15 Useful And Best Media Server Software For Linux

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Insight: 15 Useful And Best Media Server Software For Linux

There is no doubt that Linux is multi-purpose operating systems. It has gone far from being the operating systems for system administrators or for the programmers. You can use it for many purpose.

In this post, We will talk about some of the best Media server software for Linux so that you can turn your Linux to media server instantly.

15 Useful And Best Media Server Software For Linux

1. Plex

We are starting with Plex. Plex is popular Media server software for Linux. It is also available for other operating system making it cross-platform media server software. Tidal, popular music streaming service is also integrated with Plex server.

Download the .deb file from the official link and install it in your Linux.

Download Plex


2. Kodi

We prefer saying it the best media server software for Linux. Kodi is an open source and completely free media server software for Linux. Kodi includes the support for ROMs, decryption, game emulators,  Digital and more.

How to install Kodi in Ubuntu

Run the following commands to install Kodi in Ubuntu by adding the official PPA

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install kodi

For other Linux operating system, download the kodi from below.

Download Kodi


3. Universal Media Server

Universal Media Server is a free, open source and cross-platform media server software. Easy to use with clean web interface Universal Media Server is a simple tool without any advance features.

Download UMS


4. Gerbera

Gerbera is another simple media server tool which can be used to stream services using your local network resources. It has also optional transcoding support feature which can converts your media to a format supported by your devices.

Download Garbera


5. MythTV

MythTV is a free and open source media server software. It is also cross platform software. According to the  company official website, They would like to say it as an alternative to Windows Media Center or Tivo. You can also watch and record analog and/or digital TV, including HDTV, Pause, skip, and rewind live TV shows,Parental controls to keep your kids out of the good shows and many more.

Download MythTV


6. Jellyfin

It is an opensource and free media server software and is a fork of Emby media server. It has no built-in tracking, and no central servers collecting your data.

Download Jellyfin


7. Subsonic

Subsonic is a feature rich media server software. It has tried to secure the connection with the use of HTTPS/SSL encryption for ultimate protection.


Download Subsonic


8. LibreELEC

LibreELEC is based on Kodi media server. At the time of this article, LibreELEC 9.0.1 (Leia) is the latest version. It has also DRM support like Kodi media server.

Download LibreELEC


9. Serviio

Serviio is a free and cross paltform media server software. It is based on Java technology. It can streams audio, video (SD & HD) and image files in their native format or transcoded in real-time, supports RAW camera images, supports automatic renderer detection and per-IP profile assignment and many more.

Download Serviio


10. OpenFLIXR Media Server

OpenFLIXR Media Server is an all-in-one media server. It supports automated downloading facility. It is also integrated with Plex media server.

Download OpenFLIXR


11. Madsonic – Music Streamer

Madsonic is a popular media server software. It is web-based media library and media streamer with jukebox functionality. You can even make your own add-ons or scripts with the Madsonic’s API.

Download Madsonic


12. MediaPortal

MediaPortal is a simple media server software. You can play videos, movies, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, Listen to music and radio , Stream media, radio and TV to any HTPC / PC connected to your network  and many more.



13. Emby

Emby is a powerful and advanced Media server software. It can automatically converts and streams your personal media  play on any device. It even sync your personal media to smart phones and tablets for easy offline access. For parents, It has also the feature like to create access schedules, time limits, and more.

Download Emby


14. OSMC (Open Source Media Center)

How can we miss OSMC in our list of best media center software for Linux. It is free and open source  software which was originally based on KODI media server. OSMC is a beautifuly designed media center software which is also easy to use. It says that

OSMC is a free and open source media center built for the people, by the people.

Download OSMC


15. Red5 Media Server

Red5 media server is also an open source and free to use media center server software. According to the company’s website, Red5 has been and is being used by thousands of companies from Amazon to Facebook. Red5 can be used for Live streaming purpose too.

Download Red5

Bonus list:

Tvmobili – Smart TV Media Server

Obmin – HTTP File Server for GNU/Linux

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