Plex, PlexConnect And OpenPlex Running On OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1

Plex icon with Apple TV logoPlexPlexConnect and OpenPlex are running on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1. However, the OpenPlex installer is NOT working anymore due to a lot of new security features in OS X as Wahlman.j. pointed out in the PlexConnect forum. Further more, you can NOT install PlexConnect and OpenPlex because the beta 1 blocks the files from being copied / modded (chmod 777, chown root:wheel) and symbolically linked (ln -s) to system locations like python, /usr/bin etc…. The installation of Python doesn’t work anymore. You even cannot update Python systemwide anymore on a virgin 10.11 El Capitan beta 1. Hopefully, it is just a beta bug.

CAUTION! At the moment, the only way is to install PlexConnect and OpenPlex on an OS X 10.10 Yosemite system and than upgrade to El Capitan.

Update June 19, 2015:

The issue is identified: System Integrity Protection, also called “rootless”. Here’s the fix (but be aware that you’re loosing security!):

  1. Disable “rootlees” via terminal command (your Mac will reboot): sudo nvram boot-args=”rootless=0″; sudo reboot
  2. Check the deactivation: nvram boot-args
  3. Response must be: oot-args rootless=0
  4. Install OpenPlex.
  5. After installing you can re-activate “rootless” again (your Mac will reboot): sudo nvram boot-args=”rootless=1″; sudo reboot

Update June 20, 2015:

Wahlman.j updated OpenPlex to fix the WSJ issue (Changelog):

  • Fix WSJ to use new URL in codebase – Credit goes to @rrgeorge for allowing “-” in hosttointercept
  • Remove custom fork by wahlman.j of CyberGhost84’s old theme
  • Move development theme into custom slot for Wahlman.j’s theme
  • Disable preview of wahlman.j’s theme until uploaded to youtube
  • Fix myplex & custom certs autoloading when manually or automatically loading custom hoststointercept’s
  • Addded custom hosttointercept cert generator
  • Added custom hosttointercept Settings.cfg generator
  • New hijack icons

On June 8, 2015, Apple released the first beta of Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan  (build number 15A178w, “pre-release”). I positively tested it with an Apple TV 3 running on Apple TV 7.2 software. Find more about Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Apple’s Website.

The following set up was used for testing:

  • Upgraded OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1 with a pre-installed OpenPlex on OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite beta 5.
  • Plex (Version w/o ‘Plex Pass’, June 6, 2015)
  • PlexConnect (v0.5-dev, December 14, 2014)
  • OpenPlex (beta 0.5, April 27, 2015)
  • Apple TV 3 / 3rd generation (Model number A1427 – AppleTV3,1 – MD199LL/A)
  • MacBook Pro 13” Late 2013

Plex, PlexConnect and OpenPlex are working on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1:

Plex-PlexConPlex-PlexConnect-OpenPlex on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1

Plex-PlexConPlex-PlexConnect-OpenPlex on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1


The latest Apple TV 7.2 software is only available for Apple TV 3 3rd generation (Model number A1427 – AppleTV3,1 – MD199LL/A) and Apple TV 3 3rd generation rev a (Model number A1469 – AppleTV3,2 – MD199LL/A).

Plex Media Server was updated on June 6, 2015 (w/o ‘Plex Pass’).

Plex Version changelog:

  • New:
    • Let there be HTTPS!
  • Fixes:
    • An issue editing tags with commas and other special characters.
    • Track mood editing issue.
    • Don’t create duplicate playlists when importing from iTunes during first scan.
    • Localization on Linux wasn’t working.
    • Improve reliablity of online presence detection.
    • Crash on startup due to corrupted cache file (thanks, sa2000!)
    • An issue where DASH streaming would fail if certain audio streams were selected.
    • (Windows) User installs of Python could interfere.
    • (Western Digital) Package improvements.
    • (Ubuntu) Fix config path issue.
    • (Ubuntu) Do not run systemctl on non systemd installs.
    • (Sync) Logging improvements.
    • (Sync) Analyze media items on-the-fly if needed.Allow agents to provide sort titles.

PlexConnect v0.5 changelog (major improvements):

  • Revamped Audio/Music handling (for iOS>=7.0. That version got a new XML audio player… thanks Beats!)
  • GUI improvements: Fanart, Backgrounds… (needs PIL/Pillow library for Python)
  • Playlists support (video/audio): continuous play, shuffle, also for TVShow/Season/Episodes
  • Save ATVSettings.cfg after changes

Further more, OpenPlex beta 0.5 was updated with some improvements on March 28, 2015, and is available for download as an installer app:

Openplex beta 0.5 Changelog:

  • New GUI by CyberGhost84.
  • Added boot lock button to app to enable all apps to load @ boot e.g. Plex Media Server and then locks the screen to prevent unauthorized access to your mac while still loading all the apps.
  • Removed “mute boot” button.
  • Add icon upload video tutorial.
  • Simplified hijack tab into one window with Apple TV setup guide.
  • Fixed bug in reboot OS X option in WebConnect.
  • Fixed bug in myplex loader.

If you are new to PlexConnect then follow the work around to get PlexConnect running on your Apple TV:

Under the precondition that PlexConnect and OpenPlex are pre-installed on OS X 10.10.x, the latest Plex, PlexConnect and OpenPlex are still running on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 1 with hijacking Trailers, iMovie and WSJ app! But be aware of this before upgrading to El Capitan!

Stay tuned! 😉

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