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{{Mininav|[[XBMC Foundation]]}}
{{Infobox software
{{Infobox software
| logo = [[File:Thumbnail-light-transparent.png|200px]]
| logo                 = [[File:Logo-transparent bare 256px.png|220px]]
| screenshot = [[File:XBMC home.jpg|300px]]
| screenshot           = [[File:Kodi.gif|300px|link=|Confluence skin home screen]]
| caption = Kodi's home screen
| caption             = [[Confluence]] skin home screen
| developer = [[XBMC Foundation]]
| developer           = [[XBMC Foundation]]
| Stable release = {{current version}}
| released            = June 29, 2004
| Preview release =  
| Stable release       = {{Current version}}
| programming language = C++ core, with Python scripts as add-ons from 3rd parties
| Preview release     = {{Future_version}}
| operating system = Android, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Windows, iOS
| programming language = ''Core:'' C++<br />''Add-ons:'' Python v3
| platform = [[w:ARM architecture|ARM]], [[w:x86 architecture|x86]]
| operating system     = [[Windows]], [[Mac OS X|macOS]], [[Linux]], [[Android]], [[iOS]]/[[tvOS]], [[BSD]]
| status = Active
| platform             = [[wikipedia:x86|x86]], [[wikipedia:ARM architecture family|ARM]]
| released = 2003
| language            = 72 languages<ref name="weblate_lang_list">[https://kodi.weblate.cloud/languages/ Languages.] ''Kodi Weblate.'' Accessed on August 18, 2022.</ref>
| language = 60+ languages to date
| status              = Active
| license = GPLv2 or later
| license             = [https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.html GPL-2.0-or-later]<ref name="licenses-dir_readme">"[https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/blob/master/LICENSES/README.md Kodi's licensing rules]." ''[https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc xbmc/xbmc] on GitHub.'' Accessed on August 18, 2022.</ref>
}}{{mininav|[[General topics]]{{l2|[[XBMC Foundation]]}}}}
| website              = [https://kodi.tv/ kodi.tv]
{{see also|Kodi FAQ}}
}}
<section begin=intro /><section begin=intro2 />'''[[Kodi]]''' media center, formerly 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 Kodi 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 Kodi, 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. <section end=intro />
'''Kodi'''® (formerly known as <span style="font-weight: 600;">XBMC</span> or <span style="font-weight: 600;">Xbox Media Center</span>) is an award-winning, free and open source media player/entertainment hub application that runs on an exhaustive list of computers, mobile devices and HTPCs (Home theater PCs) which natively use no less than seven (7) different operating systems. It follows a [[wikipedia:10-foot user interface|10-foot user interface]] design specification which targets usage as a media player in a living room setting—or any other space where groups of people consume media without having someone seated near the player controls—using a handheld remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from local file storage, optical discs, the local network or the internet using only a few buttons. The Kodi project is managed by the non-profit '''[[XBMC Foundation]]''' and developed by volunteers located around the world. As of Summer 2022, more than 1,600 software developers have contributed to Kodi (in the form of 111,800+ individual changes to the codebase, which opened in 2003),<ref name="openhub">[https://www.openhub.net/p/kodi "The Kodi Open Source Project."] ''[https://www.openhub.net/ Black Duck Open Hub], part of Synopsys.'' Accessed on August 18, 2022.</ref> with roughly 60 core developers whose regular participation helps to steer it. Now, thanks to the generosity and dedication of over [[Translations|200 volunteer translators]], Kodi is available in 72 languages and useful no matter which continent you're on.


Kodi® ''(then called "Xbox Media Center")'' was originally created as a media center application for the first-generation Xbox game console (no longer supported) but is now officially available as a native application for [[Android]], [[BSD]], [[Linux]], [[Mac OS X|macOS]], [[iOS]]/[[tvOS]], and [[Windows]] operating systems, running on most common processor architectures.


