Kodi Alternatives for Linux

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

    This page was last updated Jul 14, 2021

    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.
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      Stremio vs Kodi opinions
      Most users think Stremio is a great alternative to Kodi.
      Kodi can access local (NAS in the same network) files. Stremio can not and therefore is no alternative.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      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..
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      Super easy and fast to use. Excelent! The best!
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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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 ;)
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Plex bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video.
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      Plex vs Kodi opinions
      Some users think Plex is a great alternative to Kodi, some don't.
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      I have been using plex for over a year now. It's over all the best media server/client available on the market. I have no doubt. I will be using plex the next coming years.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      ExquisiteDisaster It's probably the best alternative in terms of support and features but damn this program is frustrating to use and resource intensive on your system.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      As already mentioned, a streaming platform isn't an alternative to a media player.
      Top negative comment  almost 4 years ago

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      Even though Plex is a media server, it can still be used for the same things but not all things Kodi can do are on Plex.
      Positive comment 5 months ago

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      Kodi is a local media player, not a streaming platform.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Plex is a streaming service. Kodi is an end-user media management program.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Plex is just a program that relies on another OS to function. Kodi can be set up to be a base OS with a minimal Linux backend
      Negative comment over 1 year 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.
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      Emby vs Kodi opinions
      Most users think Emby is a great alternative to Kodi.
      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 6 years ago

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      Kodi has addons and many extra features
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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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.
    2. A personal music streaming server that works.
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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. Basic features * DLNA 1.
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    4. 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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      PS3 Media Server vs Kodi opinions
      Some users think PS3 Media Server is a great alternative to Kodi, some don't.
      nandhp Kodi is primarily a front-end ("10-foot interface"), PS3 Media Server is primarily a back-end.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    5. Browse, search, and preview your videos.
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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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    6. OpenPHT is a community driven fork of Plex Home Theater (abandoned).
      That's a open-source client for Plex. Need to install Plex Media Server.

      For download releases - https://github.com/RasPlex/OpenPHT/releases
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