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Self-Hosted Plex Alternatives

Plex is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted 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 17 are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to Plex are Emby, Ampache, Subsonic and Streama.

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
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    • Online
    • Android
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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.

    ⚫︎ 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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    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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    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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    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 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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  4. Subsonic icon

    Subsonic

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    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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    Streama

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Android
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    Ever had a huge bookshelf full of shows and movies? Ever wanted to digitalize them, but didn't have a good way of organizing the files? Worry no more! Streama is your own personal Netflix for just such a purpose!

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    Streama is very like Netflix

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    Madsonic

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    • Kindle Fire

    Madsonic is a web-based media streamer and jukebox fork of Subsonic Based on Java technology, Madsonic runs on most platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, OSX, and Unix variants.

    ⚫︎ Multiple Account supportMadsonic support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
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    Oblecto

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    Oblecto is a media server, similar to Plex, Emby, Netflix and others. It runs in the background on a home server to index your media such as movies and TV shows to make them searchable and streamable through a REST based interface.

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    Olaris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted

    Olaris is an open-source, community driven, media manager and transcoding server.

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    mStream

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Self-Hosted

    mStream is a suite of open source software that lets you sync and stream your music between all your devices.

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  10. LMS - Lightweight Music Server

    • FreeOpen Source
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    • Raspberry Pi

    Access your self-hosted music using a web interface.

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