Kodi is available as a native application for Android, Linux, Mac OS X, iOS, and Windows operating systems, running on most common processor architectures. A small overview of the features can be found on our about page. For each platform, we offer a stable and development release(s). For normal users we recommend installing the stable releases.
The official Kodi version does not contain any content whatsoever. This means that you should provide your own content from a local or remote storage location, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other media carrier that you own. Additionally Kodi allows you to install third-party plugins that may provide access to content that is freely available on the official content provider website. The watching or listening of illegal or pirated content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved by Team Kodi.
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Call out for developers
As you may or may not know is that Kodi is maintained by a group of volunteers since its first inception dating back to the original XBOX days. Over the years many volunteers have spent countless days if not months on every aspects of what makes Kodi great. This consist of writing and maintaining the code base of Kodi, expanding to new platforms, maintaining the forum, wiki, website and download server and more……
So why do we need you? Well the fact is that over the years the core team of Kodi has remained about the same size while the amount of users went from couple of thousand to many, many millions. Not forgetting the fact that it went from only a XBOX application to what is now running on Linux, Windows, iOS, OSX, Android. All this still with the same amount of people. Now comes the time that we will actually start calling out for some help. To put it simple we want to ensure that Kodi remains alive on all platforms while at the same time lowering the support burden each developer now faces these days. Each of the core developers has his own specialty and since Kodi is quite big you quickly run out of developers that know enough of certain sections. Add to that the changes needed for each operating system upgrade that happens and all the problems that arise with that.
To put it in perspective we basically have only 1 developer for each section or even complete platform. As already mentioned the entire team consists of volunteers which means everything is done in their spare time next to having an actual day time job and a personal life. This results in having only a few hours at most to spend on what they see as their hobby which i can say they are passionate about. Over the years the team consisted of many different developers who gave all they could but due to whatever reason had to change priorities which resulted in not spending time in Kodi anymore.
So in short what we are looking for are C/C++ developers who are willing to put in some of their spare time in maintaining and improving our core code. This can either be doing some minor bugfixing, reviewing existing pull requests for code contributions or even creating some of their own code refactoring or feature additions. It really doesn’t matter if you are just a student just starting out on C/C++ or are already a senior programmer. We would welcome anyone who is willing to do their part on any improvement that is needed. A fair warning is that our codebase isn’t for the faint hearted as it’s quite massive and we are quite strict regarding code review before we merge anything. However don’t let this frighten you off as our current (or outside developers) will certainly give you pointers on improvements to get it included.
What we currently need most are developers with knowledge of the following components to improve current implementations:
- • Windows DirectX11 / audio / video
- • Android NDK / audio / video
- • iOS & OSX / audio / video
- • General knowledge of C/C++ and willing to do some coding in areas of their interest.
Any bugfix can be send to our main github code repository for review straight away. If you are not sure or want to take on a bigger task or change feel free to open up a thread on our forum where you write down your proposal to get some initial feedback.
Development builds: Kodi v17.0 “Krypton” early access (beta 6 & nightly)
These development builds, often called “pre-release” builds, are what will eventually lead to the final v17 version.
THESE BUILDS COULD BE UNSTABLE and are for users that do not fear bugs or possibly crashes. They are mainly used for development to help us in testing for the upcoming releases. If you want a stable HTPC then please install a stable build instead. Always backup before using a development build.
Monthly snapshots are semi-stable nightly snapshots of the current development version. They are a step between (often) unstable nightly builds and stable release builds, though they can sometimes still be very unstable.
Nightly builds are made on a daily basis and contain the most recent changes. These should be considered unstable for daily usage and should only be used for to help us find possible issues to provide more stable monthly builds and in the end a stable final release.
Beta build: installer
Nightly build: installer
Windows store: installer
Nightly build: Guide
|Android: Google Play
Beta build: ARMv7a (32bit) - x86 - ARMv8A (64bit)
Nightly build: ARMv7a (32bit) - x86 - ARMv8A (64bit)
Development builds: Guide
Beta build: iDevice (Guide)
Nightly build: iDevice (Guide)
|Mac OS X
Beta build: 64bit
Nightly build: 64bit
Upgrading from a previous version? Check out the v17 upgrade FAQ.
Be sure to also try out our official Android and iOS remote controls.
You can find out how further down the page.
Current release: Kodi v16.1 “Jarvis”
|Mac OS X: Installer
|Android: Google Play
or APK install: ARM – x86
|iOS (jailbroken): .deb file
|Raspberry Pi: Guide
BSD – Freescale IMX6 – more…
|Be sure to also try out our official Android and iOS remote controls.
You can find out how further down the page.
Upgrading from a previous version? Check out the v16 upgrade FAQ.
We are always happy to receive a donation by which you show your support and appreciation. All donations go towards the XBMC foundation and are typically used for travel to attend conferences, any necessary paperwork and legal fees, purchase necessary hardware and licenses for developers and hopefully the yearly XBMC Foundation Developers Conference.
In addition to creating Kodi, the members of Team Kodi have created official remotes to be installed on your tablet or phone. These can take control of your Kodi installation from where you browse your movies, tvshows, PVR/DVR, start add-ons and navigate through the interface.
|Kore™ (Android)||Official Kodi Remote (iOS)|
|Official release||Beta testing program||Official release|
Like Kodi itself, both official remotes are free and open source software.
Please note, we do not support or accept bug reports for anything older than the current stable release. While we do not recommend using old builds, should you need to download them you can access those builds here:
- Older releases