Plex Media Server
Plex Media Server
1.20.1.3252

3.6

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Plex Media Server

28 August 2020

Seamlessly connect your Plex clients with your local media.

Overview

Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use.

Plex Media Server runs on your Mac, PC, or compatible NAS device and serves your media to all of your Plex clients, including Plex-enabled mobile devices and 2011 LG Smart TVs.

Features:
  • Effortlessly organize your media into a versatile library
  • Native Cocoa and web-based versions provide local and network access to management features
  • Automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet
  • Complete customization of your library with a few clicks
  • Automatic updates when new local content is added

What's new in Plex Media Server

Version 1.20.1.3252:
New:
  • Add ‘trash’ filter to ‘custom filters’
  • Store external ids for items in new Plex Movie libraries
Fixes:
  • Analysis:
    • Chapter and index thumbnails would not get re-generated after replacing a file with another with the same filename
  • DVR:
    • Corrected typo in Detect Commercials settings description
    • Fixed an issue where Plex Commercial Skipper would unexpectedly exit with an error code
    • Would use excessive amount of memory when loading certain XMLTV guide files
    • Server would display incorrect times under "Limit Airing Times To" advance recording option
  • EPG:
    • Channel list could fail to load on certain XMLTV guides
  • Hubs:
    • Some items could show in Continue Watching that fall outside the set window
  • Into Detection:
    • Ensure temporary files are always deleted
  • Library:
    • Albums/Artists would default to a reverse alphabetical sort
    • Enabling "Include adult content" option for new Plex Movie libraries could result in incorrect matches
    • Pick up changes to local sidecar subtitles when loading a new Plex Movie item
    • Renaming files in an upgraded Plex Movie library could result in the user defined poster getting changed
    • Some sidecar subtitles on new Plex Movie libraries would not get picked up
  • Scanner:
    • Show artist and show names in the activity monitor
    • Items unable to match in new Plex Movie libraries would not show the year if available
  • Metadata:
    • Local assets and metadata for Plex Movie items only read from one location when the item has more than one media version
  • Collections:
    • Setting a collection title or summary to a blank value would make it inaccessible
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58 Reviews of Plex Media Server