Kodi ''(then called "Xbox Media Center")'' was originally created as a media center application for the first-generation Xbox game console ([[XBMC4Xbox|no longer supported]]) but is now officially available as a native application for [[Android]], [[Linux]], [[Mac OS X]], [[iOS]], and [[Windows]] operating systems, running on most common processor architectures. <section end=intro2 />
== Introduction ==
=== Overview of features ===
:{{Main|Features and supported formats}}
{{#lst:Features_and_supported_formats|intro}}


== Video demos ==
=== Add-ons ===
Check out this excellent introduction video by [http://lifehacker.com/5900626/create-a-kickass-seamless-play+everything-media-center-the-complete-guide Lifehacker.com]:<br />
:{{Main|Add-ons}}
{{YouTube|T970YM3w1LY}}
{{#lst:Add-ons|intro}}


;Additional video demos
For additional information about specific add-ons, see the '''[[:Category:All add-ons|All add-ons]]''' category.
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O4fCGrwrqw Kodi beginners guide - an introduction and tour] by Kodi.tv forum user fredphoesh


== Overview of features ==
=== Video demos ===
{{main|Features and supported codecs}}
Check out this excellent introduction video (1m 36s) by Lifehacker:<ref name="lifehacker">Whitson, Gordon. 2012. [https://lifehacker.com/create-a-kickass-seamless-play-everything-media-cente-5900626 &ldquo;Create a Kickass, Seamless, Play-Everything Media Center: The Complete Guide.&rdquo;] ''Lifehacker Australia.'' April 10, 2012.</ref><br />
{{#lst:Features and supported codecs|intro}}
::{{YouTube|T970YM3w1LY}}


A Kodi beginners guide (13m 27s) by forum user fredphoesh:<ref name="fredphoesh">[https://forum.kodi.tv/member.php?action=profile&uid=66118 Profile of fredphoesh.] ''Kodi Community Forum.'' May 21, 2012.</ref><br />
::{{YouTube|2O4fCGrwrqw}}


{{#lst:Add-ons|intro}}
=== Language support ===
{{See|Language portal}}
Kodi includes full support for many different languages by default. Kodi's structure is such that if the language is not available, or not up-to-date, it can be created by signing up at the [https://kodi.weblate.cloud/accounts/register/ Kodi Translations Project].


For additional information about specific add-ons, see '''[[:Category:All add-ons]]'''.
Currently the existing supported languages are: Acadian French, Afrikaans, Albanian, American English, Amharic, Argentinian Spanish, Armenian, Asturian, Australian English, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, European Portuguese, Faroese, Finnish, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayam, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Metropolitan French, Mexican Spanish, Mongolian, New Zealand English, Norwegian, Ossetian, Peninsular Arabic, Peninsular Spanish, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Silesian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese and Welsh.
 
=== Language support ===
{{see also|Translation System}}
Kodi includes full support for many different languages by default. Kodi's structure is such that if the language is not available, or not up-to-date, it can be made by signing up at [https://www.transifex.net/projects/p/XBMC-Main-Frodo/ Kodi Main Translation Project (Frodo)], Currently the existing supported languages are Afrikaans, Basque, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, American English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Maltese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Ukrainian.


== Hardware requirements ==
== Hardware requirements ==
{{Main|Supported hardware}}
:{{Main|Supported hardware}}
{{#lst:Supported hardware|intro}}
{{#lst:Supported hardware|intro}}


== Official versions of Kodi ==
== Official versions ==
{{See also|Releases}}
{{See|Releases}}
Full featured versions of Kodi are available on a number of operating system platforms. Team Kodi strives to keep a consistent feature set and include the full Kodi experience for all versions, even those on low-powered devices.
Full featured versions of Kodi are available on a number of operating system platforms. Team Kodi strives to keep a consistent feature set and include the full Kodi experience for all versions, even those on low-powered devices.


