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Kodi's media library and playing functionality is second to none, with the ability to index and transcode your favorite audiovisual content with relative ease. Though Plex also functions as a media player alternative to Kodi, its true strength lies in its ability to act as an efficient and effective local media server, whereas Kodi excels at being both a single machine and local network-based media player. In addition, Kodi's support for Internet Protocol television (IPTV) enables its users to enjoy live TV from the comfort of the app.

Though Kodi has the ability to stream media over a local network, there are alternatives with more robust network streaming abilities to peruse in order to get the best of both worlds when needed.

Kodi alternatives are mainly Media Centers but may also be Media Players or Media Servers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Kodi.
This page was last updated May 4, 2022
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  • Raspberry Pi
  • Fire TV

Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox,...

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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 vs Kodi opinions
    Most users think Stremio is a great alternative to Kodi.

    I s one the best alternative software, 1- is free, 2- give choice to watch a TV show or movie, 3- the quality of content range from media to high and 4- the speed is quite good, the only small issue with this soft, is adaptability to remote control, and l think that they can correct soon..

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    Easy to use, fast and allows more content. From my experience this is what I expected of Kodi, but now I am missing a few features ;)

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    Kodi can access local (NAS in the same network) files. Stremio can not and therefore is no alternative.

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    jimmilesmail

    It won't import folders or files from my local collection. Makes it useless to me.

    Negative comment 9 months ago
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    Super easy and fast to use. Excelent! The best!

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  2. Emby

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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple TV
    • Kindle Fire
    • Roku
    • Cloudron
    • Playstation
    • Xbox

    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 Kodi opinions
    Most users think Emby is a great alternative to Kodi.
    davidjuniorsaylor

    Emby has a way nicer UI than KODI and it's way easier to setup (atleast on Linux Ubuntu 20 anyway. You can browse through your media by alphabet (the one feature that KODI and Netflix both lack).

    Positive comment about 2 months ago
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    Like Plex, Emby is a server/player hybrid. Allowing you to manage users with unique watch histories and transcoding for any device. The player is robust, covering Windows, iOS, Android, Windows Phone amongst others, along with the most robust web player on the market.

    Positive comment almost 7 years ago
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    Kodi has addons and many extra features

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  3. AIMP is powerful free audio player for Windows OS that supports for local files, NAS, clouds, and podcasts. Additionally, it includes powerful tools to operate with audio files.

  4. 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 storage and the Internet.

    OSMC vs Kodi opinions
    Some users think OSMC is a great alternative to Kodi, some don't.
    Lura

    OSMC is an operating system using KODI, it's not an alternative.

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    jimmilesmail

    Only works on a streaming device like Raspberry Pi or Apple TV. Won't run on Win 10.

    Negative comment 9 months ago
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    It is an OS, not an Apple TV app

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  5. Jellyfin

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • HP webOS
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Google Chrome
    • Ungoogled Chromium
    • Mopidy
    • Roku
    • 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.

    Jellyfin vs Kodi opinions
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    pandaM3CH4

    I preferred Jellyfin to Kodi because JF is free and worked without any hassle between a Windows 10 PC and an Android TV. And for a lot of filetypes!

    Positive comment 10 months ago
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  6. Infuse

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Mac

    Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS 12, with powerful streaming options, trakt sync, and unmatched AirPlay & subtitle support.

    Most users think Infuse is a great alternative to Kodi.
  7. The only player you will ever need. Stunning video quality thanks to advanced engine. Video conversion optimized for social media. Innovative and fully customizable user interface. In one word - Splash.

    Discontinued

    dead after 3 years of no updates!

    Most users think Splash is a great alternative to Kodi.
  8. MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way.

    MediaPortal vs Kodi opinions
    Most users think MediaPortal is a great alternative to Kodi.
    rsbrux

    MediaPortal is a fully featured system which can install everything you need in one pass. Despite the URL "kodi.tv", Kodi does not include a TV backend and depends on the installation of a TV service like DVBviewer or MediaPortal to provide TV features, like watching or recording TV.

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  9. Koel

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Self-Hosted
    • Cloudron

    A personal music streaming server that works.

    If you want to use the mobile apps, you have to pay for it.

  10. 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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