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    Plex Alternatives for Mac

    There are many alternatives to Plex for Mac if you are looking for a replacement. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Plex are Emby (Freemium), Stremio (Free, Open Source), Universal Media Server (Free, Open Source) and Serviio (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Jan 19, 2022
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      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.
      Jellyfin vs Plex opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Jellyfin is a great alternative to Plex.
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      tijmen Jellyfin is actually open source, unlike Emby.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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
      Top positive comment  7 months 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 4 months ago

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      Kedman Best alternatif from Plex ! And it's FREE et OPEN-SOURCE ! ?
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      FOSS, easy to set up, and easy to customize!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      tom967 True FOSS ! Works great on atomic pi.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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

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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.
      Emby vs Plex opinions
      Most users think Emby is a great alternative to Plex.
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      Horaciogarro Is the exact alternative to Plex.+ web server!
      Top positive comment  over 6 years ago

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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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      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 3 years ago

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      A superb alternative to plex, much faster streaming start of the video over internet.
      Positive comment about 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
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    1. 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.
      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.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Does't allow local content.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    2. 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.
      Universal Media Server vs Plex opinions
      Most users think Universal Media Server is a great alternative to Plex.
      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    3. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Serviio is a great alternative to Plex.


    4. 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.
      Ampache vs Plex opinions
      Some users think Ampache is a great alternative to Plex, some don't.
      Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming)
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      Ampache is an audio server only, which is only a small subset of what Plex does, and not even Plex's primary focus.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    5. 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.
      Most users think Subsonic is a great alternative to Plex.
    6. An all-in-one solution for sending about any video from your Windows or Mac computer to your Chromecast or Apple TV.
      Airflow vs Plex opinions
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      fPortal Nothing to do with Plex. This software just streams to your media devices. (Chromecast or Apple TV)
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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    7. Browse, search, preview, and organize your videos.
    8. PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding.

      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.

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