via HTPC Beginner
January 27, 2017
Plex vs Kodi is a question that is commonly asked by beginners who are trying to setup a media center. Plex Media Server (plex.tv) is a server based program which streams your media files to a variety of client devices with a client side Plex application installed. The Plex Media Server is available on Windows, Linux and OSX platforms and can also be integrated directly into some NAS setups. Plex is proprietary software which offers many useful features to those wishing to access their media library from different rooms of their home or even from remote locations.
Kodi Home Theater (kodi.tv), formerly XBMC, is stand alone, open source Home Theater Software which is very flexible and customizable. Kodi is also available on a variety of platforms including Windows, OSX and several different Linux flavors. It is also available for ARM devices.
When comparing Plex vs Kodi (or Plex vs XBMC) its important to remember that they share a common pedigree and are sort of long lost brothers. Portions of Plex were forked (or derived from) Kodi source code back in 2008. This results in some similarities between the two. Both Plex and Kodi not only play your media, but organize it using a powerful back-end database which is populated by ‘scrapping’ metadata, images and artwork from online sources (such as theTVDB.com or theMovieDB.org) You can then organize, categorize and even use this information to display and browse your media library in stunning fashion.