Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope
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Plex is streaming media server and client software. It is available for free, with premium features for paid customers. It enables a user to stream a library of high-quality video, audio, and images over a home or remote network to a device running the client software.


Development of Plex began in 2007 as a personal project of Elan Feingold, who wanted to port the XBMC media player to macOS. His work caught the attention of software publishers, who eventually funded his work. In December 2009, they founded Plex, Inc. to develop a commercial fork of the software.

Supported platforms


The Plex server can run on x86 or ARM CPUs, on the following operating systems:

Also, Plex supports the following NAS devices and manufacturers:


Plex client apps are available for the following devices and operating systems:

Related pages

Media player, Stream, Video terms