Kodi 14.2 Helix – Release Candidate

Posted By: Martijn Kaijser on Mar 12, 2015 in Pre-Release

We are proud to announce the release candidate of Kodi 14.2 in which we further try to improve stability. As you may all know by now, we have a new name, a new logo, and a wide variety of new features, but underneath the new coat of paint remains the same software we all love. 14.2 will become the the second and final bug-fix release in the Helix range. As we have mentioned in our Kodi 14.0 release announcement, we will be releasing these extra releases to squash down any issues left after the first big release. Below you will find a list of fixes so far. In the Kodi 14.1 release announcement you can find the sum up of previous fixes done in the Helix range.

Fixes so far

  • * Fix: Application stopped responding on Windows
  • * Fix: Gap-less playback on MP3
  • * Fix: Playback of rtmp protocol
  • * Fix: Scanning of newly added episodes
  • * Fix: Fix multipath source scanning
  • * Fix: Loading external subtitles in some cases
  • * Fix: packaging of PIL module on Android. This fixes some script error when using weather add-on
  • * Fix: Fix video playback on all platform after refresh rate change
  • * Fix: Various bugs that were present in PVR add-ons.
  • * Fix: Save weather location
  • * Fix: Fix filtering of foreign add-ons
  • * Fix: ftps handling
  • * Fix: use LastWrite instead of ChangeTime for file system on Windows
  • * Feature: Bump OSX SDK to 10.10


Finally, the bug that haunted us in the 14.0 and 14.1 release has been solved. Windows should be stable again and perform as it should.

A Few Warnings and Notices

This release marks the switch to the new name Kodi. When you install this releases , your library and add-ons will be moved to Kodi, making reverting back to 13.2 fairly difficult. As such, it is recommended that you back up your library as well as your settings before installing Kodi.

If you are using a skin other than the default Confluence, it is possible that you may find the software keyboard blank as a result of the previously mentioned keyboard layout upgrade. If so, you need to either switch to a new skin, or see if your skin has a Helix update. While Kodi automatically checks for addon and skin updates, you can speed up this process by visiting the add-ons browser from the settings menu and selecting use the context menu for doing”Check for updates” or “force refresh”

Also, as Kodi is an unsigned application on OSX, you may need to go through a slightly different process to start it the first time. After you have copied Kodi to the Applications folder, you will need to “right click” or “two finger click” Kodi from within the Applications folder and select “Open” and then accept the warning. You should only need to do this the first time you run Kodi.


This time we will provide the downloads from a specific forum thread to gather feedback on stability and possible regressions. All the downloads are listed in the first post. To upgrade from any previous build, just install on top of your current version.

How to Contribute

If you use Kodi, we encourage you to report problems with it on our forum first and after – if asked – submit bugs on Trac (following this guide: How to submit a bug report). Do note that we need detailed information so we can investigate the issue. We also appreciate providing support in our Forums where you can and donating to the XBMC Foundation if you like. For a current FAQ on Kodi 14, visit our Helix FAQ. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on any or all of our listed social networks.

Discussion - 74 Comments

  • Rob Mar 12, 2015 

    Nice…can’t wait for the new version 15.

    Great work…

  • Sonic Mar 12, 2015 

    Thank you Team Kodi!

    Nice release :)

  • Rhoda Mar 12, 2015 

    I have a question, why is it that when I watch a tv show after that esposide disappears and I can no longer watch it?

    • Nathan Betzen Mar 13, 2015 

      You probably accidentally turned on “Hide watched.” If you are using Confluence and browsing TV shows, open the left side bar and unclick the Misc Option: Hide Watched.


    • Marco Mar 13, 2015 

      That’s because you activated the option “Hide Watched”

  • Phillip Bowers Mar 12, 2015 

    Does this now.mean PVR simple client will work because only sports will work at present thanks

  • David Nowak Mar 12, 2015 

    Great work!

