Alternatives to Plex for all platforms with any license

  • 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...

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... BSD Windows Phone iPad Self-Hosted Apple TV Kindle Fire Playstation Roku Xbox

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    • Exactly like Plex, but without the central server for connections. Alos, takes longer for updating the files information for the first time. Has lot more configurations available. Guest • Jul 2017 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good alternative to Plex media server and free multi-user (for Plex one needs a Plex account first and a Plex pass). Guest • Oct 2017 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • don't need to authenticate with an outsource server, the problem emerges when a network like Iran filter the server like Iran and PLEX Guest • Feb 2017 • 0 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet

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    • Does not play local content, only paid online content. Guest • Oct 2017 • 8 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source tvOS Raspberry Pi

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    • 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 • 11 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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 …

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • Plex is too commercial too many nags - also smart tv apps are variable SAMSUNG smart tv app hasn't worked for years :( Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Overly complicated and conditional 'compiling' required. A very out-dated approach for today. Much as I hate Plex, this doesn't come close to its convenience, power, and simplicity in execution. Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Ampache

    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. Common...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Self-Hosted PHP

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    • Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming) Guest • Feb 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Blackberry 10

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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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted ... PHP

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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...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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    • Discontinued Shut down per notice on homepage, but has been forked via http://alternativeto.net/software/gerbera/ See http://mediatomb.cc/

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Comment by katefox
about Plex and younity · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

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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Front Row

Comment by Artua
about Plex · Dec 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -3 Helpful Report as spam

How is this different to Front Row?

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Well, both have the same purpose: to organize music/videos into a good-looking interface for home theaters. However, Front Row is very basic. Plex has far more features, and simply looks better, too. I won't get into specifics, but I would definitely recommend using Plex over Front Row.

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Comment by beeda2004
about Plex · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -4 Helpful Report as spam

not working with cryptobox DLNA

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