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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, Stremio, Universal Media Server and Serviio.

Plex alternatives are mainly Media Servers but may also be Media Centers or Audio Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Plex.
This page was last updated Jun 20, 2022
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  1. Emby icon

    Emby

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple TV
    • Kindle Fire
    • Roku
    • Cloudron
    • Playstation
    • Xbox

    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 interface. Emby prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, media rich experience for the whole family.

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    Emby vs Plex opinions
    Most users think Emby is a great alternative to Plex.
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    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 4 years ago
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    Horaciogarro

    Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server!

    Top positive comment  almost 7 years ago
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    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 over 3 years ago
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    A superb alternative to plex, much faster streaming start of the video over internet.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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    Dalcolli

    enable subtitle, imdb sync, and more

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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    Emby is much more flexible in how media is grouped and displayed

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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.

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  2. Jellyfin icon

    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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Jellyfin is a great alternative to Plex.
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    prayagprajapati17

    Jellyfin is customizable, its transcoding is better than plex and there is much more to it than plex. Sure right now it is not as polished as plex but they are working on it

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    tijmen

    Jellyfin is actually open source, unlike Emby.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    onkoe

    It's a fork of pre-proprietary Emby with numerous fixes and changes to make the experience more smooth and modern. Simply amazing for privacy and functionality!

    Positive comment 15 days ago
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    gustavodsilvagd

    it is trully self hosted without the need of something like the plex server and it also has some features, like multiple accounts, that are paid in plex

    Positive comment 6 months ago
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    Kedman

    Best alternatif from Plex ! And it's FREE et OPEN-SOURCE ! ?

    Positive comment 12 months ago
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    FOSS, easy to set up, and easy to customize!

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    tom967

    True FOSS ! Works great on atomic pi.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  3. 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!

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    Stremio vs Plex opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Stremio is still a legitimate alternative to Plex, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Does not play local content, only paid online content.

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    Does't allow local content.

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  4. 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.

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    Universal Media Server vs Plex opinions
    Most users think Universal Media Server is a great alternative to Plex.

    Works fine with Chromecast.

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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    ums is only a dlna server but plex serves the clients with custom apps, video transcoding and other features.

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    No faffing about and less intrusive and no personal data shared like plex does.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    jebofponderworthy

    Extremely easy install. Completely seamless connection to Roku Media Player. Very lightweight, but fully functional.

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  5. 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.

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    Almost everyone thinks Serviio is a great alternative to Plex.


  6. Infuse icon

    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.

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

    This is equivalent to other media players (like VLC etc.) not to streaming media servers like Plex.

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  7. Ampache icon

    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.

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    Ampache vs Plex opinions
    Some users think Ampache is a great alternative to Plex, some don't.

    Ampache is an audio server only, which is only a small subset of what Plex does, and not even Plex's primary focus.

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    Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming)

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  8. MiniDLNA icon

    MiniDLNA

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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 …

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    MiniDLNA vs Plex opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MiniDLNA is a great alternative to Plex.

    Plex is too commercial too many nags - also smart tv apps are variable SAMSUNG smart tv app hasn't worked for years :(

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    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.

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  9. Subsonic icon

    Subsonic

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows Phone
    • Self-Hosted

    Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video. Use it to share your music with friends, or to listen to your own music while at work.

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    Most users think Subsonic is a great alternative to Plex.
  10. OpenELEC icon

    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.

    Discontinued

    Since 2017 source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenELECalso, the website is dead.

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