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Plex Media Server free download for Mac

Plex Media Server

Seamlessly connect your Plex clients with your local media.

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Plex Media Server overview

Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use.

Plex Media Server runs on your Mac, PC, or compatible NAS device and serves your media to all of your Plex clients, including Plex-enabled mobile devices and 2011 LG Smart TVs.

Features:
  • Effortlessly organize your media into a versatile library
  • Native Cocoa and web-based versions provide local and network access to management features
  • Automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet
  • Complete customization of your library with a few clicks
  • Automatic updates when new local content is added

What’s new in version 1.40.1

Updated on Mar 18 2024

New:
  • (Extras) New preference for Cinema Trailers to always include English language trailers when account audio language is not set to English (PM-620).
  • (Web) Updated to 4.125.1
Fixes:
  • (DVR) Replace Lower Quality was not taking effect (#14646)
  • (Metadata) Marking a show or season as watched created view history entries (PM-935)
  • (Stream Selection) A show’s subtitle mode would not override the account’s if account’s was set to “Manually selected” (PM-660)
  • (View History) Keep view history of items when marked as unplayed (#14663)
  • (View History) View history was not created when a partially played item was marked as played (PM-1021)
  • (Web) Home Screen content would not load when unauthenticated. (DISCO-1547)
  • (Web) Refreshing the browser during playback would cause an error in the playback session. (DISCO-1612)
  • (MacOS) Scanner would crash on startup on some versions of MacOS (#14785)
View older Plex Media Server updates

