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Need to Enable Logging (or Disable Logging) in your Plex Media Server? Here's How.

 

Sometimes you just plain need to see what in God's name is going on behind the scenes, of your Plex Media Server, whether it's for trying to pinpoint an issue (like in our tutorial: Plex Media Server - Search - Nothing Found - Solution for example), or just outright curiosity. Well, it's easy.

 

Here's How:

  1. Open up your Plex Media Server Web Interface. Assuming you are still using the defaults, it should be at: http://localhost:32400/web/index.html.

  2. At the top-right of the web interface, click the Settings icon. (It looks like a screwdriver and a wrench, as of this tutorial writing).

  3. Click the Show Advanced button near the top-right, but a bit lower than the previous Settings icon. If for some reason, it says "Hide Advanced", then don't click it. Wink

  4. That added a new tab item to the left, named "Debug". Click on it.

  5. You'll now see a drop-down combo-box next to the "Debug Level" label; that's how you enable or disable logging. Choose whichever you want to do. "Enabled" and "Verbose" both enable logging; and obviously "Disabled" stops logging.

  6. Select whichever option you need, and don't forget to click that "Save" button below it.

 
How To Enable or Disable Logging In Plex Media Server (PMS) - Screenshot
 

Tips:

  1. If you're not planning on using it for anything in particular, it's best to disable logging, as you may get a slight performance hit leaving it on all the time.

  2. There's that "You can view the debug logs here." link below the selection box, and it'll show lots of useful information, however, in my testing, it doesn't always seem to update properly. It's best to use that log page in conjunction with opening the actual log files found in \Data\Plex Media Server\Logs with your favorite text editor. Note that I left off the drive letter in that path because you may have moved your Plex data folder somewhere else than it's default location.

 

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