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Should I switch my EMBY Server from Windows to Mac?


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tekfranz

I am just wondering if EMBY Server runs well on a Mac. I am thinking of moving my Server to a Mac running Monterey.

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ellisdustin

Just going to be honest here, MacOS seems very low in the priority list. During the last beta there was not one beta release for MacOS, meaning GA for all OSes was GA for MacOS. All other OSes had beta releases, including NAS devices. I’m running Mac for my Emby server and it runs fairly well, but wanted to share that experience.  My main issue is that I have not be able to use HW transcoding at all, maybe because I’m on Apple Silicon.  I have NOT run Emby on any other OS, so I cannot compare. Only Plex to Emby.  Also, if you are on Apple Silicon, there is not support for that yet. It’s coming… but not sure when. I believe the issue is that with all other builds the release can be automated, but not with MacOS yet, which is very common.

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Thanks. I might give it a try. 
Would you know if webm files play on IOS without hardware transcoding?

If it’s too much trouble I might try a Linux server instead.

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The Mac Studio looks like a good Device, especially if one upgraded the SSD to 2TB.  I need to decide how much I want to spend on a home Server, especially when EBMS can make perfect use of a hand me down Windows box or said box with Linux installed.

Possibly, a Synology would be a better deal.

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30 minutes ago, tekfranz said:

The Mac Studio looks like a good Device, especially if one upgraded the SSD to 2TB.  I need to decide how much I want to spend on a home Server, especially when EBMS can make perfect use of a hand me down Windows box or said box with Linux installed.

Possibly, a Synology would be a better deal.

I’d recommend not upgrading the SSD but that’s just me. I have a 512 m1 mini and run all my media off external drives.  That’s just me though. 

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