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A handy gem for working with Plex Media Player within Ruby. Tries to emulate and document all of the Plex APIs using simple ruby code. I will try and keep it as up-to-date as possible, but pull requests are always welcomed.


Add to your Gemfile and run the bundle command

gem 'plex-ruby'


gem install plex-ruby

require 'plex-ruby'

I developed this using Ruby 1.9.2 so no guaranties that it will work with lesser versions of Ruby.


For external access to your Plex Media Server an auth token is required. You can configure it with the following snippet.

Plex.configure do |config|
  config.auth_token = "ABCDEFGH"


Everything Stems from the Plex Media Server. Create a server with the host and port number.

server =[:host], CONFIG[:port])

From here we can start doing cool things. Lets pause whats currently playing.

clients = server.clients  # list of all connected clients
client =                  # pick the media player you want
client.pause              # That was easy

Lets search the libary.

sections = server.library.sections
section =                                           # Pick the section you want I.E. TV, Movies, Home Videos
shows = section.all                                 # Returns a list of shows/movies
bsg = shows.detect { |s| s.title =~ /Battlestar/ }  # Pick a great show
season = bsg.last_season                            # Pick the last season
episode = season.episode(5)                         # The fifth episode in the season
puts "#{episode.title} - #{episode.summary}"        # Looks good
client.play_media(episode)                          # Play it!

You can also use the attribute_hash method on an object to get a full list of attributes.

pp episode.attribute_hash
# "key"=>"/library/metadata/23",
# "guid"=>"com.plexapp.agents.thetvdb://73545/1/13?lang=en",
# "type"=>"episode",
# "title"=>"Kobol's Last Gleaming (2)",
# "summary"=>
#  "When Commander Adama learns that Kara disobeyed orders and Jumped to Caprica on orders from President Roslin, he demands the president's resignation, with the implied threat of a military coup. Roslin refuses his demand and sparks a confrontation.",
# "index"=>"13",
# "rating"=>"8.3",
# "year"=>"2005",
# "thumb"=>"/library/metadata/23/thumb?t=1323220437",
# "originally_available_at"=>"2005-01-24",
# "added_at"=>"1323213639",
# "updated_at"=>"1323220437"}

For a full list of commands check out the documentation.


All development of this gem takes place on its GitHub page. There you can create issues or submit pull requests.

When submiting a pull request please write tests for your changes as well as use feature branches. Thank you!

This gem was created by Eric Koslow and is under the MIT Licence.