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Last Updated on September 8, 2021.

What Is Kodi?

Kodi, which used to be called XBMC, is an open-source media focus that developed from a novice venture to play content on the first Xbox. In case you’re acceptable with abbreviations, you’ve presumably effectively sorted out that XBMC initially represented Xbox Media Center.

It is intended to be utilized from your parlor lounge chair, so you’ll frequently hear that Kodi has a “10 foot UI.” It permits clients to play practically any document design for video, music, digital recordings, and pictures on your TV, regardless of where you store them.

In case you’re thinking about what’s in a name, Kodi’s renditions have typically been named after well-known science fiction, comic book, or by and large quirky references.

The best thing about Kodi is that there is a wide range of customizations, and with these changes, you can really make it your own by using and customizing – by various skins, by various foundations, and obviously, by additional plugins.

However, that additionally implies Kodi can be quite muddled – particularly in case if you’re simply beginning.

How to learn everything about Kodi?

Kodi has an extraordinary local area of clients and engineers, and there is the Kodi Wiki. Those will be astonishing assets as you begin utilizing it, and in any event, for tweaking your Kodi arrangement as it were.

However, for newbies, discovering your way around the gatherings can be testing, and the Kodi people group appears to expect a considerable amount of existing information.

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This article should give you the essential data you need about Kodi to get it all set up and watching, and afterward, you can take on the Kodi Wiki and Forums to expand your Kodi experience.


In case you’re beginning without any preparation, you can peruse this guide beginning to end and wind up with a total establishment. Or on the other hand, you can utilize the hyperlinks underneath to leap to the areas you need and overlook the rest. It’s OK. My sentiments will not be harmed.

Remember, however, that regardless of what Kodi setup guide you read, you continually must change it to suit your own necessities.

Kodi deals with bunches of various equipment, and hence, there are numerous choices and settings to change; there’s simply no real way to represent every one of them. However, in the event that you follow this guide alongside me, you’ll be well on your way.

Gracious… and don’t stress over committing any errors en route. You can generally reset Kodi and start with a fresh start on the off chance that you jumble up.

However, don’t stress, the interface is practically indistinguishable from one framework to another, so in case you’re acquainted with Kodi on Windows, you’ll have the option to utilize the Android or Linux forms fine and dandy.

I’ve just covered (for the present) data that is accessible in the stock variant of Kodi. I don’t cover any changes that singular makers have done to their Kodi/XBMC renditions, nor do I see introducing additional items from outsider designers that aren’t in the Official Kodi Repository.

Articles about outsider additional items could fill a whole library and I need to define the boundary someplace.

At last, on the off chance that you’re utilizing XBMC, you can in any case utilize quite a bit of this guide. Kodi is the new name for XBMC (see What Is Kodi beneath). Along these lines, in case you’re searching for something to show you how to utilize XBMC, you’re as yet in the correct spot.

Ultimate Kodi Setup Guide

What’s new in Kodi 19?

After a wait of almost 2 years, the Kodi Foundation has finally released Kodi 19 ‘Matrix.’ The latest Kodi update brings several features and fixes over Kodi 18 Leia update. With the number of cord-cutters increasing every day, Kodi 19 Matrix is bound to get a warm welcome amongst the community. The XBMC-owned media player has arrived with a host of features to make it easy for Kodi users to watch content.

Before we proceed to Kodi 19 features, here are some numbers highlighted by XBMC to show the immense hard work they put into developing Kodi 19 update.


