First time user

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Guides, tips, and topics to walk users through their first time using and setting up Kodi.

1 Installing

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iOS
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Linux
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Mac OS X
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Windows
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Raspberry Pi


2 Getting started

icon Quick start guide
This guide is designed to get you up and running with Kodi in the shortest time possible, and was written with the most typical use cases in mind.
icon Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions on all the major Kodi topics. Everything from "what the heck is Kodi?" to "how do I turn off subtitles?" and more.
icon Home screen and basic controls
This page describes the basic controls that are used in most areas of Kodi, as well as the Kodi home screen. This page assumes you are using the default skin for Kodi, Estuary.
icon Remote controls
In Kodi the primary environment was designed for the living room (10-foot interface) and controlling it only with a remote control. While Kodi does support mouse, keyboard, and even touch controls, the main method of controlling Kodi is designed around is the typical remote. This further enhances the appliance feel of the Kodi and fits next to (or replaces) the other remotes that are likely to be in your entertainment room.
icon Adding videos to the library
To use your video files with "metadata" like summaries, cast info, DVD covers, thumbnails, and more, you need to add those video files to the video library.There are a couple of important parts to getting things imported into your Kodi library. First, the metadata for the video file should exist someplace (the metadata are things like the title of the show, the plot description, the season and episode number if the video file happens to be an episode of a TV series, the actors, the director, cover art and episode art, etc.) The second part is naming the video files so the file gets matched up with the metadata available online.
icon Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Music Library
The aim of these modules is to provide the required information to enable you to correctly set up, modify, and reinstate your Music library as required. As this guide is created for the new user, most pages have been created with minimal jargon and short explanations in an effort to reduce information overload and confusion. Where extra information is provided, note is made to what can be safely ignored.
icon Pictures
Pictures is an easy way to view your pictures. It allows you to view them as a slideshow with nice transition effects and even allows you to listen to your music while viewing your slideshow.
icon PVR
Kodi features powerful Live TV and video recording (DVR/PVR) abilities using a very flexible distributed application structure. That is, by leveraging other existing third-party PVR backend applications or DVR devices that specialize in receiving television signals and also support the same type of client–server model which Kodi uses, (following a frontend-backend design principle for separation of concerns), these PVR features in Kodi allow you to watch Live TV, listen to radio, view an EPG TV-Guide and schedule recordings, and also enables many other TV related features, all using Kodi as your primary interface once the initial pairing connection and configuration have been done.
icon Add-ons
Add-ons are packages that add features and functions not normally included with Kodi. Add-ons are developed by people on Team Kodi and third-parties. Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons for online content like YouTube, Hulu, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio, as well as skins (themes) and more available from a common official repository, while still enabling third-party developers to also host their own unofficial repositories for add-ons that any user can choose to add themselves if they like.

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