  • MasterPhW Mar 12, 2015 

    Can’t seem to find the windows binary linked anywhere.
    The download link here brings me to the “TESTERS WANTED: Kodi v14.2 regression testing”-thread, where all versions got its own download package, but the windows users. They will be linked to the “Windows – Kodi v14.2 beta testing” thread, where the beta1 of 16 February is still the newest linked file.
    So for everyone, who gots lost, just grab it, where all big windows releases are posted: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/win32/
    Cheers, and thanks for this release. Hope, that the hang bug finally is fixed. One of my HTPC got it nearly ever 50 minutes, while two other never had that problem… I nearly got crazy…

    • Kib Mar 14, 2015 

      Scroll down on the download page and everything is there.

  • artur Mar 13, 2015 

    Any chance for 64bit windows version?

    • KIb Mar 15, 2015 

      It is still a work in progress, and more of a ‘look we can do this’ project for one or two devs than offering significant advantages. Feel free to help out with the porting, information can be found on the forums.

      Luckily the 32bit version works just as well under Windows 64bit!

  • Haris Mar 13, 2015 

    Well done! ^^v

  • Leo Mar 13, 2015 

    Why is the config wizard not working in windows?

    • Martijn Mar 13, 2015 

      we don’t support or have config wizard

  • TV ADDONS Mar 13, 2015 


  • Stefan Mar 13, 2015 

    The two latest Nightly Builds are missing Languages (Only English exist) Just wanted it known if it was not known :)
    Thank you.

    • Martijn Mar 13, 2015 

      they have been extended to be add-ons

      • Stefan Mar 14, 2015 

        OK thank you for letting me know -Hope to see a link to the add-On Language packs soon as I’m gone back to a older version until I’ll get my native language back :)
        Keep up the good work and thank you again.

        • Martijn Mar 15, 2015 

          Why go back? Just install your language

        • KIb Mar 15, 2015 

          You can install the language packs like you can any other add-on : from the addon selection.

          • Martijn Mar 15, 2015 

            or just from the language selection like you already did.

          • Stefan Mar 16, 2015 

            Thank you guys but now when I downloaded and installed the latest nightly Build Swedish came on automatic again….So everything works great -Thank you- :)

  • metalic Mar 13, 2015 

    Will the “Mark as Watched” .strm files be fixed? http://trac.kodi.tv/ticket/12763

  • Danny3 Mar 13, 2015 

    Thanks guys, but I am upset
    I worked hard translating Kodi in my language and you forgot to update the languages from Transifex, in the future could you do that before every release?
    Also the bugs reports that I sent are still unsolved
    One of them I’ve solve it on my computer, I will probably send a pull request, but for the other one I need your help.

    Thank you.

    • Martijn Mar 14, 2015 

      for 15.0 we have made the languages as add-ons. So that means they can be updated at any time

      • Danny3 Mar 14, 2015 

        That’s nice but I hope you’ll include all languages by default
        I dislike the idea of requiring an internet connection to change the language.
        Also it’s not very intuitive to search through add-ons for a language.
        Would the language add-ons be synced with Transifex more often, or can a language add-on download the language directly from Transifex?
        That would be great


        • Martijn Mar 15, 2015 

          We won’t include any language by default. You can still choose a language the same way you did, it only downloads it now from the web.
          Yes the add-ons will be updated more often than the full program was with transifex. That was the whole idea behind the add-ons.

    • Kib Mar 14, 2015 

      This is not a release, it is a release candidate.

  • eddie Mar 13, 2015 

    Good job guy Kofi is the best

  • Mike Mar 14, 2015 

    Unfortunately after updating to the new 14.2 to fix the kodi has stoped working or windows not responding error the crash is far worse than before crashing within 30-50 second ;( may have to go back to 14.1 at least it kinda worked most of the time .