4
Lhutz
25 August 2019
Version: 1.16.5.1488

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After a wave of very negative responses by their users, they went back on their decision to no longer support TV mode setups for Macs and PCs. I'm very glad they listened.
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5
Maclover1-1
04 July 2020
Version: 1.19.4.2935
Used to have recurrent issues with database. No more. To me by far the best. My movie/music/ podcast hub.
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4
Evh
08 January 2020
Version: 1.18.4.2171
Great with an internet connection - but frustrating no end if your internet is out for a stretch of days - Can't play any of my library without internet
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4
Lhutz
25 August 2019
Version: 1.16.5.1488
After a wave of very negative responses by their users, they went back on their decision to no longer support TV mode setups for Macs and PCs. I'm very glad they listened.
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0.5
Lhutz
16 August 2019
Version: 1.16.4.1469
They just announced they are killing off support for having your Mac directly connected to your TV, which is the most powerful and feature rich setup you can have. From January 2020 on, it will be streaming-only. :/
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RodgerW6021
09 May 2019
Version: 1.15.4.994
Version 1.15.4.994 New (DVR) Ability to give Home Users DVR access. (#8794) (Playback) Assume unknown audio to be foreign if the preferred audio language is not english (#6126) (Streaming Brain) Preference to allow automatically terminating playbacks which have been paused for an hour (#9700) (Subtitles) Auto select forced subtitles when not listening to foreign audio (#6126) (Web) Updated to 3.95.2 When transcoding for supported clients, automatically select media based on supported resolution and dynamic range (#9490) Fixes (Analysis) Chapters were not being imported for new media (#9843) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences for local / remote bandwidth (#9562) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences when showing streams as local / remote (#9562) (Metadata) Asking to refresh metadata still used cache for movies and TV shows (#1566) (Metadata) Related collections were not paginated (#9844)
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RodgerW6021
24 April 2019
Version: 1.15.4.993
Version 1.15.4.993 New (DVR) Ability to give Home Users DVR access. (#8794) (Playback) Assume unknown audio to be foreign if the preferred audio language is not english (#6126) (Streaming Brain) Preference to allow automatically terminating playbacks which have been paused for an hour (#9700) (Subtitles) Auto select forced subtitles when not listening to foreign audio (#6126) (Web) Updated to 3.95.2 When transcoding for supported clients, automatically select media based on supported resolution and dynamic range (#9490) Fixes (Analysis) Chapters were not being imported for new media (#9843) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences for local / remote bandwidth (#9562) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences when showing streams as local / remote (#9562) (Metadata) Asking to refresh metadata still used cache for movies and TV shows (#1566) (Metadata) Related collections were not paginated (#9844)
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3
SimonAndrews5784
13 January 2019
Version: 1.14.1.5488
not bad, but its too buggy I think.
(0)
0.5
adamtheman17
04 October 2018
Version: 1.13.8.5395
I been using plex for 2 years and yesterday my plex account got removed, so i contact support and they told me they can not tell me that type of information when i asked why i got removed, so i created a new account and not even 1 day i got removed again, what is funny the new account had only myself on it sharing the plex server and on facebook i still get no help, in the terms it says you can share it with the whole family but also plex can remove your account at any time for any reason. I was just sharing my desktop that had plex with family members and plex still today will not give me a answer........ I switch to emby and it does work better with playback then plex i would give emby a try forget about plex
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4
