General

While Plex Media Server does run under multiple operating systems, and on many different devices, there are many aspects of Plex that are the same regardless of either the operating system or device.

This section will contain aspects of Plex that aren't specific to any particular operating system or device, but rather pertain to Plex Media Server in general.

Regardless of where you run Plex, you will be able to use the following sections to help configure and maintain your Plex Media Server to keep it running as optimal as possible.

What is Plex Pass?
Should you buy a Plex Pass subscription? Learn about the benefits and features of a Plex Pass subscription.
What Hardware Does My Plex Server Need
When running a dedicated Plex server knowing what hardware has the most impact on the performance of streaming media from Plex Media Server is important. This page provides a detailed explanation on which components you should focus on when building a Plex server.
All About Direct Play, Direct Stream, and Transcoding
Provides a detail explanation on the differences between direct play, direct stream and transcoding, and how each affects how Plex streams your media to the client devices.
What File Formats are Supported by Plex?
Lists all the music and video file formats that are supported by the Plex Media Server.
Where is the Plex Data Directory?
Lists the location of the Plex data directory for all operating systems.
How to Avoid Transcoding
Learn how to avoid transcoding movie files when streaming to any device from your Plex server, to allow your Plex server to stream multiple movies concurrently without any buffering.
How to Add Multiple Movies to a Collection
Grouping your movies in collections simplifies organizing your library of movies. This post provides steps to add multiple movies to a collection at one time to easily create collections or add movies to an existing collection.