Get Recently Added Media

This API command is used to get all recently added media to a Plex server.


GET http://{ip_address}:32400/library/recentlyAdded?X-Plex-Token={plex_token}


ip_addressThe IP address of the Plex Media server.
plex_tokenThe Plex token.

Return Status

HTTP CodeDescription
200Success - The request was successful.
401Unauthorized - The Plex token provided was not valid.
404Not Found - The URL path is incorrect. See Remarks below.


XML string value that lists the all the recently added media in the library. An example of the XML returned from the request is shown below:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<MediaContainer size="70" allowSync="1" art="/:/resources/movie-fanart.jpg" identifier="com.plexapp.plugins.library" librarySectionID="2" librarySectionTitle="Movies" librarySectionUUID="493a64e7-b541-4667-b050-d702beebf2f6" mediaTagPrefix="/system/bundle/media/flags/" mediaTagVersion="1710434120" sortAsc="1" thumb="/:/resources/movie.png" title1="Movies" title2="Recently Added" viewGroup="movie" viewMode="131624">
    <Video ratingKey="293776" key="/library/metadata/293776" guid="plex://movie/5d7768257228e5001f1dccce" slug="the-godfather-part-iii" editionTitle="The Coppola Restoration" studio="Paramount" type="movie" title="The Godfather Part III" titleSort="Godfather 03" contentRating="R" summary="Follows Michael Corleone, now in his 60s, as he seeks to free his family from crime and find a suitable successor to his empire." rating="6.6" audienceRating="6.7" year="1990" tagline="All the power on earth can't change destiny." thumb="/library/metadata/293776/thumb/1710405033" art="/library/metadata/293776/art/1710405033" duration="10215285" originallyAvailableAt="1990-12-25" addedAt="1704040658" updatedAt="1710405033" audienceRatingImage="rottentomatoes://image.rating.upright" chapterSource="media" primaryExtraKey="/library/metadata/293778" ratingImage="rottentomatoes://image.rating.ripe">
        <Media id="359530" duration="10215285" bitrate="15938" width="1912" height="1080" aspectRatio="1.78" audioChannels="6" audioCodec="ac3" videoCodec="h264" videoResolution="1080" container="mkv" videoFrameRate="24p" videoProfile="high">
            <Part id="359932" key="/library/parts/359932/1704046025/file.mkv" duration="10215285" file="M:\Media\Movies\The Godfather Part III (1990)\The Godfather Part III (1990) [1080p h.264][AAC AC3 TrueHD]{edition-The Coppola Restoration}.mkv" size="21127533050" container="mkv" videoProfile="high" />
        <Genre tag="Drama" />
        <Genre tag="Thriller" />
        <Country tag="United States of America" />
        <Collection tag="The Godfather" />
        <Director tag="Francis Ford Coppola" />
        <Writer tag="Francis Ford Coppola" />
        <Writer tag="Mario Puzo" />
        <Role tag="Al Pacino" />
        <Role tag="Diane Keaton" />
        <Role tag="Talia Shire" />

The XML returned provides a list of the all movies in a library that are unwatched for the user on the Plex server. The root is the MediaContainer element. This element contains a few attributes that provide overall information about the movies on the server.

MediaContainer Attributes
sizeThe number of libraries.
allowSync1 - allow syncing content.
0 - don't allow syncing content.
artBackground artwork used to represent the library.
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.
sortAsc1 - the library is sorted in ascending order.
0 - the library is sorted in descending order.
thumbThe thumbnail for the library.
title1The title of the library.
Note: This appears to be internally created, and can't be changed by the server owner.
title2A descriptive title for the library.
viewGroupThe group type used to view the library.
viewModeUnknown integer value.

Video library (movies and other videos)

Within the MediaContainer there are one or more Video child elements. Each Video element represents one movie available on the Plex server.

Video Attributes
ratingKeyA key associated with the video.
keyThe relative URL of the video information.
guidThe unique identifier comprised of the Plex agent and video identifier for the agent.
slugThe short path name for the video.
editionTitleThe title of the video edition.
studioThe name of the video studio.
typeThe type of media.
titleThe title of the video.
titleSortThe title of the video used to sort the videos in a collection or list.
contentRatingThe content rating associated with the video.
summaryA summary of the video.
ratingThe rating for the video.
audienceRatingThe audience rating for the video.
yearThe year the video was released.
taglineThe tagline associated with the video.
thumbThe thumbnail for the video.
artThe background artwork used to represent the video.
durationThe length of the video in milliseconds.
originallyAvailableAtThe original release date of the video.
addedAtThe date and time, in Unix time, the video was added to the library.
updatedAtThe date and time in epoch time, the video 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.


For music, the command will return a Directory element for each album.

Directory Attributes
allowSync1 - allow the items in the to be synced.
0 - do not allow the items in the album to be synced.
librarySectionIDThe ID of the library section.
librarySectionTitleThe name of the library section where the album is located.
librarySectionUUIDThe unique GUID of the library section.
ratingKeyA key associated with the album.
keyThe relative URL of the information for the album.
parentRatingKeyA key associated with the parent.
guidThe unique identifier for the album.
parentGuidThe unique identifier associated with the parent.
typeThe type of item represented by this Directory element.
titleThe name of the album.
titleSortThe title used to sort the seasons.
parentKeyThe key associated with the parent.
parentTitleThe title associated with the parent.
summaryInformation about the album.
thumbThe thumbnail for the album.
artThe background artwork used to represent the album.
parentThumbThe studio associated with the parent.
leafCountThe number of items in the album.
viewedLeafCountThe number of the album items that have been viewed.


When using the command ensure that the 'A' in 'recentlyAdded' is in uppercase. A lowercase 'A' will return a 404 status code.

This API command will not return media added to a photo library. It will only return media from a movies, TV shows, music or other videos library.


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