  • Support for the AV1 codec. This open-source codec is optimized for video transmissions over the Internet. It has 30% better compression versus the H.265 codec, which makes it highly popular for online streaming
  • HLG HDR and static HDR10 playback on Windows 10
  • Static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support on Android
  • More OpenGL bicubic scalers


  • Library improvements
  • Improved handling of multi-disc CD sets and box sets
  • Additional metadata tags and displays
  • Improved handling of album release dates and album durations
  • New setting to open music fullscreen/visualization window automatically when playback is started
  • New music visualization
  • Grouping videos by artist and not just by album
  • Support for .NFO files that list all performers instead of just the main artist
  • Display related album and artist information from the music library, where appropriate
  • Better search links to return related albums and videos by the same director


  • Subtitle opacity can be changed
  • Color and background color for subtitles can be changed
  • Fix to timestamp overlays

PVR and live TV

  • PVR reminders
  • Home screen widgets
  • Group/channel manager enhancements
  • New/Live/Finale/Premiere tags
  • Channel numbering and sorting
  • Performance improvements


  • Screen redesign, especially for music
  • New metadata displays
  • Changes to playlist views
  • A new “now playing” view
  • Artwork and image file improvements
  • Both new and updated GUI controls

Add-ons and scrappers

  • Add-ons must be built in Python 3. Old add-ons built in Python 2 must be converted to Python 3
  • Kodi will enforce the origin of installed add-ons and their dependencies. This policy was implemented to prevent third-party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous errors in the past
  • New Python scrapers for TV shows, movies and music, including generic album scraper and generic artist scraper


  • Support for tvOS
  • iOS 32-bit is no longer be supported
  • iOS supports game controllers (Xbox/PlayStation/other supported Bluetooth controllers)
  • Top Shelf support and fixes on AppleTV
  • Better logging and notch support on iOS
  • Move to a single Linux binary for multiple windowing systems (X11, Wayland, and GBM)

Other changes

  • Implemented integer scaling to improve the viewing quality of Pixel Art games for all platforms
  • Improved information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces
  • Added default-on switch to require a password for the web interface

How to Download and Setup Kodi?

Contingent upon what gadget you’re utilizing, you have a few unique alternatives on the best way to introduce Kodi. Regardless, you can generally discover the entirety of the most recent adaptations on the authority Kodi download page at:

Android clients can introduce Kodi straightforwardly from the Google Play Store if it’s accessible on your gadget or sideloads the Android application utilizing the most recent APK.

How to use Kodi/XBMC?

Instructions to Use Kodi/XBMCSince this is your first time setting up and introducing Kodi, I’ll contact you momentarily on the most proficient method to explore around the Kodi UI or UI.

Recall when I said before you’ll hear the words “10 foot UI” a considerable amount? This is what that implies:

The more established renditions of Kodi had their principle controls spread out in a ‘lace’ along with the focal point of the screen and were configurable partially. Kodi 17 presented another skin (or subject) that adjusted everything along the left-hand side of the screen to coordinate with Netflix and Plex, and this proceeds in Kodi 18.

The principle menu incorporates these classes naturally: Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Music, Music Videos, TV, Radio, Pictures, Add-ons, and Weather. (Golly. Take a stab at saying that in one breath.)

Settings Menu

The Context menu will give additional usefulness relying upon what screen you’re on when you click it. For instance, in the picture on the left, I raised the logical menu for a film – Wonder Woman. Here, the setting menu gives us the alternative to play the video, mark it as watched or pull up extra data on the film.

On different screens, the alternatives you see might be unique, contingent upon what bodes well for that media type.

Perhaps the main strides in setting up Kodi is making your media library. How about we start by adding recordings to your library. In the event that you haven’t torn your film assortment. 

How to setup Kodi?

Kodi does significantly something other than play films and music. Kodi can likewise snap your picture library for a twist as well.

There isn’t as much usefulness remembered for the image watcher, generally on the grounds that there is anything but a ton you can do with pictures out of the container. That being said, there are many incredible additional items to help put a little zest into your picture library.

Adding Pictures To The Library

On the off chance that you’ve added music or films to your library, this will look exceptionally natural. From the Kodi home screen’s lace, look over to the Pictures alternative. Here there’s just one sub-menu recorded underneath for any Add-ons you need to introduce. That is not what we’re searching for, so click on the principal Pictures choice all things being equal.

Similarly likewise with Movies and Music, you can introduce Kodi Add-ons and add documents to your media library on this screen. Additionally, when you do have pictures in your library, their envelope names will be recorded in this menu also.

