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Image Asset Directory Guide

The Image Asset Directories can be used to update the posters and backgrounds of collections, movies, shows, seasons, and episodes.

You can specify your asset folders under the settings attribute asset_directory:

Important

Assets can be stored anywhere on the host system that PMM has visibility of (i.e. if using docker, the directory must be mounted/visible to the docker container).

For the sake of this document, we will assume that your assets folders are all based within the directory mapped to config within your PMM environment.

settings:
  asset_directory: config/assets

To use multiple Image Asset Directories specify the directories as a YAML list:

settings:
  asset_directory:
    - config/assets
    - config/more_assets
    - config/assets_ahoy
  • You can specify an Image Asset Directory per Metadata/Playlist/Overlay File when calling the file. See File Blocks for how to define them.

  • By default [if no asset_directory is specified], the program will look in the same folder as your config.yml for a folder called assets.

Applying assets

Assets can be applied to collections [managed or unmanaged], playlists, and media items [movies, shows, seasons, and episodes].

Managed Collection and Playlist assets are applied whenever that collection/playlist is run. You do not have to specifically enable assets for these items; PMM will always search for and apply them.

Item [movie/show/etc] assets and Unmanaged Collections assets have to be specifically enabled before PMM will search for and apply them. Do this by enabling the assets_for_all Library Operation:

Movies:
  operations:
    assets_for_all: true
  • If you want to silence the Asset Warning: No poster or background found in an assets folder for 'TITLE' you can use the show_missing_assets Setting Attribute:
    settings:
      show_missing_assets: false
    

Asset interaction with overlays

If a media item has an asset associated with it, that asset image is taken as the source of truth for what artwork the item should have, and the overlay pipeline will no longer download and back up the base artwork from Plex. Using the Asset Directory to assign custom art is the simplest and safest way to ensure that the overlay pipeline doesn't unexpectedly overwrite your custom artwork in Plex.

Asset Naming

The table below shows the asset folder path structures that will be searched for. There are two options for how Plex Meta Manager looks at the files inside your Asset Directories. Choose an option with the asset_folders Setting Attribute. Note that asset_folders is a toggle; you can't put some images in folders and some not in a context where it is enabled.

Assets can be stored anywhere on the host system that PMM has visibility of (i.e. if using docker, the directory must be mounted/visible to the docker container).

Important

The below table assumes that your assets are stored within the directory mapped to config in your PMM environment.

Image Type Asset Folders Image Paths
asset_folders: true
Flat Assets Image Paths
asset_folders: false
Collection/Movie/Show poster <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/poster.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME.ext
Collection/Movie/Show background <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/background.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME_background.ext
Season poster <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/Season##.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME_Season##.ext
Season background <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/Season##_background.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME_Season##_background.ext
Episode poster <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/S##E##.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME_S##E##.ext
Episode background <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME/S##E##_background.ext <path_to_assets>/ASSET_NAME_S##E##_background.ext
  • For Collections replace ASSET_NAME with the mapping name used with the collection unless name_mapping is specified, which you would then use what's specified in name_mapping.

For example:

collections:
  A24 Movies:
    trakt_list: https://trakt.tv/users/moonilism/lists/a24
ASSET_NAME is "A24 Movies"

/// < : ** : > \\\:
   name_mapping: crazy-punctuation-collection
   trakt_list: https://trakt.tv/users/moonilism/lists/a24
ASSET_NAME is "crazy-punctuation-collection"

  • For Movies replace ASSET_NAME with the exact name of the folder the video file is stored in.

For example, given this movie:

/path/to/media/movies/Star Wars (1977)/Star Wars (1977) [1080p].mp4
                      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ -- THIS IS ASSET_NAME
The asset names that PMM will look for are:

ASSET_FOLDERS=True:

config/assets/Star Wars (1977)/poster.ext
config/assets/Star Wars (1977)/background.ext

ASSET_FOLDERS=False:

config/assets/Star Wars (1977).ext
config/assets/Star Wars (1977)_background.ext

  • For Shows, Seasons, and Episodes replace ASSET_NAME with the exact name of the folder for the show as a whole.

For example, given this show:

/path/to/media/tv/The Expanse (2015)/Season 01/The Expanse (2015) - S01E01 - Dulcinea.mkv
                  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ -- THIS IS ASSET_NAME
The asset names that PMM will look for are:

ASSET_FOLDERS=True:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/poster.ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/background.ext

ASSET_FOLDERS=False:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015).ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)_background.ext

  • For Seasons replace ## with the zero padded season number (00 for specials)

For example, given this show:

/path/to/media/tv/The Expanse (2015)/Season 01/The Expanse (2015) - S01E01 - Dulcinea.mkv

The asset names that PMM will look for are:

ASSET_FOLDERS=True:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/Season01.ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/Season01_background.ext

ASSET_FOLDERS=False:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015)_Season01.ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)_Season01_background.ext

  • For Episodes replacing the first ## with the zero padded season number (00 for specials), the second ## with the zero padded episode number

For example, given this show:

/path/to/media/tv/The Expanse (2015)/Season 01/The Expanse (2015) - S01E01 - Dulcinea.mkv

The asset names that PMM will look for are:

ASSET_FOLDERS=True:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/S01E01.ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)/S01E01_background.ext

ASSET_FOLDERS=False:

config/assets/The Expanse (2015)_S01E01.ext
config/assets/The Expanse (2015)_S01E01_background.ext

  • Replace .ext with the image extension

  • When asset_folders is set to true movie/show folders can be nested inside other folders, but you must specify how deep you want to search because the more levels to search the longer it takes.

  • You can specify how deep you want to scan by using the asset_depth Setting Attribute.

Here's an example config folder structure with an assets directory with asset_folders set to true and false.

Asset Folders asset_folders: true

config
├── config.yml
├── Movies.yml
├── TV Shows.yml
└── assets
    ├── The Lord of the Rings
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   └── background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   └── background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers (2002)
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   └── background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King (2003)
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   └── background.png
    ├── Star Wars (Animated)
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   └── background.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars
    │   ├── poster.png
    │   ├── background.png
    │   ├── Season00.png
    │   ├── Season01.png
    │   ├── Season02.png
    │   ├── Season03.png
    │   ├── Season04.png
    │   ├── Season05.png
    │   ├── Season06.png
    │   ├── Season07.png
    │   ├── S07E01.png
    │   ├── S07E02.png
    │   ├── S07E03.png
    │   ├── S07E04.png
    │   └── S07E05.png
    └── Star Wars Rebels
        ├── poster.png
        ├── background.png
        ├── Season01.png
        ├── Season01_background.png
        ├── Season02.png
        ├── Season02_background.png
        ├── Season03.png
        ├── Season03_background.png
        ├── Season04.png
        └── Season04_background.png

Flat Assets asset_folders: false

config
├── config.yml
├── Movies.yml
├── TV Shows.yml
└── assets
    ├── The Lord of the Rings.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings_background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)_background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers (2002).png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers (2002)_background.png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King (2003).png
    ├── The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King (2003)_background.png
    ├── Star Wars (Animated).png
    ├── Star Wars (Animated)_background.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_background.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season00.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season01.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season02.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season03.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season04.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season05.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season06.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_Season07.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_S07E01.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_S07E02.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_S07E03.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_S07E04.png
    ├── Star Wars The Clone Wars_S07E05.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_background.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season01.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season01_background.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season02.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season02_background.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season03.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season03_background.png
    ├── Star Wars Rebels_Season04.png
    └── Star Wars Rebels_Season04_background.png