums (or email) the exact filesystem layout of your TV shows, that would help out a lot!

  106. dev August 31st, 2010 2:03 pm

    Hi there! I have the new Plex installed on my computer. I noticed that some plugins are missing. Is there a way to get the Shoutcast plugin which l loved so much? Are you guys coming up with some new adding @ the plex on line section?
    Anyway you did a great job.

  107. elan August 31st, 2010 2:14 pm

    @dev: Whoops, added it to the list. It’s definitely there, just not showing up in the store right now. We’ll fix.

  108. Bob August 31st, 2010 2:52 pm

    Thank you again for all the hard work. It has made the wait worthwhile. It has come along way since my first download of 0.7.

  109. Maz August 31st, 2010 2:54 pm

    Guys am trying to add tv shows to it but i don’t see the add source option i am well confused. Quite new to plex any tips?

  110. elan August 31st, 2010 3:42 pm

    Maz: You add sections to your library through the Plex Media Manager. The first time you run there should be a wizard that runs and allows you to add the initial sections.

  111. Louis August 31st, 2010 3:43 pm

    great job.

    update didn’t work (said my 0.8 is current) so I did a new install. now doing all configuration now. good luck to me.

    will order ipad tmr (after apple announcement). can Plex iOS app do keyboard as well? good if i can use ipad as virtual keyboard to search youtube video by keyword.

  112. Louis August 31st, 2010 4:23 pm

    got a problem… media manager cannot load episodes info / thumb, but movie is ok.

    anyone can help.

    - menu is a lot better than 0.8
    - suggest to have a lock function to use ‘quit’ or lock some movies to avoid kids access :)

  113. Trevor Mitchell August 31st, 2010 4:27 pm

    Awesome Program. I love plex and all the changes but I wanted to give some feedback. The TV show scanner is not grabbing fan art / thumbnails for the seasons and the show. also there should be a way to delete movies from the media manager. Also can you hide / show /rename specific items like video plugins?


  114. elan August 31st, 2010 4:36 pm

    @Louis: I think TheTVDB is down :-) That’s one of the cool differences with Plex/Nine, they will scan in, but just not have metadata until the site comes up again.

  115. elan August 31st, 2010 4:37 pm

    @Trevor: I think TheTVDB is down :)

  116. Sean August 31st, 2010 4:56 pm

    Is there any way to manually write for “home videos?” I have a collection of concert and band footage I’ve downloaded, only about half of it is on IMDB. Random stuff from HD channels and older documentaries aren’t there. I dont mind typing the info up myself, but I need a place to do so.

  117. Sean August 31st, 2010 4:57 pm

    Adding another, because I meant to say how awesome everything is so far. Still trying to figure out where everything is, and just starting to play with the iOS app. Very impressed so far.

  118. Karim August 31st, 2010 7:12 pm

    Hey guys,

    GREAT work on the new PLEX. I had been checking the website every hour to make sure I wouldnt miss it and installed it as soon as it came out. Overall, excellent new version! Love the new features.

    I do have one rather large problem though. On a brand new Mac Mini (2GB ram), the media server seems to take a very long time to respond sometimes and the overall interface feels sluggish. For example, when marking movies as already watched, it will regularly take over 5s just to process. Similarly, when browsing my movies list for the first time, the icons will always take over 2-3 seconds to appear.

    Is that a problem with memory or is something else going on? The Mac Mini is running the latest OS and there is nothing else running in the background.


  119. Max August 31st, 2010 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the update, great to play with.
    One little suggestion: what about Spotify-support…?

  120. elan August 31st, 2010 8:04 pm

    @Karim: Is it possible that it’s busy scanning a large library? The first time around, it’s best to let it do its thing as it works hard scanning, analyzing, and procuring metadata for your media.

  121. elan August 31st, 2010 8:04 pm

    @Sean: That didn’t make the cut for the first release, but it’s absolutely planned!

  122. ms August 31st, 2010 8:06 pm

    I can’t add afp shared directories to Plex Media Manager via drag and drop nor the ‘+’ button.

