Kodi 16.0 “Jarvis” – Release Candidate 3

Posted By: Martijn Kaijser on Feb 04, 2016 in Pre-Release

It’s time for the third Release Candidate for Kodi v16. With this release candidate we added a small number of fixes that users brought to our attention. Since we only have a small team and we can’t test it all we must rely on users reporting potential problems on our forum and we try to fix them within our limited spare time. All in all this release is looking like it’s quite solid so far.

Some of you commented on several occasion that we should first fix the “known problems” in our previous versions before jumping to the next one. The fact is that fixing those problems correctly is such an undertaking that we simply can’t keep working on the previous one. Our team vision is to keep moving forward and along the way release version for users to use and enjoy that are considered stable enough. We don’t force people to upgrade so if you like an older Kodi version for some reason just keep using it. This vision is known as Release Early Release Often (RERO) on which we’ll make a more in depth review soon.

Fixes done in Release Candidate 3:

  • • Fix some possible DVD menu problems
  • • Fix selection of stacked multiple ISO files (movie.disc1.iso, movie.disc2.iso, movie.disc3.iso etc)
  • • Fix navigation in EPG grid when there’s channels have no EPG data available
  • • Add missing MOOD tag scanning for FLAC/Ogg/Xiph/Vorbis, ASF and MP4/iTunes like other file format
  • • Use local icon stored icon instead of downloading a new one when for the add-on update notification
  • • Fix CPU feature check on Android for newer kernels
  • • Fix not correctly selecting items in a list when list is updated or going to next page
  • • Fix “renderloop” crashes on Windows
  • • Fix accidental repeated button presses with long-press feature
  • • Added French AZERTY keyboard

Fixes done in Release Candidate 2:

  • • Additional fixes done on saving setting when switching between different profiles
  • • Increase time-out when searching for audio devices on Windows which solves some cases of Kodi not starting
  • • Fix crash when unplugging USB devices
  • • Fix crash when choosing Add Timer in EPG window

Please report any problems on our forum http://forum.kodi.tv and not on the release announcement.

With that said lets focus on some things that have been changed and added which are noticeable for the end users.

What did change in Kodi 16:

  • • Implement the more future proof DirectX11 for Windows which still works for DirectX9 video cards;
  • • Event logging which among others shows which video files didn’t got added to your library;
  • • Skin settings are now stored as separate files like any other add-on which makes migrating settings a lot easier;
  • • Image resource add-ons which provide a single point of entry for skins to share common used images like movie studio icons and record labels which saves quite a lot of space and bandwidth;
  • • Audio DSP  (Digital Signal Processing)  add-on integration and are already included which could make things possible like equalizers, sound processing, fake surround and more
  • • PVR/DVR section has been extended and improved massively which now also handles series recording
  • • Music library improvements which includes asking to scan to library when adding locations and also better tag scanning
  • • Button long-press which extends the functionality of a single button to handle two functions which is great for button deprived remotes
  • • User interface now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for 3D TVs or VR headsets
  • • Extend the UPnP server/client integration between Kodi installations
  • • Android now support a Surface Rendering which keeps the interface at normal HD resolution while allows playback of 4K on supported devices
  • • Removal of the infamous libstagefright on Android  which served us for the past years while the Android platform matured to a fully fetaured MediaCodec
  • • Add-on manager underwent heavy changes which includes slightly different structure, per add-on auto-update on/off switch, better update/rollback support to choose from repos,
  • • Extend the included keyboard layouts which includes Korean and Chinese
  • • Improved multi-touch support which now also works on Linux
  • • Gives skin developers a more reliable platform to work from and reduce amount of work for adapting to new Kodi versions
  • • Greatly improved audio and video playback in general
Event logging Scan music to library
EPG v16-recordings
ADSP manager ADSP Equalizer
v16-addon auto update v16-keyboards


With the list above we only highlighted some of the more noticeable features.  The complete list is huge which could fill several pages. A lot of changes went in Kodi 16 like removing old code, splitting up parts in more logical chunks and making it all more resilient to future changes. All these changes are part of a massive change list that only makes sense to developers actually knowing what the source code does. In short we will not bother you with summing up that list. It’s just something that is worth mentioning that not all improvements have to be actual features and are visible to users. We prefer that the program actually works than adding new bells and whistles. Most of the times new features are just a side effect of cleaning up our code.

