Get a Movie

This API command will return all metadata from the Plex server for a specific movie.


GET http://{ip_address}:32400/library/metadata/{id}?X-Plex-Token={plex_token}&includeGuids={include_guids}


ip_addressThe IP address of the Plex Media server.
plex_tokenThe Plex token.
idThe ID associated with a movie library. This key can be found by calling the Get All Movies API command and using the value from the ratingKey attribute for the movie.
include_guids(Optional) Returns the GUID values of the online metadata services associated to the media item.

Return Status

HTTP CodeDescription
200Success - The request was successful.
401Unauthorized - The Plex token provided was not valid.
404Not Found - The movie associated with the ID does not exist.


XML string value that all the metadata for a movie. An example of the XML returned from the request is shown below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<MediaContainer size="1" allowSync="1" identifier="com.plexapp.plugins.library" librarySectionID="2" librarySectionTitle="Movies" librarySectionUUID="493a64e7-b541-4667-b050-d702beebf2f6" mediaTagPrefix="/system/bundle/media/flags/" mediaTagVersion="1710434120">
    <Video ratingKey="65547" key="/library/metadata/65547" guid="plex://movie/5d776827eb5d26001f1ddab7" slug="aladdin" studio="Walt Disney Pictures" type="movie" title="Aladdin" librarySectionTitle="Movies" librarySectionID="2" librarySectionKey="/library/sections/2" contentRating="G" summary="Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being thrown in jail, Aladdin becomes embroiled in a plot to find a mysterious lamp, with which the evil Jafar hopes to rule the land." rating="9.5" audienceRating="9.2" skipCount="1" year="1992" tagline="Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they all could come true." thumb="/library/metadata/65547/thumb/1709463296" art="/library/metadata/65547/art/1709463296" duration="5423794" originallyAvailableAt="1992-11-25" addedAt="1450147195" updatedAt="1709463296" audienceRatingImage="rottentomatoes://image.rating.upright" chapterSource="mixed" primaryExtraKey="/library/metadata/282446" ratingImage="rottentomatoes://image.rating.ripe">
        <Media id="73681" duration="5423794" bitrate="2418" width="684" height="478" aspectRatio="1.66" audioChannels="6" audioCodec="ac3" videoCodec="h264" videoResolution="480" container="mkv" videoFrameRate="24p" videoProfile="high">
            <Part id="73812" key="/library/parts/73812/1450141780/file.mkv" duration="5423794" file="M:\Media\Movies\Aladin (1992)\Aladin (1992) [480p h.264][AAC AC3].mkv" size="1639520577" container="mkv" videoProfile="high">
                <Stream id="40197" streamType="1" default="1" codec="h264" index="0" bitrate="1970" anamorphic="1" bitDepth="8" chromaLocation="left" chromaSubsampling="4:2:0" codedHeight="480" codedWidth="688" colorPrimaries="smpte170m" colorRange="tv" colorSpace="smpte170m" colorTrc="bt709" frameRate="23.976" hasScalingMatrix="0" height="478" level="31" pixelAspectRatio="45:38" profile="high" refFrames="2" scanType="progressive" width="684" displayTitle="480p (H.264)" extendedDisplayTitle="480p (H.264)"></Stream>
                <Stream id="40198" streamType="2" selected="1" default="1" codec="aac" index="1" channels="2" language="English" languageTag="en" languageCode="eng" audioChannelLayout="stereo" profile="lc" samplingRate="48000" title="Stereo" displayTitle="English (AAC Stereo)" extendedDisplayTitle="Stereo (English AAC)"></Stream>
                <Stream id="40199" streamType="2" codec="ac3" index="2" channels="6" bitrate="448" language="English" languageTag="en" languageCode="eng" audioChannelLayout="5.1(side)" samplingRate="48000" title="Surround" displayTitle="English (AC3 5.1)" extendedDisplayTitle="Surround (English AC3 5.1)"></Stream>
        <Genre id="54" filter="genre=54" tag="Animation" />
        <Genre id="56" filter="genre=56" tag="Family" />
        <Genre id="55" filter="genre=55" tag="Comedy" />
        <Genre id="27" filter="genre=27" tag="Adventure" />
        <Genre id="228" filter="genre=228" tag="Fantasy" />
        <Genre id="229" filter="genre=229" tag="Romance" />
        <Genre id="11508" filter="genre=11508" tag="Musical" />
        <Country id="33499" filter="country=33499" tag="United States of America" />
        <Guid id="imdb://tt0103639" />
        <Guid id="tmdb://812" />
        <Guid id="tvdb://285" />
        <Rating image="imdb://image.rating" value="8.0" type="audience" />
        <Rating image="rottentomatoes://image.rating.ripe" value="9.5" type="critic" />
        <Rating image="rottentomatoes://image.rating.upright" value="9.2" type="audience" />
        <Rating image="themoviedb://image.rating" value="7.7" type="audience" />
        <Collection id="36907" filter="collection=36907" tag="Disney" />
        <Director id="63813" filter="director=63813" tag="Ron Clements" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbad" thumb="" />
        <Director id="63814" filter="director=63814" tag="John Musker" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbae" thumb="" />
        <Writer id="63815" filter="writer=63815" tag="Ted Elliott" tagKey="5d776825999c64001ec2c031" thumb="" />
        <Writer id="63816" filter="writer=63816" tag="Terry Rossio" tagKey="5d776825999c64001ec2c032" thumb="" />
        <Writer id="63817" filter="writer=63817" tag="Ron Clements" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbad" thumb="" />
        <Writer id="63818" filter="writer=63818" tag="John Musker" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbae" thumb="" />
