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Scheduling Parts of PMM

Plex Meta Manager allows you to schedule libraries, files, overlays, operations, and more so that runs can be tailored to suit your needs.

This is particularly handy for users who have a lot of libraries or run a lot of Metadata/Operations on their libraries.

IMPORTANT:

These schedules do not trigger PMM to run; they control what PMM will do if it happens to be running at the scheduled time. weekly(sunday), for example, does not mean "run PMM on Sunday to do this thing"; it means "If PMM is running, and it's Sunday, do this thing".

The scheduling options are:

Name Description Format Example
Hourly Update only when the script is run in that hour or hour range hourly(Hour of Day)
hourly(Start Hour-End Hour)
hourly(17)
hourly(17-04)
Daily Update once a day daily daily
Weekly Update once a week on the specified days (For multiple days, use a bar-separated (|) list) weekly(Days of Week) weekly(sunday)
weekly(sunday|tuesday)
Monthly Update once a month on the specified day monthly(Day of Month) monthly(1)
Yearly Update once a year on the specified day yearly(MM/DD) yearly(01/30)
Range Updates whenever the date is within the range (For multiple ranges, use a bar-separated (|) list) range(MM/DD-MM/DD) range(12/01-12/31)
range(8/01-8/15|9/01-9/15)
Never Never updates never never
Non Existing Updates if it doesn't exist non_existing non_existing
All Requires that all comma separated scheduling options inside its brackets be meet in order to run all[Options] all[weekly(sunday), hourly(17)]
  • daily is the default when schedule is not specified.
  • You can run the script multiple times per day but using the --time command line argument detailed on the Run Commands & Environmental Variables Page.
  • You can have multiple scheduling options as a list.
  • You can use the delete_not_scheduled setting to delete Collections that are skipped due to not being scheduled.

Examples

Scheduling a Library

Uses the schedule Library Attribute to set when a library will be run.

Other schedule rules for files, overlays, collections, and any other attribute that can be scheduled must also be met.

Example

Below is an example of a library which has been scheduled to run every Sunday.

libraries:
  Movies:
    schedule: weekly(sunday)
    collection_files:
      - file: config/Movies.yml
      - pmm: imdb
      - pmm: studio
      - pmm: genre
      - pmm: actor
    operations:
      mass_critic_rating_update: tmdb
Scheduling Collection, Playlist, and Metadata Files

Uses the schedule Block Attribute to set when a file will be run.

Other schedule rules for collections and any other attribute that can be scheduled must also be met.

Example

Collection Files, Playlist Files, and Metadata Files can all be individually scheduled, as seen below where different files are scheduled to run on each day of the week:

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - file: config/Movies.yml
        schedule: weekly(monday)
      - pmm: imdb
        schedule: weekly(tuesday)
      - folder: config/Movies/
        schedule: weekly(wednesday)
      - pmm: genre
        schedule: weekly(thursday)
      - pmm: actor
        schedule: weekly(friday)
    metadata_files:
      - file: config/metadata.yml
        schedule: weekly(saturday)
playlist_files:
  - file: config/Playlists.yml
    schedule: weekly(sunday)
Scheduling Overlays

Uses the schedule_overlays Library Attribute to set when overlays will run for a library.

Note: Overlay Files cannot be individually Scheduled, all Overlay Files must be scheduled for the same period.

Example

In the Example below overlays will only be run weekly on Saturday.

libraries:
  Movies:
    schedule_overlays: weekly(saturday)
    overlay_files:
      - pmm: audio_codec
      - pmm: resolution
      - pmm: video_format
Scheduling Individual Collections

Uses the schedule Definition Setting to set when this collection will run.

Example

Below is an example of a collection which has been scheduled to run on a Sunday. In this scenario, if you run PMM on a Monday, this collection will be skipped but any other collections which do not have a scheduled defined will be run.

collections:
  TMDb Trending Weekly:
    tmdb_trending_weekly: 30
    sync_mode: sync
    schedule: weekly(sunday)
  TMDb Top Rated:
    tmdb_top_rated: 30
    sync_mode: sync
    schedule: 
     - monthly(1)
     - monthly(15)
Scheduling Operation Blocks

Each Operation Block can use the schedule Definition Setting to set when that block will run.

Example

This example shows just one Operation Block scheduled weekly on fridays.

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: imdb
    operations:
      schedule: weekly(friday)
      mass_critic_rating_update: tmdb
      split_duplicates: true

This example shows 2 Operation Blocks each with a differnet schedule.

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: imdb
    operations:
      - schedule: weekly(friday)
        mass_critic_rating_update: tmdb
      - schedule: weekly(saturday)
        split_duplicates: true
Scheduling Pinning Collections

Uses the visible_library, visible_home, or visible_shared Collection Metadata Update to have collections be "pinned" to your home screen while scheduled.

Example

In this example, the collection will be pinned to your home screen for the month of December and on January 1st will no longer be pinned (you must run PMM on 1st January for the removal of the pin to happen)

collections:
  Christmas Movies:
    imdb_list: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls000096828/
    sync_mode: sync
    visible_home: range(12/01-12/31)