Improvements so far in version 16

More in depth information can be found through the following links about the 16 release. Visit the other announcements listed below for previous beta fixes.


General: So far in version 16 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, Helix and Isengard then we are happy to say that all these add-ons should still work.

Skins: Sadly due to the amount of changes we’ll have to announce that skins will have certain parts non working. This beta will mark any version 15 skin as incompatible and will ask you to switch back to Confluence. This means that for you to continue using Kodi 16.0 you will have to switch back to Confluence or wait till the skin you use has been updated in our repository. Good new however is that a variety of skin have already start updating to latest changes.
Available skins: The following skins are already updated for version 16 and will auto-update when you upgrade. We’re sure more will follow soon.

  • • Aeon Nox 5
  • • Amber
  • • AppTV
  • • Black Glass Nova
  • • Chroma
  • • Cirrus Extended
  • • Confluence
  • • Eunique
  • • KOver
  • • Mimic
  • • Nebula
  • • Rapier
  • • re-Touched
  • • Titan
  • • Transparency!


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

Please report any problems on our forum http://forum.kodi.tv and not on the release announcement.

Official remotes

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)
org.xbmc.kore Official Kodi Remote (iOS)

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

Donations or getting involved

Getting involved is quite easy. Simply take the plunge and start using these 16.0 Jarvis 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 in our Forums where you can. You can of course also follow or help promote Kodi on all available social networks. Read more on the get involved page.
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.

Discussion - 74 Comments

  • SamD Feb 05, 2016 

    When do you port image enhancement shaders like lumasharpen, debanding, super-res, super-xbr or nnedi3?

    • JOe K. Feb 05, 2016 

      +1 on this. There is a Video Player thread in the development section of the forums. I’d suggest looking there.

  • Sanjay Feb 05, 2016 

    Dear Martinj;
    on release candidate 2, I am having difficulty passing through audio into my receiver. DTS HD comes through as stereo on my nvidia shield. If I select enable passthrough I get a hiss. I am playing compressed MKV from blu ray discs.

  • sammarbella Feb 05, 2016 

    Thanks for this release.

    I understand Confluence as the official skin has all the official context menus for any part of Jarvis.(settings,live TV, ect….)

    Are all the skin available in the list respecting that also?

    • michael Feb 16, 2016 


  • Neohidra Feb 05, 2016 

    Please fix the wrong option lable – http://trac.kodi.tv/ticket/16504

  • Muongol1982 Feb 05, 2016 

    Hi Team

    The issue with .MOV video files is still occurring, distorted stretching of the video etc.

  • Patrick Feb 05, 2016 

    Thanks for making our favourite software better and better. Keep up the good working.

  • Mike Maloney Feb 05, 2016 


  • J876 Feb 05, 2016 

    To everyone posting problems on this page:

    This is not the place to do it. Please post any problems/feature requests etc on the Kodi Forum.

  • OddyOh Feb 05, 2016 

    Looks like they fixed PVR notifications constantly popping up, despite those settings being disabled, thank you so much!! I was going crazy!

  • Hugh G. Sackman Feb 05, 2016 

    Can someone point me to the BEST way to upgrade from Isengard?

    • Atreyu Feb 05, 2016 

      Just install it on top of your current setup to keep your settings.

      • G Riggelingeorge Mar 12, 2016 

        I ran Isengard 15.2 and although I did not(knowingly) upgrade to 16 it “appeared” on my laptop, running win10, four days ago, even although I was not connected to the internet(I only connect when I want to, never keep the connections open. Anyway, as advised on the Kodi site, thought it would have loaded over 15.2(all add-ons and repositories were still listed in the Kodi folder), but I could not access any of them.
        I have now had to delete Kodi in its entirety and am in the process of reloading 16, although I would have preferred to reload 15.2, but it doesn’t appear to be available now(why?).

