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Free Emby Alternatives

The best free alternative to Emby is Jellyfin, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Emby and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Emby are Plex, Universal Media Server, Ampache and Infuse.

Emby alternatives are mainly Media Centers but may also be Media Servers or Media Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Emby.
This page was last updated Nov 6, 2021
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  • Mac
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  • Cloudron
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Emby, formerly Media Browser, is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped...

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  1. Jellyfin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • HP webOS
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Ungoogled Chromium
    • Mopidy
    • Roku
    • Cloudron
    • Kodi
    • Fire TV
    • Xbox
    • Firefox

    Jellyfin is a personal media server and client. The Jellyfin project was started as a result of Emby's decision to take their code closed-source, as well as various philosophical differences with the core developers.

    Jellyfin vs Emby opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jellyfin is a great alternative to Emby.
    latotale

    Jellyfin will soon be better than emby, it's just a question of time

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    While not quite up to Emby, as Emby has been developed much further that Jellyfin, it is as close as I've found (is forked from Emby before Emby changed to closed source

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    g33kphr33k

    Jellyfin is the OpenSource version of Emby that has been code cleaned and improved since Emby made it's source proprietary.

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    It's a fork of the Emby code base.

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    Not premium. It's a fork of Emby without freemium garbage.

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    It is an open source fork of Emby.

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    exactly like emby... Just Free. all features enabled and works great on omv

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  2. Plex

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Daydream
    • Kindle Fire
    • Android TV
    • Kodi
    • Roku

    Plex bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video.

    Plex vs Emby opinions
    Most users think Plex is a great alternative to Emby.

    Emby is (used to be) "free"; any software that (1) has to use the term "freemium" and (2) is proprietary and (3) requires an online login is not equivalent enough.

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  3. 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.

  4. Ampache is a web based audio streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device.

  5. Infuse

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Mac

    Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS 12, with powerful streaming options, trakt sync, and unmatched AirPlay & subtitle support.

    Infuse vs Emby opinions
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    Only available on Apple devices.

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  6. 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.

  7. MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way.

  8. Streama

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted

    Ever had a huge bookshelf full of shows and movies? Ever wanted to digitalize them, but didn't have a good way of organizing the files? Worry no more! Streama is your own personal Netflix for just such a purpose!

    Streama vs Emby opinions
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    lukesteward

    Completely opensource and no freemium junk to ruin the experience

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  9. Android TV

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    Android TV is a Operating System made for the TV which has a custom launcher and custom apps to make it easier to navigate on the television.

  10. OpenPHT

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenPHT is a community driven fork of Plex Home Theater.

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