Plex and PlexAmp plugin

So, I have a draft plugin for Plex and PlexAmp almost ready for an initial release.

In summary this plugin will ultimately do 2 separate things:

  1. Allow Volumio to browse and play you music stored on your Plex server(s).
    I have created a fairly standard set of Volumio capabilities - see below for details.

  2. Allow Volumio to optionally install and config the ‘Headless Plexamp’ on specific hardware that supports PlexAmp.
    I have this currently disabled but will enable it for PlexAmp 4.4.0 very soon.

    So the main capabilities of 1. above are as follows:
    A) View latest Albums Added
    B) View latest Albums Played
    C) View list of Plex’s Playlists
    D) View list of new Artists
    E) View list of recently played Artists
    F) View all Artists (can be slow for large collections)
    G) Search (returning songs, albums or artists with titles based on the search string)

When viewing an Artist I have some information / metadata about the artist including top songs and a biography of the artist. When viewing an Album I show a review if available and similar sounding albums (if available) for the album as well as the tracks.

To configure this plugin, I have implemented the Plex PIN mechanism which requires a Plex Account in the cloud and once linked I have a few configuration options, including the ability to select which Music Library on one or more Plex Servers. If people want I can extended this authentication with other option Plex ‘Linking options’ including using the fixed IP address of the local Plex server with a users UserName and Password, but for now I felt it was simpler, more secure and faster to use the PIN mechanism.

Note: As far as the optional PlexAmp I have disable the headless install for now as the latest Headless PlexAmp 4.5.2 does not support the ‘buster’ build for the RPI that Volumio uses so it does not work with the latest Volumio for the RPI. PlexAmp 4.4.0 does work (though needs a little tweaking as PlexAmp actually uses an older version of Node than Volumio). So ironically Volumio has newer Node on older Linux than PlexAmp.


Amazing job! well done!

Very interessting plugin because I have a plex pass.

This looks real nice and I just set up plex amp for my music library. Is this in the plugin store yet so we can add it to our Volumio?

Very excited to try the Plex plugin, Jerome. I wonder if it addresses my top two items regarding Volumio & Plex: (1) Inability to browse my large collection by “All Artists.” Currently, Volumio can’t get beyond “F” in my list, so I have to resort to choosing Rolling Stones albums by genre or year released :grinning: (2) When playing songs from Plex, Volumio’s default display state is to show each song as being named “file.mp3.” This can be toggled by pressing pause and then play, but the generic song name re-establishes itself when the album changes. Thanks!

Thanks guys, yes hopefully it will be avaialble soon, one or 2 minor bugs to tidy up before an initial release.

As per solving your problems @GlowTube it does load my largish library (100,000 songs / 8000 artists) of all artists within say 10 seconds but then caches it so subsequent visits to that page are much quicker. I have some code to split this into progressively loading all artists which I will probably switch too soon. I also implemented search which works pretty well when searching for artists. And It does show the proper track details on the now playing screen.

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Great job, @Jerome_O_Flaherty. I’m keen to give this a bash. Plex runs the show in my house so this is right up my alley.

ready to test , plex server available :slight_smile:

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Potentially a great plugin. However, I have hit a snag if anyone can help. Having installed and enabled the plugin I am getting the “Connection failed Server is unreachable” error code.

When I click “settings” on the plugin I get a blank screen.

Any help is much appreciated.

Same issue as well, sorry don’t have a solution just a FYI for developer. Obtaining PIN and linking process works fine and I can access my Plex instance remotely and Plex indicates Remote Access as Fully Accessible, same error “Server Unreachable.”

Hi, linking was OK but I don’t see a user and Plex server selection. The plugin somehow selected one of my servers, and shows a mixed list of films and music in Newest Albums, and nothing in other categories. It also does not start playing music if I push a music album.

Update: now it plays music albums from Newest Albums.

Guys thanks for trying the plugin - I obviously need to work on the initial download / setup. I will do some testing over the weekend and hopefully release a fixed version.

I think for this version I will add lots of error logging (until we get it working reliably for everyone) and that will hopefully show me what is different about other peoples setup.

What is suppose to happen after the initial linking with the PIN is the plugin will query Plex cloud for a list of Plex servers - at the moment, I just pick the first Plex server from the list and I only support ‘local’ servers (i.e. ones on people home network - I will add support for remote servers soon) - you might see an ECONN error in the logs if the plugin cannot connect to the ‘first’ Plex server returned by the Plex Cloud e.g. if it down or remote.

The plugin then queries all servers for a list of ‘Music’ libraries and again for now I pick the first music library it finds. But in the settings it should show (at least it does for me) a list of Music Libraries on specific Plex Servers (I have 2 local network servers and 3 music libraries). You should be able to view this list in the settings (but obviously there must be some error that I am not getting that is happening in most other setups that I need to investigate).

Beyond that I have to fix a few bugs over the weekend:

  1. The latest artist list seems to query all Plex Media (not just music) - I have a dedicated Plex server just for music so I hadn’t noticed this the other day but I will fix this ASAP
  2. The Album view doesn’t seem to work on music libraries that haven’t been ‘sonically’ analysed - I try to pull in ‘similar’ sounding albums into that view but obvously on libraries without sonic analysis it not handling it correctly

Anyway, hopefully I can figure out what is different about other peoples setup and get you guys playing some music with this plugin

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Hi Jerome

Thanks for your work on this. I should add with my initial comments above that the plugin does see my local server (on a NAS drive) but I still get the response as described above.

I attach a screenshot.

As I listen to mainly classical music it would also be great to have the option of viewing Albums rather than just artists.

Thanks once again.