        I would caution anyone loading 16 over 15.2 if they think they will still have access to all their prior add-ons etc.

  • Joe Blanco Feb 05, 2016 

    Kodi, has given me a great prospective in life. You guys are bigger than rock stars !

    • j. coley Feb 11, 2016 

      I totally agree!!!

  • Kodroid Feb 05, 2016 

    Still no solution for the inability to connect to SMB shares from Windows 10 1511 update.

    More info here: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=248365

  • payday Feb 05, 2016 

    Thank you so much Kodi Team for this Awesome job. ;)

  • niclas Feb 05, 2016 

    hello someone who knows how to have not so much memory usage 48% of the memory :( best regards

  • Rodalpho Feb 05, 2016 

    • Fix not correctly selecting items in a list when list is updated or going to next page

    This was driving me CRAZY, I thought it was something with my configuration! Looking forward to getting home and checking it out– I was forced to restart Kodi every time I used it to resolve this issue.

  • Gary Quiring Feb 05, 2016 

    I loaded RC3 today, not working well. All my audio is coming out PCM. I tried changing the default audio to all available options with no better results. Passthrough is enabled. When I exit the app it turns my desktop into a kaleidoscope of colors. I have an AMD 6450 video card with HDMI to a Pioneer Receiver.

    • Derek Feb 06, 2016 

      Yeah passthrough is now broken :(

    • sanjay Feb 06, 2016 

      Try disabling video acceleration. I had similar issues using the amd computer. It should work fine after that.

  • Howard Feb 05, 2016 

    When ist Jarvis Release Candidate 3 ready to download? Can’t find it anywhere

    • Atreyu Feb 06, 2016 

      In the download section.scroll down a bit..

  • cosmic_child Feb 06, 2016 

    big problems (incl. crashs) with the subtitles (not runing) in RC2/RC3 on Fire TV (V1) and Fire Tablett

  • Luis Tabares Feb 06, 2016 

    Hi there.
    Just wanted to let you know that in RC3,
    PVR live tv on iPhone is not working and it worked on RC2.

  • mazey Feb 06, 2016 

    mediacodec (surface) zoom not working properly on bravia (disabling it fixes zoom).

    pressing action bar (bravia remote) causes playback to stop.

  • Arda Feb 06, 2016 

    please add final release ;
    the ability to add a menu to the official theme ,(confulance)
    like xconfulance or aeon

  • cpwom Feb 06, 2016 

    Is it only me or in this release (windows version) now when I scroll down in a long list of files (audio or video), scrolling gets stuttering after a few seconds (scrolling by keeping the up/down keys pressed) ???

  • Johnny Feb 06, 2016 

    The program could be updated automatically. Seeking and self-installing new versions.

  • imonmylevel Feb 07, 2016 

    hey works airplay via macbook pro on kodi now in this new version?
    i have osx 10.11.3

  • clippong Feb 07, 2016 

    Just downloaded v16 RC3. Still has the same problems that started with v15.0:

    - every time I click on Videos/Files or System/File Manager or System/Add-ons/Install from a ZIP file Kodi crashes instantly. Starting with clean Kodi settings doesn’t change anything.

    - many (but not all) movie files are displayed as a solid green image.

    - if HW acceleration (VDADecoder) is enabled and the render method is set to “software”, the video is a WHITE image.

    - if hardware acceleration is disabled, video has normal colors but also extremely bad quality. HD videos appear like low-res videos. Edges are blocky like in a badly scaled up low-res image.

    - Changing the graphics chip from dedicated (GeForce GT 650M) to integrated doesn’t help.

    So Kodi after v14 is completely useless on a MacBook Pro 2012 (non Retina) running OS X 10.7.

