Alternatives to Plex for Mac with any 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...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet BSD iPad Raspberry Pi Fire TV

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    • Kodi does not transcode and stream media like plex. At least not yet.... 8-) Guest • Sep 2015 • 38 agrees and 14 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 • 33 agrees and 12 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • kodi is not a media server, it's a media viewer not designed to share content Guest • Nov 2017 • 19 agrees and 13 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • As mentioned, Kodi doesn't really provide a server platform; you can do this with the experimental MySQL functionality, but it's hacky at the moment. Plex provides client applications AND a server that the client apps use - Kodi provides client applications only. Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is something completely different, hence no alternative Guest • 2 days ago 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 • 5 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 • 4 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
  • Stremio

    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...

    Free Personal Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet

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    • Does not play local content, only paid online content. Guest • Oct 2017 • 4 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 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • younity

    younity is your free personal media server: Access, stream, and share all your videos, music, photos, and files from any device.

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    • It's free, totally uncomplicated to setup, and requires zero knowledge of home media servers. katefoxJan 2016 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Works as a great alternative to plex. Has an easy set up in comparison. gabeleahyFeb 2016 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lets me stream my movies from my computers to my iPad over LAN, WAN & P2P. brandonsearcherFeb 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • HomeNet Local Media Server

    HomeNet Local Area Network Media Server - lightweight alternative to Plex - ( HTML5 + Chromecast support ) A relatively simple, minimalist, lightweight media center...

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted ... PHP

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  • 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/
  • 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.
  • Squire

    Squire is a media center to stream movies and shows from torrents or local files. It’s an always-running menu bar app. The brain where all the local video files or...

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