Alternatives to Plex for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

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

    • Kodi does not transcode and stream media like plex. At least not yet.... 8-)
      Guest • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Universal Media Server icon

    Universal Media Server

    Universal Media Server is a media server capable of serving videos, audio and images to any DLNA-capable device. It supports any...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Emby icon


    Emby, formerly Media Browser, is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and...

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

    • Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server!
      HoraciogarroSep 2015 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...

    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
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    Media center allowing to watch movies, series, YouTube channels instantly. You can watch in HD, with subtitles, and easily cast any...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux iPhone

  • Serviio icon


    Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to any DLNA-certified renderer...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux

  • younity icon


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

    Free 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
    • Works as a great alternative to plex. Has an easy set up in comparison.
      gabeleahyFeb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, totally uncomplicated to setup, and requires zero knowledge of home media servers.
      katefoxJan 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    PS3 Media Server Discontinued

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Madsonic icon


    Madsonic is a web-based media streamer and jukebox fork of Subsonic Based on Java technology...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Self-Hosted Kindle Fire

  • 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...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

  • 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...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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    HomeNet Local Media Server

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

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted PHP

  • StreamToMe icon


    StreamToMe is an app for Windows, Mac OSX, and iOS that lets you stream music and video files (in a wide variety of formats) live from...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • Squire icon


    Squire is a media center to stream movies and shows from torrents or local files. It’s an always-running menu bar app. The brain where...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad tvOS

  • TVersity icon


    TVersity Media Server is a software package that allows a personal computer to stream content to UPnP devices, such as the Xbox 360...

    Commercial Windows

  • Airflow icon


    An all-in-one solution for sending about any video from your Windows or Mac computer to your Chromecast or Apple TV.

    Free Mac Windows Chromecast

  • nessMediaCenter icon


    Use your Mac as optimal media center! nessMediaCenter is the suitable replacement for Apple's Front Row: easy to use with a...

    Commercial Mac tvOS

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  • JRiver Media Center icon

    JRiver Media Center

    JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer running...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Videostream icon


    The easiest way to stream video from your computer to Chromecast or AndroidTV. Control it all from Android or iOS.

    Freemium Windows Linux Chrome OS Chrome

  • Pith icon


    Pith sits on a server or NAS. It scans your media for movies and tv shows and you access it through a modern web UI from your tablet...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Playon icon


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

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

  • Ushare uPnP media server icon

    Ushare uPnP media server

    uShare is a UPnP (TM) A/V & DLNA Media Server. It implements the server component that provides UPnP media devices with...

    Open Source Linux

  • VidOn Server icon

    VidOn Server

    Smartly manage all your multimedia resources and automatically transcode videos for your Phone, Pad, etc.

    Free Windows

  • Wwidd icon


    Wwidd is a lightweight video library manager with powerful tagging and search.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • nessViewer icon


    nessViewer is the all-round media application to edit, browse, collect and arrange, present, transfer and stream media. It combines...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • iStream icon


    Stream allows you to stream your media onto your big TV screen with no configuration at all! Just throw in some files and iStream will...

    Open Source Mac

  • Rygel icon


    Rygel is a home media solution that allows you to easily share audio, video and pictures, and control of media player on your home...

    Open Source Linux

  • icon is a web app that enables interaction between just about any connected TV that has a web browser and a laptop, tablet, or...

    Free Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS Windows Phone

  • Moovida icon

    Moovida Discontinued

    Moovida is transforming the way consumers experience digital entertainment media. In a world where the promise of on-demand media has...

    Open Source Windows

  • Emit icon


    Emit can stream from a Windows/Mac/Linux machine to an android/iOS device. Videos are transcoded live and can be in any format. It...

    Commercial Android iPhone iPad

  • MythTV icon


    MythTV is a free, open source media center and digital video recorder (DVR) distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. With its...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Flipps icon


    Watch the latest news, live sports events, YouTube and music videos on TV. Requires only phone/tablet and an optional connected TV....

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

  • SimpleX icon


    A Plex client for the new Apple TV.

    Freemium tvOS

  • nextPVR icon


    NextPVR. NextPVR is a popular free personal video recorder application for Microsoft Windows, making it easy to watch or record Live...

    Free Windows

Plex Comments

Recently moved to Emby

Negative Comment by theonepoet
about Plex Mar 2016

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

Positive Comment by Mined
about Plex Feb 2016

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 ...

Positive Comment by xeizo
about Plex Feb 2016

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

Negative Comment by wolfcry0
about Plex Sep 2015

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???

Negative Comment by walthaefner
about Plex Apr 2014

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


Been using XBMC for a while but...

Positive Comment by emzero
about Plex and Kodi Mar 2012

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?