;[[Kodibuntu]]
=== Windows ===
:KodiBuntu (formerly XBMCbuntu) is a free Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with Kodi for Linux already installed and pre-configured, providing a complete packaged media center software suite for all IA-32/x86-based personal computers. KodiBuntu is based on [[w:Lubuntu|Lubuntu]] instead of Ubuntu Desktop.
:{{Main|Windows}}
 
''Kodi for Windows'' runs natively on Windows Vista and higher. It is a 32-bit application but runs on 64-bit Windows and hardware as well, however it is not yet optimized for that architecture so there is no performance gain when running on 64-bit Windows. 1080p playback can be achieved on Windows based computers either via software decoding on the CPU if it's powerful enough, or by hardware accelerated video decoding.
;[[Android]]
:''Kodi for Android'' is a full port of the complete Kodi application to Google's Android operating-system, was first announced and its source code released publicly on 13 June 2012. This is a full port of Kodi's C++ and C source code with all its dependencies to Android with a build-system that was designed to handle multiple processor architectures, like ARM, MIPS, and x86 with the Android NDK (Native Development Kit for Android) without using a single line of Java, and the Kodi.APK is running natively under Android as a Native Activity application.  


;[[iOS]]
=== Android ===
:''Kodi for iOS'', which is a full port of Kodi to Apple's [[iOS]] operating-system, was first announced and released publicly on 20 January 2011. It supports both 720p and 1080p hardware accelerated video decoding of H.264 videos, and is compatible several Apple's [[iDevice]]s that uses Apple A4 or higher SoC processors with a jailbroken iOS operating-system.
:{{Main|Android}}
''Kodi for Android'' is a full port of the complete Kodi application to Google's Android operating-system, was first announced and its source code released publicly on 13 June 2012. This is a full port of Kodi's C++ and C source code with all its dependencies to Android with a build-system that was designed to handle multiple processor architectures, like ARM, MIPS, and x86 with the Android NDK (Native Development Kit for Android) without using a single line of Java, and the Kodi.APK is running natively under Android as a Native Activity application.  


;[[Linux]]
=== iOS ===
:''Kodi for Linux'' is primarily developed for Ubuntu Linux. Third-party packages for most other Linux distributions are however available, and it is also possible to compile Kodi from scratch for any Linux distribution as long as the pre-required dependency libraries are installed first.  
:{{Main|iOS}}
''Kodi for iOS'', which is a full port of Kodi to Apple's [[iOS]] operating-system, was first announced and released publicly on 20 January 2011. It supports both 720p and 1080p hardware accelerated video decoding of H.264 videos, and is compatible several Apple's [[IOS|iDevice]]s that uses Apple A4 or higher SoC processors with a jailbroken iOS operating-system.


;[[Mac]]
=== Mac ===
:''Kodi for Mac'' runs natively on [[Mac OS X]] with Intel processors with hardware video decoding for H.264.
:{{Main|Mac OS X}}
''Kodi for Mac'' runs natively on [[Mac OS X]] with Intel processors with hardware video decoding for H.264.


;[[Windows]]
=== Linux ===
:''Kodi for Windows'' runs natively on Windows Vista and higher. It is a 32-bit application but runs on 64-bit Windows and hardware as well, however it is not yet optimized for that architecture so there is no performance gain when running on 64-bit Windows. 1080p playback can be achieved on Windows based computers either via software decoding on the CPU if it's powerful enough, or by hardware accelerated video decoding.
:{{Main|Linux}}
''Kodi for Linux'' is primarily developed for Ubuntu Linux. Third-party packages for most other Linux distributions are however available, and it is also possible to compile Kodi from scratch for any Linux distribution as long as the pre-required dependency libraries are installed first.  