    When clicking on the ‘+’ button and navigating to the share (readynas), none of the directories are displayed. :/

    Good, exciting work; yet still frustrating. There a forum thread or ticket being tracked? Thanks.

  123. norarer August 31st, 2010 8:12 pm

    So.. Will there never be rar support? If not .. i’m one of the guys who will not install it :(

  124. elan August 31st, 2010 8:12 pm

    @ms: We’re tracking this issue via the forums, very strange as AFP shares work for me and others. We’ll keep you posted.

  125. Daniel August 31st, 2010 8:23 pm

    Great work, people!

    One Bug for me: If I start Plex and use my Apple
    IR Remote, Remote won’t work in OS X any longer.

  126. Ron August 31st, 2010 10:32 pm

    I’d like the ability to exclude folders from being scanned. I keep everything I have in 1 big folder, which includes a lot of video tutorials on photoshop, and Plex is assuming each of those tutorials is it’s own movie which ruins the entire movie section. I’d like to either be able to remove movies from the media manager, or be able to say “scan everything in this folder as a movie except these few folders here”.

    That being said, thanks for all the time and hard work.

  127. eduo August 31st, 2010 10:35 pm

    @Black Dragon: “I literally will die without it.”

    You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    I, for one, think players must stop supporting multi-part RAR files. It makes no sense. It’s like asking Apple to officially support running apps from within DMGs.

    There’re valid discussions to have on whether multi-part RAR files are warranted at all in the current scene eco-system. Those discussions belong to their appropriate forums.

    The discussion here is whether for Plex it makes sense to support these, especially since they are never, for any reason, tied to “100% legally obtained” files.

    As multi-part RAR files have absolutely no technical merits unto themselves and exist solely because they simplify scene distribution, it makes no sense to support them in what’s a media manager and media player.

  128. Robert August 31st, 2010 11:47 pm


    Love the new version so far, but here’s one thing:

    There should be an option that takes me directly to “all movies” (or genre, or director, etc.) when I select Movies. In 98% of the times I would like to see all my movies, so I don’t need to see the objects page every time.

  129. Fraser August 31st, 2010 11:58 pm

    Elan, Absolutely love your work here. I was just wondering (and apologies if this has been answered somewhere else), but is there any way to set plex to just scan/display the local metadata on my files (a collection of mov, m4v and mp4 files). My collection has artwork/genre/discriptions/episode info tagged via iTunes and MetaX. Thanks again!

  130. elan September 1st, 2010 12:01 am

    @Fraser, we’re set up to allow this very shortly, we just need to write a metadata agent which reads the MP4 tags. Thanks for the kind words :)

  131. silvarbullet1 September 1st, 2010 12:30 am

    Thanks elan so much and everyone else that has contributed time/effort, I have been checking this page for so long and now it’s HERE!!!
    Thanks :)

  132. Conrad September 1st, 2010 12:41 am

    Awesome… aaand the iphone/ipad app was just what i needed *happy
    1 minor and 1 major complain though:
    Minor: a “VTS_01_0.BUP,VTS_01_0.IFO,VTS_01_1.VOB,VTS_01_2.VOB (etc..)”-moviefolder won’t appear in lib. Bug?
    Major: RAR-support =( This was one of the top 5 features of plex.

  133. elan September 1st, 2010 1:27 am

    @Conrad: Please post (or email me) the full directory/file layout of your DVD movie which won’t scan. Thanks!

  134. eduo September 1st, 2010 1:37 am


    As usual congratulations in the project. I was actually waiting to see what would be Barkley’s appearance in the new icon, to my surprise. First thing I looked at :)

    I see you’re planning a metadata reader for mp4 tags. Currently it seems to me the .nfo metadata is not being read. Since I share my media folders among three different systems I am always trying to find a way to set everything in a way things can work together. Using .nfo files had been so far a good way to achieve this (others: subtitles as separate files with language codes and poster.jpg files).

    Is .NFO part of the plan? If not, maybe a text-based format could be adopted (.PLX) that does the same thing. It would also speed up initial scans enormously, if taken at face value.

