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Kodi (former XBMC) is an award-winning free and open source software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OSX, Windows, iOS, and Android, 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.

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File size: 58MB
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Latest version

18.8 / 19.0 Alpha 1 (August 8, 2020)



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Download Kodi 18.8 Windows 64-bit  60MB  Win64

Download Kodi 18.8 Windows  58MB  Win

Download Kodi 18.8 Mac 64-bit  68MB  Mac64

Download Kodi 18.8 Linux  Linux




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Download Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Windows 64-bit  58MB  Win64

Download Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Windows  58MB  Win

Download Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Mac  58MB  Mac

Download Kodi 19.0 Alpha 1 Linux  Linux




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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog


Kodi 19.x "Matrix" - Alpha 1

So, here we go. Hot on the heels of what is intended to be the final release in the 18.x "Leia" series, it's time to give you good people a taste of things to come. So, with no further ado, we'd like to present the first Alpha releases of Kodi 19.x "Matrix".

This is a major release, so, as you'd expect, it comes with many new features. However, it will inevitably cause problems for some people, which is why we'll go through a more traditional Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate model. As such, then, please be aware that installing this will inevitably break things, and we'd really like your help at that point to identify the problems and get them fixed.

So, all that aside... what's actually changed?

Audio/Music

Improved handling of multi-disc CD sets and box sets
Additional metadata tags
Improved handling of album release dates
New setting to open music fullscreen/visualisation window automatically when playback is started
A new, Matrix-inspired music visualisation is now available to install - great care has been put into making this perform well on lower-end systems
Video

Software decoding of the AV1 CODEC
Subtitles

Subtitle opacity can now be changed
New dark grey colour for subtitles
Estuary Skin

Redesign of the music fullscreen/visualisation window to match other fullscreen windows - allows fanart and visualisations to be shown without coloured overlays
Additional media info flags added to music fullscreen/visualisation window info display
The default Playlist view now uses the Widelist view format with options on the sideblade menu as in other areas of the skin
A new "Now Playing" view added for music playback, showing media details for both any selected song in the playlist and those for any currently playing song
Games

iOS now supports game controllers (Xbox/PlayStation/other supported Bluetooth controllers)
Platform Specifics

Darwin (Apple) platforms:
Objective-C code migrated from manual memory management to ARC
iOS:
Added showing total/free space
Kodi log can now be shared using native sharing sheet
Kodi GUI is no longer obscured on devices with notch
macOS:
Blank Other Displays setting no longer requires app restart
"Toggle fullscreen" now uses default macOS shortcut
Android:
Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the device)
Dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support for streaming services (if supported by the device)
Windows:
Static HDR10 support for all source types (if supported by the GPU)
Information Providers (scrapers)

New python scrapers for music - available in repo as Generic Album Scraper and Generic Artist Scraper
New python scrapers for TV & movies - available in repo as The Movie Database Python and The TVDB (new)
PVR

PVR reminders
TV and radio channel groups and Estuary home screen widgets
Group manager usability enhancements
Channel manager usability enhancements
Guide window navigation controls
Estuary PVR information dialog enhancements
Setting 'Switch to full screen' now supports channel types
Playlist context menu items for recordings
Dynamic PVR categories for Estuary home screen
Ability to sort channels and EPG by the backend order of channels
Support group specific channel numbering and option to start group number locally from 1
Support for starting EPG entries as live
Support displaying recording sizes and being able to sort by them
New, Live, Finale and Premiere for EPG, recordings and timers
Guide window performance improvements
Search window performance improvements
EPG performance and memory usage optimisations
C++ API for PVR Addon development
Network

Improved information around the security implications of enabling external interfaces
Added default-on switch to require a password for the web interface
Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed add-ons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.
Improved support around official repos, allowing users some safeguards when installing private repositories
Addons

Probably the biggest change: with this release, we move to Python 3 for addons (see note below).
Kodi will now enforce the origin of installed addons and their dependencies. This has been implemented to prevent third party repositories from overwriting code of unrelated add-ons, which was the cause of numerous error reports in the past.
Due to the discontinuation of Python 2, Kodi now utilises Python 3 for addons. Because of this change, this update might disable addons where a compatible version isn't available, although these will be reactivated as soon as their authors provide new versions. The list of Kodi Matrix compatible addons available from the official repository is growing by the week, but not everything has been ported over yet.
If you want to take the plunge, you can get Alpha 1 from here. Again, though, please: expect some breakage, don't use this as your daily installation unless you know how to get things working again, and please share your experiences back with us so we can really get going on those bugs.

As usual - well, it is open source - you can see what's changed between v18 and v19 here. It's a long list...

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XBMC Media Center, XBMC Live, Kodi, XBMC




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9 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Best Media Center I ever used. Lots of functions.
Access to lots of cool and useful tools such as the
Photo Add-on "500pix" or "Big Picture". View world
photos of big events, beautiful nature, etc.
Play your music with all kinds of visualizations, album art, and more.

Video Add-ons are easy to install if you go by the directions, like from this place...
http://www.wirelesshack.org/top-best-working-kodi-video-add-ons.html
Step by step instructions on how to install from Repositories.
Or this place... http://www.htpcbeginner.com/best-kodi-addons-2016/
Just be careful of which add-ons you install.

Play your videos with or without subtitles and music with cool visualizations.

The main settings are in SYSTEM/SETTINGS, then Appearance, Audio, Video, etc.


Review by Kool-Believer on Jun 21, 2016 Version: 16.1 Jarvis OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Straight from your forum I have this problem with the new OTT TV BOX with the 4X CPU Cortex-A9r4 & 8X GPU Mali-450:

"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."


Review by JDLewan on Oct 10, 2015 Version: KODI 15.2 OS: Other Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 5/10




After reading the last review I tried out XBMC and must admit it has come a very long way since it began. As an HTPC app it is incredible. There are many built in functions and lots of addons you can download within XBMC. You can even download and install skins with the click of a button. Adding different video feeds is a just click of a button away. It really is incredible how far this program has come. It also supports DLNA file sharing although video support is very basic and only offers a few video formats. If you haven't tried XBMC in a while, check it out.

Review by Specter on Jul 15, 2012 Version: 12.0 alpha 3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




XBMC has come a long way since the last round of comments in late 2009, and I just couldn't let it sit there with a out of date 'out of 10' rating. It's a mature product with a strong following of users and programmers and has a very active forum, so it deserves a better score.

In my opinion it's the best media centre application of it's type.


Review by The Mariner on May 3, 2012 Version: 11 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Beautiful to look at and very ambitious in scope. Looks very promising. Unfortunately I was hoping that since it had Xbox origins, it would play HD DVD format, but it won't. I still have about 30 HD DVDs that I was hoping to view with this. I have an Xbox external disc drive, but no media player that will play it.

Review by ricoman on Dec 24, 2009 Version: 9.11 OS: Windows 7 Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10


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