In 2018, Plex ended official plugin support. That broke lots of plugins off the rip, while making others a lot harder to use.
Since then, Plex has only continued to phase out plugins, and some developers have gotten tired of updating their apps just to keep them working with Plex.
However, there are some useful plugins that are still compatible with Plex. Here are the ones we’ve found.
WebTools gives you the ability to manage all kinds of nitty gritty aspects of your Plex setup, from viewing your log tools, to tracking down media that hasn’t been synced, to managing subtitles.
But most importantly, it also gives you access to the Unsupported App Store (UAS), which is the easiest way to install Plex plugins now that official plugin support has been removed.
Kitana was created in response to Plex’s decision to stop supporting subtitles. That decision pretty much broke Sub-Zero (one of our next picks), but Kitana was able to fix it.
And now Kitana’s become a way to manage numerous other plugins, using either your computer or your smartphone. Like WebTools, that makes Kitana helpful – or even necessary – for using some of the other plugins on our list.
Trakt.tv is a site that allows you to track all of the movies and TV shows you watch across a variety of devices and streaming services, including Plex, Kodi, and even Netflix. It’ll then recommend to you new stuff to watch based on your viewing history and how you rate the movies or shows you’ve already seen.
You can even follow people and see what they’re watching or recommend. However, you will need Trakt VIP to fully use it with Plex, which costs $30 per year.
Sub-Zero is perfect for all things subtitles – and far surpasses Plex’s native capabilities. It pulls subtitles from a larger number of sources (nearly a dozen!), so you’ll be able to find higher quality subs for whatever it is you’re trying to watch. This works for both new and existing content, by the way.
Plus, you can customize the size, color, and timing of the actual subtitle’s text.
But there is a catch. Now that Plex blocks plugins from using their own UI, you’ll now need to pair Sub-Zero with Kitana – or move on to Bazaar (discussed below).Download Sub-Zero.
If you’ve downloaded torrents or Usenet files in the past, you’ve probably noticed how wonky the file names can be, with all kinds of info mashed into a long string of text.
And it’s kinda tedious to go through cleaning up and renaming all of those individual movies and TV show episodes.
That’s where FileBot comes in. It’ll go through and fix your file names automatically by crosschecking them against media databases, like TheMovieDB, TheTVDB, and AniDB. Not only will this make things look better, it’ll make the files work better in Plex.
Note: FileBot does require you to pay for a license at $6 per year or $48 lifetime.Download FileBot.
Bazaar offers many of the same features as Sub-Zero, including the ability to find and add/upgrade the highest quality subtitles. In fact, Bazaar searches even more subtitle databases.
However, Bazaar needs to be combined with the automation programs Sonarr and Radarr, and it’ll only work for the movies and series you download through them. If you don’t already use Sonarr/Radarr, you’ll either need to set them up – or stick with Sub-Zero.Download Bazarr.
ExportTools can export your whole Plex library into a handy .csv, .xls, or .m3u8 – and even sort them into separate lists for movies and TV shows. If you want, you can also include info like release year, genre, and more.
This file can then be opened using Excel, LibreOffice, etc.
It’s a great way to show people the contents of your server without giving them access, but it’s also handy for organizing and managing your server’s library.
Note: A more advanced tool, WebTools-NG, is currently in beta.Download ExportTools.
Do other people use your Plex server? Then you’re probably going to want Tautulli.
It gives you access to a wide range of statistics and lets you keep track of server activity, like when, what, how, and who streamed content. This data can be checked both from your computer and mobile devices.
Plus, you can set up notifications or newsletters to be sent out automatically when you add new stuff to the server.Download Tautulli.
Ombi is another plugin worth looking at for shared server owners.
It allows other users on your server to make requests for content. You can manage these requests manually, or you can allow specific users to have their requests automatically approved.
From there, the content will be grabbed from your DVR app, Sonarr, Lidarr, etc. and pushed to Plex, where the requester can watch it.
Ombi keeps your server members happy and adds new content for everyone’s enjoyment, with minimal fuss on your end.Download Ombi.
If you happen to run multiple Plex servers, Plex-Synce is a handy tool to have.
It lets you sync watched status from one server to another, so you or another user can start watching a movie or TV series on one server and pick up where you left off on another.Download Plex-Sync.
If you’re not satisfied with the current Plex interface or customization options, give OpenPHT a try.
It provides new ways to change the look of your streaming experience, including skins and screensavers.Download OpenPHT.
It’s impossible to say for sure how long these plugins will keep working, so grab them while you have the chance! They still provide some great options for users who want more control over their Plex server(s).
Are there any other working plugins that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments!