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Plex for Mac

By Plexapp Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Plex

  • Play various media files on your Mac
  • Last updated on 09/21/20
  • There have been 7 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review Staff Apr 25, 2014

Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.


Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.

Content sharing: This player allows you to share and exchange photos and videos online -- not through social media, but by sharing your libraries with other Plex users.


Perplexing interface: While the interface appears neatly arranged, finding the right buttons for the controls can be perplexing. For instance, we found it impossible to access channels without consulting the online support pages. The utter lack of tooltips only makes matters worse.

Be ready for some heavy reading: To use this program you have to read the help file as well as the support information and frequently asked questions available online. This application is anything but intuitive.

Relatively heavy on the system: During installation, you're compelled to install a "media server" that runs every time you turn your Mac on. What's more, the player, itself, uses a lot of resources, which occasionally results in non-responsiveness and instances of "failure to quit."

Bottom Line

Plex Home Theater lacks polish. Though its online streaming features are appealing, its inaccessible interface and many kinks will disappoint you. That said, this app remains a promising media player with plenty of features. Let's just hope it will get better with future releases.

Full Specifications

What's new in version


Release September 21, 2020
Date Added September 21, 2020

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite


Total Downloads 21,927
Downloads Last Week 6
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Developer's Description

Plex (formerly Plex Media Player) bridges the gap between your Mac 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.