KB450002 – Backing Up Plex Media Server Data

Last modified: February 25, 2019
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As conscientious computer users, we’re sure that you already make regular backups of all your data. However, there may be cases where you want to make a specific backup of just your Plex Media Server content (viewstates, metadata, settings, Channels, etc.). Doing so is easy, but the method and locations will vary depending on your operating system.

Back Up Main Plex Media Server Data

For your operating system, make a backup of the directory listed below and all contents inside it.

Tip!: In many cases, you may find it beneficial to “zip” or “tar” (or similar) the contents of the data directory. The larger your library, the more useful this may be for you as it could otherwise take a very long time to process thousands of individual small metadata files.

Tip!: For Windows and Linux systems, you can exclude the Cache directory if you wish. That can save space and time in the transfer.


On Windows, the content is located inside of the user directory.

%LOCALAPPDATA%\Plex Media Server\


Using the Finder’s “Go” menu, select Go To Folder… Then enter the following in the dialog box that pops up:

~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/


In general, the location for the various Linux versions of Plex Media Server will be found under:

$PLEX_HOME/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/

Back Up Additional Settings

In addition to the main files, there may also be some additional special settings that should also be backed up.


Certain Plex Media Server settings are stored in the registry on Windows. In the registry, they’re located under:

Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Plex, Inc.\Plex Media Server

You can make a standard backup of either the full registry or only the specific “Plex Media Server” registry key.


Using the Finder’s “Go” menu, select Go To Folder… Then enter the following in the dialog box that pops up:


Back up the com.plexapp.plexmediaserver.plist file.


In Linux, the preferences.xml file in the main Plex Media Server directory contains the corresponding settings. So, that means there isn’t anything else special that you need to back up.

Restoring the Backup

If you need to restore your backed up data, it’s as simple as putting the main data back in the original location (as noted above). Then, restore the “additional settings” mentioned above, which would be restoring the registry data on Windows or the .plistfile for OS X.

After you install the backed up data, you can re-install the Plex Media Server application.

FreeNAS Folder:

${JAIL_ROOT}/var/db/plexdata/Plex Media Server/

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