Kodi 15.2 Isengard – Release Candidate 2

Posted By: Martijn on Sep 20, 2015 in Pre-Release

Once a ‘final’ version is released some new bugs and/or problems usually appear out of nowhere, and last release was no exception. Even though tens of thousands of users were already testing the 15.0 version before release and we try very hard to prevent them, as soon as million started using it, some problems we either did not think of or which we did not notice popped up. To counter some of these new issues, we’re bringing you this second maintenance release candidate called 15.2 RC2 which has some additional fixes on top of the 15.0 and 15.1 release.

This is still a release candidate; once enough users have verified that these improvements work out well, and we did not introduce any major regressions, we’ll be releasing it as final 15.2 version. To be safe just backup your userdata (online manual) first.

It should be ok to just install this on top of your current Kodi 15.0 or 15.1 version. For the MySQL users out there; we never bump the database versions in our bugfix or maintenance releases – you can safely keep using it within your network.

Most important fix done

Over time the Android version has travelled some bumpy roads. This is due to the fact there are tens of thousands of different devices out there with each it’s own Android version and each a slightly different firmware and hardware. Firmware is the part where the manufacturer of the device has to make sure the everything works as it should like audio and video output. This time after the 15.0 release it became clear that for several devices using an Amlogic chipset there was a change in firmware that caused Kodi to not function properly and only show a zoomed in or only used part of the screen. Devices that came from manufacturers that had properly updated their firmware did not have this problem. However for some this never happened and caused all the problems you might have experienced. One method was to put special build firmware on the device which fixes the problem and Kodi would just work fine again. Sadly this is a quite technical process and could brick your device if not done properly. Luckily a community developer invested a lot of time in tracking down the problem and together with our main Android developer came to a solution for fixing this.

In short, we’ve solved the problems for the users that had the zoomed in or partial screen using Kodi in Android. As such we included these changes into the 15.2 RC build for every one to test and hopefully get their device working again.

Secondly some playback problem popped up for many Android users where they lost video after fast-forward playback. This should now have been correct as well (if you had not yet got the extra Play Store update for 15.1).

Should you still experience problems with this build please provide feedback on our forum or in this 15.2 specific test thread: link Be sure to provide sufficient information.

Fixes done in this RC 2 version

  • • Fix file time used in scanning library which may speed up scanning times on 32bit platforms
  • • Fix video rewind on Windows. May still leave artifacts for some seconds.
  • • Fix continues check on system partitions on Android
  • • Fix MicroDVD subtitles
  • • Fix subtitles positioning below video
  • • Fix memory leak on opening Bluray menu for stream selection
  • • Fix default sorting for songs over UPnP

Fixes done in this RC 1 version

  • • Updated taglib that fixes a crash when playing flac files
  • • Fix volume adjustment for XBOX controllers
  • • Fixes side flyout appearing when using touch
  • • Fixes freeze on win32 on away mode
  • • Fix crash on osx 10.7 when trying to resolve hdd names
  • • Fix Amlogic zoom problems on Android
  • • Set default screen region for dvb subs (wrong placed subtitles)
  • • Fix missing lyrics from tag when playing from musicdb url
  • • Properly set the time format when setting/changing regions
  • • Fix playback problems on AMLogic after ffwd or skip
  • • Fix fallback for nb_no language
  • • Fix empty LatestAlbum.Artist
  • • Fix watched flag in Confluence media info 3 view

The complete technical list can be found on our Github milestones.

Improvements so far in version 15

More in depth information can be found through the following links about the 15 release.


General: So far in version 15 there are no add-on changes that would impact any add-ons except for PVR. Since our 12.x Frodo release there have been some gradual changes but in general all add-ons, even from that time should still work, of course there are some exceptions. If the add-ons worked in Gotham and in Helix then we are happy to say that all these add-ons should still work.

Skins: As of this moment, all skins that worked in 14.x Helix should still work in 15 Isengard. In the PVR sections there are certain changes that might be noticeable and need specific skin changes. These changes are minimal and shouldn’t cause any major problems in usability. There still might be some options still missing which you relied upon first. We’re sure that most skin creators will be updating the skins in due time. Before that happens you should be able to enjoy this beta build without any problems.

Windows 10 problems

Users who have installed Windows 10 should make sure that they have the correct video card drivers installed. We see a lot of problems that have to do with this reported on the forum. It’s not something we as team can do anything about. Make sure you have updated all drivers according to the manufacturers website in case you are experiencing problems. Windows 10 has just been released and as such is still in active development. Another thing that might be helpful is installing the special Kodi version 15 DirectX11 build which is mentioned a bit further down.