  • Rodalpho Feb 07, 2016 

    • Fix not correctly selecting items in a list when list is updated or going to next page

    Update, this is LESS frequent in 16rc3, but I just had it happen again. Hit pagedown and the list doesn’t update; the selected item changes but the list didn’t page down to show it.

  • NN Feb 07, 2016 

    I am missing write access to external USB disks on Android.

  • bsk Feb 09, 2016 

    Been using this release for 5 days now. Not noticed anything weird. Good job people, many thanks. Not a power user tho’ …

  • steve Feb 09, 2016 

    im getting an error now after my pc updated
    unable to create application…exiting
    do I need to uninstall and install again?

  • gerd Feb 09, 2016 

    where can i find Generic – OpenELEC Testbuilds for x86 (Kodi 16 – Jarvis)…can find only android / win / IOS / RP…

    i am Looking also for my Asus BeeBox 3150 Generic x86 Jarvis RC3


    • Patrick Feb 09, 2016 

      Currently there is no OpenELEC build based on Jarvis RC3 out there. Only stable version with KODI 15.2 and test builds based on KODI 17

  • gerd Feb 09, 2016 


    all right, thank you

  • Gord Feb 10, 2016 

    It would be great if, after all this time, someone would figure out how to make KODI gracefully exit, rather than shit the bed and crash the Nvidia Shield, requiring a hard reboot.

    • Chris Feb 12, 2016 

      I can see from your log…..nothing. Post some logs with your shitting the bed on exit in the forums so it can be looked at. There is a good chance its a 3rd party addon not cooperating.

  • Waveform2 Feb 10, 2016 

    Im really imprressed with RC3 especially with that DSPlayer and MadVR, what a combination and a great addon to Kodi, hope this is a long lasting feature i’ve showed some mates who werent impressed with XBMC and they love it; Great work respect.

  • Tracey Feb 11, 2016 

    Can you pease a second favorites star at the bottom? One for video and the other to save music? Pleaeeeeeeeeeeseese!

  • jev Feb 12, 2016 

    When can we expect the final release ? do we have any ETD ?

  • mspL4 Feb 12, 2016 


    I’ve just performed a clean install of Kodibuntu 14 and upgraded but it’s gone to Jarvis RC3 instead of Isengard 15.2.

    How can I downgrade to Isengard from Jarvis via Command Line?

  • mazey Feb 13, 2016 

    think its 3 days overdue now according to git milestone. so any time now. its already over the release early release often stage :P

  • melba Feb 13, 2016 

    I am very impress with kodi you guys are genius, you have develop the best media player on the market since winamp I was using kodi 14 i keep getting error message <unable to connect to server, what does it mean and how to fix it.
    Thank you very much and keep up the good work cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssss

  • Derek Feb 13, 2016 

    Are there any plans to incorprate dsplayer in the future are it seems to wipe the floor with dvdplayer?

    Whichever way it goes o love Kodi and im a life long user.

    Can i also ask some people on the forum have donor on their status, i myself have donated many scottish pounds to the project but do not receive such an honour :(

    Plece out, love you all for your dedication and hard work


  • Сергей Feb 13, 2016 

    boblight not working 16.0 RC2 (arm), 16.0 RC3 (arm)
    recorded color

    boblight works 15.2

    Please correct , return the library is responsible for boblight

  • Andrejo Feb 13, 2016 

    The last and in fact the only functioning versions which I continuously play videos is 14.2 Helix
    To other popular video formats like MP2 1440x1080i it does not go smoothly. Why is it caused? Does anyone advise me? This is my assembly.

    To version 14.2 Helix all without problems.

    Well thank you

  • Danny Feb 13, 2016 

    When watching multiple tv shows one after the other, Menus get confused and launch previous watched shows episode even though it states it is the correct show, for example just watched Hawaii five O, Went to watch Grim menus all mixed up, and kept going back to Hawaii Five O, Have to use 3rd party programme to clear cache, Packets and thumbnails followed by restart of Kodi. Kodi then functions ok for 5 or 6 other shows then problem reappears This problem presents itself on Amazon fire TV side loaded with Kodi.

