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✨ Welcome to the Alfred Plex repository: An Alfred Workflow


✅ Prerequisites

  • MacOS.
  • Alfred 5. Note that the Alfred Powerpack is required to use workflows.
  • An access to a plex media server.
  • Requires python 3.8 or above.

⬇️ Installation

  1. Download the workflow.
  2. Double click the .alfredworkflow file to install.

🏎️ Plex API

This workflow uses the Python-PlexAPI but doesn't cover all capabilities of this tool. If you see a good feature from the Python-PlexAPI that can be incorporated in this workflow, please let me know by opening an issue or sending a pull request.

🧰 Setup the workflow

Install Python 3.8 or above. Check your version with:

python --version

🧙‍♂️ Invoke the workflow

Launch the menu with plex. You can edit this trigger in the Workflow Configuration panel.

The workflow is divided in 6 parts :

  1. Search medias throughout your servers.
  2. Search medias using discover.
  3. Manage your plex accounts.
  4. Manage servers and perform actions.
  5. Manage presets to rapidly search medias.
  6. Workflow configuration + filter & sort options.


To use this workflow, you need to add server(s).In order to do so, you must connect to an account that have access to a plex media server with your credentials. If you're not the owner of the server, you won't have access to the server settings.

Go to the Plex Account section to know more on how to manage your accounts.

🤖 Usage of the workflow

Plex Search : Search medias throughout your servers

1. Simple search

In this mode, you search medias on your servers directly by typing your request. You can optionally add a / followed by one of the following media types: track, album, artist, collection, actor, director, genre, movie, photo, photoalbum, playlist, show, episode, clip.

Link to the Python-PlexAPI documentation.


2. Advance search

In this mode, you search medias on your library sections. To enter this mode, you can use filters and/or advanced filters.

To know how to use them, go to the section : Plex Help.

Link to the Python-PlexAPI documentation.

The following example libtype=movie/decade=1980/country=france returns movies released between 1980 and 1990 in the country France.


3. Actions on medias

The following actions can be configured in the user configuration panel

  1. Nested search. Press on one of the following media types: actor, director, collection, artist, album, genre, show, season, to trigger a nested search.
  2. Open the media on the web. Simply press to open the media on plex. Not available for genre media type.
  3. Stream the media with VLC / IINA. This is only available for the following media types: movie, episode, clip, track, album. Press to open the media in VLC / IINA. It requires VLC 3.0+ or IINA 1.0.0+ and the corresponding cli. See below to know how to install the cli. If you have multiple versions of the same movie, episode, clip, you'll be asked to choose the file you want to play.
  4. Get infos of movies and tv shows using the Movie and TV Show Search Alfred workflow by Tom McKnight. Press to trigger the workflow. It requires Movie and TV Show Search Alfred workflow 2.16.0 or above. Only available for movie, show media types.

4. VLC and IINA integration

If you don't have VLC / IINA on your mac, run the following command to install it via homebrew:

brew install --cask vlc
brew install --cask iina

If you already have VLC / IINA installed check the presence of the cli with:

which vlc
which iina

If it is not found, uninstall VLC / IINA and reinstall it using homebrew.

Link to the VLC homebrew formulae. Link to the IINA homebrew formulae.

Plex Discover : Search medias using discover

Search medias and people on Plex Discover. You can perform the same actions ** listed above.

** Except streaming with VLC / IINA. Note that nested search allows you to search media title within your servers.


Plex Accounts : Manage your plex accounts

Connect one or more accounts to add plex media servers. Use one of the following methods to connect to your plex account :


In this section you can :

  • See the list of your servers. Servers that aren't added to the workflow are greyed out.
  • Manage connected users.
  • Manage connected devices.
  • Manage your watchlist.


Removing a plex account will remove all the servers connected. You can also remove a server directly in the Plex Media Servers section.

When connected to the workflow, you'll be able to see the device under the Authorized Devices section. Follow this documentation to know more. Note that when using an authentication token, you'll use the web session from which you obtained the token.


Plex Media Servers : Manage servers and perform actions

Select the server to view its informations and perform actions.

  • Download last version of plex media server from the web.
  • Backup logs and databases.
  • Display connected account.
  • Manage running sessions.
  • Perform actions on library sections:
    • Scan library sections (search for new medias).
    • Refresh library sections (download fresh media info from the internet).
    • Display history.
    • Display library sections sizes.
  • Display and modify settings of the server.
  • Display real time server statistics.

New values for settings must match the setting type and must be valid python. For example, boolean must be True or False with capital letter and string must be quoted.


Plex Presets : Manage presets to rapidly search medias

1. Create a preset

Create easily preset by pressing on Add a new Preset. Input a value for the preset WITH FULL FILTERS NAMES. Then input a title and a subtitle separated by a /.

2. Modify a preset

Simply press to enter in the modified mode. Press to edit the title/subtitle or the value.


3. Apply a preset

Simply press on a preset to apply its value to the search workflow.


Plex Help : Workflow configuration + filter & sort options

You can manage workflow cache, data and edit filter alias.


Filters, fields and sorts options are generated based on your libraries metadata. This will vary regarding your medias and agents used to gather information.

1. Filters

Filters can be aliased, see section 4. Alias below

Plex filters can be applied by typing filterName=value. Use / to separate them. Find the list of filters under each library sections of your servers.

Example: libtype=movie/actor=adam driver. It returns movies with Adam Driver.


2. Fields (advanced filters)

Plex fields (or advanced filters) can be applied by typing advancedFilters={} (or af={} in alias mode). There is certain conditions you have to respect to make advance filters working:

  • Use / to separate advanced filter from other filters.
  • You must use them along with a libtype.
  • You must provide a valid Python dict or valid JSON syntax. Double quotes " and single quotes ' are valid.

To know more on how to use these filters, check the Python-PlexAPI documentation.

Find the list of fields under each library sections of your servers.

Example: libtype=episode/advancedFilters={'show.title': 'one piece', 'episode.index': '1074'}. It returns episodes where episode number is 1074 and the title of the show contains one piece.


3. Sorts

You can sort results by typing sort=sortName:dir (or so=sortName:dir in alias mode). Direction can be :asc for ascending or :desc for descending.

Example: libtype=movie/sort=originallyAvailableAt:desc. This will display movies from the most recent to the older one.


4. Alias

Alias are enabled by default, and allows you, when activated, to write filters more easily. libtype becomes lt, studio becomes st...

You can disable this behavior in the user control panel by unticking the 📜 Use alias parameter.

Alias file can be edited, but be careful about double values. It is the alias.json file located under the 📁 Data folder (~/Library/Application Support/Alfred/Workflow Data/com.benjamino.plex by default).

Example: af={'addedAt>>': '30d'}/lt=show. It returns shows added or shows containing new elements (seasons, epidodes) in plex during the last 30 days.


⚖️ License

MIT License © Benjamin Oddou