In contrast to the Movies and Music tabs, the Pictures menu is a lot less difficult. Indeed, nothing remains at this point but to add pictures to your library or introduce an extra.

We should stroll through how to add pictures to your Kodi media library. As you can presumably figure, you will need to tap on Add pictures… to begin the interaction.

At this point, Adding a Source should look recognizable. On the off chance that you know the record way, you can enter it in the content box, or snap Browse to look for it.

The entirety of the drives your Kodi establishment can distinguish will be recorded here.

My photos are put away on a Western Digital MyCloud Network Accessible Storage (NAS) gadget, which could be found in one of three different ways, contingent upon how I set it up: Network File System (NFS), Universal Plug and Play UPnP gadgets, or Windows organization (SMB). In my specific Kodi arrangement, it’s designed as a Windows organization (SMB) gadget.

Explore the envelope your photos are put away in. For this model, I went to one individual organizer with no subfolders. Kodi will not run down the individual pictures, just the envelope names.

Whenever you’ve discovered the envelope, click OK to proceed.

When you click OK, you’ll be taken back to the Add Pictures source window and your envelope way will be recorded in the content box. Pick a name for your photos and snap OK to proceed.

That will return you to the fundamental Pictures sub-menu and your envelope will be recorded on the menu. For my situation, you can see my Sample Pictures envelope recorded between Picture additional items and Add pictures…

Kodi will at that point endeavor to check the envelope to find out about what sort of records are around there.

You can get to the Pictures sidebar menu by moving the mouse to one side-hand side of the screen and choosing Options on the lower left-hand corner, or by squeezing the left directional bolt in case you’re utilizing a controller with a D-cushion.

From the sidebar menu, you can change settings identified with how you see your photos and how you see slideshows. The View alternatives are genuinely clear as crystal, however, I need to address the slideshow settings. They are recorded under the Misc Options heading.

Introduction to Kodi Add-ons

Additional items are at the core of Kodi. Indeed, numerous individuals would contend that without outsider engineers making additional items and adding additional usefulness, Kodi would be not even close however famous as it very well might be today.

Kodi incorporates an Official Kodi Repository loaded up with many additional items, which are provided and upheld either by individuals from Team Kodi or by designers they trust. You can discover an extra for pretty much anything you need – skins, real-time features, sports, live TV… the rundown goes on.

On the off chance that that is insufficient for you, there are huge loads of informal archives on the Internet you can download additional items from. A considerable lot of these additional items are of problematic quality and surprisingly more sketchy legitimateness, so they’re not something I’ll cover in this Kodi arrangement manage. On the off chance that you Google a specific extra, I’m very certain someone who might be listening has it covered. In addition to this point, look at my article Kodi is lawful, however, the manner in which you’re utilizing it most likely isn’t.

In any case, I’d prompt an alert introducing whatever’s not authority. I’m not here to pass judgment, yet I am here to pay special mind to you.

How to Install Kodi Add-ons?

The least demanding approach to introduce Kodi additional items is to look down to the Add-ons menu and afterward Enter Add-on Browser.

Step by step instructions to Install Kodi Add-ons

When you open the Add-on program, you’ll a few distinct alternatives.

My Add-Ons: This will pull up a rundown of the entirety of the additional items, separated by classification, and whether they are empowered or debilitated on this Kodi establishment.

Introduce from Repository: This is the entirety of the additional items accessible for establishment in the Official Kodi Repository. We’ll go through the interaction for introducing from here beneath.

Introduce from Zip File: If you’re introducing an extra that is not in the authority list, this is the way you’ll do it. You’ll need to download a compress record to your gadget and peruse it utilizing this alternative. It’s somewhat bulkier, however, it will allow you to introduce anything you need to.

Search: If you understand what add-on you’re searching for, or simply have an overall thought of the point, you can enter it here and see the outcomes.

As of late Updated: This will show additional items that have been refreshed as of late.

FAQs – Kodi

Would it be a good idea for me to Use Kodi?

For our motivations, we will introduce one of the authority video additional items, so click on Install from Repository.

