Metadata files are used to create and maintain collections and metadata within the Plex libraries on the server.
If utilized to their fullest, these files can be used to maintain the entire server’s collections and metadata, and can be used as a backup for these in the event of a restore requirement.
Collections, templates, metadata, and dynamic collections are defined within one or more Metadata files, which are linked to libraries in the Libraries Attribute within the Configuration File.
These are the attributes which can be used within the Metadata File:
contains definitions of templates that can be leveraged by multiple collections
contains path types that point to external templates that can be leveraged by multiple collections
contains definitions of collections you wish to add to one or more libraries
contains definitions of dynamic collections you wish to create
contains definitions of metadata changes to movie, show, or music library’s items [movie titles, episode descriptions, etc.]
dynamic_collectionsmust be present for the Metadata File to execute.
Example Metadata Files can be found in the Plex Meta Manager Configs Repository
Plex Meta Manager can run a number of different operations within
collections and such as:
Automatically build and update collections and playlists
Sync the collection with the source list if one is used
Send missing media to Sonarr/Radarr (Lidarr not supported at this time)
Show and Hide collections at set intervals (i.e. show Christmas collections in December only)
Each collection requires its own section within the
collections attribute and unlike playlists, collections can be built using as many Builders as needed.
collections: Trending Movies: # ... builders, details, and filters for this collection Popular Movies: # ... builders, details, and filters for this collection etc: # ... builders, details, and filters for this collection
There are multiple types of attributes that can be utilized within a collection:
collections: Trending: trakt_trending: 10 tmdb_trending_daily: 10 tmdb_trending_weekly: 10 sort_title: +1_Trending sync_mode: sync smart_label: random summary: Movies Trending across the internet Popular: tmdb_popular: 40 imdb_list: url: https://www.imdb.com/search/title/?title_type=feature,tv_movie,documentary,short limit: 40 sort_title: +2_Popular sync_mode: sync smart_label: random summary: Popular Movies across the internet
Dynamic Collection Attributes¶
Plex Meta Manager can dynamically create collections based on a verity of different criteria, such as
Collections for the top
Xpopular people on TMDb (Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks etc.)
Collections for each decade represented in the library (Best of 1990s, Best of 2000s etc.)
Collections for each of the moods/styles within a Music library (A Cappella, Pop Rock etc.)
Collections for each of a Trakt Users Lists.
Below is an example dynamic collection which will create a collection for each of the decades represented within the library:
dynamic_collections: Decades: type: decade
Plex Meta Manager can automatically update items in Plex Movie, Show, and Music Libraries based on what’s defined within the
Each metadata requires its own section within the
metadata attribute. Each item is defined by the mapping name which must be the same as the item name in the library unless an
alt_title is specified.
metadata: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II: # ... details to change for this item Godzilla vs. Megaguirus: # ... details to change for this item Godzilla vs. Megalon: # ... details to change for this item Halloween (Rob Zombie): # ... details to change for this item etc: # ... details to change for this item
Title, Year, & Edition¶
YAML files cannot have two items with the same mapping name so if you have two movies with the same name you define each one with a name of your choosing. Then use the
title attribute to specify the real title and the
edition_filter attribute to specify which of the multiple movies is for this mapping.
metadata: Godzilla1: title: Godzilla year: 1954 content_rating: R Godzilla2: title: Godzilla year: 1998 content_rating: PG-13 Godzilla3: title: Godzilla year: 1954 edition_filter: Extended content_rating: R
edition_filter only works with Movies
To define an alternative title that the item may be called when searching use
alt_title. When a title is found matching
alt_title then the name of the itme will be changed to match the mapping name or
title if specified.
For Example, the 2007 movie Halloween shares a name with another movie in the Halloween franchise so this changes the title to
Halloween (Rob Zombie) if the title is currently Halloween.
metadata: Halloween (Rob Zombie): alt_title: Halloween year: 2007
metadata: Godzilla1: title: Godzilla year: 1954 content_rating: R Godzilla2: title: Godzilla year: 1998 content_rating: PG-13 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II: content_rating: PG Godzilla vs. Megaguirus: content_rating: PG originally_available: 2000-08-31 Godzilla vs. Megalon: content_rating: G originally_available: 1973-03-17 Halloween (Rob Zombie): alt_title: Halloween year: 2007