  135. Spinoza September 1st, 2010 6:54 am

    Ok ill be the cooler here. I think its good that you introduced all these sorts of scanners and hw acceleration and what not but lets face it how often do you add a library? How often do you admire the low cpu footprint since nvidia does it for you? What I want is simple things like a bloody progress bar when i install a plugin or when a plugin loads something heavy of the web. What i want is to not have to click an extra time to get to my tv shows (there is this first option to search and what not). I want the plugins to work, at least huge ones like youtube…

    I have long enjoyed plex and this is really the first time it bummed. The centralized server thingy is probably a good thing since this has been available on the linux versions forever but still does not most people use a mac mini and thats it? I would easily trade it for that progress bar!

    Rant, rant, rant! I’m done for now, will go watch Buffy on plex/nine now and see if i missed something… ;-D

  136. MikeFL52 September 1st, 2010 9:12 am

    Once I set my NAS servers from SMB to AFP (both in parallel actually) and could therefore see the folders on the servers. I have had a few problems scanning all items:

    About half of my movies (mixture of M4P, AVI & TS Video formats and no covers.
    Only 109 of my 300 artists scanned with amny of the albums missing.
    Only 2 out of 20 TV Series (All M4P formats with Season/Episode SxxExxx naming convention) scanned.

    I have absolutely no idea why this is the case.

    I also noticed there is only one choice in the music for scanning (Last.FM). In Plex 8, I had used allmusic quite successfully. In the pull-down Last.FM seems to be the only choice.

    Lastly in Plex 9 itself there does not appear to be an option to list album (by artist preferably). Maybe I just need to set a preference somewhere but it does not appear as a default option.

    I feel I would like to start over again, can I just remove the servers from the lists under the various sections and run update which should leave everything empty, then manually drag the folders one at a time and carry out updates?

    I also noticed there is only one choice in the music for scxanning (Last.FM). In Plex 8, I had used allmusic quite successfully

  137. ed71 September 1st, 2010 10:25 pm

    Is it possible to manage libraries plex that is on my MacMini from my imac ?

  138. Zpuit September 2nd, 2010 12:40 am

    here plex does shows 0 albums and 0 events using the iPhoto plugin…. I’m running a late 2008 macbook with iphoto ’08…. with iPhoto and plex running locally…

    In iPhoto there are hundreds of events and 25 albums….

    Who has a clue?

  139. Zpuit September 2nd, 2010 12:43 am

    Seems like starting up iPhoto helped it a bit…. please modify my question about clues… it seems to work now

  140. Mpho September 2nd, 2010 3:25 am

    Im in South Africa and i just downloaded the new release. Thanks for all your hard work guys.

  141. ed71 September 2nd, 2010 7:45 pm

    I’m a white screen at startup and nothing else.. what’s happens ?

  142. elan September 2nd, 2010 8:24 pm

    @ed71: hmm, doing this over remote desktop by any chance?

  143. ed71 September 2nd, 2010 8:49 pm

    humm yes, simply run plex by remote desktop seems ok, but:
    - launched before the media library by remote desktop: the covers no longer displayed
    - then, open plex -> white screen

    (Sorry for my bad English!)

  144. Karim Helal September 4th, 2010 9:08 am

    @elan, I’ve let it settle for a few days and made sure it’s not updating the library and unfortunately it still does the same thing (slow to update from within plex). Even worse, when I open plex in another mac on the same network (LAN), it takes over a minute to display the thumbnails :(

  145. elan September 4th, 2010 9:18 am

    @Karim: Right now each Plex client keeps around its own cache, that that’s expected, unfortunately there is “warm-up” time for each client.

  146. Manas Barooah September 4th, 2010 2:42 pm

    I downloaded Plex nine in my Mac Mini.

    As part of the initialization, it did ask me about the Movie library. However I forgot to add my second Movie library.

    Now after installation is complete, I am not able to add my second Movie Library into Plex.

    I don’t see the “add source” option in the “Videos” section. Any idea how to add a folder containing movies to Plex nine.

  147. elan September 4th, 2010 2:46 pm

    @Manas Barooah: All library management is done through the Plex Media Manager now, click the > icon in the menu, select Media Manager, and add as many sections as you’d like.

