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These development builds, often called "pre-release" builds, are what will eventually lead to the final v16 "Jarvis" version. In contrast to the stable builds (v15 "Isengard") you don't have to wait for the release in order to benefit from new features or fixes that made it into Kodi.

THESE BUILDS ARE OFTEN UNSTABLE and are only for users that do not fear bugs or occasional crashes. They are mostly used for development to help us in testing for the upcoming releases. If you want a stable HTPC then please install a stable build instead.

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1 Unstable - Nightly builds

Stop hand.png Nightly builds are now based off of the upcoming v16 "Jarvis" version, and are highly unstable right now.


Nightly Builds are made on a daily basis and contain the most recent changes. They are also the most unstable of the development builds, until "feature freeze" where only bug fixes are made.

Make sure you always download and run the most recent builds.

ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR SETTINGS WHEN USING THESE BUILDS

http://mirrors.kodi.tv/nightlies/


Note: If you are using a Windows nightly build please also download the .pdb file with the same version from our mirrors, rename it to Kodi.pdb and place it alongside the Kodi.exe inside the installation folder. Re-download the correct file each time you are installing another nightly build. This helps us to identify possible crashes.

2 Semi-stable - Monthly, Beta, and Release candidate builds

Monthly
Monthly builds ( http://mirrors.kodi.tv/snapshots/ ) are semi-stable nightly snapshots of the current development version. They are a step between (often) unstable nightly builds and stable release builds, though they can sometimes still be very unstable.
Beta
When Kodi gets close to a stable release, public betas will be released. These are similar to nightlies and monthlies in that they still contain bugs, but are more stable and are encouraged to be tried out. At the point where Kodi reaches beta, most known bugs have been fixed, and developers are now looking for bugs they might not know about.
Release candidate
When Kodi beta gets to a point where it seems ready for a final release a "Release Candidate", or "RC", is released to flesh out any final bugs. Depending on any issues found, there may be multiple release candidates.
Final release
After release candidates comes a final stable build that becomes Kodi v16.0. In some cases there are additional bugfix releases even after "final", but even those bugfix releases go through their own mini-cycle of testing.

ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR SETTINGS WHEN USING THESE BUILDS


Note: Windows testers: If you are using a Windows nightly build please also download the .pdb file and place it alongside the Kodi.exe inside the installation folder. Re-download the correct file each time you are installing another build. This helps us to identify possible crashes.

3 Other test builds

Keep an eye out here for special tests that developers want users to try out.

3.1 v15.1 bugfix release

Regression testing for the upcoming v15.1 bugfix release: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=233293

3.2 BluRay java menus

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=213352

3.3 DirectX 11 testing

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=218274

3.4 Linux - VAAPI with EGL interoperation

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=231955

3.5 Media importing and library integration of UPnP

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=224794

3.6 Raspberry Pi specific testing

Raspberry Pi (both Pi 1 and Pi 2) specific tweaks for Kodi, using OpenELEC. Very awesome: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=231092

3.7 RetroPlayer

Kodi with RetroArch game emulator support baked in: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=173361

3.8 Steam OS repo testing

Test the new Kodi repo for easy install on Steam OS: http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=197422

3.9 Windows audio DSP

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=226499

4 Special notes about development builds

Bugs
As development builds are bleeding edge code you might find a bug here and there. In order to get rid of this bugs, it's important that these will be reported: HOW-TO:Submit a bug report.
Feature requests
If you have a feature that you think should be added to appear in the next stable version of Kodi, you can make a feature request: HOW-TO:Submit an official feature request.

5 Notes

  1. Particularly notable for MySQL compatibility, among other things. See Databases/Version table for more details.

6 See also

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