== Third-party forks and derivative work of Kodi ==
== Third-party forks and derivative work of Kodi ==
{{main|Third-party forks and derivatives}}
:{{Main|Forks}}
{{#lst:Third-party forks and derivatives|intro}}


== History ==
== History ==
{{See|History of Kodi}}
:{{Main|History of Kodi}}


== XBMC Foundation ==
== XBMC Foundation ==
{{see also|XBMC Foundation}}
:{{Main|XBMC Foundation}}
{{#lst:XBMC Foundation|intro}}
{{#lst:XBMC Foundation|intro}}


== Awards ==
== Awards ==
[[File:Cca.gif|right]]
{{See|SourceForge Community Choice Awards}}
{{main|SourceForge Community Choice Awards}}
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In the [[w:SourceForge|SourceForge]] 2006 Community Choice Awards, XBMC won an award for Best Project for Gamers as well as an award Best Project for Multimedia.[http://sourceforge.net/blog/cca06/]  
| style="padding: 1rem; text-align: center;" | [[File:Cca.gif|frameless|link=]]
 
|-
In the [[w:SourceForge|SourceForge]] 2007 Community Choice Awards, XBMC was nominated finalist in six categories.[http://sourceforge.net/blog/cca07/]  
| style="padding: 1rem; text-align: center;" | [[File:Sourceforge CCAs 2007.png|frameless|link=]]
 