    • Mike Mar 14, 2015 

      Ok my mistake after uninstalling reinstalling after having issues with the kodi.exe file not deleting as said was being use by another service. Took a bit to get ride of it all but now all seems good no crashing . So fresh install and restored user data did the job hasn’t crashed yet but time will tell thanks

  • Dave Mar 14, 2015 

    ” Fix video playback on all platform after refresh rate change”

    Great, does this mean I can launch an android app and return to kodi without having to powercycle my MXQ media box?

    This issue still exists in the last beta release

  • mees Mar 14, 2015 

    good job as always.
    keep it up.

  • ndu Mar 14, 2015 

    RC1 abd Beta1 still freeze and halt a lot….much worse than 14.1. Here is the error code:
    Exception code: 0xc0000005
    Fault offset: 0x00060c27
    Faulting process id: 0x1f94
    Faulting application start time: 0x01d05e6f27516bda
    Faulting application path: C:\Program Files (x86)\Kodi\Kodi.exe
    Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
    Report Id: 7dfaab07-ca62-11e4-826f-902b345fbc14
    Faulting package full name:
    Faulting package-relative application ID:

  • ndu Mar 14, 2015 

    I am using Windows 8.1

  • MiKi Mar 14, 2015 

    How to update from 14. To 14.2 on Mac without deleting old app

  • rainai Mar 15, 2015 


    I use Kodi and I love it! But I’d like to request 1 (minor) change. Can you move/remove the “Reboot” option from the exit dialog? Or at least add a confirmation to reboot when you click on it? I have accidentally rebooted my laptop so many times already because of that button.

    I hope you can grant me this request. :)


  • vmbai Mar 15, 2015 

    Can kodi add the “search in Chinese” feature?

  • Francois Haasbroek Mar 16, 2015 

    Can Kodi be used with Roku 3?

  • Dome Mar 16, 2015 

    Thanks for these great updates!
    I have some trouble using Bluray external device… it is recognized and I can play DVDs but I can’t play any Bluray. They are not showed in the menu…


    • Dome Mar 17, 2015 

      Correction: There is the ‘Play Disc’ option but doesn’t work….

  • ubek Mar 16, 2015 

    Are there subtitles over UPnP supported now?

    Great Job Guys!!

  • B Khan Mar 17, 2015 

    Why don’t you guy make this software smart-tv compatible so that it could be launched on LG’s Web OS platform ?

  • Lucas Mar 17, 2015 

    damn! so much time. I’m still thinking on you as XBMC . When did you change your name? Anyway happy to see you again guys

  • John Pan Mar 17, 2015 

    I have the home cinema lg 9540tw and I can’t setup kodi. There isn’t kodi app to the lg app. Can you help me how I will setup kodi?

  • Gera Mar 17, 2015 

    What is the best way to connect it to a tv?

    • kodimovielover Mar 18, 2015 

      If you want to connect to tv the best way I did if you have it is with Google chromecast just stream your whole desktop then just open up kodi and play everything to your tv.

  • gee Mar 17, 2015 

    Got kodi 14.1 mx box cant cant live tv bar up pls help

  • Ryan Mar 17, 2015 

    I still have choppy playback on some video files with fps25 and refresh60. Always about 40% loss. I’ve tried everything I think.

  • AngPang Mar 19, 2015 

    “Kodi disc is damaged and needs to be ejected”
    HELP what am I doing wrong?

  • Jim Bidges Mar 19, 2015 

    Having trouble connecting services within win7…have raped my computs trying to fix it…help!

  • lezer Mar 19, 2015 

    I wonder why people seem to think these blogs are the right place for their support questions. People grow weirder and lazier every day it seems..

    • codexaxiu Mar 22, 2015 

      Where can they post and ask support for this RC version? Kodi’s forum does not have a dedicated topic for it. Or at least no sticky topic for it yet.

  • David Costello Mar 21, 2015 

    Trying to get the 64 bit KodiBuntu 14.2 but the version that is loaded dis the 14.0. Is there a Linux 14.2 version?

