When I want to add a folder to PLEX I cannot find it.

I have 2 harddrives in my computer. Ubuntu 13 installed on the 120GB SSD and another 1TB normal harddrive which contains 1 Folder called 'Films'. In that folder there are many other folders with films in it.

When I add a Movie section from PLEX I can select the 1TB harddrive. So the drive is recognized. But afterwards I cannot select the folder 'Films' althoug it is there.

The filemanager (second icon from the top on menu bar) does show the folder.

Any clue how I can make sure PLEX recognizes this folder so I can select it?

2 Answers 2


Here is my solution:

Remove the old installation of plex:

sudo apt-get remove plexmediaserver
sudo apt-get purge plexmediaserver
sudo rm -r plexmediaserver/

Download plex from the website

Go to Downloads folder

Install plex:

sudo dpkg -i plexmediaserver_0.

change user to you instead of plex:

sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver

Run once

http:// localhost:32400/web/index.html#!/dashboard


sudo service plexmediaserver stop

add user to group:

sudo addgroup plex youruser

sudo addgroup youruser plex


sudo service plexmediaserver start
  • A bit time confusing to add just one folder...
    – papukaija
    Jul 6, 2013 at 19:34
  • Thinks!! This is the simplest way I found to get Plex working! Oct 5, 2014 at 18:50
  • The problem( plex is not running as the logged user on linux) is widely discussed. The obvious answer, how to change it to the desired one, and where is the location of the config file, is described in plain English, here and here only. Thanx!
    – deckoff
    Nov 22, 2014 at 19:58
  • Thank you! change user to you instead of plex: sudo nano /etc/default/plexmediaserver This seemed to do it for me. I would love to figure out how to make it work with plex at the user though. Oct 2, 2015 at 17:40
  • Sorry could you clarify the last few lines? Is 'sudo addgroup youruser plex' something you type as well? Do you do both addgroup plex youruser and addgroup youruser plex?
    – PhilT
    Jan 12, 2016 at 13:27

This because plex does not support sub folders. What id did was copy all my movies out of their sub folders and into a new folder. Try executing the following commands

mkdir ~/PlexMovies
find ~/Videos -name '*.mp4' -exec cp {} ~/PlexMovies \;

Now this assumes that all your videos are in the mp4 format. Execute this command for every type of video you have by replacing *.mp4 with any other movie type. Then have plex pull your movies from ~/PlexMovies

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