Information

License

Free

Size

133.2 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.plex.tv/

Downloads

194925

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13 or later
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Aug 26 2022
1.28.1.6104
0.0
Aug 26 2022
0.0
Version: 1.28.1.6104
URGENT: Plex has been HACKED. Change your password ASAP! --> "Plex imposes password reset after hackers steal data for >15 million users" - - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/08/plex-imposes-password-reset-after-hackers-steal-data-for-15-million-users/
Satcomer
Satcomer
Mar 24 2022
1.25.8.5663
0.0
Mar 24 2022
0.0
Version: 1.25.8.5663
Where is universal or Silicone version going appear?
Macs-Pain
Macs-Pain
Feb 12 2021
1.21.3.4021
1.0
Feb 12 2021
1.0
Version: 1.21.3.4021
Gave it a try and downloaded and installed Plex. Only wanted to share my music in local network. After waiting half the day it finally was done. Then I realized that ALL covers who are embedded in the mp3-files were copied in a separate folder, which was several gigabytes of data... wtf? Immediately de-installed Plex and working with Serviio again. Serviio is able to display embedded covers without needing to copy gigabytes of covers seperately. Also configuring the app is much easier and everything is much more clearly displayed.
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Feb 11 2021
1.21.3.4021
0.0
Feb 11 2021
0.0
Version: 1.21.3.4021
IMPORTANT SECURITY UPDATE! - - "DDoSers are abusing the Plex Media Server to make attacks more potent. Plex Media servers using SSDP let DDoSers amplify attacks by a factor of 5." - - https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/ddosers-are-abusing-the-plex-media-server-to-make-attacks-more-potent/
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Jul 4 2020
1.19.4.2935
5.0
Jul 4 2020
5.0
Version: 1.19.4.2935
Used to have recurrent issues with database. No more. To me by far the best. My movie/music/ podcast hub.
Evh
Evh
Jan 8 2020
1.18.4.2171
4.0
Jan 8 2020
4.0
Version: 1.18.4.2171
Great with an internet connection - but frustrating no end if your internet is out for a stretch of days - Can't play any of my library without internet
Lhutz
Lhutz
Aug 25 2019
1.16.5.1488
4.0
Aug 25 2019
4.0
Version: 1.16.5.1488
After a wave of very negative responses by their users, they went back on their decision to no longer support TV mode setups for Macs and PCs. I'm very glad they listened.
Lhutz
Lhutz
Aug 16 2019
1.16.4.1469
4.0
Aug 16 2019
4.0
Version: 1.16.4.1469
They just announced they are killing off support for having your Mac directly connected to your TV, which is the most powerful and feature rich setup you can have. From January 2020 on, it will be streaming-only. :/
RodgerW6021
RodgerW6021
May 9 2019
1.15.4.994
0.0
May 9 2019
0.0
Version: 1.15.4.994
Version 1.15.4.994 New (DVR) Ability to give Home Users DVR access. (#8794) (Playback) Assume unknown audio to be foreign if the preferred audio language is not english (#6126) (Streaming Brain) Preference to allow automatically terminating playbacks which have been paused for an hour (#9700) (Subtitles) Auto select forced subtitles when not listening to foreign audio (#6126) (Web) Updated to 3.95.2 When transcoding for supported clients, automatically select media based on supported resolution and dynamic range (#9490) Fixes (Analysis) Chapters were not being imported for new media (#9843) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences for local / remote bandwidth (#9562) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences when showing streams as local / remote (#9562) (Metadata) Asking to refresh metadata still used cache for movies and TV shows (#1566) (Metadata) Related collections were not paginated (#9844)
RodgerW6021
RodgerW6021
Apr 24 2019
1.15.4.993
0.0
Apr 24 2019
0.0
Version: 1.15.4.993
Version 1.15.4.993 New (DVR) Ability to give Home Users DVR access. (#8794) (Playback) Assume unknown audio to be foreign if the preferred audio language is not english (#6126) (Streaming Brain) Preference to allow automatically terminating playbacks which have been paused for an hour (#9700) (Subtitles) Auto select forced subtitles when not listening to foreign audio (#6126) (Web) Updated to 3.95.2 When transcoding for supported clients, automatically select media based on supported resolution and dynamic range (#9490) Fixes (Analysis) Chapters were not being imported for new media (#9843) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences for local / remote bandwidth (#9562) (Dashboard) Respect user preferences when showing streams as local / remote (#9562) (Metadata) Asking to refresh metadata still used cache for movies and TV shows (#1566) (Metadata) Related collections were not paginated (#9844)
SimonAndrews5784
SimonAndrews5784
Jan 13 2019
1.14.1.5488
3.0
Jan 13 2019
3.0
Version: 1.14.1.5488
not bad, but its too buggy I think.
adamtheman17
adamtheman17
Oct 4 2018
1.13.8.5395
0.5
Oct 4 2018
0.5
Version: 1.13.8.5395
I been using plex for 2 years and yesterday my plex account got removed, so i contact support and they told me they can not tell me that type of information when i asked why i got removed, so i created a new account and not even 1 day i got removed again, what is funny the new account had only myself on it sharing the plex server and on facebook i still get no help, in the terms it says you can share it with the whole family but also plex can remove your account at any time for any reason. I was just sharing my desktop that had plex with family members and plex still today will not give me a answer........ I switch to emby and it does work better with playback then plex i would give emby a try forget about plex
Macadanqc
Macadanqc
Sep 2 2018
1.13.5.5332