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In the [[w:SourceForge|SourceForge]] 2008 Community Choice Awards, XBMC won an award for Best Project for Gamers.[http://sourceforge.net/blog/cca08/]
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In the [[w:Lifehacker|Lifehacker Australia]] 2014 Community Choice Awards, XBMC won an award for Best Media Player. [http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/12/lifehacker-awards-2014-best-media-player/]
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! scope="row" rowspan="23" style="font-size: 1.4rem; font-weight: 700;" | [[File:SourceForge Community Choice Award.png|256px|frameless|link=]]<br />[[wikipedia:SourceForge|SourceForge]]<br />Community Choice Awards
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| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Best Project for Gamers
| style="background-color: Green; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Winner
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Best Project for Multimedia
| style="background-color: Green; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Winner
|-
| rowspan="6" class="plainlinks" style="font-size: 1.3rem; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | [https://sourceforge.net/blog/cca07/ 2007]
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best User Support
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Project for Gamers
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Project for Multimedia
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Technical Design
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Most Collaborative Project
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Overall Project
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| rowspan="7" class="plainlinks" style="font-size: 1.05rem; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | [https://sourceforge.net/blog/cca08/ <span style="font-size: 1.3rem;">2008</span>]<br />''([https://sourceforge.net/blog/cca08-finalists/ Finalists])''
| class="plainlinks" style="font-weight: 600;" | <span style="font-size: 1.1rem;">Best Project for Gamers</span><ref group="awards" name="scca_2008">Team XBMC. 2008. [https://kodi.tv/article/xbmc-wins-another-sourceforge-community-choice-award/ &ldquo;XBMC wins another SourceForge Community Choice Award.&rdquo;] ''Kodi News.'' July 29, 2008.</ref>
| style="background-color: Green; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Winner
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Overall Project
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Best Project for Multimedia
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Most Likely to Be the Next Billion Dollar Acquisition
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Most Likely to Change the World
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Most Likely to Be Ambiguously and<br />Baselessly Accused of Patent Violation
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600; line-height: 1.4;" | Most Likely to Get Users Sued by Anachronistic<br />Industry Associations Defending Dead Business Models
| style="background-color: Wheat; color: #000; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Finalist
|-
| rowspan="8" class="plainlinks" style="font-size: 1.05rem; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | [https://web.archive.org/web/20130514203615if_/http://sourceforge.net/blog/cca09/winners/ <span style="font-size: 1.3rem;">2009</span>]<br />''([https://web.archive.org/web/20090831092244if_/http://web.sourceforge.com:80/investor-news/3/sourceforge-announces-finalists-fourth-annual-community-choice-awards Finalists])''
| rowspan="2" style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Best Overall Project
| style="background-color: RoyalBlue; border-bottom: none; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; padding-bottom: 0; text-align: center;" | Sixth&nbsp;Place
|-
| style="background-color: RoyalBlue; border-top: none; color: #fff; padding-top: 0; text-align: center;" | 1,991/22,313 votes (9%)
|-
| rowspan="2" style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Best Visual Design
| style="background-color: LightSlateGrey; border-bottom: none; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; padding-bottom: 0; text-align: center;" | Second&nbsp;Place
|-
| style="background-color: LightSlateGrey; border-top: none; color: #fff; padding-top: 0; text-align: center;" | 3,311/14,541 votes (23%)
|-
| rowspan="2" style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Best Project for Multimedia
| style="background-color: DarkGoldenRod; border-bottom: none; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; padding-bottom: 0; text-align: center;" | Third&nbsp;Place
|-
| style="background-color: DarkGoldenRod; border-top: none; color: #fff; padding-top: 0; text-align: center;" | 2,871/15,922 votes (10%)
|-
| rowspan="2" style="font-size: 1.1rem; font-weight: 600;" | Most Likely to Change the Way You Do Everything
| style="background-color: DarkGoldenRod; border-bottom: none; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; padding-bottom: 0; text-align: center;" | Third&nbsp;Place
|-
| style="background-color: DarkGoldenRod; border-top: none; color: #fff; padding-top: 0; text-align: center;" | 2,036/19,229 votes (11%)
|-
! scope="row" rowspan="2" class="plainlinks" style="font-size: 1.4rem; font-weight: 700;" | [[File:MacInformerEditorsPickBadge.png|frameless|link=]]<br />[https://macdownload.informer.com/ Mac Informer]<br />Editor's Pick Awards
| rowspan="2" style="font-size: 1.3rem; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | 2013
| rowspan="2" style="font-weight: 600;" | <span style="font-size: 1.1rem;">Best Media Player</span><ref group="awards" name="macinformer">Informer Technologies, Inc. 2013. [https://macdownload.informer.com/xbmc/awards/ &ldquo;XBMC: Awards.&rdquo;] ''Mac Informer.'' August 1, 2013.</ref>
| style="background-color: Green; color: #fff; border-bottom: 0; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; padding-bottom: 0; text-align: center; vertical-align: bottom;" | Winner
|-
| class="plainlinks" style="background-color: Green; border-top: 0; color: #fff; padding-top: 0; text-align: center; vertical-align: top;" | Editor rating: EXCELLENT<br /><span style="padding-left: 4.25em;">5/5 (100%)</span><ref group="awards" name="mi_archive">Fernández, José. 2013. (Senior Editor, Informer Technologies, Inc.) [https://web.archive.org/web/20140409150429if_/http://macdownload.informer.com:80/xbmc/ &ldquo;Editorial review: XBMC for Mac.&rdquo;] ''Mac Informer.'' August 1, 2013. Archived by the Wayback Machine from the [https://macdownload.informer.com/xbmc/ original] on April 9, 2014. &lsquo;''In short, XBMC is still my favorite HTPC app. It looks great, works awesome and it has never caused a problem for me.''&rsquo;</ref>
|-
! scope="row" style="font-size: 1.4rem; font-weight: 700;" | [[wikipedia:Lifehacker|Lifehacker Australia]]<br />Community Choice Awards
| style="font-size: 1.3rem; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | 2014
| style="font-weight: 600;" | <span style="font-size: 1.1rem;">Best Media Player</span><ref name="lifehacker" />
| style="background-color: Green; color: #fff; font-size: 1.2rem; font-variant: small-caps; font-weight: 700; text-align: center;" | Winner
|-
| colspan="4" class="plainlinks" style="background-color: #fff; border: hidden; border-top: 4px solid #a2a9b1;" | <references group="awards" />
|}


== Programming and developing ==
== Programming and developing ==
{{main|Development}}
:{{Main|Development}}
Kodi is a non-profit and free software community driven open-source software project that is developed only by volunteers in their spare time without any monetary gain. The team of developers leading the development of Kodi, "''[[Team Kodi]]''", encourage anyone and everyone to submit their own source code patches for new features and functions, improve existing ones, or fix bugs to the Kodi project.
Kodi is a non-profit and free software community driven open-source software project that is developed only by volunteers in their spare time without any monetary gain. The team of developers leading the development of Kodi, ''&ldquo;Team Kodi&rdquo;'', encourage anyone and everyone to submit their own source code patches for new features and functions, improve existing ones, or fix bugs to the Kodi project.