 DirectX 11 upgrade (not included in 15.0 or 15.1)

DX11Although this release post is all about the 15.0 version, mentioning the DX11 upgrade for next version is very important. Since switching from OpenGL in 2009, Kodi (and XBMC in the past) has used the DirectX 9 implementation for various tasks of rendering the user interface and media playback. This almost dates back to the XBOX days. With the hardware industry moving and focussing more on the newer DX11 with their drivers, more people have problems with running our outdated DX 9 version. This could range from simply not starting, crashing just after loading, playing videos or having problems with hardware acceleration. One of our developers afedchin took on this task and completely revised our DirectX 9 implementation and upgraded it to the more current standard of DirectX 11. Don’t worry if you still have an older card, we only use low level features so you don’t need to run to the shop for new gear. If you are having problems on Windows you can head to our forum where you can find the most recent build available which is currently based on our 15.0 release. We appreciate all the feedback we can get. Read more: here on our forum. Again this will not be part of our 15.x releases. It has already been successfully merged into our future 16.0 release.


Should you want to download and install this build please visit our download page.

Other Software

In addition to creating Kodi, the members of Team Kodi have created official remotes to be installed on your tablet or phone.

Kore™ (Android) Official Kodi Remote (iOS)
org.xbmc.kore Official Kodi Remote (iOS)

Like Kodi™ itself, both official remotes are free and open source software.

Get involved

Getting involved is quite easy. Simply take the plunge and start using these 15.0 Isengard builds. If you use these builds, we encourage you to report problems with these builds on our forum first and after that, 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 to other users in our Forums where you can, or donate to the XBMC Foundation if you like. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on all available social networks. Read more on the get involved page.

Discussion - 46 Comments

  • syncopation Sep 20, 2015 

    Thanks so much for fixing the UPnP bug. This has been really quick. Kudos to Martin and Montellese.

    Can’t wait for 15.2 being pushed to Cydia once it’s out.

  • hersa Sep 20, 2015 


    Thank you for all the work you are doing. Could you tell us when you are going to release Isengard for Raspbian?


    • maxi Sep 21, 2015 

      +1!! Most recent version on Raspbian is still 14.2 :(

      • mkortstiege Sep 21, 2015 

        That’s up to the Raspbian maintainers. We’re only providing the program itself, not the distribution.

  • Khalid Sep 20, 2015 

    Thanks for your great work!! RC2 looking awesome… :-)

  • Gimrigz Sep 21, 2015 

    Any plans on fixing airplay from ios9 now that it has been relased?

    Also, airplay from el capitan works properly for now. So yay!

  • Hans Sep 21, 2015 

    I still experience crashes on my fire tv in Live TV. I tested every possible hardware acceleration codec combination, but it still chashes on a regular basis. Is this a known bug?

  • tfaulk Sep 21, 2015 

    I wish I had saw this earlier! I upgrade to Windows 10 and couldn’t get any movies to pull up. Now I know it was probably the video card. I’m new to all this but am learning new things every day. The sad thing is I had it all setup how I liked it. Thanks for all that you guys do. I went back to Windows 8.1.

    • Enigma Oct 02, 2015 

      I have Windows 10 on both, my tablet and laptop – never a problem, although i am still on 15.1.

  • cece Sep 21, 2015 

    HI got the kodi 15.2RC installed on my android tv box , and when i use the addon ftv and watch a tv chanel it stops alot to buffer ?? any tips ore info ? thanks alot guys keep up the good work

    • JNRW Sep 22, 2015 

      This has nothing to do with Kodi and everything to do with the add-on’s inability to provide sufficient coverage from its servers.

    • David grassick Sep 28, 2015 

      I recently bought Lodi box and it has now jammed on the Kodi box /online video options and I can t get to programme selections can u help me

      • Martijn Sep 28, 2015 

        We don’t sell Lodi boxes. Perhaps ask the seller you got it from

        • Joe O Connor Nov 20, 2015 

          What boxes do you sell Martijn?

          • Martijn Nov 20, 2015 

            Why? I sell none.

  • asteenb Sep 21, 2015 

    TIP: In Windows 10, KODI crashes when trying to play movie/show. It is caused by the new powersave function in Windows 10. Locate the graphics driver in the powersetting tab and choose ‘Best Performance’.
    Now reboot and start KODI. It should be okay now :-)

  • Reza Sep 21, 2015 

    I love XBMC, just wished v15 had already moved to DX11. Looking forward to v16 where we dont need to install any more DX and hopefully VC.
    Thanks for the hard work!

  • Benny Saliba Sep 21, 2015 

    I’ve just upgraded my Windows to 10. Before that, I thought better to uninstall XBMC-Kodi Now, I hear that Kodi is encountering problems

  • JNRW Sep 22, 2015 

    Looking forward to the final release of 15.2.

    Really looking forward to Koying’s SPMC fork of the same.

    Really really looking forward to the stable release of Jarvis V16, which is just fantastic.

  • Kenneth Berry Sep 22, 2015 

    So I have done a fresh install of Kodi across all 3 of my platforms, Android, OSX and Windows, and on all of them Mark as Watched is not working. I am using the standard Skin. Has anybody any idea what could be wrong.

