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OpenELEC Alternatives

OpenELEC is described as 'Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux based Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi (previously XBMC) media center' and is a popular Audio Player in the video & movies category. There are nine alternatives to OpenELEC for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Raspberry Pi, Kodi, Apple TV and Fedora. The best alternative is Plex, which is free. Other great apps like OpenELEC are LibreELEC, OSMC, Fedberry and XBian.

OpenELEC alternatives are mainly Media Centers but may also be Audio Players or Media Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of OpenELEC.
This page was last updated Oct 23, 2021
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux
  • Raspberry Pi

Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small Linux based Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) built from...

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  1. 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.

  2. LibreELEC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    LibreELEC is ‘Just enough OS’ for Kodi, a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular mediacentre hardware. We are an evolution of the popular OpenELEC project. LibreELEC software will be familiar to OpenELEC users.

    LibreELEC vs OpenELEC opinions
    Almost everyone thinks LibreELEC is a great alternative to OpenELEC.

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  3. 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.

    Most users think OSMC is a great alternative to OpenELEC.
  4. Fedberry

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Fedora
    • Raspberry Pi

    FedBerry allows people to easily install and use Fedora on the RPi2/3. FedBerry was created when Fedora did not previously support the Raspberry Pi 2/3 Model B (RPi2/3).

  5. XBian

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • HummingBoard
    • Raspberry Pi

    XBian is a small, fast and lightweight media centre distribution for the Raspberry Pi, CuBox-i, Hummingboard and many more devices to come. It is based on a minimal Debian and therefore offers much of the same freedom as Debian offers.

  6. Daphile

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Linux

    The Daphile is the heart of a digital music system. Its primary focus is in storage and playback of your digital music library.

  7. CoreELEC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Kodi

    CoreELEC is a ‘Just enough OS’ Linux distribution for running Kodi® on popular Amlogic hardware. CoreELEC is a fork of the LibreELEC project with a stronger focus on Amlogic hardware and the community.

  8. Enna

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Enna is a Media Center application. Featuring a simple user interface, Enna is based on the powerful Enlightenment Foundations Libraries (EFL) as for its graphical user interface and GeeXboX libraries as for multimedia playback and information retrieval.


    The project seems to be no longer developed. Last version, v0.4.0, released in February 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

  9. VortexBox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    VortexBox is a free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox.

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