Installing Plex Meta Manager

Generally, Plex Meta Manager can be installed in one of two ways:

  1. Running on a system as a Python script [we will refer to this as a “local” install]

  2. Running as a Docker container

GENERALLY SPEAKING, running as a Docker container is simpler, as you won’t have to be concerned about installing Python, or support libraries, or any possible system conflicts generated by those actions.

For this reason, it’s generally recommended that you install via Docker rather than directly on the host.

If you have some specific reason to avoid Docker, or you prefer running it as a Python script for some particular reason, then this general recommendation is not aimed at you. It’s aimed at someone who doesn’t have an existing compelling reason to choose one over the other.

Install Walkthroughs

The installation overviews on this page are aimed at users who have previous experience of installing services via command-line terminal commands.

For those who need full installation walkthroughs, please refer to the following walkthrough guides:

If you are using unRAID, Kubernetes, QNAP, or Synology refer to the following basic guide to container setup for each system: this doesn’t cover the PMM setup specifics found in the guides above

Local Install Overview

Plex Meta Manager is compatible with Python 3.8 through 3.11. Later versions may function but are untested.

These are high-level steps which assume the user has knowledge of python and pip, and the general ability to troubleshoot issues. For a detailed step-by-step walkthrough, refer to the Local Walkthrough guide.

  1. Clone or download and unzip the repo.

git clone
  1. Install dependencies:

pip install -r requirements.txt
  1. If the above command fails, run the following command:

pip install -r requirements.txt --ignore-installed

At this point Plex Meta Manager has been installed, and you can verify installation by running:


Docker Install Overview

Docker Run:

docker run -it -v <PATH_TO_CONFIG>:/config:rw meisnate12/plex-meta-manager
  • The -it flag allows you to interact with the script when needed (such as for Trakt or MyAnimeList authentication).

  • The -v <PATH_TO_CONFIG>:/config:rw flag mounts the location you choose as a persistent volume to store your files.

    • Change <PATH_TO_CONFIG> to a folder where your config.yml and other files are.

    • The docker image defaults to running the configuration file named config.yml which resides in your persistent volume.

    • If your directory has spaces (such as “My Documents”), place quotation marks around your directory pathing as shown here: -v "<PATH_TO_CONFIG>:/config:rw"

Example Docker Run command:

These docs are assuming you have a basic understanding of Docker concepts. One place to get familiar with Docker would be the official tutorial.

docker run -it -v "X:\Media\Plex Meta Manager\config:/config:rw" meisnate12/plex-meta-manager

Docker Compose:

Example Docker Compose file:

version: "2.1"
    image: meisnate12/plex-meta-manager
    container_name: plex-meta-manager
      - TZ=TIMEZONE #optional
      - /path/to/config:/config
    restart: unless-stopped


A Dockerfile is included within the GitHub repository for those who require it, although this is only suggested for those with knowledge of dockerfiles. The official Plex Meta Manager build is available on the Dockerhub Website.

Runtime flags and ENV vars

Plex Meta Manager’s behavior can be modified in a variety of ways using either runtime flags or environnment variables. These flags and vars are detailed here.

For example, this docker-compose would create a container that runs immediately upon start (rather than waiting until 5AM), uses a particular config file, processes only overlays on only one library, and exits when done:

version: "2.1"
    image: meisnate12/plex-meta-manager
    container_name: plex-meta-manager
      - PMM_RUN=true
      - PMM_CONFIG=/config/special-config.yml
      - PMM_OVERLAYS=true
      - PMM_LIBRARIES=Movies
      - /path/to/config:/config