Macadanqc
02 September 2018
Version: 1.13.5.5332
Excellente application pour visionner vos films et téléséries sur vos différents appareils connectés grâce au lecteur Plex Media Player qui y est associé. Configuration très aisée en explorant votre réseau et en sélectionnant les différents fichiers de vos vidéos.
(0)
4
ashishcompuiting
20 July 2018
Version: 1.13.4.5251
Streaming at its best
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4
ashishcompuiting
20 July 2018
Version: 1.13.4.5251
plex is best
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Kobalt
11 June 2018
Version: 1.13.0.5023
New version 1.13.2.5154 available now: https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/1.13.2.5154-fd05be322/PlexMediaServer-1.13.2.5154-fd05be322-OSX.zip
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5
Mcr
23 April 2018
Version: 1.12.3
Don't know why I waited so long to try Plex, i've only been using less than a year. I have the server running on a Late 2009 MacMini (core 2 duo) and it works fine, you don't need latest hardware or fastest CPU. It can handle 1920x1080 H264 in original quality with no transcoding. And this is reading off an external drive connected via Firewire 800. I've tried 4K and H265 but that's just a little too much for the ol' gal, but hey what a great use for a 10 year old Mac. Stream to iPads, iPhones, other Macs, Roku Stick, Roku 2. The Lifetime pass might seem expensive, but I recommend it. It's one time. If only streaming to Macs or Roku, you don't even need the pass.
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5
RavenNevermore
23 April 2018
Version: 1.12.3
This is great software. Been using it for years to stream my vast video library from my Early 2009 iMac to my Roku 2 and iPhone 8 Plus.
(0)
0.5
yazombie-1
10 December 2017
Version: 1.10.0
Attention: Plex prentends their apps work on many smart TVs. This is a lie. A lot of their smart TV apps haven't been updated in a while. LG's Plex client is more than a year old now, and can't reach their Cloud service due to insecure connexion. I would recommend strongly you don't waste your time with Plex if you plan to use with a smart TV.
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Mcr
14 June 2017
Version: 1.5.6
For the life of me I can NOT get Plex to work on my home network to my Roku boxes (plural). I am not a noob; I understand about firewalls and subnets and so on. I've searched the forums and tried all the suggestions, etc. I"ve tried Plex server on macOS, Windows and Linux, and can not get my Roku boxes to connect. Windows Media Server works FINE, instantly recognized by Roku, but I'd rather run my media server from a second-hand MacMini under either macOS or Linux. This is my personal experience, YMMV. Roku says no client license is needed, everything I need is built in to the roku box and it SHOULD work.
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Krabbe
28 June 2016
Version: 1.0.0.2261
What I loved about Plex, was it running under 10.6 Snow Leopard - because home media server is a common job for senior computer hardware.
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Miner
11 October 2015
Version: 0.9.12.13
What I absolutely love about Plex, apart from the excellent functionality, is that it still runs under Snow Leopard, and that allows me to repurpose an old Mac Mini as a Media Centre. And free, too!
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4.5
benjitek
13 September 2015
Version: 0.9.12.11
Robust, 'just-works', and does most of what anyone needs without an available subscription purchase.
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gvantass
13 September 2015
Version: 0.9.12.8
The server is free, but if you want to stream to any other devices, you gotta pay for each platform Windows? $5 for the full app. iOS? $5 for the full app. Android? I am guessing $5 for the full app, too. Or, you can get monthly access to the apps with a $5/mo subscription ($40 yearly or $150 lifetime) The server is an easy setup, easy to browse, and looks good, but the nickel and dime is a pain in the ass.
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1
neartheredrocks
06 September 2015
Version: 0.9.12.8
To call this "free" is a big piece of crap, especially in regards to the claim that it "seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media."