  • Matthew Pancake Sep 22, 2015 

    I hope one of the fixes for 15.2 is for iOS 9 and airplay. Although it might not actually be Kodi that’s the problem, since when I tried to find out what happened I found that a lot people can’t even airplay to their Apple TVs.

  • debolacha Sep 22, 2015 

    still no brazilian portuguese fixed on subtitles :::>> why??

    • Martijn Sep 23, 2015 

      It was mention that you need to install the Portugese (Brazil) language first

      • debolacha Sep 24, 2015 

        sorry but it doesnt fix the problem.

      • debolacha Sep 24, 2015 

        ok, i rebooted it after doing that thx it was fixed :D

  • willemd Sep 24, 2015 

    Thank you for fixing the subtitles position bug!

  • MarkY Sep 25, 2015 

    I used Kodi 15 and 15.1 o a Windows 10 with and without DirectX 11 on:
    1) Dell Desktop with 4 Gb of RAM.
    2) HP 8460 Laptop with 8 Gb of RAM.

    In both cases I had no issues and everything runs just perfect.
    Please feel FREE to contact me at *redacted* should you have any issue with your computer or if you like to upgrade your computer to Windows 10

    • Kib Sep 28, 2015 

      feel FREE to not advertise your company on our website. SPAM removed.

  • Klep Sep 25, 2015 

    I have a suggestion. for the next version you could put a permanent floating clock on the video, and you can put in different corners and transparency

  • Jose bernardino Sep 26, 2015 

    Thank to all of u guys for the hard work u r doing ……

  • Jeffrey Sep 27, 2015 

    Hi I have the qnap TS 269 can you tel me if this one is comming to the qnap?

    • Kib Sep 28, 2015 

      You should probably ask Qnap.

  • Impatiently waiting Sep 27, 2015 

    Awww… fer cripes sake ! Release 15.2 final already !

    • Kodi user Sep 28, 2015 

      There are treatments for neurosis…

  • evertjr Sep 27, 2015 

    Subtitles over DLNA still not working (using kodi as a server). Was a feature and works on 15.0 beta 1 and has been broken since then. Can someone take a look at this?

  • tellmeastory Sep 28, 2015 

    Thanks very much for fixing rewind!

    Still having issues with fast forward at 16x and 32x on Windows 10 x64 though. Wondering if anyone else is having the same issue?

  • kochy Sep 28, 2015 

    Since win10 upgrade. We cannot start our main xbmc computer / server via the power button through xbmc remote. Been through all settings and nothing works… frustrating!!

    • Kib Sep 28, 2015 

      That is really a windows issue, I’d suggest strolling the windows forums.

    • Floh Oct 02, 2015 

      Hi kochy,
      I had the same issue after the upgrade to WIN10. I’m using a logitech keyboard for the HTPC with Kodi. Please try to deactivate the fast start mode in WIN10. You must find it under the energie option tab. I hope you can fix it with this step. Kind regards Florian

  • Mr Bogus Sep 28, 2015 

    thank you all for your near perfect work guys, saying thank you and the donation you receive doesn’t give you the credit and the respect you deserve for what you did and still doing.. but that all what we ( normal users without any background in tech or design ) can do to repay you …
    i use Nvidia DSR ( Dynamic Super Resolution ) in my desktop .. on a FHD monitor
    i had to reduce “antialiasing settting” and “DSR – Factors” from x4 to x2 just for kodi ( from Nvidia control panel )
    to playback videos ( 480p,720p,1080p) without any issues ..
    if i put it on “x4 native resolution” all videos look like 3d side by side witheout the 3d effect
    despite the are aren’t and just normal 2d movies …

    native monitor resolution 1920X1080p — resolution after enabling DSR 2175X1527p
    latest nvidia driver 355.98 , 980 ti card , kodi 15.1 , win 8.1 pro …

    i don’t seek solution for this issue in this post, just to shade some light and bring it to your knowledge
    keep doing your good work guys

  • Bettina Hahn Sep 29, 2015 

    Sorry for my bad English. I come from Germany.

    I have a Samsung Galaxy tab note (gt-n 8010).

    Your Programm is not available for this type.

    Have you got an other version for me?
    Best regards

    • Kib Oct 03, 2015 

      You should be able to install the android version on it.

  • Venra Oct 04, 2015 

    Just downloaded update for 03Oc15. System stalled and I cannot connect to Wifi. What is solution? Did anyone experience this? Error message states OpenElec Dev error.

  • malvinas2 Oct 04, 2015 

    Is there any date available when RC2 will be released as 15.2 ? Seems as it gets outdated by 16 alpha 3…..

  • kostas_falcon Oct 20, 2015 

    15.2 final and not working “mark as whatched” why?

  • dianna moons Oct 24, 2015 

    I have a windows 7 notebook and can not find the kodi or xbmc any where to down load . we have had the bow for a while and have had problems any help would be great

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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.