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Plex Media Center bridges the gap between your Mac/Windows 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. The real power of Plex is found in its library features: Organize your media into versatile libraries, automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet, and display your libraries using one of the visually stunning skins. Plex Pass costs around $5/month.

Free software
OS:Windows MacOS Linux
Version:1.2.7 / 1.3.0 Pass
Released:Nov 23, 2016
File size:93.3MB
Old versions available
Version history available
8.1/10
5 votes




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Latest version

1.2.7 / 1.3.0 Pass (November 23, 2016)



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Download Plex Media Server 1.2.7  [Direct link 93.3MB]  [Win]



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Download Plex Media Server 1.2.7 from another mirror site  [Direct link 93.3MB]  [Win]

Download Plex Media Server Mac 64-bit version  [Direct link ~93.3MB]  [Mac64]

Download Plex Media Server Linux version  [Linux]



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Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Plex Media Server 1.3.0 is now available for Plex Pass members.

NEW
(Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.11.0.
(Photos) Optional automatic tagging of photos in Photo libraries. (Requires a Plex Pass.)
(Photos) Massively improved performance of photo library scans.
(Music) Improve matching of local album art. (#5654)
FIXES:
(Apple TV) Improve seeking behavior. (#5029)
(Sync) Issues syncing photo sync items on folders with lots of subfolders. (#5284)
(Sync) Occasional issues syncing from multiple sync clients. (#5767)
(Sync) Errors syncing playlists inside folders. (#5780)
(Transcoder) Boost audio using a rematrix adjustment, instead of simply increasing volume. (#4594)
(Scanner) Music scanner fails to scan in files with replaygain_seratogain_gain. (#4352)
(Scanner) Issues refreshing libraries when library locations contained trailing slashes. (#5396)
(Scanner) Issues scanning certain Hawaii Five-O episodes.
(Scanner) Duplicate status alerts generated for Camera Uploads. (#5150)
(Metadata) Adding an album to Various Artists was causing other albums to be refreshed. (#4418)
(Metadata) Preserve user edited text fields when unmatching and rematching a media file. (#4999)
(Video) Improve performance when direct streaming video on some TV apps. (#5532)
(Music) The music library created during setup wasn't premium for Plex Pass users. (#5775)
(Music) Support local per-track music videos, stored globally. (#5564)
(Music) Replace 'Popular New Music Videos' hub with 'Recently Added Music Videos'. (#5564)
(Relay) Cache host keys to improve relay startup performance. (#5516)
(DLNA) Issues with TV show watched status on DLNA clients and LG Medialink. (#5609)
(DLNA) Crash generating DIDL for videos with no video streams. (#5731)
(Sharing) Issues with content rating restrictions containing diacritics and other non-ASCII characters. (#5565)
(HTTP) Return 503 errors when server is overloaded. (#5530)
(Search) Duplicate search results in certain cases. (#5657)
(Safari) Downloads weren't resuming correctly. (#5548)
(iTunes) Importing iTunes playlist from a non-default location wasn't working on Windows. (#5755)
Artwork and images might not display in certain clients when the server wasn't signed in. (#5748)
A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5465) (#5773) (#5788) (#5804)

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It amazes me how people bash Plex. I assure anyone that came across this link that negative reviews of Plex are due to a lack of patience. Configuring your Plex server does take some time and patience but it is great once you're done. A friend of mine recommended it after I placed my TBs of media on a Synology NAS and using Synology's Media server that is actually pretty good.
The ease of Plex to share outside of your network cannot be topped. Plex has allowed me to share my videos with around 10 friends/family around the country with an excellent simple user interface on almost any device that you can think of. The devices that connect to my servers are Roku (sticks/boxes), Androids (phones/tablets), Google Nexus, Amazing Fires(stick/tablets), iPhones/iPads/AppleTV, PS4, 360 and a good web interface (and AWESOME Chrome app. Plex works great with Chromecast, including subtitles.
Why would you use an app that still is still Java-based? I already hate that Synology will not update their interface to stop requiring Java. Some people have much simpler needs and like Kodi, Emby, MediaPortal, Infuse and apparently this Serviio but I recommend giving Plex another try (especially if you share your content).
Personally I have learned so much about codecs, containers , subtitles, etc.



May 29, 2016 by sundi712 Version: 2.6.1 OS: Other Ease: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value: 9/10 Overall: 9/10



Plex is fine except for the bug that keeps ffmpeg running even when no transcoding is required and it hogs your CPU. Serviio is much better if you put more value on speed and simplicity and don't need a lot of metadata.


Jan 12, 2016 by rogeroo Version: 3.0.0.149 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 8/10




This tool allows you to stream your movies, home movies, pictures, music, and even live tv providing you have an HD Homerun.

It streams to computers, android, apple, roku, playstation and Xbox.

Quality of streaming is limited only by the original resolution of the source and bandwidth on both sides.

A little tedious to set up but once done, it is a fantastic server system for your media.



Oct 8, 2015 by Eyedoctor2 Version: 0.9.12.13 OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value: 10/10 Overall: 10/10



I tried a previous version and it was very slow starting videos due to waiting while it transcoded. Perhaps there were profiles that would allow it to skip transcoding but I didn't see any in the menus. Also I noticed Plex wants media files to have names in a specific format. I had no interest in renaming all my media. Serviio was much faster for me so I uninstalled Plex and went back to using Serviio.

I now tried the updated version 0.9.7.9. I got the following error message "A problem has been detected with a core component of Plex. Please visit the forums". So with the newer version I couldn't get it to work at all. The program may be good once they get the bugs out. Of all the DLNA servers I've tried Serviio works the most reliably.




Jan 4, 2013 by danzeb Version: 0.9.7.9 OS: WinXP Ease: 5/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value: 7/10 Overall: 5/10



Please make it work on 1 million Roku players, and many more Wii's and you really got a winner. I gave it a 9 across the board because you are on the right track.


Apr 13, 2011 by sum_guy Version: 0.9.2.7 OS: Windows 7 Ease: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value: 9/10 Overall: 9/10


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