4.0
Sep 2 2018
4.0
Version: 1.13.5.5332
Excellente application pour visionner vos films et téléséries sur vos différents appareils connectés grâce au lecteur Plex Media Player qui y est associé. Configuration très aisée en explorant votre réseau et en sélectionnant les différents fichiers de vos vidéos.
CODE_ASH
CODE_ASH
Jul 20 2018
1.13.4.5251
4.0
Jul 20 2018
4.0
Version: 1.13.4.5251
Streaming at its best
CODE_ASH
CODE_ASH
Jul 20 2018
1.13.4.5251
4.0
Jul 20 2018
4.0
Version: 1.13.4.5251
plex is best
Kobalt
Kobalt
Jun 11 2018
1.13.0.5023
0.0
Jun 11 2018
0.0
Version: 1.13.0.5023
New version 1.13.2.5154 available now: https://downloads.plex.tv/plex-media-server/1.13.2.5154-fd05be322/PlexMediaServer-1.13.2.5154-fd05be322-OSX.zip
Mcr
Mcr
Apr 23 2018
1.12.3
5.0
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Version: 1.12.3
Don't know why I waited so long to try Plex, i've only been using less than a year. I have the server running on a Late 2009 MacMini (core 2 duo) and it works fine, you don't need latest hardware or fastest CPU. It can handle 1920x1080 H264 in original quality with no transcoding. And this is reading off an external drive connected via Firewire 800. I've tried 4K and H265 but that's just a little too much for the ol' gal, but hey what a great use for a 10 year old Mac. Stream to iPads, iPhones, other Macs, Roku Stick, Roku 2. The Lifetime pass might seem expensive, but I recommend it. It's one time. If only streaming to Macs or Roku, you don't even need the pass.
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
Apr 23 2018
1.12.3
5.0
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Version: 1.12.3
This is great software. Been using it for years to stream my vast video library from my Early 2009 iMac to my Roku 2 and iPhone 8 Plus.
yazombie-1
yazombie-1
Dec 10 2017
1.10.0
0.5
Dec 10 2017
0.5
Version: 1.10.0
Attention: Plex prentends their apps work on many smart TVs. This is a lie. A lot of their smart TV apps haven't been updated in a while. LG's Plex client is more than a year old now, and can't reach their Cloud service due to insecure connexion. I would recommend strongly you don't waste your time with Plex if you plan to use with a smart TV.
Mcr
Mcr
Jun 14 2017
1.5.6
5.0
Jun 14 2017
5.0
Version: 1.5.6
For the life of me I can NOT get Plex to work on my home network to my Roku boxes (plural). I am not a noob; I understand about firewalls and subnets and so on. I've searched the forums and tried all the suggestions, etc. I"ve tried Plex server on macOS, Windows and Linux, and can not get my Roku boxes to connect. Windows Media Server works FINE, instantly recognized by Roku, but I'd rather run my media server from a second-hand MacMini under either macOS or Linux. This is my personal experience, YMMV. Roku says no client license is needed, everything I need is built in to the roku box and it SHOULD work.
ThomasMiller
ThomasMiller
Mar 19 2024
1.40.1
1.0
Mar 19 2024
1.0
Version: 1.40.1
aguycalledkwest
aguycalledkwest
Mar 11 2024
1.40.0.7998
4.0
Mar 11 2024
4.0
Version: 1.40.0.7998
lesv
lesv
Mar 4 2024
1.40.0.7998
1.0
Mar 4 2024
1.0
Version: 1.40.0.7998
Maxxfoxx
Maxxfoxx
Feb 28 2023
1.31.1.6733
2.0
Feb 28 2023
2.0
Version: 1.31.1.6733
firewall00110-1
firewall00110-1
Jul 16 2022
1.27.2.5929
2.0
Jul 16 2022
2.0
Version: 1.27.2.5929
ebalerina
ebalerina
Jul 12 2021
1.23.2.4656
1.0
Jul 12 2021
1.0
Version: 1.23.2.4656
radiovish
radiovish
May 28 2021
1.23.1.4571
3.0
May 28 2021
3.0
Version: 1.23.1.4571
freddofoxxy
freddofoxxy
May 19 2021
1.22.3.4523
4.0
May 19 2021
4.0
Version: 1.22.3.4523
Macs-Pain
Macs-Pain
Feb 12 2021
1.0
Feb 12 2021
1.0
Version: null
Maclover1-1
Maclover1-1
Jul 4 2020
5.0
Jul 4 2020
5.0
Version: null
Evh
Evh
Jan 8 2020
4.0
Jan 8 2020
4.0
Version: null
jostyee
jostyee
Nov 15 2019
4.0
Nov 15 2019
4.0
Version: null
Lhutz
Lhutz
Aug 25 2019
4.0
Aug 25 2019
4.0
Version: null
SimonAndrews5784
SimonAndrews5784
Jan 13 2019
3.0
Jan 13 2019
3.0
Version: null
adamtheman17
adamtheman17
Oct 4 2018
0.5
Oct 4 2018
0.5
Version: null
Macadanqc
Macadanqc
Sep 2 2018
4.0
Sep 2 2018
4.0
Version: null
CODE_ASH
CODE_ASH
Jul 20 2018
4.0
Jul 20 2018
4.0
Version: null
PRjohnson
PRjohnson
May 17 2018
5.0
May 17 2018
5.0
Version: null
Mcr
Mcr
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Version: null
RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Apr 23 2018
5.0
Version: null
yazombie-1
yazombie-1
Dec 10 2017
0.5
Dec 10 2017
0.5
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Mar 10 2017
5.0
Mar 10 2017
5.0
Version: null
bobbistyle
bobbistyle
Feb 8 2017
4.0
Feb 8 2017
4.0
Version: null
benjitek
benjitek
Sep 13 2015
4.5
Sep 13 2015
4.5
Version: null
neartheredrocks
neartheredrocks
Sep 6 2015
1.0
Sep 6 2015
1.0
Version: null
Diba
Diba
Aug 11 2015
5.0
Aug 11 2015
5.0
Version: null
eakster
eakster
Nov 9 2014
4.0
Nov 9 2014
4.0
Version: null
Jeff-H-
Jeff-H-
Aug 11 2014
4.0
Aug 11 2014
4.0
Version: null
Paul-Jones
Paul-Jones
Aug 4 2014
5.0
Aug 4 2014
5.0
Version: null
Raztov
Raztov
Jun 28 2014
5.0
Jun 28 2014
5.0
Version: null
cjred
cjred
Jun 19 2014
5.0
Jun 19 2014
5.0
Version: null
cantor
cantor
Jun 18 2014
5.0
Jun 18 2014
5.0
Version: null
Antonio-Volpe
Antonio-Volpe
Jun 18 2014
5.0
Jun 18 2014
5.0
Version: null
FreddyD5690
FreddyD5690
Mar 12 2014
4.0
Mar 12 2014
4.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Mar 4 2014
5.0
Mar 4 2014
5.0
Version: null
Badgerone
Badgerone
Mar 4 2014
5.0
Mar 4 2014
5.0
Version: null
GervaisdeM
GervaisdeM
Feb 28 2014
5.0
Feb 28 2014
5.0
Version: null
Philosopherdog
Philosopherdog
Dec 10 2013
5.0
Dec 10 2013
5.0
Version: null
OSX-FTW!
OSX-FTW!
Oct 30 2013
5.0
Oct 30 2013
5.0
Version: null
Quiiick
Quiiick
Sep 8 2013
4.0
Sep 8 2013
4.0
Version: null
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