Kodi is a very versatile solution for open-source media streaming. The successor to the Xbox Media Center (XBMC), Kodi is an efficient tool for organizing and playing your favorite multimedia content. Like most open-source software, Kodi comes with rich documentation and extensive community support, but it can always be set up and used. This article will explore the basics like how to install, update, and use Kodi.
First off, let me clear up some common misconceptions about Kodi. The official software is entirely legal. Kodi doesn’t come with any content; You add files that you are the legal owner of, and you can install legally approved add-ons that provide legal access to the content. Kodi advocates a tough stance on piracy, stating that “the Kodi team neither authorizes nor permits viewing or listening to illegal or pirated content that would otherwise be paid for.”
Because the software is open-source, some individual installs modified versions of Kodi on third-party hardware and sell them as Kodi boxes. Note that the software does not sell hardware or support any of these frameworks. However, it gives its mark to hardware cases, like the Kodi Edition Flirc case for the Raspberry Pi 4 (RPi).
Some of these Kodi boxes are wholly legal and include official Kodi plugins. Others are overloaded with third-party add-ons, some of which are legal, and some are not. The only difference between the Official Code add-on and the legitimate third-party add-on is that the latter is not sent for approval. Using unauthorized third-party plugins with a Kodi implementation is also apparently illegal.
How to install Kodi
Depending on your gadget, installing Kodi can either be a simple or difficult task. Either way, you would have to start on the software download page. Here, it lists all of the platforms it supports, which ranges from Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and iOS (technically).
Kodi is expanding support for tvOS in the next release via jailbreak or side download, but will no longer be compatible with 32-bit iOS devices. This software is also available on Xbox 1.
The Leia version focuses on improving the software’s stability over the previous version of Krypton. The improvements for 18.6 are detailed on the blog. Linux users might also be enthusiastic to know that the Kodi Foundation joined the Linux Foundation in 2019.
How to Install Kodi on Windows and macOS
At one extreme of the spectrum of difficulties are simple installations of Windows and macOS. On the Windows side, the software proffers three options: download from the Microsoft Store, a 32-bit installer, and a 64-bit installer. For macOS, the only option is a 64-bit installer. Once the download is complete, follow the installation instructions until the end.
How to Install Kodi on iOS
You can get this software on your iOS device by jailbreaking and installing Cydia, using App Signer or Cydia Impactor. Still, all of these methods are tedious and may not even work. If you need the software on your iOS device, follow the steps in the Kodi iOS guide. Otherwise, we suggest using a tool that works with Kodi or another media management solution, such as Plex or Emby.
How to Install Kodi on Linux
For Linux systems, open a terminal or SSH window and enter the following commands;
sudo-apt-get install software properties-commonsudo add-apt-repository ppa: team-xbmc/ppasudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install kodi
How to Install Kodi on Android
On Android, Kodi is the easiest to install directly from the Google Play Store. If for some reason, it fails, you can sideload one of the ARM-based installation packages. The newer devices must also use the ARMV8A (64-bit) option on your device.
To set things up, enable installations from unknown sources. For Android 10, go to Settings > Apps and notifications > App access > Install unknown apps). Go to the download page using one of the privileged apps, then download and install it.
How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi
The easiest way to run the software on RPi is to use a Linux distribution specially designed to run Kodi. The official website lists several options, including Just enough OS, LibreELEC. To install this distribution, download the LibreELEC USB-SD Creator tool. It is available on Windows, macOS, or Linux. Then select the correct image for your RPi generation. Then you choose the removable SD card that you plan to use with RPi as the target.
While the LibreELEC image only requires 2GB of free space, it recommends at least 4GB, so you have room for whatever you want to store locally. Once the installation process is complete, plug the card into your RPi, connect the RPi to the display, and turn it on.
How to Update Kodi
Installing Kodi might seem like a problem, depending on your platform. However, at some point, you will need to update the software. Updating the software is usually not different, like installing it. Except for the Microsoft Store version, Google Play Store, and some Linux based installations, Kodi does not automatically update any of its apps, so you need to download and reinstall the latest version yourself.
How to Update Kodi on Android
If you installed Kodi from Google Play Store, the application would update automatically. For manual installations, follow similar steps with the latest version of the app.
How to Update Kodi on Windows and macOS
For Windows and macOS, go back to the Kodi download page and download the latest version. It is not vital to uninstall the previous version before running the installer. All your user data is in a separate folder from the installation files, so it will not affect your existing settings. Of course, you can backup these files before updating the software through the backup Add-on if you have issues. This add-on can export manually or schedule your database, playlist, thumbnails, plugins, and other configuration information to a local folder or Dropbox.
How to Update Kodi on iOS
For iOS users who installed the software through Cydia can check for updates in the App Changes section. Each stable version is only displayed when it is available.
For those who have gone through Xcode, open the iOS App Signer, download the latest .deb file, and use the same activation profile to reload the software on your device.
How to Update Kodi on Linux
For Linux installations, enter the following commands in the Terminal or SSH;
sudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get upgrade
In some instances, if the installation fails, you might also need to run the following command to install the missing packages:
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
How to Update Kodi on Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi users are quite lucky. If you have used the LibreELEC distribution, the Code would be updated automatically. If Kodi doesn’t update automatically for some reason, you can try some of the manual alternatives that LibreELEC describes on its website.
How to Use Kodi
Once you’ve installed the software, it’s time to add files to your Kodi library.
As a reminder, the software does not provide any content. So you have to add it yourself. You will see a vast choice of content categories on the app’s left-hand side, including Movies, Music, TV Shows, and Pictures. These categories function with any local or remote file, so you need to add a font. For example, click on the Videos section and then on the Add Videos button. Each content section works this way. In the pop-up window, select files from any folder on your local device or external drive (local or network). Once you add the files, Kodi will index everything and fill in the appropriate sections for your files.
Some other categories in this menu, such as TV and Radio, require a Personal Video Recorder (PVR). PVR software converts your cable signal into something that Kodi can process. If you’re using an antenna for watching TV, you can install a PCI tuner or receiver for your computer or laptop. Cable users, especially in the United States, may experience more incredible difficulty because service providers typically encrypt the signal. In this stance, you need to buy a TV that supports CableCARD and then connect it to your computer via Ethernet. In this instance, the cable companies must physically come to your home to install and activate CableCARD.
Kodi is a popular all-in-one entertainment hub that can significantly simplify your daily tasks. You can use Kodi to watch videos, organize your music library, even manage games, or check the time.
If configured correctly, Kodi can help you perform a wide range of entertainment and management related operations. While some of your tools are preconfigured, others require a little more attention on your part to set everything up correctly.
In this article, we have done a rundown of how to install, update, and use Kodi. If you’ve any issues/queries or want to share your Kodi experience on one of its many platforms, add a comment below. We’d be glad to read your opinions on Kodi and are curious about using the software.