Alternatives to Plex for all platforms with any license





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  • Kodi icon


    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV

    • Kodi does not transcode and stream media like plex. At least not yet.... 8-) Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • Kodi is a media center client while Plex is a media center server. Plex is used to share content, Kodi is used to view content. Guest • 7 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Emby icon


    Emby, formerly Media Browser, is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easy to use...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android BSD ... Windows Phone Self-Hosted Kindle Fire

    • Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server! HoraciogarroSep 2015 Disagree   Agree
    • don't need to authenticate with an outsource server, the problem emerges when a network like Iran filter the server like Iran and PLEX Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is a free and open source media player based on Linux and founded in 2014 that lets you play back media from your local network, attached...

    Open Source tvOS Raspberry Pi

    • From the FAQ of the project: What is the difference between OSMC and Kodi? Kodi is a media center application and OSMC is the operating system that runs Kodi and brings it to your device. OSMC is not a fork of Kodi but rather a Linux distribution that ships Kodi as the main application. Guest • Jul 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Subsonic icon


    Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video. Use it to share your music with friends, or to listen to your own...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Windows Phone Self-Hosted

  • Infuse icon


    Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone or iPad. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

  • MiniDLNA icon


    MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee …

    Open Source Linux

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    PS3 Media Server

    PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed, but last version, 1.90.1, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • younity icon


    younity is your free personal media server: Access, stream, and share all your videos, music, photos, and files from any device.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

    • Lets me stream my movies from my computers to my iPad over LAN, WAN & P2P. brandonsearcherFeb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, totally uncomplicated to setup, and requires zero knowledge of home media servers. katefoxJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Works as a great alternative to plex. Has an easy set up in comparison. gabeleahyFeb 2016 Disagree   Agree
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  • MediaTomb icon


    MediaTomb is an open source (GPL) UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface, it allows you to stream your digital media through your home network and listen...

    Open Source Mac Linux

    • Discontinued Shut down per notice on homepage, but has been forked via See
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    HomeNet Local Media Server

    HomeNet Local Area Network Media Server - lightweight alternative to Plex - ( HTML5 + Chromecast support ) A relatively simple, minimalist, lightweight media center...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted ... PHP

  • Playon icon


    PlayOn is both browser and media server for your Windows PC which lets you magically stream your favorite shows, movies, even your personal media from your PC to your...

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Blackberry 10

Plex Comments

requires a server

about Plex · ·

Plex requires both a server and host device, making it very inefficient and over-complicated for casual users. You will always have to have the server device powered up in order to watch anything. Plex refuses to add an option for non-server playback.


No thanks

Comment by beeda2004
about Plex · Feb 2017 ·

not working with cryptobox DLNA


Recently moved to Emby

about Plex · · 1 Helpful

Recently move to Emby as their windows desktop program has become much more feature rich, and haven't looked back!
I reported an issue with Plex server disconnecting my other media client whenever I lost internet connection, and the devs haven't done a single thing about it. This was reported in June/July 2015... almost a year ago.
So, for those who are sick of not being able to access their own content when the internet goes down (or more recently), or when the Plex servers go down, check out Emby!

[Edited by theonepoet, March 21]


Plex is a good fit

about Plex · ·

I love Plex and it's features. I even loved it so much that I started subscribing to PlexPass, which makes shit even more awesome. It doesn't cost a lot, and it does the thing I want it to do, and there is no hassle in installing it on Ubuntu server, just download the .deb file and do "sudo dpkg -i plexfile.deb" and you are can just go to SERVERIP:32400/web and login, add some folders and you are good to go.

I can recommend this software to people that loves good presentation of their media files.


About Younity vs Plex ...

about Plex · ·

Younity doesn't work on Android, that rules out plenty of users. Personally I always liked Minidlna(now ReadyMedia) the best, as it does exaclty what I want without any extra "features. But it's *NIX only. Could probably work on OSX, but not in a Windows environment.

So Windows -> Android, Plex looks like a top pick at the moment. Kodi works, but I couldn't fins a way to browse folders in Kodi. Plex does that, Plex wins.

[Edited by xeizo, February 07]


Missing something!

Comment by katefox
about Plex and younity · Jan 2016 ·

What about younity? I use it all the time as an alternative to Plex Pass, and it's 1000x easier to setup and use. Oh, and did I mention, it's free?


Requires subscription for basic features

about Plex · · 1 Helpful

Plex requires a subscription for basic features like multi-user, you also have to buy the mobile apps separately.

A bit ridiculous that I have to pay them a monthly fee to be able to stream over my own network and run the server on my own computer.


They expect ME to ***PAY*** them to stream over MY network???

about Plex · ·

Are they frigging HIGH?!?!?!?!


Been using XBMC for a while but...

about Plex and Kodi · ·

I decided to give Plex a shot and it definitely looks promising. It's based on XBMC, but it's much cleaner, nice looking, fast, elegant. It's still under development but I find it pretty neat.

It supports various Media Center clients in sync out of the box (in XBMC you have to do some real plumming to make this work).

Give it a try.


Front Row

Comment by Artua
about Plex · Dec 2011 ·

How is this different to Front Row?