Free Plex Alternatives

    The best free alternative to Plex is Emby. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Plex and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Plex are Jellyfin (Free, Open Source), Universal Media Server (Free, Open Source), Stremio (Freemium, Open Source) and Serviio (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 20, 2021

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • Android
    • Self-Hosted
    • iPad
    • Online
    • Apple TV
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows Phone
    • Kindle Fire
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Cloudron
    • Fire TV
    • Chromecast
    • Xbox
    • Roku

    Features

    • Media Server
    • Media center
    • Support for DLNA
    • Streaming
    • Media Streaming
    • Video streaming
    • Music Streaming
    • Music Library
    • DNLA Server
    • Chromecast Support
    • Local server
    • Stream video to Apple TV
    • Stream audio
    • Music collection
    • Self-hosted music
    • Web-Based
    • Xbox
    • Media library
    • Support for IPTV
    • Media Transcoding

    License

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    • Media Center plugin that presents your media with a simple, intuitive, and fast interface. View 32 alternatives to Emby
      Most users think Emby is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Apple TV
      • Kindle Fire
      • Roku
      • Cloudron
      • Playstation
      • Xbox
      Emby vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      Horaciogarro Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server!
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      4
      Very good alternative to Plex media server and free multi-user (for Plex one needs a Plex account first and a Plex pass).
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      2
      dzevel5 Plex is horrible at consumer privacy! Emby just a perfect solution especially for NAS. While Plex logging and collecting data, Emby won’t and then device can go into sleep mode perfect.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      -1
      A superb alternative to plex, much faster streaming start of the video over internet.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      -1
      Dalcolli enable subtitle, imdb sync, and more
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
      Emby is much more flexible in how media is grouped and displayed
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -1
      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.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      -2
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    • Jellyfin is a personal media server and client. View 14 alternatives to Jellyfin
      Almost everyone thinks Jellyfin is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • HP webOS
      • Chrome OS
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
      • Ungoogled Chromium
      • Mopidy
      • Cloudron
      • Kodi
      • Fire TV
      • Roku
      • Xbox
      • Firefox
      Jellyfin vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      tijmen Jellyfin is actually open source, unlike Emby.
      Top positive comment  5 months ago

      1
      FOSS, easy to set up, and easy to customize!
      Top positive comment  7 months ago

      1
      tom967 True FOSS ! Works great on atomic pi.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      2
      latotale The future of Plex / Emby, just a question of time
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      4
      seczamotu It's FOSS and they don't spy on you. No paywalls and 'Premium' packages. It's completely free.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      6
      free open source and has apps for all platforms
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      5
      Free & Open Source. No invasion of privacy!
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
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      7 of 9 comments


    • Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. It was originally based on PS3 Media Server by shagrath. View 44 alternatives to Universal Media Server
      Most users think Universal Media Server is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Universal Media Server vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      No faffing about and less intrusive and no personal data shared like plex does.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      3
      jebofponderworthy Extremely easy install. Completely seamless connection to Roku Media Player. Very lightweight, but fully functional.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      2
      Works fine with Chromecast.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      0
      ums is only a dlna server but plex serves the clients with custom apps, video transcoding and other features.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      -10
    • 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, AppleTV! Stremio also gives you notifications for new episodes / movies. View 57 alternatives to Stremio
      This alternative is disputed. Stremio is still a legitimate alternative to Plex, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      Stremio vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Does not play local content, only paid online content.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      9
      Does't allow local content.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      0
    • 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. View 42 alternatives to Serviio
      Almost everyone thinks Serviio is a great alternative to Plex.


    • 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. View 71 alternatives to Ampache
      Some users think Ampache is a great alternative to Plex, some don't.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Self-Hosted
      • PHP
      • Cloudron
      Ampache vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming)
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      6
    • 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! View 65 alternatives to Infuse
      Most users think Infuse is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • iPhone
      • iPad
      • Apple TV
      Infuse vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      This is equivalent to other media players (like VLC etc.) not to streaming media servers like Plex.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

      1
    • Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video. View 71 alternatives to Subsonic
      Most users think Subsonic is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Windows Phone
      • Self-Hosted
    • 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 … View 30 alternatives to MiniDLNA
      Almost everyone thinks MiniDLNA is a great alternative to Plex.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      MiniDLNA vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Plex is too commercial too many nags - also smart tv apps are variable SAMSUNG smart tv app hasn't worked for years :(
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      3
      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      -8
    • 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... View 36 alternatives to OSMC
      This alternative is disputed. OSMC is still a legitimate alternative to Plex, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Apple TV
      • Raspberry Pi
      OSMC vs Plex
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

      15
      totally different piece of software
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

      8
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