    • poorbutrich Mar 22, 2015 

      For Kodibuntu version updates you will basically load the version you get from the downloads page and then add the unstable PPA and update through apt-get. Information for this can be found in the how to under the kodibuntu wiki

  • david Mar 22, 2015 

    i downloaded kodi but it will not open because gui error can anyone help?

  • Albert Mar 22, 2015 

    So there are two things that I wondered regarding Kodi.

    1.) I am slowly transferring over to Kodi from Plex because it seems its been working flawlessly for me, however one of the feats I miss on Kodi, is that the Server can be turned on and stay on without having to have the program itself open entirely I.E quickstart with systemtray icon.

    2.) The ability to update to new versions, whether its an RC or an R, via the server itself. like an update tool.

    Just dropping some suggestions

  • olajide Mar 23, 2015 

    Pls my kodi is writing cache full before reaching maximum ……. pls how do i reset it

  • puertoroxx Mar 23, 2015 

    I upgraded from XBMC to Kodi 14.2 on windows 7 and now I can’t enter search text anywhere. Can anyone help please?

  • Crackrobat Mar 23, 2015 

    I upgraded from xbmc gotham to kodi 14.2 and at first everything was working well. Now I can’t get any video to play for more than a minute without crashing, i often get a script error on 1channel, i get a black screen on the occasions i am able to launch kodi. It seems I’ve been hit with every problem over night and I have no clue how to fix any of them. Any help would be appreciated greatly.

  • charles Mar 23, 2015 

    Hi there,

    First, thank’s for all the good work you are doing. I loved XBMC and now i have the Kodi 14.2 with my windows 7 and NPVR client.
    But…… since i change the XBMC to Kodi, i can’t watch TV (ATSC, OTA) i The system say : Tunner no longer available and when i try to exit everything slow down and i have a file on my pc with the channel i was trying to watch live like if i was recording instead of watching……
    Any body have an idea why ?……
    Thank’s again :-)

  • Sam Mar 23, 2015 

    I decided to put kodi on my andriod box and take of Xbmc, wish I hadn’t now as I can’t get kodi to work keeps saying superuser access denied and freezes the box how do u fix this or is this a problem at your end ? It’s really bugging me not impressed

    • tom May 26, 2015 

      hi,you need to go into your settings,choose apps,click on superuser,and then disable or delete then turn your box off and then back on,problem sorted

  • Leonard Mar 23, 2015 

    Kodi on my raspberry , updated to this version and now some movie addons make my Kodi freez and I have to restart the raspberry

  • TV ADDONS Mar 24, 2015 

    Are the rumours that it will be in Google Play true?

  • lance Mar 28, 2015 

    I have an OUYA game console, I can’t download or sideload KODI onto OUYA. Please advise.

    Thank you

  • Deeoh Apr 08, 2015 


  • Nelson Apr 16, 2015 

    My computer crashes and restarts every time I try to play a video from my library. Videos works fine when not played on kodi. Any help? I already tried uninstalling and reinstalling clean.

  • Shawna Apr 21, 2015 

    Hi, I was just wondering how downloading this will affect my computer – is this program known for viruses or slowing down the computer?

    Thank you

  • andy May 04, 2015 

    Why is it that I can only watch about an hour of a movie then it kicks me out and then I try to go back in it and it tells me enough for the day

    • Martijn May 05, 2015 

      Stop using piracy addons

  • Barjees May 21, 2015 

    Hi team,
    Can you pleases make it user account specific. After updating to latest version or re-installing windows all add-ons added previously are removed and have to work from the scratch to make it up and running. Is it possible to have these settings saved online with user account and as soon as account is logged on with kodi it downloads the settings and restores all the relevant settings to newly installed kodi.

    Overall great job guys! very happy with kodi.

    Thank you!

  • Gordon Jun 04, 2015 

    I have Kodi 14.2 helix – how can i get chromecast to work with that. Can anyone help me please?

  • hato1266 Jul 01, 2015 

    Just bought the m8 quad pro running helix 14.2 most of the live tv channels wont play
    (script error) Not a happy camper any ideas on what to do

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Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.