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The successor to the famed Xbox Media Center (XBMC), Kodi is a powerful media player and organizer that allows you to organize and play your favorite multimedia material. Kodi is a media streaming system that is both highly flexible and free to use. While Kodi comes with a plethora of documentation and widespread community assistance, the program may be challenging to set up and operate for specific users, particularly beginners. Need expertise on technology, refer to TechiePlus. Our tutorial will take you through the fundamentals of the program, including installation, updates, libraries, add-ons, and customizing it to your liking.

First, though, let me dispel some common misunderstandings regarding Kodi that people have. The official Kodi software complies with all legal requirements. Kodi does not come pre-loaded with any material; you must upload files that you legally own and install add-ons that provide legal access to content that the Kodi team has authorized. In response to piracy, Kodi has taken a hard-line position, saying that “the viewing or listening of unlawful or pirated material that would normally require payment is neither supported nor approved by Team Kodi.”

Because the software is free and open-source, some individuals have created customized versions of Kodi that they have installed on third-party hardware and sold as Kodi boxes. Please keep in mind that Kodi does not sell hardware and does not support any of the packages listed below. Kodi Edition Flirc enclosure for Raspberry Pi 4 is one example of its branding to differentiate itself from the competition (RPi).

Some Kodi boxes are completely legal and even include legitimate Kodi add-ons as part of the package. Others are crammed with third-party add-ons, some of which are legal and others not, depending on the situation. An approved Kodi add-on and a third-party legal add-on are almost identical, except that the latter has not been submitted to Kodi for approval. Using unlawful third-party add-ons with any Kodi installation is against the law. PCMag does not support or condone any criminal behavior.

How to Setup Kodi?

Installing Kodi may be an easy or difficult process, depending on your equipment. In any case, go to Kodi’s downloads page. Kodi mentions all of the systems it supports here, including Windows, Linux, macOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and iOS, at the time of publication (technically). The future version of Kodi will include support for tvOS (through jailbreak or sideloading). However, it will remove support for iOS 32-bit devices. The Xbox One version of Kodi is also available. 

To view the available install files, click on any platform logos. Recommended, Pre-release and Development Builds are all available for each platform (for the upcoming v19, codename Matrix). This data is up-to-date as of the most recent stable build (18.6). (Leia).

The Leia edition of Kodi focuses on making the software more stable than the previous Krypton version. On Kodi’s blog, the improvements in 18.6 are described. Linux fans may also be interested to learn that in 2019, the Kodi Foundation joined the Linux Foundation.

Kodi is available for Windows and Mac.      

The most accessible Windows and macOS installations are at one extreme of the difficulty range. Kodi comes in three characters on the Windows side: a Microsoft Store download, a 32-bit installer, and a 64-bit installer. A 64-bit installation is your only option for macOS. After the file download is complete, follow the installation instructions to the finish.

Kodi for iOS users  

You could attempt jailbreaking and downloading Cydia, utilizing App Signer, or using Cydia Impactor to get Kodi on your iOS device. Still, all of those techniques are time-consuming and may not even work. Follow the procedures described in Kodi’s iOS tutorial if you absolutely must have Kodi on your iOS device. Otherwise, we suggest utilizing a Kodi-compatible device or another media management system like Plex or Emby.

Android users can use Kodi.

The simplest method to install Kodi on Android is through the Google Play store. To get started, go to Settings > Applications & notifications > Special App Access > Install unknown apps on Android 10 to allow installations from unknown sources. Using one of the privileged applications, go to the Kodi Download Page and download and install the package. After that, remember to turn off the setting for unknown applications.

Raspberry Pi with Kodi     

The simplest method to get Kodi up and running on the Raspberry Pi is to use a Linux distribution designed especially for Kodi. On Kodi’s official website, a few choices, including LibreELEC, a “just enough OS.” Download the LibreELEC USB-SD Creator program (available for Windows, macOS, and Linux) and choose the appropriate image for your RPi generation. Then, as the target, you select the removable SD card you want to utilize with your Raspberry Pi.

However, even though the LibreELEC image only requires 2GB of free space, having at least 4GB accessible will allow you to store more files locally. Once the installation of Kodi is complete, all that’s left is to plug in your Raspberry Pi, connect it to a monitor, and turn it on.