  148. Karim Helal September 4th, 2010 8:08 pm

    @elan, so how can i force a client to update its cache? I would like to get to a point where Plex client just knows all the movies and all the posters / fanarts are there. Do I have to physically go over each movie or does it happen in the background without me needing to scroll my movie list?

  149. Marz September 4th, 2010 11:31 pm

    No RAR support … totally screw if you have 16 To of compressed files like me.
    Hope this will be back in the futur.

  150. Ron September 5th, 2010 8:55 am


    Great new release!

    Does scrobbling to iTunes still work? I can’t figure out how to do it since the upgrade.

  151. Ezbox September 8th, 2010 12:21 pm

    How does RAR help in Plex when reading video files, I thought video its already compressed or I am missing something?

  152. MrD September 9th, 2010 12:55 pm

    Hi Guys just wanted to give you another shout on how good a start Plex 9 is :)

    after a few days with it now is works amazingly well on my Macpro server streaming to my 3 iMacs and mediaMini. My iPhone and iPad! just all works! (Yes i may be an Apple fanboy but i am now also a Plex fanboy)

    Best moment so far, showing my mum the iPhone app selecting her fave movie and hitting the play on mini and it playing on the big TV!

    Also I have just got it working over the ‘magical’ interweb to my girlfriends iMac (via Logmein Hamachi slightly clunky mac beta) and again what can i say add the source and poof the magic kicks in and she has my sections in her plex!

    Congrats guys and keep up the good work

  153. kramax September 10th, 2010 1:37 am

    First of all: great piece of software folks. It brings almost everything one can hope for.
    One issue though with the Media Manager: files (movies or tv shows) starting with the same name are not handled properly.
    Example: I have one movie released in 1973 and another version released in 2000; 2 files named as follows:
    Media Manager would only find the first movie, and tag it with the infos of the 2nd one!
    The same happens for a tv show.

  154. kramax September 10th, 2010 1:38 am

    First of all: great piece of software folks. It brings almost everything one can hope for.
    One issue though with the Media Manager: files (movies or tv shows) starting with the same name are not handled properly.
    Example: I have one movie released in 1973 and another version released in 2000; 2 files named as follows:
    Media Manager would only find the first movie, and tag it with the infos of the 2nd one!
    The same happens for a tv show.

  155. Patrick September 12th, 2010 4:26 am

    Man this is super sick!

    I haven’t been over to the Plex app site for a while and to see v0.9 is amazing.

    Thanks SO much for all your work :)

  156. Empezar October 18th, 2010 8:54 am

    This is all good etc. But without RAR support I cannot condone this. You guys need to stop living in a fantasy world where legal TV series watching is even possible (it’s not in Sweden). The only way of following a series without having to wait several months for it to be released on Swedish television, is to download. And downloads are in RAR format. Please re-add the RAR support.

    Until you do, I will use XBMC.

  157. dojdel November 1st, 2010 12:12 pm

    Please fix the RAR support!

  158. qnr November 15th, 2010 4:09 am

    Just upgraded to Plex 0.9 only to find out that you dropped RAR support. What a letdown. Converted back to XBMC till that gets fixed (if ever), as I can live quite comfortably without a streaming Server, but not without playing from RAR.

  159. JackF December 4th, 2010 2:51 pm

    RAR-Support has gone, so am I. Rest in peace PLEX.

  160. orly December 14th, 2010 4:37 am

    @Empezar et al: Maybe you should get in touch with reality sometime. Rar is just a compression format, which is completely useless for media. Video/audio you download off the internet is already heavily compressed by means of the specific encoding algorithm (MPEG etc). If you download rar-compressed media, what stops you from decompressing it using something like unrar? Even if you have TBs of rar-compressed content, you can easily decompress it all in one go using the command line.

  161. Gurra February 13th, 2011 3:33 am

    Pretty obvious that it’s convenient to play without having to decompress first. Playing directly from RAR files has always been there. Why remove it?

  162. RARRRR November 17th, 2011 1:18 pm…………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  163. renini November 28th, 2011 1:13 am

    RAR support is such a missing feature… i was about to switch from XBMC to PLEX but now to see there is no RAR support in it.

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