Alternatives for all platforms with Open Source License

  • Kodi

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect...

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    • Kodi does not transcode and stream media like plex. At least not yet.... 8-) Guest • Sep 2015 • 34 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Kodi is a media center client while Plex is a media center server. Plex is used to share content, Kodi is used to view content. Guest • Jul 2017 • 28 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • kodi is not a media server, it's a media viewer not designed to share content Guest • Nov 2017 • 16 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

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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). Guest • Oct 2017 • 4 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 3 agrees and 2 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 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 • 8 agrees and 3 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 • 1 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 2 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 OS X 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 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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/
  • Semper Media Center

    Semper Media Center (SPMC in short) is a Android-minded fork of Kodi, by the former Kodi android maintainer, Koying.

    Free Open Source Android

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    • For Android TV you get the best and smoothest picture Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • PS3 Media Server

    PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer developed, but last version, 1.90.1, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • Pith

    Pith sits on a server or NAS. It scans your media for movies and tv shows and you access it through a modern web UI from your tablet, phone or PC. From there you can...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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  • Rygel

    Rygel is a home media solution that allows you to easily share audio, video and pictures, and control of media player on your home network. In technical terms it is both...

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  • OpenPHT

    OpenPHT is a community driven fork of Plex Home Theater (abandoned). That's a open-source client for Plex. Need to install Plex Media Server.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    • this is not a server, its simply a client for plex server. Guest • 4 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Jinzora Media Server

    Jinzora Media Server is a web based media streaming and management system, allowing you to stream your music and videos to any device with a web browser.

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Android Self-Hosted

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    • Discontinued Last update in 2013... https://sourceforge.net/projects/jinzora/
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  • Moovida

    Moovida is transforming the way consumers experience digital entertainment media. In a world where the promise of on-demand media has yet to be realized, Moovida...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.1.1, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.

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