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Latest revision as of 13:38, 27 June 2022

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The current stable release for iOS is Kodi v19.4 Matrix.

Requirements
  • To install Kodi for iOS/iPadOS you must have one of the following:
    • a jailbroken iDevice running iOS 6.0 or higher
    • a normal iDevice running iOS 6.0 or higher and a Mac running Xcode 7 and higher
  • For hardware: iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.



1 Kodi 32-bit or 64-bit?

Whichever installation method you will follow to install Kodi on your Apple device, you will need to choose between a 32-bit Kodi package or a 64-bit Kodi package. This choice depends on the processor of your device:

32-bit (ios-arm):

  • iPhone 1st generation, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5 and 5C
  • iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation
  • iPad 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation
  • iPad Mini 1st generation

64-bit (ios-arm64):

  • All other newer iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

2 Which version of Kodi can I install?

  • iOS 9.0 and above: latest working Kodi release version is Kodi v19.4 Matrix
  • iPadOS 13.1 and above: latest working Kodi release version is Kodi v19.4 Matrix
  • iOS 8.4.1 and below latest working Kodi release version is Kodi v17.6 Krypton

3 Download Kodi package

Some installation methods given below will ask you to download a Kodi package (.deb file). You will find this file in the current section. First, check if your device needs a 32 bit or a 64 bit Kodi build.

3.1 Latest stable Kodi release

Latest Kodi version is not available for 32-bit devices. See below how to download previous releases.

3.2 Other Kodi builds

ALWAYS Backup YOUR USERDATA FOLDER WHEN USING DEVELOPMENT BUILDS!

If you want to try a beta, nightly or different stable versions of Kodi, choose the build version that you want to install:

Build Description URL
Stable build Stable builds are the current stable and recommended versions of Kodi to install on your device. - 64-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/darwin/ios-arm64/
- 32-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/darwin/ios/
Nightly build Nightly builds are unstable test builds that have the latest bug fixes and feature additions. They are not fully tested, so anticipate issues and be sure to backup your userdata folder - 64-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/nightlies/darwin/ios-arm64/
- 32-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/nightlies/darwin/ios/
Monthly build Monthly builds are more stable than nightly builds, but still contain lots of experimental new code. - 64-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/snapshots/darwin/ios-arm64/
- 32-bit: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/snapshots/darwin/ios/
Older stable builds If you wish to download an older version of XBMC/Kodi for whatever reason, you can do so with these same instructions below. http://mirrors.kodi.tv/apt/ios/deb/

4 Jailbroken devices

Emblem-important-yellow.png NOTICE:
If your device is not jailbroken, please follow one of the methods given in Non-jailbroken devices section

If your device is jailbroken, you can install Kodi with one the methods given below, you only need to choose one.

4.1 (option A) Install from Cydia

4.1.1 Installing

Kodi releases are available on the default BigBoss repository.

4.1.2 Updating

Updates for stable releases of Kodi are handled by Cydia and will show up in the 'Changes' section when available. (After updating the sources).

4.1.3 Uninstalling

4.1.4 Removing settings

Kodi will uninstall from your iDevice but will leave certain things (Databases and everything in your Userdata) behind to make it easier if you wanted to reinstall. To delete those:

  • From the terminal, run rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/ and rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/.
  • Or from iFile/Filza delete /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/ and /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/.

4.2 (option B) Install from iFile

  1. Install iFile from Cydia if you don't already have it.
  2. In Mobile Safari (or any browser that can download files) open the .deb file you wish to install, such as from the locations noted here.
    (e.g: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/nightlies/darwin/ios/xbmc-20111202-6729214-master-ios.deb)
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
    Note: Mobile Safari won't show a progress bar for downloads. Just wait a few minutes until the download is done, but don't close Safari.
  4. Select "Open in..."
  5. Select iFile from the available apps
  6. iFile will get a copy of the downloaded file and open an action menu. Select install. When iFile is complete you can tap done at the top.
  7. In iFile, swipe to delete the downloaded Kodi deb file as it is no longer needed.

Note: To go back to a stable version of Kodi you might need to first uninstall Kodi and then use the normal install instructions, or manually download the stable release deb file and install using the dev build instructions.

4.3 (option C) Install from Filza

  1. Install Filza from Cydia if you don't already have it.
  2. In Mobile Safari (or any browser that can download files) open the .deb file you wish to install, such as from the locations noted here.
    (e.g: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/nightlies/darwin/ios/xbmc-20111202-6729214-master-ios.deb)
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
    Note: Mobile Safari won't show a progress bar for downloads. Just wait a few minutes until the download is done, but don't close Safari.
  4. Select "Open in..."
  5. Select Filza from the available apps
  6. Filza will open and get a copy of the downloaded. In the files list, select the freshly downloaded file and choose install.
  7. When you see bash-5.0# at the bottom of your screen you can select respring at the top right and yes.

5 Non-jailbroken devices

5.1 (option A) Install from Xcode and iOS App Signer

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This is considered and advanced and slightly-expirimental method. It is not for the faint of heart.
This method also requires that Kodi be re-installed every 7 days if you are using a free iOS dev account.
To get macOS on you computer you can use a virtual machine or check for building an hackintosh, but we will not discuss this here.
If unable to access a macOS, jump to Sideload a self signed .ipa file


5.1.1 Prerequisites

5.1.2 Downloads

Download the Kodi package by following this section.

5.1.3 Instructions

If you have a paid developer account with a wildcard (*) provisioning profile, you do not need to follow steps 1-6.

5.1.4 Updating Kodi

To update Kodi, run iOS App Signer and select the new deb file and the same provisioning profile that you used initially.

5.1.5 Modifying Kodi userdata

To modify the Kodi userdata, you can use any iOS file manager such as iFunbox

5.1.6 Help

If you are having trouble using iOS App Signer, please post in the forum topic

5.2 (option B) Sideload a self signed .ipa file

Stop hand.png Currently, these methods require that Kodi be re-installed every 7 days if you are using a free iOS dev account.

5.2.1 Prerequisites

  • Windows 7 or Higher
  • 7-Zip
  • A .deb file of Kodi (see this section)

5.2.2 Converting deb into ipa

Before beginning the installation, you have to convert .deb file of Kodi into .ipa. If you already know how to convert .deb into .ipa, you can skip to the installation methods below.

Follow the steps given below and you will be able to convert .deb file into .ipa file.

Source

5.2.2.1 Installing Kodi using Sideloadly
Stop hand.png Sideloadly is still a work-in-progress and there might be some bugs that you face while installing Kodi.

Note: Windows or macOS can be used for this method.

Make sure you have the following software on your computer or mac:

Procedure, step by step:

Note: Due to limitations on free iOS dev accounts, Kodi needs to be sideloaded periodically. If Kodi stops to work, do not uninstall Kodi. Instead, repeat all steps to have Kodi working again. Configuration will remain untouched.

Source

5.2.2.2 Installing Kodi using Cydia Impactor
Stop hand.png

Cydia Impactor is still a work-in-progress and there might be some bugs that you face while installing Kodi. It is not for the faint of heart.
If you a free Apple dev account this method no longer works since November 2019.

Make sure you have the following software on your computer:

Procedure, step by step:

Note: Due to limitations on free iOS dev accounts, Kodi needs to be sideloaded periodically. If Kodi stops to work, do not uninstall Kodi. Instead, repeat all steps to have Kodi working again. Configuration will remain untouched.

Source