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Plex Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to Plex for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Jellyfin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Plex and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Plex are Emby, Stremio, Universal Media Server and Serviio.

Plex alternatives are mainly Media Servers but may also be Media Centers or Music Streaming Services. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Plex.
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  1. 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
    • 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.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeJellyfin doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsJellyfin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineJellyfin can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedJellyfin is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Kids ModeJellyfin allows you to create and manage your kids' profiles in order to protect them.
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    Almost everyone thinks Jellyfin is a great alternative to Plex.
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    tijmen

    Jellyfin is actually open source, unlike Emby.

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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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    FOSS, easy to implement, & configure

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    kelsonv

    Jellyfin was easier to set up (especially on a headless server), doesn't require me to log into a cloud account just to play my local media collection, doesn't keep pushing a subscription service when I just want to listen to my own music.

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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!

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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

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    Kedman

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

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    Emby

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    • Mac
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    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
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    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.

    ⚫︎ Kids ModeEmby allows you to create and manage your kids' profiles in order to protect them.
    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Emby.
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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).

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    Horaciogarro

    Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server!

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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.

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    A superb alternative to plex, much faster streaming start of the video over internet.

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    Dalcolli

    enable subtitle, imdb sync, and more

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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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  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!

    ⚫︎ Ad-freeStremio doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Stremio.
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    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightUniversal Media Server consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Most users think Universal Media Server is a great alternative to Plex.

    Works fine with Chromecast.

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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.

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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.


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    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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    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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  7. Subsonic icon

    Subsonic

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
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    • 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.
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    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 …

    ⚫︎ LightweightMiniDLNA consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    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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    OpenELEC

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Raspberry Pi

    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsOpenELEC can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Discontinued

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

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    Video Hub App

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Browse, search, preview, and organize your videos.

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