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Intro FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions for XBMC for brand new users and curious onlookers.


1 General FAQ

See also: XBMC all platforms FAQ for FAQs that apply to all versions of XBMC.

1.1 What is XBMC?


Kodi media center, formally known as XBMC Media Center, is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform software media player and entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs (Home theater PCs). It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons. The XBMC project is managed by the non-profit XBMC Foundation, and developed by volunteers located around the world. Since its creation in 2003 more than 500 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and around 60 developers on regular basis. Also 200-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 72 languages.

1.2 What can XBMC do?


XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive. XBMC will scan all of your media and create a personalized library complete with boxcovers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.

1.3 Who is Team XBMC?


Team XBMC is the formal group of people who develop and maintain XBMC, the XBMC websites, and/or other supporting roles.

1.4 Who is the XBMC Foundation?


The "XBMC Foundation" is the non-profit organization that operates the XBMC Media Center project and is registered in the US.

1.5 How do I get help or report a bug?


1.6 How can I help and/or donate?


1.7 Where can I find an FAQ for more technical questions?

See: XBMC all platforms FAQ

1.8 Can I run XBMC from my PC to my TV using DLNA/UPnP?

  • XBMC has some support for this, and more is planned for the future. Normally XBMC is meant to be ran on a computer/supported-device that is directly connected to the TV by a video cable.
  • Some files can be shared from XBMC using the built-in UPnP server and files scanned into the Video library. XBMC will not currently transcode any files, so only file formats that your TV/device can natively playback will work. This will only work with video (so you won't see XBMC's GUI) and currently does not work with add-on content.

1.9 Can I install XBMC on a PS3, Xbox360, or Wii?

  • Not to be confused with XBMC4Xbox, which is the continued effort to run XBMC on original Xbox hardware.
  • No. The required reverse engineering (to get access to the video acceleration hardware, among other things) has not happened on any of these game consoles. Further more, no one on Team XBMC feels that it is worth the effort to port XBMC to any of them, as it would be a huge undertaking.

1.10 Does XBMC still run on the original Xbox?

  • Team XBMC no longer officially supports the original Xbox, but the group over at XBMC4Xbox does.

1.11 Where do I get all the movies and TV shows from?


XBMC does not provide any video content. XBMC is a more akin to a video player, like your DVD/bluray player. The main aim of XBMC is to work with video files you have on your own computer or local network. XBMC can also access online videos using add-ons, but these add-ons are almost always made by the community and come from a third party service/source, and do not come preinstalled from official versions of XBMC.

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