If you want to use this as a server from which you for example want to stream video files from your Mac to your (non-Apple TV) streaming box, you need to buy a $5 per month or $150 one-time subscription. For $150 I can also buy the new Apple TV and have this feature and much more included.

I guess this could be a four of five star application if Plex Inc. would be straight and forthcoming about the pricing but at it is it does not deserve more than one star.
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Libertyforall1776
16 October 2014
Version: 0.9.9.14
0.9.11.1 is out and required for Plex for Vizio HDTVs which is finally out! https://blog.plex.tv/2014/10/15/plex-vizio/
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4
Jeff-H-
11 August 2014
Version: 0.9.9.14
After a couple year battle (mostly with myself BTW lol), Plex has won out over XBMC (for now anyway). The look of Plex and its functions like the Channels (plugins) work, unlike XBMC's plugins being largely non-functioning. The only problem is Plex' meta data keeps filling my small SSD drive pretty quickly. After installing Plex it's data quickly ate up a few GB's of space right away...normally not a big deal but I'm quickly running out of space. Other than that I'm very pleased with Plex. Does it also play DVD's as XBMC will?
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5
Paul-Jones
04 August 2014
Version: 0.9.9.14
love.
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5
aguycalledkwest
01 August 2014
Version: 0.9.9.13
great app next to XBMC ....
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5
cjred
19 June 2014
Version: 0.9.9.12
SUperb media software! i can watch my videos anywhere! add in plexpass and you are good to go!
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Jazzyguy
18 March 2014
Version: 0.9.9.7
GREAT SOFTWARE!
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Jazzyguy
14 March 2014
Version: 0.9.9.7
SOMEONE doesn't like my rating of Plex Media Server. I'll just put it back!
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5
Jazzyguy
04 March 2014
Version: 0.9.9.5
UNBEATABLE in every way to watch Movies and Music on Mavericks.
(2)
5
Badgerone
04 March 2014
Version: 0.9.9.5
The best way to watch lectures, documentaries, movies or anything else from online sources. Using with Roku. A bit of learning curve for getting some of preference settings correct. The best source of information is the Plex forums. Now, if only there was an easy solution for for controlling that highly variable loudness in movies...
(1)
5
Jazzyguy
10 December 2013
Version: 0.9.8.14
This is the Best Music andMovie as well as multi-Entertainment player on OSX
(5)
5
Philosopherdog
10 December 2013
Version: 0.9.8.14
Using it with nPlayer on iOS to stream from my Mac. This allows me to have ultimate control over video, audio, etc. streaming to iOS, such as variable playback speed! Simple to setup. I did get a kernel panic from this server. Hopefully this update fixes whatever caused that issue.
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5
Jazzyguy
30 October 2013
Version: 0.9.8.10
A great app that needs no further acclimation. It is definitely a 5 star app.
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5
OSX-FTW!
30 October 2013
Version: 0.9.8.10
I use this about every day with my Roku. A match made in heaven. Thanks! It's a got a bit of a learning curve , especially if you want to get deeper into the thing and use non-listed channels and such. Channels break sometimes. But, they're community made and that's to be expected. Overall it's amazing.
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5
RavenNevermore
30 October 2013
Version: 0.9.8.10
This is great software. Between Plex and my Roku/Netflix, I got rid of my monthly cable bill! :) This seamlessly streams video content from my Mac to my Roku, and also allows me to watch on my iPhone sitting on my deck, or to my Mac. The Media Manager is very handy. Every now and then it gets mixed up, but that has to do more with how the files were named and it's not hard to fix.
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4
Surfpunk
07 September 2013
Version: 0.9.8.6
This is a nice server, easy to get running for my needs - streaming content from my mac to my PS3. Only annoying bug I've come across so far is when you pause a movie and resume it will stop completely. It seems the transcoding task (I was playing an mkv file to my PS3) will stop completely after a certain (short) time and the PS3 can't resume a now dead stream.
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4.5
Djefis
23 August 2013
Version: 0.9.8.4
Subscriptions are billed in advance on a monthly or yearly basis, depending on the plan you choose. Subscriptions are renewed automatically. The charges are non-refundable. If you cancel your subscription, you will not be charged again, and your subscription will last until the end of the billing period.
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3.5
Djefis
23 August 2013
Version: 0.9.8.4
But is it really free?
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5
Uniquepito
14 August 2013
Version: 0.9.7.28
Great media DLNA server for my LG Smart TV and it's free! The only one thing I couldn't figure out, is automatic subtitle download from opensubtitles.org. For some reason it's not working.
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5
Graftonreed
16 April 2013
Version: 0.9.7.22
Plex is a beautiful thing! And now with myplex, I can even watch movies on my home media server while on the road. Myplex configures and updates my dynamic host IP, and finds the media server automatically. Coming across Plex is like discovering Plutonium by accident. Awesome!
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Holypoly
02 April 2013
Version: 0.9.7.21
Correct download link for 0.9.7.21 is here: http://plex.r.worldssl.net/PlexMediaServer/0.9.7.21.505-b453cbb/PlexMediaServer-0.9.7.21.505-b453cbb-OSX.dmg
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mistacabbage
01 April 2013
Version: 0.9.7.19
The skip 30 seconds/skip 10 minutes buttons working on iOS yet? They've been broken for months. You're killin' me!
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5
Jazzyguy
13 March 2013
Version: 0.9.7.17
It works real good and it works consistently to bring my media together.It deserves 5 Stars!
