Naming Movie files

The scanners and metadata agents used by Plex will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:

      movie content
      music content
   /TV Shows
      television content

Warning!: Plex will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.

Note: Some operating systems (including Windows) do not support media content in the root of the drive. You should ensure your content is inside at least one directory level off of the root.

Stand-Alone Video Files

Movie media files can be contained in one or more folders. The structure isn't important unless you have custom media (e.g. posters) for a particular movie. To correctly name a movie file, name it as follows:

  • MovieName (release year).ext

Where ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

   Batman Begins (2005).mkv

Folder Nesting

Movie files can be placed into individual folders if you want, but it's not mandatory in most cases. If you have external media for a movie (e.g. custom poster, external subtitles etc.) you should usually place the movie in a nested folder along with the custom media files. Name the folder the same as the movie file:

  • /Movies/MovieName (release year)/MovieName (release year).ext
   /Avatar (2009)
      Avatar (2009).mkv
   /Batman Begins (2005)
      Batman Begins (2005).mp4
      Batman Begins (2005)

Related Page: Media Preparation > Local Media Assets - Movies
Related Page: Media Preparation > Using Subtitles