Kodi is perhaps the simplest approach to redo and smooth out your review insight. You can get to the entirety of your number one substance where you need it, without having to consistently change applications to draw in with explicit substance. Kodi can play any record type, so there are no limitations.

Kodi is an amazing piece of programming on the off chance that you need to have the option to control the entirety of your media in one spot, including real-time features, and offer that media across your gadgets. With Kodi, you can arrange your TV, PC, tablet, and cell phone, and watch all the equivalent media. Where you left off on a film on your TV, you can get from that scene on your cell phone.

Is Kodi Legal?

Utilizing Kodi is totally legitimate; in any case, you can decide to do unlawful things with Kodi, and those things stay illicit. For instance, there are Kodi additional items that may permit you to stream protected substances for nothing. In the event that this is unlawful where you are, it is as yet illicit to do with Kodi, regardless of whether it is conceivable.

How Do I Start Kodi?

Contingent upon what sort of gadget you are utilizing, you can either download Kodi from their site or download the application from your application store. On the off chance that there is no application accessible for your gadget, you can likewise download the APK from their site.

At the point when you download Kodi, you will end up with a vacant library, so you should begin adding media from your own library, and introducing additional items to allow you to get to real-time and other media administrations.

How Do I Use Kodi Properly?

Making the most out of Kodi is tied in with getting it set up to do what you need. Do you need it to have the option to pull up playlists dependent on your temperaments? Would you like to switch effectively and peruse the entirety of your streaming libraries simultaneously? Is it accurate to say that you are tied in with carrying gaming to the big screen?

Kodi is limitlessly adaptable, so the way to utilizing Kodi appropriately is to sort out how you need to manage it, and afterward take to the discussions for exhortation on additional items and set up. The Kodi engineer and client local area is huge and liberal; there are many individuals out there willing to help you and make proposals.

How Do I Put Kodi On My PC?

Setting up Kodi on your PC is basic, and starts with downloading the most recent rendition of Kodi from their site, and afterward running the straightforward installer. In the event that you need to overhaul, it isn’t important to uninstall your current variants of Kodi, and you can introduce the new form on the top on the off chance that you are content with your setup. While updating, start by rearing up to your Kodi catalog.

What Is The Difference Between Kodi 18 And 19?

Kodi 19 presents a refined UI and works somewhat quicker. It is additionally more advantageous with regards to additional items, as you would now be able to oversee documents and additional items in a similar spot, so there is no compelling reason to flip between screens to finish an establishment.

Kodi 19 is additionally better for gamers as it accompanies an enormous library of emulators with related control support.

How Do I Fully Load Kodi?

Since it is a legitimate hazy situation, it is presently beautiful uncommon to get completely stacked Kodi boxes. They have additionally gotten less famous, as completely stacked boxes keep an eye on accompanying a ton of additional stuff you don’t need and with additional items that simply don’t work.

You are in an ideal situation figuring out what you need – sports, gaming, films, TV shows, music – and afterward going onto the Kodi discussions to track down the most ideal approaches to stack these onto your Kodi box (or utilizing this top to bottom guide!).


This is in no way, shape, or form a comprehensive Kodi arrangement direct. To do that would probably twofold or significantly increase the length of this article. There were subjects I addressed just momentarily, and others which I didn’t specify by any means.

Notwithstanding, this guide should assist you with getting a Kodi establishment going without any preparation and come to the heart of the matter that you can begin making the most of your media.

In the event that you’d like further assets, probably the best source is the Kodi part of this site. My recommendation is to follow this guide, however then to begin messing about. Change. Change. Pose inquiries. There’s such a lot of that Kodi can do. Appreciate!

On the off chance that you have any remarks or direct encounters with setting up Kodi boxes, kindly post them beneath or share your photos through our online media.

I am a co-founder of RightApp4u which provides genuine and unbiased reviews of mobile apps, such as VPNs, etc, and mobile games for installing and running on Windows PC, Mac, and Linux using emulators such as Bluestacks 4, Nox Player, PhoenixOS, KoPlayer, Genymotion, Anbox, etc.

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