        <Writer id="63819" filter="writer=63819" tag="Roger Allers" tagKey="5d7768315af944001f1f90c3" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63820" filter="actor=63820" tag="Scott Weinger" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbaf" role="Aladdin (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63821" filter="actor=63821" tag="Robin Williams" tagKey="5d7768253c3c2a001fbcad1e" role="Genie / Peddler (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63822" filter="actor=63822" tag="Linda Larkin" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb0" role="Jasmine (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63823" filter="actor=63823" tag="Jonathan Freeman" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb1" role="Jafar (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63824" filter="actor=63824" tag="Gilbert Gottfried" tagKey="5d776825eb5d26001f1dd1c1" role="Iago (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63826" filter="actor=63826" tag="Douglas Seale" tagKey="5d776825151a60001f24a6cf" role="Sultan (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63825" filter="actor=63825" tag="Frank Welker" tagKey="5d7768255af944001f1f63df" role="Abu / Cave of Wonders / Rajah (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63827" filter="actor=63827" tag="Brad Kane" tagKey="5d776827151a60001f24ac2a" role="Aladdin (singing voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63828" filter="actor=63828" tag="Lea Salonga" tagKey="5d776836a091de001f2e8209" role="Jasmine (singing voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63829" filter="actor=63829" tag="Bruce Adler" tagKey="5d776b23f617c90020172853" role="Peddler (singing voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63830" filter="actor=63830" tag="Charlie Adler" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb5" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63831" filter="actor=63831" tag="Jack Angel" tagKey="5d776824961905001eb90980" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63832" filter="actor=63832" tag="Corey Burton" tagKey="5d7768256f4521001ea98a04" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63833" filter="actor=63833" tag="Philip L. Clarke" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb6" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63834" filter="actor=63834" tag="Jim Cummings" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb7" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63835" filter="actor=63835" tag="Jennifer Darling" tagKey="5d776827151a60001f24aafd" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="89537" filter="actor=89537" tag="Dee Dee Greene" tagKey="5d7768256f4521001ea98a07" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63837" filter="actor=63837" tag="Bruce Gooch" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbb9" role="Additional Voices (voice)" />
        <Role id="63838" filter="actor=63838" tag="Jerry Houser" tagKey="5d7768313c3c2a001fbcd4bd" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63839" filter="actor=63839" tag="Vera Lockwood" tagKey="5d7768572e80df001ebe1e13" role="Additional Voices (voice)" />
        <Role id="63840" filter="actor=63840" tag="Sherry Lynn" tagKey="5d776826eb5d26001f1dd581" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63841" filter="actor=63841" tag="Mickie McGowan" tagKey="5d776824961905001eb9097f" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63842" filter="actor=63842" tag="Patrick Pinney" tagKey="5d776825151a60001f24a3d9" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63843" filter="actor=63843" tag="Phil Proctor" tagKey="5d776827151a60001f24aaf9" role="Additional Voices (voice)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63844" filter="actor=63844" tag="Hal Smith" tagKey="5d77682e961905001eb92c92" role="Jafar's Horse (voice) (uncredited)" thumb="" />
        <Role id="63845" filter="actor=63845" tag="Teddy Newton" tagKey="5d77682b8718ba001e312767" role="Agrabah Villagers (voice) (uncredited)" thumb="" />
        <Producer id="63846" filter="producer=63846" tag="Ron Clements" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbad" thumb="" />
        <Producer id="63847" filter="producer=63847" tag="John Musker" tagKey="5d776828eb5d26001f1ddbae" thumb="" />
        <Similar id="33688" filter="similar=33688" tag="Beauty and the Beast" />
        <Similar id="33689" filter="similar=33689" tag="The Little Mermaid" />
        <Similar id="21936" filter="similar=21936" tag="Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" />
        <Similar id="33690" filter="similar=33690" tag="Cinderella" />
        <Similar id="21937" filter="similar=21937" tag="The Jungle Book" />
        <Similar id="33691" filter="similar=33691" tag="One Hundred and One Dalmatians" />
        <Similar id="33692" filter="similar=33692" tag="Tarzan" />
        <Similar id="33693" filter="similar=33693" tag="Peter Pan" />
        <Similar id="33694" filter="similar=33694" tag="Alice in Wonderland" />
        <Similar id="21943" filter="similar=21943" tag="Bambi" />
        <Similar id="33695" filter="similar=33695" tag="Pocahontas" />
        <Similar id="27288" filter="similar=27288" tag="Hercules" />
        <Similar id="33696" filter="similar=33696" tag="Sleeping Beauty" />
        <Similar id="33697" filter="similar=33697" tag="The Hunchback of Notre Dame" />
        <Similar id="33698" filter="similar=33698" tag="Lady and the Tramp" />
        <Similar id="33699" filter="similar=33699" tag="Pinocchio" />
        <Similar id="33700" filter="similar=33700" tag="Mulan" />
        <Similar id="33701" filter="similar=33701" tag="Dumbo" />
        <Similar id="33702" filter="similar=33702" tag="The Aristocats" />
        <Similar id="33703" filter="similar=33703" tag="Robin Hood" />
        <Field locked="1" name="thumb" />
        <Field locked="1" name="collection" />