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4
R33c3
23 February 2013
Version: 0.9.7.12
Nice program, the interface is lovely. Have tried 'Playback', but this is free and more features.
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Libertyforall1776
31 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.12
So which version of XBMC is this based-on?
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n9yty
15 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.11
It would be awesome if they could implement some kind of option or filter to take 3D SBS content and stream it to 2D devices. ;) I understand you used to be able to do this with 3D SBS video files using VLC and a comb filter (?), but that would allow me to rip and store my 3D content for the TV (which can play it in either 3D or 2D) and use that same content on an iPad or other connected 2D device. Oh well, don't know how it would work, but here is hoping.
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5
Stassi
14 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.10
Easy to use. Lots of plugins (But, I NEED a good one for Ustream, somebody... please!). Works perfectly with my LG Smart TV! And the Price is right!!!!
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5
OSX-FTW!
13 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.10
Plex Media Server along with the Plex client on my Roku makes me a very happy boy! It works so well, I can hardly believe it.
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Libertyforall1776
13 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.9
0.9.7.10 is out...
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5
Jazzyguy
04 January 2013
Version: 0.9.7.9
THIS IS THE NEW VERSION AND IT IS GREAT!
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5
Jazzyguy
04 December 2012
Version: 0.9.7.7
Excellent Software and Free. This software is convenient to use and very reliable. I use it every day and love it.
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4
Shock-J
20 November 2012
Version: 0.9.7.3
I really like this software. It's got the best interface of all the "media server" software out there. I use media server software primarily to stream movies to my PS3, which means this software has one glaring drawback for me... no 5.1 audio. I know that by "default" the PS3 only accepts 5.1 audio from disc media, so the fact that this software converts the stream to 2 channel stereo makes sense. BUT, and this is a big BUT, "PS3 Media Server" software has found away around this and streams MKVs with full 5.1/7.1 audio to my PS3 beautifully. Knowing this is now possible, all other media servers (who claim compatibility with the PS3) need to immediately jump on the bandwagon here. This is obviously a well crafted piece of software, but I simply can't use it because of this one failure. I'm not that keen on running 2 media servers at the same time, and since I primarily use it for streaming movies, PS3 Media Server currently serves my needs better. I will be keeping a close eye on this software hoping they get up to speed on streaming digital audio to the PS3, because as soon as they do, this will become my preferred software.
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5
RavenNevermore
15 November 2012
Version: 0.9.6.9
I installed this to stream video from my iMac to my Roku XS. It works great for that. The Roku has a USB slot for flash drives, but doesn't play back AVI or flash files. Plex transcodes them and streams it to the the Roku via ethernet. The cool part about this software is it recognizes movies and TV shows and names them and gives them artwork. It does make mistakes, but they are easy to fix. I have episodes of Murphy Brown (which are not on DVD) captured via TiVo which I downloaded from YouTube, and Plex named the episodes, gave a synopsis of each and put them together with artwork for the series. It also has built in channels like TED Talks, etc. between this and Netflix on my Roku, I have a lot of options for media! I haven't tried the music streaming part since my iMac is connected to good studio monitors, and my TV is not.
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Macinman
20 July 2012
Version: 0.9.6.5
Just a Quick question, has anyone used plex media server with a sony blu-ray player via DLNA? I tried it earlier today with a BDP-S590, with no issues except 1, The server didn't seem to show up under the photos menu on the cross media bar, other dlna servers do, but plex didn't. I added a photos section to the media library, but it still didn't show up in the player's photos section. Is this a known issue/feature? or did i maybe miss something. I tried everything i could think of. If anyone has any feedback let me know. Thanks
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Stormchild
23 June 2012
Version: 0.9.6.4
Easily the best media library & player for the Mac, but the Plex Media Server still suffers from a problem that has persisted through every version — it constantly wastes 10-20% CPU all the time, even when Plex isn't even running, and no scanning is taking place. It gets worse when using iTunes too. For this reason, I just can't leave it running, so I'm stuck starting and stopping it every time I want to use Plex. To make matters worse, it insists on asking me if I'm sure I want to quit, every single time, and there's no apparent way to turn that useless message off. Wish they'd get this sorted out once and for all.
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5
Snowlprd
20 June 2012
Version: 0.9.6.4
The most user-friendly media center solution I've ever used. I never tire of stopping mid-show in the living room and picking up right where I left off on the kitchen iPad. Brilliant!
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Snowlprd
11 June 2012
Version: 0.9.6.3
Latest release can always be found at: http://www.plexapp.com/download/mac-download-new.php
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Holypoly
11 June 2012
Version: 0.9.6.3
The listed download link seems to be dead, here's a working alternative: http://plex-downloads.s3.amazonaws.com/0.9.6.3/Releases/MacOSX-SL/PlexMediaServer-0.9.6.3.140-9c9f5ce-OSX.dmg
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Free

3.6

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later
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