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Open Source Emby Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Emby is Jellyfin. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Emby and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Emby are Universal Media Server, Ampache, MediaPortal and Streama.

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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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

    Top positive comment  about 2 years ago
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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

    Top positive comment  about 3 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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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.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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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. 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.



  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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.

  7. OpenPHT

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    OpenPHT is a community driven fork of Plex Home Theater.

  8. Plasma Bigscreen is an open-source user interface for TV's. Running on top of a Linux distribution, Plasma Bigscreen turns your TV or setup-box into a fully hackable device. A big launcher giving you easy access to any installed apps and skills.

  9. 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.

  10. Kantaris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Kantaris is an all new media player based on code from Videolan client (http://alternativeto.net/software/vlc-media-player/) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player.

    Discontinued

    Last Update: 2013-04-25. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/kantaris/

    Warning

    Sourceforge has detected malware in Kantaris builds.

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