Comparison of UPnP AV media servers

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The following table compares the operating system support and basic features of various UPnP AV media servers.

Name License Cost OS X Unix-like Windows Audio Images Video Transcoding Web Interface DLNA support Multilingual[1] Implementation Subtitles[2] Still Supported
360 Media Server GPL Free No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Java Unknown Unknown
aVia Media Player Prop. Free No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Unknown Java Unknown Yes
BRisa MIT Free Partial[3] Partial[3] No Yes Yes Yes Yes[4] Yes Unknown Unknown Python Unknown Unknown
Coherence MIT Free Partial[3] Partial[3] Partial[3] Yes Yes Yes Yes[5] Yes[4] Yes Unknown Python Unknown Unknown
DivX Prop. Free Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
Elgato Eyeconnect Prop. Non-free Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Yes Unknown Unknown No
Foobar2000[6] Prop. Free No No Yes Yes No No Yes No Unknown Unknown C++ Unknown Yes
FUPPES GPL Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Unknown C++ Unknown No
GeeXboX uShare GPL Free No Yes[7] No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Unknown C Unknown Unknown
Gmediaserver GPL Free No Yes No Yes No Yes No No Unknown Unknown C Unknown Unknown
Home Media Center GPLv2 Free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C++ / C# Yes Unknown
iSedora Media Server Prop. Non-free Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Jamcast Prop. Free No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Unknown C++ / C# / Java Unknown Yes
JRiver Media Center Prop. Non-free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C++ Yes Yes
Kodi Entertainment Center GPL Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [8] Yes No Yes Yes Yes C++ Yes Yes
KooRaRoo Media Prop. Non-free[9] Yes[10] Yes[11] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C++ Yes[12] Yes
LXiMedia GPL Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, mandatory Yes Yes Unknown C++ Yes Unknown
Majestic Media Server Prop. Non-free Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
MediaMonkey Prop. Non-free No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Delphi Yes Unknown
MediaTomb GPL Free Partial[13] Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown C++ Unknown Unknown
ReadyMedia (formerly MiniDLNA) GPL/BSD Free Partial[14] Yes Yes[15] Yes Yes Yes Partial[16] Partial[17] Yes Unknown C Yes Unknown
Mezzmo Prop. Non-free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes C++ Yes Yes
myiHome Prop. Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown Java Unknown Unknown
MythTV with uPnP GPL Free Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown C++ Unknown Unknown
Nullriver Medialink Prop. Non-free Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown
PlayOn Prop. Non-free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C# Partial[18] Unknown
Plex Prop. Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes C++ / Python Yes Yes
PS3 Media Server GPL Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[19] Yes Yes Java Yes Yes
PyMedS MIT Free Partial[3] Partial[3] No Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes[20] No Unknown Unknown Python Unknown Unknown
Rygel LGPLv2 Free No Yes No [21] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Vala Unknown Yes
Rivet[22] Prop. Free Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
Serviio Prop. Non-free[23] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[24] Yes Yes Java Partial[25] Unknown
SimpleCenter Premium Prop. Non-free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Skifta Prop. Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Unknown Java Unknown Unknown
Songbird GPLv2 Free Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes C++ No No[26]
TVble Prop. Free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No C#/C++ Unknown Yes
TVersity Prop. Non-free[27] No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Yes
TVMOBiLi Prop. [28] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial C++ Yes Yes
TVShare Prop. Non-free No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Unknown Unknown Java Unknown Unknown
TwonkyServer Prop. Non-free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[29] Yes Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown
Universal Media Server GPL Free Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java Yes Yes
Windows Media Connect Prop. Free [30] No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [31] No Yes Yes Unknown Unknown Yes
Wild Media Server Prop. Non-free Yes[32] Yes[33] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Delphi Yes Yes
xupnpd GPLv2 Free No Yes No Yes Unknown Yes No Yes Yes Unknown C++ Unknown Unknown
Yazsoft Playback Prop. Non-free Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown No
Name License Cost OS X Unix-like Windows Audio Images Video Transcoding Web Interface DLNA support Multilingual[1] Implementation Subtitles[2] Still Supported

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b For example, multilingual isn't supported if char 'Й' isn't displayed correctly on movie filename on the client device.
  2. ^ a b For example, subtitles are not supported if they only work with few renderers.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Python or external packages are required.
  4. ^ a b Work in progress
  5. ^ Audio: using gstreamer, Video: work in progress
  6. ^ With foo_upnp plugin
  7. ^ GeeXboX is provided as its own Linux distribution
  8. ^ This feature is not in the latest stable release of XBMC but is available in the latest nightly releases.
  9. ^ Free version available with fewer features.
  10. ^ Run on MAC OS X using WineBottler
  11. ^ Run on *nix systems using Wine
  12. ^ Supports streaming external subtitles (SRT, SMI, SUB), embedded subtitles and burning-in subtitles (including DVD graphical subtitles) on devices that don't support external subtitles.
  13. ^ Mac support provided by Fink at http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/mediatomb
  14. ^ Patches can be found at [1]
  15. ^ See [2]
  16. ^ Patches and discussion at [3], and branched version to handle transcoding at [4]
  17. ^ Web interface supported via a Webmin module, see [5]
  18. ^ Only on selected renderers, both embedded subtitles and external SRT
  19. ^ A WIP limited web interface for the optional media library exists in the latest betas.
  20. ^ Uses ffmpeg for video only
  21. ^ Preliminary experimental support available, see http://jensge.org/2010/04/1-21-gigawatts/
  22. ^ Discontinued paid version as of 21 July 2011 see [6]. A free, but unsupported, version is still available.
  23. ^ Free version available with fewer features
  24. ^ Via 3rd party add-ons
  25. ^ Only on selected renderers, and never for embedded subtitles (external SRT only) http://www.serviio.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=33
  26. ^ Development discontinued in June 2013 http://web.archive.org/web/20130921202235/http://blog.songbirdnest.com/
  27. ^ Free version available with fewer features
  28. ^ Streaming first 10GByte per month is free of charge.
  29. ^ Transcoding supported in TMS 5.0 and later on the PC. Must download FFmpeg, VLC or other 3rd-party transcoding engines to use
  30. ^ Must purchase a Microsoft Windows license to use
  31. ^ http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/05/12/media-streaming-with-windows-7.aspx
  32. ^ MAC OS X using WineBottler
  33. ^ UNIX-like systems by using Wine