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Open Source AirPlay Alternatives

The best open source alternative to AirPlay is Stream What You Hear. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to AirPlay and six of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to AirPlay are Gnomecast, Mkchromecast, PlayJoom and Snapcast.

AirPlay alternatives are mainly Music Streaming Services but may also be Media Servers or Video Streaming Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of AirPlay.
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    Stream What You Hear

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Stream What You Hear (SWYH) is a Windows application to broadcast the sound of your computer (ie: “what you hear”) on an UPnP/DLNA device such as TVs, amps, network receivers, game consoles, etc...

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    About 5 seconds delay but works great. Even works if the streaming PC is muted.

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    Gnomecast

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    This is a native Linux GUI for casting local files to Chromecast devices. It supports:

    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Gnomecast.
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    Mkchromecast

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • Chromecast

    This is a program to cast audio and video from your macOS, or Linux desktop to your Google Cast devices or Sonos speakers. It is written in Python, and it streams via node.js, ffmpeg, or avconv.

    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Mkchromecast.
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    PlayJoom

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    PlayJoom is a web based audio streaming server. It´s written in php and save the data about the audio files like mp3 music in a MySQL database.

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    Snapcast

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android

    Snapcast is a multiroom client-server audio player, where all clients are time synchronized with the server to play perfectly synced audio. It's not a standalone player, but an extension that turns your existing audio player into a Sonos-like multiroom solution.

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    Ses

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    MacOS tray app to control Sonos speakers ecosystem.

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