Alternatives to Plex for all platforms with any license

  • Kodi icon

    Kodi

    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 companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range...

    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
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    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 device capable of DLNA and runs on all major operating systems: Windows, OS X and Linux. It streams...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Emby

    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 interface. Emby prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive...

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

    • Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server! Horaciogarro • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    OSMC

    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 storage and the Internet. OSMC is the leading media center in...

    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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    Stremio

    Media center allowing to watch movies, series, YouTube channels instantly. You can watch in HD, with subtitles, and easily cast any file to TV through DLNA, Chromecast, AppleTV! Stremio also gives you notifications for new...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux iPhone

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    Serviio

    Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to any DLNA-certified renderer device (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console) on your home network. Basic features *...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

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    MiniDLNA

    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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    Madsonic

    Madsonic is a web-based media streamer and jukebox fork of Subsonic Based on Java technology, Madsonic runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, OSX, and Unix variants. Use it to...

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

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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 configuration. Its backed up with the powerful Mplayer/FFmpeg...

    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.
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    Infuse

    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 8, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with powerful streaming options...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

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    younity

    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

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

    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 to/watch it on a variety of UPnP compatible devices.

    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, minimalist, lightweight media center for your own Windows Local Area Network (LAN). Homenet is an...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted PHP

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    StreamToMe

    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 another computer. StreamToMe requires its accompaniment, ServeToMe, to be installed on your...

    Commercial Mac Windows iPhone iPad

  • Squire icon

    Squire

    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 all the local video files or installed streams are processed and sent to the clients. Streams are...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad tvOS

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    TVersity

    TVersity Media Server is a software package that allows a personal computer to stream content to UPnP devices, such as the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii, regardless of the codec limitations of the device. For example, the Xbox 360 does not...

    Commercial Windows

  • Airflow icon

    Airflow

    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

    nessMediaCenter

    Use your Mac as optimal media center! nessMediaCenter is the suitable replacement for Apple's Front Row: easy to use with a clean look and feel, direct access to movie / picture folder and volumes, support of Aperture, iPhoto...

    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 Windows. Media Center is a "jukebox"-style media player, like iTunes, which usually uses...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Videostream icon

    Videostream

    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

    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, phone or PC. From there you can stream your media directly to any DLNA Media Renderer.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Playon icon

    Playon

    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 TV, smartphone or tablet. To display videos on your TV, PlayOn...

    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 information on available multimedia files. uShare uses the built-in http server of libupnp to stream the files...

    Open Source Linux

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    VidOn Server

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

    Free Windows

  • Wwidd icon

    Wwidd

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Flipps icon

    Flipps

    Watch the latest news, live sports events, YouTube and music videos on TV. Requires only phone/tablet and an optional connected TV. Supports Samsung TV, LG TV, Sony TV, Apple TV, XBox, Chromecast... and of course your mobile screen.

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad Kindle Fire

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    nessViewer

    nessViewer is the all-round media application to edit, browse, collect and arrange, present, transfer and stream media. It combines media player, media center, media server, media editor and preview tool. The main idea is to use...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • iStream icon

    iStream

    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 do the rest! iStream supports a vast number of media formats and playback devices: From modern...

    Open Source Mac

  • Rygel icon

    Rygel

    Rygel is a home media solution that allows you to easily share audio, video and pictures, and control of media player on your home network. In technical terms it is both a UPnP AV MediaServer and MediaRenderer implemented through a...

    Open Source Linux

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    Flinger.co

    Flinger.co is a web app that enables interaction between just about any connected TV that has a web browser and a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Simply create a new channel on the big screen at Flinger.co. Then use the unique six...

    Free Web / Cloud Android Chrome OS Windows Phone

  • Emit icon

    Emit

    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 supports subtitles (including mkv subtitles). The devices do not need to be in the same WLAN network...

    Commercial Android iPhone iPad

  • Moovida icon

    Moovida

    Moovida is transforming the way consumers experience digital entertainment media. In a world where the promise of on-demand media has yet to be realized, Moovida develops software and services to simplify and enhance media...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.1.1, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
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    MythTV

    MythTV is a free, open source media center and digital video recorder (DVR) distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. With its plugin architecture, MythTV can be transformed into a home media center suite, capable of managing your...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • iMediaShare icon

    iMediaShare

    Play videos from your mobile to your HD TV! No box, no cables, no TV apps! Just pick a video and tap to play! Any time, any place, any screen - with iMediaShare in your pocket watch favourite videos, photos and music anywhere you...

    Freemium Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • SimpleX icon

    SimpleX

    A Plex client for the new Apple TV.

    Freemium tvOS

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]

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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.

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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]

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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?

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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.

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

Negative Comment by walthaefner
about Plex Apr 2014

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

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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.

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Front Row

Comment by Artua
about Plex Dec 2011

How is this different to Front Row?

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