The response contains all the metadata for the movie. The root is the MediaContainer element. This element contains a few attributes that provide overall information about the movie from the server.

MediaContainer Attributes
sizeThe number of movies.
allowSync1 - allow syncing content.
0 - don't allow syncing content.
identifierThe type of item.
librarySectionIDThe unique key associated with the library.
librarySectionTitleThe title of the library.
librarySectionUUIDUnique GUID identifier for the library.
mediaTagPrefixPrefix for the media tag.
mediaTagVersionMedia tag version.
Note: This could be a date and time value.

Within the MediaContainer there is one Video child element that represents the movie.

Video Attributes
ratingKeyA key associated with the movie.
keyThe relative URL of the movie information.
guidThe unique identifier comprised of the Plex agent and movie identifier for the agent.
slugThe short path name for the movie.
studioThe name of the movie studio.
typeThe type of media.
titleThe title of the movie.
librarySectionTitleThe name of the library section where the movie is located.
librarySectionIDThe ID of the library section.
librarySectionKeyThe relative URL of the library section.
contentRatingThe content rating associated with the movie.
summaryA summary of the movie.
ratingThe rating for the movie.
audienceRatingThe audience rating for the movie.
viewCountThe number of times the movie has been viewed.
skipCountThe skip count.
yearThe year the movie was released.
taglineThe tagline associated with the movie.
thumbThe thumbnail for the movie.
artThe background artwork used to represent the movie.
durationThe length of the movie in milliseconds.
originallyAvailableAtThe original release date of the movie.
addedAtThe date and time, in Unix time, the movie was added to the library.
updatedAtThe date and time in epoch time, the movie was updated in the library.
audienceRatingImageThe image associated with the audience rating.
chapterSourceThe chapter source type.
primaryExtraKeyThe extra key value.
ratingImageThe image associated with the rating.

Within the Video there are one or more Media child elements. Each Media element represents one media file of the movie available on the Plex server.

If there are two media files associated with the movie, such as a 1080p and 480p version, then there would be two Media child elements in the Video element.

Media Attributes
idUnique ID associated with the item.
durationThe length of the item in milliseconds.
bitrateThe bitrate of the item.
widthThe width of the item.
heightThe height of the item.
aspectRatioThe aspect ratio of the item.
audioChannelsThe number of audio channels.
audioCodecThe audio codec used to encode the audio.
videoCodecThe video codec used to encode the video.
videoResolutionThe video resolution.
containerThe item container.
videoFrameRateThe framerate standard used for the video.
videoProfileThe video profile of the media.

Within the Media there are one or more Part child elements. Each Part element represents one part of the movie. If the movie has been added to the Plex server as a multi-part movie, then each of those parts will be represented by one Part child element.

Part Attributes
idUnique ID associated with the part.
keyThe unique relative path for the part that is used at its key.
durationThe length of the part in milliseconds.
fileThe file associated with the part.
sizeThe file size of the part.
containerThe type of media container.
videoProfileThe video profile associated with the video part.

Also within the Video element there are multiple additional child elements that provide more details about the movie. These child elements include Genre, Director, Writer, Country, Collection, and Role.

Within each of these child elements is a single tag attribute that provides the information for the element. There could be multiple of the same child element within the Video, such as multiple directors or writers.

Genre Attributes
tagA genre of the movie.
Director Attributes
tagA director of the movie.
Writer Attributes
tagA writer for the movie
Country Attributes
tagA country of origin for the movie.
Collection Attributes
tagThe name of a collection containing the movie.
Role Attributes
tagThe name of a person with a role in the movie.

If the include_guids parameter was specified with the value of 1, then there would be a Guid element for each online metadata service associated with the item.


curl -X GET http://{ip_address}:32400/library/metadata/{id}?X-Plex-Token={plex_token}
import requests
plex_url = http://{ip_address}:32400/library/metadata/{id}?X-Plex-Token={plex_token}
response = requests.get(plex_url)
$response = Invoke-RestMethod 'http://{ip_address}:32400/library/metadata/{id}?X-Plex-Token={plex_token}' -Method 'GET'
Write-Output $response