Kodi's source code for all its supported platforms is made publicly available by Team Kodi under the open source GNU General Public License, Version 2 license. The group currently maintains a [https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc public Git repository] on GitHub for this source code.


Kodi's source code for all its supported platforms is made publicly available by Team Kodi under the open source GNU General Public License Version 2 license. The group currently maintains a Git [https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc repository] for this source code.
== References ==
<references />


== Further reading ==
== Further reading ==
* [[Wikipedia:Kodi (software)]]
* [[wikipedia:Kodi (software)|'''Kodi''']] on English Wikipedia
* http://kodi.tv
* [https://kodi.tv/ Official Website]
 
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Kodi
Logo-transparent bare 256px.png
Confluence skin home screen
Confluence skin home screen
Developer(s) XBMC Foundation
Initial release June 29, 2004
Stable release Kodi v19.4 Matrix
Preview release Kodi v20 Nexus
Development status Active
Written in Core: C++
Add-ons: Python v3
OS Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS/tvOS, BSD
Platform x86, ARM
Available in 72 languages[1]
License GPL-2.0-or-later[2]
Website kodi.tv

Kodi® (formerly known as XBMC or Xbox Media Center) is an award-winning, free and open source media player/entertainment hub application that runs on an exhaustive list of computers, mobile devices and HTPCs (Home theater PCs) which natively use no less than seven (7) different operating systems. It follows a 10-foot user interface design specification which targets usage as a media player in a living room setting—or any other space where groups of people consume media without having someone seated near the player controls—using a handheld remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from local file storage, optical discs, the local network or the internet using only a few buttons. The Kodi project is managed by the non-profit XBMC Foundation and developed by volunteers located around the world. As of Summer 2022, more than 1,600 software developers have contributed to Kodi (in the form of 111,800+ individual changes to the codebase, which opened in 2003),[3] with roughly 60 core developers whose regular participation helps to steer it. Now, thanks to the generosity and dedication of over 200 volunteer translators, Kodi is available in 72 languages and useful no matter which continent you're on.

Kodi® (then called "Xbox Media Center") was originally created as a media center application for the first-generation Xbox game console (no longer supported) but is now officially available as a native application for Android, BSD, Linux, macOS, iOS/tvOS, and Windows operating systems, running on most common processor architectures.

Introduction

Overview of features

Kodi 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: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive. Kodi 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.

Add-ons

An Add-on is another piece of software that can be added to a program to further expand and enhance the features of that program. Imagine a smart phone and all the additional Apps that can be installed to enhance its functionality. Kodi has the same ability and these apps are referred to as Add-ons. Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons which can be installed 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.

For additional information about specific add-ons, see the All add-ons category.

Video demos

Check out this excellent introduction video (1m 36s) by Lifehacker:[4]

A Kodi beginners guide (13m 27s) by forum user fredphoesh:[5]

Language support

See: Language portal

Kodi includes full support for many different languages by default. Kodi's structure is such that if the language is not available, or not up-to-date, it can be created by signing up at the Kodi Translations Project.

Currently the existing supported languages are: Acadian French, Afrikaans, Albanian, American English, Amharic, Argentinian Spanish, Armenian, Asturian, Australian English, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Burmese, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, European Portuguese, Faroese, Finnish, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayam, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Metropolitan French, Mexican Spanish, Mongolian, New Zealand English, Norwegian, Ossetian, Peninsular Arabic, Peninsular Spanish, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic), Serbian (Latin), Silesian, Sinhala, Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Tajik, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese and Welsh.

Hardware requirements

Kodi is officially supported on a number of operating systems and hardware devices that are designed to be connected directly to a TV. Kodi runs well on what are relatively "underpowered" systems, thanks to hardware video decoding being common on nearly all supported platforms. These requirements don't include what might be required for some "advanced" features, such as PVR, which might require additional hardware.

Official versions

See: Releases

Full featured versions of Kodi are available on a number of operating system platforms. Team Kodi strives to keep a consistent feature set and include the full Kodi experience for all versions, even those on low-powered devices.

