In today’s world, everyone wants a quick and easy solution for downloads. Gone are the days when you would wait hours at a time for a single game to get downloaded on your PC. And with the invention of torrents and Seedbox, downloading has definitely become much quicker than before.
For the uninitiated, a Seedbox is a high-speed remote server that allows you to upload and download digital files and store them here as well. With this server, you can easily download the updated releases of a torrent as well and can share files securely with other users as well.
However, if you wish to watch a few of these digital files then you need to download these files to your PC and play them on a media player. But you can skip this process and watch it directly from a Seedbox if you have the Plex plugin.
What is Plex?
An application that enables you to keep your media files organized and easily accessible, Plex can actually turn your Seedbox into your own personal media player. So, you can use the Seedbox for much more than just hosting media files with the help of this application.
And what’s even more amazing is that currently, you have an option of buying a Seedbox + Plex server that comes completely set up and ready to use. However, if you are a power user, it will be easy for you to set up Plex on your Seedbox server and modify to suit your needs with the help of the channels and plugins that you can install.
The only major issue with Plex is that the company shut down its directory in 2018 since they said only 2% of the users used their services and it was difficult to support them. That sucks, I know!
But don’t be disheartened because they didn’t shut it down completely. You still have an option to install Plex the plugins manually but you would need to find the plugins that are still available and working and aren’t infested with bugs.
Although most people would tell you to avoid using these plugins as it a lot of work, we have listed down a few of the Plex plugins that are still working and few new apps that you can utilize to use in your Plex server
List of Plex Plugins that are Still Available
Since Plex has removed its directory and is planning to get rid of all their plugins that are currently available for frontend servers and media player applications, Kitana has become one of the top plugins to install for all the Plex seedbox superusers.
The thing is that, at the moment, most of the Plex plugins can be sideloaded by the users. However, it is easier said than done because the process of sideloading is not beginner-friendly and can be quite confusing.
This is where Kitana comes into the story as it provides you with a web-based frontend interface. Here, the users can easily install, manage, and delete Plex plugins. In simplest terms, this plugin authenticates the server against Plex so the sideloading process becomes automated, and connecting to Plex Media Server becomes easy too.
Note: Kitana is only useful as long as sideloading via Plex is possible. Once sideloading is not supported anymore, you won’t be able to use it any longer.
Webtools and UAS
Another commendable plugin for the Plex server is the Webtools plugin that is simply a collection of tools that allow you to control the Plex Media Server and the entire media collection as well. And the best part is that you can manage the server and the collection regardless of where you are. How is this possible?
This is all possible with the help of Webtools built-in web server that will allow you to open the web interface on your mobile phones as well. And one of the best tools in this collection is the Unsupported App Store (UAS).
With this tool module, you can easily find and install Plex plugins that aren’t being offered by Plex anymore. So, you get access to a list of unsupported Plex plugins and are easily downloadable. However, be careful when you choose a Plex plugin because a lot of these are unstable or incomplete and might not work on your server.
For users who share their seedbox with other users, Ombi is a great Plex plugin to handle the upload and download requests on the seedbox. This is a self-hosted application that provides you with a web portal where other users can send requests for accessing files on the Seedbox.
You can save a lot of time this way as you don’t have to be in touch with the users all the time. You can simply go through the requests and respond to them whenever you are free. Additionally, the users who have sent a request to you will receive an email notification when you respond to their request so that they can access the content promptly.
One of the best Plex plugins that also happens to be regularly updated and maintained is the Tautulli plugin. The main job of this Plex plugin is to allows the users to monitor their Plex server with some amazing features like streaming trend graphs/charts, watch history, library breakdown stats, and real-time information on who is currently using the server to watch what.
Another great feature of the Tautulli plugin is that it enables you to track newly added content on the server and is a great addition to shared seedbox accounts. That’s not all, you also have the ability to create a newsletter and send notifications to inform the users about the latest content added to the server.
This plugin works wonderfully on all Python-supported systems and also has an Android beta version. However, it still doesn’t work great for Android so be careful while using it.
One of the most popular Plex plugins that made watching content easier is the Trakt.tv plugin. This plugin tracks the movies and TV shows that you are watching so that it becomes easier for you to pick it up again right where you left it off earlier. And it is still possible to find, download, and install this plugin manually and it will work amazingly with your server.
However, this plugin can become troublesome if your server is being shared by multiple users who are watching the same content on the Plex Media Server. It becomes difficult to keep the watch progress separated as there is no account system like popular streaming apps such as Netflix.
All is not lost though. There is an effective workaround for this problem. You can use the Tautulli2Trakt script that will allow you to create different user accounts so the watch progress can be saved separately.
Note: In order to use this plugin, you might need a paid PlexiPass that is currently working or a VIP Trakt.tv account.
Another useful Plex plugin that is still working and available to the users is the Sub-Zero plugin. This Plex plugin automatically downloads the subtitles for streaming movies and TV shows. And mind you, it downloads the subtitles from some of the best subtitle websites like SubScene, OpenSubtitles, Popdnapisi.NET, and so on.
Apart from automatically downloading subtitles, this plugin also allows you to adjust the subtitles with the help of its interface and a built-in schedule.
It is no shock that Plex has already pulled the plug on their plug-in feature and might be phasing it out soon from the Internet as well. However, for Seedbox users, this is a great chance to take advantage of this time and modify their Plex experience.
Sure, you will need to follow a few extra steps to install the plugins and set them up but they will greatly improve your watching experience, you should definitely give them a shot.