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Collection Defaults

There are many Default Collection Files built into PMM itself which offer an easy-to-use and customizable set of Collections that the user can achieve without having to worry about creating the files that makes the collections possible.

This is the simplest way to create Collections using Plex Meta Manager.

Collections

These files can generally be used on both Movie and Show library-types, or are part of a category of collection (such as Award Shows.)

These collections are applied by calling the below paths into the collection_files section of your config.yml

Award Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Award Separator separator_award Award Collections
Academy Awards (Oscars) oscars Oscars Best Picture Winners, Oscars Best Director Winners, Oscars 2022
Berlin International Film Festival Awards berlinale Berlinale Golden Bears, Berlinale 2021
British Academy of Film Awards bafta BAFTA Best Films, BAFTA 2021
Cannes Film Festival Awards cannes Cannes Golden Palm Winners, Cannes 2018
César Awards cesar César Best Film Winners, César 2018
Critics Choice Awards choice Critics Choice Best Picture Winners, Critics Choice Awards 2020
Emmy Awards emmy Emmys Best in Category Winners, Emmys 2021
Golden Globe Awards golden Golden Globes Best Picture Winners, Golden Globes Best Director Winners, Golden Globe 2019
Independent Spirit Awards spirit Spirit Best Feature Winners, Independent Spirit Awards 2021
National Film Registry nfr National Film Registry All Time, National Film Registry 2021
People's Choice Awards pca People's Choice Award Winners, People's Choice Awards 2022
Razzie Awards razzie Razzies Golden Raspberry Winners, Razzie 2023
Screen Actors Guild Awards sag Screen Actors Guild Award Winners, Screen Actors Guild 2021
Sundance Film Festival Awards sundance Sundance Grand Jury Winners, Sundance Film Festival 2017
Toronto International Film Festival Awards tiff Toronto People's Choice Award, Toronto International Film Festival 2020
Venice Film Festival Awards venice Venice Golden Lions, Venice 2023

Chart Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Chart Separator separator_chart Chart Collections
Basic Charts basic Newly Released, New Episodes
Tautulli Charts1 tautulli Plex Popular, Plex Watched
IMDb Charts imdb IMDb Popular, IMDb Top 250
TMDb Charts tmdb TMDb Popular, TMDb Airing Today
Trakt Charts2 trakt Trakt Popular, Trakt Trending
FlixPatrol Charts flixpatrol Top Disney, Top Max, Top Hulu, Top Netflix
AniList Charts anilist AniList Popular, AniList Season
MyAnimeList Charts myanimelist MyAnimeList Popular, MyAnimeList Top Rated
Other Charts other_chart AniDB Popular, Common Sense Selection

1 Requires Tautulli Authentication

2 Requires Trakt Authentication

Content Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Genres genre Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Franchises Movie/Show franchise Star Wars: Skywalker Saga, Godzilla (Anime)
Universes universe Marvel Cinematic Universal, Wizarding World
Based On... based Based on a Book, Based on a True Story
Collectionless collectionless Collectionless

Content Rating Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
US Content Ratings Movie/Show content_rating_us G, PG, NC-17
UK Content Ratings content_rating_uk U, PG, 12A
DE Content Ratings content_rating_de Films 12, Films 16, Films 18
MyAnimeList Content Ratings content_rating_mal G, PG, PG-13, R, R+, Rx
Common Sense Media Content Ratings content_rating_cs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17, 18

Location Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Countries Movie/Show country Belgium, India
Regions Movie/Show region Iberia, Balkans
Continents Movie/Show continent Asia, North America

Media Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Aspect Ratios aspect 1.33, 1.65, 1.78, 1.85, 2.77
Resolutions resolution 4K Movies, 1080p Movies, 720p Movies
Audio Languages audio_language French Audio, Korean Audio
Subtitle Languages subtitle_language German Subtitles, Swedish Subtitles

Production Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Networks network Disney Channel, Lifetime
Streaming streaming Disney+ Movies, Max Shows
Studios studio DreamWorks Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

People Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Actors actor Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie
Directors director Steven Spielberg (Director), Olivia Wilde (Director)
Producers producer James Cameron (Producer), Reese Witherspoon (Producer)
Writers writer James Cameron (Writer), Lilly Wachowski (Writer)

Time Collections

Default Path Example Collections Works with Movies Works with Shows
Seasonal seasonal Easter, Christmas
Years year Best of 2010, Best of 2019
Decades Movie/Show decade Best of 2012, Best of 2022

Configurations

To run a default pmm Metadata file you can simply add it to your collection_files using pmm like so:

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: actor
      - pmm: genre

Separators

Most Metadata files use separators to denote different sections of collection like actor collections vs studio collections.