Windows

Kodi for Windows runs natively on Windows Vista and higher. It is a 32-bit application but runs on 64-bit Windows and hardware as well, however it is not yet optimized for that architecture so there is no performance gain when running on 64-bit Windows. 1080p playback can be achieved on Windows based computers either via software decoding on the CPU if it's powerful enough, or by hardware accelerated video decoding.

Android

Kodi for Android is a full port of the complete Kodi application to Google's Android operating-system, was first announced and its source code released publicly on 13 June 2012. This is a full port of Kodi's C++ and C source code with all its dependencies to Android with a build-system that was designed to handle multiple processor architectures, like ARM, MIPS, and x86 with the Android NDK (Native Development Kit for Android) without using a single line of Java, and the Kodi.APK is running natively under Android as a Native Activity application.

iOS

Kodi for iOS, which is a full port of Kodi to Apple's iOS operating-system, was first announced and released publicly on 20 January 2011. It supports both 720p and 1080p hardware accelerated video decoding of H.264 videos, and is compatible several Apple's iDevices that uses Apple A4 or higher SoC processors with a jailbroken iOS operating-system.

Mac

Kodi for Mac runs natively on Mac OS X with Intel processors with hardware video decoding for H.264.

Linux

Kodi for Linux is primarily developed for Ubuntu Linux. Third-party packages for most other Linux distributions are however available, and it is also possible to compile Kodi from scratch for any Linux distribution as long as the pre-required dependency libraries are installed first.

Third-party forks and derivative work of Kodi

History

XBMC Foundation

The "Kodi Foundation" is the non-profit organization that oversees the Kodi project and is registered in the US.

Awards

See: SourceForge Community Choice Awards
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Contest Year Award Result
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SourceForge
Community Choice Awards
Best Project for Gamers Winner
Best Project for Multimedia Winner
Best User Support Finalist
Best Project for Gamers Finalist
Best Project for Multimedia Finalist
Best Technical Design Finalist
Most Collaborative Project Finalist
Best Overall Project Finalist
Winner
Best Overall Project Finalist
Best Project for Multimedia Finalist
Most Likely to Be the Next Billion Dollar Acquisition Finalist
Most Likely to Change the World Finalist
Most Likely to Be Ambiguously and
Baselessly Accused of Patent Violation
Finalist
Most Likely to Get Users Sued by Anachronistic
Industry Associations Defending Dead Business Models
Finalist
Best Overall Project Sixth Place
1,991/22,313 votes (9%)
Best Visual Design Second Place
3,311/14,541 votes (23%)
Best Project for Multimedia Third Place
2,871/15,922 votes (10%)
Most Likely to Change the Way You Do Everything Third Place
2,036/19,229 votes (11%)
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Mac Informer
Editor's Pick Awards
2013 Best Media Player[awards 2] Winner
Lifehacker Australia
Community Choice Awards
2014 Best Media Player[4] Winner

Programming and developing

Kodi is a non-profit and free software community driven open-source software project that is developed only by volunteers in their spare time without any monetary gain. The team of developers leading the development of Kodi, “Team Kodi”, encourage anyone and everyone to submit their own source code patches for new features and functions, improve existing ones, or fix bugs to the Kodi project.

Kodi's source code for all its supported platforms is made publicly available by Team Kodi under the open source GNU General Public License, Version 2 license. The group currently maintains a public Git repository on GitHub for this source code.

References

  1. Languages. Kodi Weblate. Accessed on August 18, 2022.
  2. "Kodi's licensing rules." xbmc/xbmc on GitHub. Accessed on August 18, 2022.
  3. "The Kodi Open Source Project." Black Duck Open Hub, part of Synopsys. Accessed on August 18, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Whitson, Gordon. 2012. “Create a Kickass, Seamless, Play-Everything Media Center: The Complete Guide.” Lifehacker Australia. April 10, 2012.
  5. Profile of fredphoesh. Kodi Community Forum. May 21, 2012.

Further reading