  • Marcel Feb 14, 2016 
    • Martijn Feb 14, 2016 

      That’s no Addon. It’s the livetv abilities from Kodi itself

  • Ali Reza Feb 14, 2016 

    When is it going to be released?
    Thanks for your efforts,

  • fern Feb 16, 2016 

    would you be able to incorporate a clear cache script on kodi start up?

  • Paulo Feb 17, 2016 

    Karaoke support was removed from Kodi 16??? Are you serious?!
    Isn’t the purpose of a new version to make a better product? Why would the karaoke feature be removed? What’s in store for Kodi 17, removing the feature of playing bluray disks or audio files???

  • mazey Feb 17, 2016 

    any ETA for rc4?

  • Lollitta Feb 18, 2016 

    I love Kodi, but I still cannot get anything from my tablet to stream to my laptop or my t.v.
    I have the connectors, but nothing works. Every video I watch shows another device such as chromecast, etc are required. If i don’t have anything like that then I cannot stream from tablet to any other device.?!

  • Lollitta Feb 18, 2016 

    I have made 2-3 contributions so far & I would contribute more once i can get it to work the way i want it to, I’d rather give the $$$ for Kodi support rather than buy anymore devices.

  • Pierre Feb 18, 2016 

    I was using openelec v7 beta and couldn,t get DTS support, the DTS (via spdif) would be transcoded into Dolby digital 5.1. i reverted to openelec 6 (with kodi 15 and DTS support came back).

  • Kaf Feb 19, 2016 

    Seems to have sorted out my video issues, thanks!

  • devu Feb 21, 2016 

    kodi 16 malware detect by anti malwar

  • Wimk Feb 21, 2016 

    when I install the latest (Windows) version ,
    Kodi crashes on startup.
    (I never used it before) so probably you have to had a previous version?

    • Wimk Feb 21, 2016 

      When installing 14 it say unable to creaate GUI

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  • tommi Mar 08, 2016 

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  • Brandon Mar 08, 2016 

    I installed KODI 16.0 and then 16.1 and now when I try to open the program I just get a black screen that pops up and after about 3 seconds it takes me back to my desktop. Very frustrated right now.

  • Logan Mar 11, 2016 

    I just downloaded the Kodi 16 Jarvis it works great here’s two questions.

    First. I know the settings of video addons on which to put on your main menu, meaning I want Velocity off the video menu and I put 1Channel on there. When u logged in the next day why does it restart to the old video addons? like Velocity, Salt back on there which I don’t want on there

    Second I love the ProSport app. It did an update and I wanna watch a replay of any game and it says “steam not found” what did it do that?

  • G Riggelingeorge Mar 12, 2016 

    Just been reading above posts, particularly those reporting problems and it strikes me that Windows problems and Android problems all occur but you need to read(and understand) the reported problems to be able to know which are which.

    Seems to me there needs to be a means of showing your opsys to help readers for their specific system

    Second query, why is it not a users choice to “upgrade” to 16, it appears to be an auto-occurrence………why?
    I run win10 by choice on my laptop but stay with win7 on my desktop, this is MY choice!

    Why does Kodi appear to be forcing users over from 14, 15, 15.2 to 16 by what appears to be an auto-download?

  • G Riggelingeorge Mar 12, 2016 

    Re prior post, please feel free to email me with your comment if my post is not deemed acceptable.

    My prior post is showing “awaiting approval” or similar wording!

  • Pal Apr 06, 2016 

    On mac 10.9.5 memory is all used and Kodi hangs. I downloaded Isengard and it’s only using around 100 – 150 MB. 16.0 and 16.1 weren’t happy with 8 GB.

  • John May 11, 2016 

    I have been using kodi 16.1 on my samsung s6 edge and it has been brilliant, i downloaded it for my laptop but whenever i try to watch anything on there all i get is sound and the video is just flashes of color (it looks like somebody is having a rave in my computer). Any ideas as to how to fix this?

  • traceyheatherly May 14, 2016 

    about timde;thanks

About Kodi

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.