Chart Separator and Award Separator each have their own file, while the other Separators are part of their respective files.

Click to expand to see an example of Separators. ![](images/separators.jpg)

Library On/Off

Chart Separators are turned On by default (except seasonal), to turn the Separators On/Off on a per Library basis.

libraries:
  LIBRARYNAME:
    template_variables:
      use_separator: false
    collection_files:
      - pmm: actor
      - pmm: genre

Collection Section Order

All Default Collection Files have a collection_section attribute. These attributes determine the order of the various sections and can be set by customizing your config.

For example: collection_section: 01 translates to sort_title: "!<<collection_section>><<pre>><<order_<<key>>>><<sort>>" and so for genre if you have a Fantasy collection, plex is going to show !06_Fantasy

This is the default PMM collection ordering:

Collection Collection Section
seasonal 000
basic 010
anilist 020
imdb 020
flixpatrol 020
myanimelist 020
other_chart 020
tautulli 020
tmdb 020
trakt 020
streaming 030
universe 040
network 050
genre 060
studio 070
country 080
region 081
continent 082
based 085
audio_language 090
subtitle_language 095
decade 100
year 105
content_rating_us 110
content_rating_uk 110
content_rating_de 110
content_rating_mal 110
content_rating_cs 110
resolution 120
aspect 125
bafta 130
berlinale 130
cannes 130
cesar 130
choice 130
emmy 130
golden 130
oscars 130
spirit 130
nfr 130
pca 130
razzie 130
sundance 130
tiff 130
venice 130
actor 140
director 150
producer 160
writer 170

Customizing Configs

Configs can be customized using the template_variables attribute when calling the file. These template_variables will be given to every template call in the file which allows them to affect how that file runs.

This example changes the ratings overlay to work on episodes.

libraries:
  TV Shows:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: imdb
        template_variables:
          use_popular: false
          use_lowest: false
          visible_library_top: true
          visible_home_top: true
          visible_shared_top: true

Each file has a page on the wiki showing the available template_variables for each file. For example the default pmm: genre has a page here.

In addition to the defined template_variables almost all default Metadata files have access to the Shared Variables.

Examples

For example if you want yearly oscar collections that go back 10 years instead of 5 all of which gets sent to radarr use the data and radarr_add_missing template variables.

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: oscars
        template_variables:
          radarr_add_missing: true
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest

Or maybe you want to change the number of actor collections made using pmm: actor.

libraries:
  Movies:
    overlay_files:
      - pmm: actor
        template_variables:
          collection_mode: hide
          data:
            depth: 5
            limit: 50

Or maybe you want to change the collection sort order of the genre collections using pmm: genre.

libraries:
  Movies:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: genre
        template_variables:
          collection_section: 11

Or maybe you want to disable separators globally per library.

libraries:
  LIBRARYNAME:
    template_variables:
      use_separator: false
    collection_files:
      - ...

Alternatively it can be turned off individually per git file:

libraries:
  LIBRARYNAME:
    collection_files:
      - pmm: <file1>    # separator is disabled
        template_variables:
          use_separator: false
      - pmm: <file2>    # separator is enabled by default
      - pmm: <file3>    # separator is disabled
        template_variables:
          use_separator: false

Example Configuration File

Sample config.yml file (click to expand)
libraries:
  Movies:                                           # Must match a library name in your Plex
    report_path: config/missing/Movies_missing.yml
    template_variables:
      sep_style: purple                               # use the purple separators globally for this library
      collection_mode: hide                         # hide the collections within the "library" tab in Plex.
      placeholder_imdb_id: tt8579674                # 1917 (2019) placeholder id for the separators, avoids a plex bug.
    collection_files:
      - pmm: separator_award                          # An "index card"
      - pmm: bafta                                    # BAFTA Awards
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: golden                                   # Golden Globes Awards
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: oscars                                   # The Oscars
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: separator_chart                          # An "index card"
      - pmm: basic                                    # Some basic chart collections
      - pmm: tmdb                                     # TMDb Charts (Popular, Trending, etc.)
      - pmm: audio_language                           # English, French, Arabic, German, etc. audio language 
      - pmm: resolution                               # 4K HDR, 1080P FHD, etc. with the standards style 
        template_variables:
          style: standards
      - pmm: studio                                   # DreamWorks Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd, etc.
      - pmm: seasonal                                 # Christmas, Halloween, etc.
        template_variables:                           # Disable any US-specific seasonal collections
          schedule_independence: never
          schedule_thanksgiving: never
          schedule_memorial: never
          schedule_labor: never
      - pmm: streaming                                # Streaming on Disney+, Netflix, etc.
        template_variables:
          originals_only: true                      # Only create collections for Original Content (i.e. Netflix Originals)
      - pmm: universe                                 # Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wizarding World, etc.

