If you’re serious about your media collection, get a Plex Pass and download Plex Dash. See real-time stats, usage data, users, and more across your media server.
** You'll need a Plex Media Server and an active Plex Pass to use this app **
** From the same people who brought you the Plex app **
** PS - If you’re new to Plex, download the Plex app first **
Pop quiz, hotshot: how many streams is your Plex Media Server dishing out RIGHT NOW? What’s your most-watched movie in the past month? Is that CPU you picked up from a sketchy eBay vendor up to the task? More importantly, are you sure that’s the best poster for Speed (1994)?
Plex Dash is a tool created by obsessive Plex Media Server admins for obsessive Plex Media Server admins. Get real-time status of playbacks, DVR recordings, Sync conversions, and more. Monitor bandwidth and server resources with sexy graphs. Dig deeper and learn about top items or individual user history. Fix up artwork. Refresh libraries. Inspect nerdy media details. If it all goes south, check out the raw server logs.
MASTER YOUR MEDIAVERSE
Who’s streaming what right now? Plex Dash answers in spades. Gorgeous Now Playing tiles keep you apprised of all the latest shenanigans, across all of your servers. Put that giant iPad to great use by duct-taping it to the wall (landscape, duh); lean back, pet your hairless cat, and keep an eye on your empire.
DIVE UNDER THE HOOD
Server up to something? DVR recording? Media Optimizer doing its… optimizing? You get a chonky lightning bolt to make sure this doesn’t go unnoticed.
Browse and change artwork from the palm of your hand while checking out at your local co-op. It’s like that other swipey app, but with less risk of disease.
- Crash in server graphs.
- Refreshing history screen showed multiple spinners.
- Text could be cropped in activities view.
Ratings and Reviews
It is easy to use even for non-techie types. Very useful for snooping on your own libraries and also with free sources.
I would prefer that they were include an option for it to offer some of the time-based metrics with greater precision. Last night, I started watching a 1 hour show but fell asleep halfway through. I finished it this morning. When I looked back at the record, it told me that I started it “12 hours ago” and I started it again “6 hours ago”. I can see that someone might argue that this casual timekeeping can be more useful for most users. But as the days pass, it will only tell me the number of days/weeks/months/years since an item was played. But why not offer this info in a standard date/time format. It’s programming too sloppy for the talented coders at Plex. There are so many times where you need precise datestamps for all kinds of troubleshooting or server metrics.
A server logging util should become less and less useful due to date inaccuracies as minutes turn to hours, to days, to weeks, to months, to years. Probably this slop extends to decades and centuries but it hasn’t happened to me this far.
I’d also like to see a summary of dropped frames in a show, a graph showing the general CPU load in 1 minute increments, maybe even an option to show server/CPU temps during playback.
Don’t let these complaints fool you: I am a big time fan of this media server. I’m not giving it up any time soon.
Update: App functionality has been restored, can once again recommend this app, and the premium Plex pass subscription required to use it.
Unfortunately the app is currently in a non-functional state. The developers are aware of the situation, and a cofounder of the company joked publicly about having to catch up on updates first, after ignoring this ‘Premium’ app for over a year. Just kinda disappointed after having finally decided to buy a Plex Pass last week after debating it for months. (As always the main apps and media server are best in class, and getting better almost by the day)
Developer Response ,
I'm not sure why you thought it was a joke; the updates are substantial and benefit Plex Dash quite a bit (e.g. entirely new networking stack). We're also bringing it into a more integrated environment which will allow us to release in lockstep in the future.
A Great Companion App for Plexheads
I love to fire this guy up and get a bit of insight into what my Plex server is up to under its hood. It’s a solid, effective app if you want some info at-a-glance: which media is being converted, what’s been played and how often, storage being utilized, and a few other metrics. I highly recommend it for power users of Plex, or simply folks who are curious.
On the surface, the UX is straightforward and you’ll find it easy to call up said info. I suppose you could argue it could use a bit of tweaking as far as the way you navigate the different metrics, but I’m more than willing to deal with worse if it means having access to the info the app provides. All in all, the app succeeds admirably at what it sets out to do, and that’s more justification than any to give it 5 stars. Enjoy it, if only because it’s provided to Plex users for free. Many thanks to the Plex folk behind it!
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- 41.3 MB
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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