    remove_overlays: false                          # Set to true if you want to remove overlays
    reapply_overlays: false                         # If you are doing a lot of testing and changes like me, keep this to true to always reapply overlays - can cause image bloat
    #reset_overlays: tmdb                           # if you want to reset the poster to default poster from tmdb - can cause image bloat

    overlay_files:
      - pmm: audio_codec                              # FLAC, DTS-X, TrueHD, etc. style: standard/compact. compact is default
      - pmm: resolution                               # 4K HDR, 1080P FHD, etc.
      - pmm: ribbon                                   # Used for ribbon in bottom right
      - pmm: streaming                                # Streaming on Disney+, Netflix, etc.
      - pmm: video_format                             # Remux, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. in bottom left
    settings:
      asset_directory:
        - config/assets

    operations:
      split_duplicates: false
      assets_for_all: false

  TV Shows:                                         # Must match a library name in your Plex
    report_path: config/missing/TV_missing.yml
    template_variables:
      sep_style: plum                               # use the plum separators globally for this library
      collection_mode: hide                         # hide the collections within the "library" tab in Plex.
      placeholder_imdb_id: tt1190634                # The Boys (2019) placeholder id for the separators, avoids a plex bug.
    collection_files:
      - pmm: separator_award                          # An "index card"
      - pmm: bafta                                    # BAFTA Awards
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: golden                                   # Golden Globes Awards
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: oscars                                   # The Oscars
        template_variables:                           # Show collections from latest-10 onwards.
          data:
            starting: latest-10
            ending: latest
      - pmm: separator_chart                          # An "index card"
      - pmm: basic                                    # Some basic chart collections
      - pmm: tmdb                                     # TMDb Charts (Popular, Trending, etc.)
      - pmm: audio_language                           # English, French, Arabic, German, etc. audio language 
      - pmm: resolution                               # 4K HDR, 1080P FHD, etc. with the standards style 
        template_variables:
          style: standards
      - pmm: network                                  # ABC, CBC, NBC, FOX, etc.
      - pmm: streaming                                # Streaming on Disney+, Netflix, etc.
        template_variables:
          originals_only: true                      # Only create collections for Original Content (i.e. Netflix Originals)
    remove_overlays: false                          # Set to true if you want to remove overlays
    reapply_overlays: false                         # If you are doing a lot of testing and changes like me, keep this to true to always reapply overlays - can cause image bloat
    #reset_overlays: tmdb                           # if you want to reset the poster to default poster from tmdb - can cause image bloat
    overlay_files:
      - pmm: audio_codec                              # FLAC, DTS-X, TrueHD, etc. on show and episode
      - pmm: audio_codec
        template_variables:
          builder_level: episode
      - pmm: episode_info                             # S##E## information in bottom right on episode
        template_variables:
          builder_level: episode
      - pmm: resolution                               # 4K HDR, 1080P FHD, etc. on show, episode, and season
      - pmm: resolution
        template_variables:
          builder_level: episode
      - pmm: resolution
        template_variables:
          builder_level: season
      - pmm: ribbon                                   # Used for ribbon in bottom right on show
      - pmm: status                                   # Airing, Returning, Ended, Canceled on show
      - pmm: versions                                 # Will show duplicates for that media item on show and episode
      - pmm: versions                                 
        template_variables:
          builder_level: episode
      - pmm: video_format                             # Remux, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. in bottom left on show, episode, and season
      - pmm: video_format
        template_variables:
          builder_level: episode
    settings:
      asset_directory:
        - config/assets

    operations:
      split_duplicates: false
      assets_for_all: false
playlist_files:
  - pmm: playlist
    template_variables:
      libraries: Movies, TV Shows                       # Must match the names of your libraries in Plex.