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= Introduction =
= Welcome to Kodi =
Hello and welcome to {{Kodi}}!!


{{Kodi}} is an award winning, open source, media centre '''software''' that can play a wide variety of Music and Video formats in addition to viewing Live TV and using add-ons to further enhance your {{kodi}}. The software can be installed on a variety of platforms as detailed on the '''''[[First time user]]''''' wiki page.


{{Kodi}} is designed with the '''''[[w:Home cinema|Home Theater]]''''' in mind using a '''''[[10-foot user interface|10 ft interface]]''''' rather than on a small monitor while you sit at your desk. Because everything is designed with the home theater experience in mind, the best way to interact with {{Kodi}} is with a remote control, rather than a computer mouse.  If it helps, think of {{Kodi}} as the ultimate DVD-player/set-top-box. Be aware that mouse functionality is limited.




<section begin="intro" />This guide is designed to point you to the correct information that will assist in correctly setting up your {{kodi}}. We strongly recommend you follow the guides to ensure the correct setup.<section end="intro" />
{{Kodi}} is award-winning, open-source media centre software that supports various audio and video formats, plays Live TV, and can be enhanced with powerful add-ons. Guides for installing {{Kodi}} on several different operating systems are available on the [[first time user]] wiki page.


''{{red|We strongly urge you to not follow the numerous YouTube video guides as nearly all those guides have been written with the single minded purpose of Piracy and Copyright Infringement. THERE IS NO SUPPORT FOR THAT HERE at {{kodi}}.}}''
{{Kodi}} is designed to be the center of a [[w:Home cinema|home theater]] with a [[10-foot user interface|10-foot interface]], not to be used on a small monitor at your desk. Because everything is designed with the home theater experience in mind, {{Kodi}} is optimized for use with a remote control, rather than a keyboard and mouse.




If you have not already downloaded and installed the {{kodi}} software, return to '''''[[First time user]]''''' and follow the installation instructions for your chosen operating system.
Think of {{Kodi}} as the ultimate digital media player.


''{{red|{{Kodi}} does not sell hardware, nor are we affiliated or promote any of the so called "{{kodi}} boxes" that are advertised for sale. We strongly urge you not to purchase these devices as they are normally pre-installed with add-ons used for piracy and copyright infringement, and some have been known to contain malware. The [https://forum.kodi.tv/ {{kodi}} forum] does not provide support for these types of devices.}}''


We recommend you follow these guides to set up and personalize your {{Kodi}} installation to ensure that it works as intended. This wiki has many details guides, useful for both new and experienced users. The '''Kodi Menu''' on the wiki [[Main page]] explains in detail how to use each {{Kodi}} module.


First, download and install the {{Kodi}} software. There are installation guides for [[first time user]]s for all supported operating systems.


= Wiki =
{{red|Do not follow YouTube guides for {{Kodi}} that encourage piracy and copyright infringement. There is no support for that here at {{Kodi}}.}}''
The wiki (where you are now) holds a wealth of information. For both the new and intermediate user, the second row '''Kodi Menu''' on the wiki '''''[[Main page]]''''' is all that you will require. That particular row holds the information for the menu items as seen in {{kodi}}. If you are not sure what a particular function does in {{kodi}}, then choose the appropriate item in that row.


All the links on this page are accessible from the '''''[[Main_Page|Main Page]]''''' of the wiki.
{{red|{{Kodi}} does not sell hardware, nor are we affiliated with, or promotors of, any of the so-called ‘{{Kodi}} boxes’ that are advertised for sale. We strongly urge you not to purchase these devices as they often come pre-installed with add-ons used for piracy and copyright infringement, and some have been known to contain malware. The [https://forum.kodi.tv/ {{Kodi}} forum] does not provide support for these types of devices.}}




= The Kodi interface =
Read [[Basic_controls|this page]] to familiarize yourself with {{Kodi}}’s menu system and interface.


= Basic Controls =
= Using libraries =
Read this page to familiarise yourself with the menu system and other screens in {{kodi}}.
{{Kodi}} is capable of deep engagement with media metadata by adding media files to audio or video libraries. You can sort movies by director, search for everything starring a particular actor, or zip through the album covers in your music collection to choose a soundtrack for your evening.
{{see|Basic_controls}}


{{Kodi}}’s libraries are accessible from the Main Menu, where you can select from Music, Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos.


 
There are two kinds of {{Kodi}} library – music and video. Media files must be added to make use of all the features of a library.
= Library Mode =
;Why do I need a library?
One of the features that makes {{kodi}} so great is the ability to display all types of artwork and metadata (plots, directors, actors etc) in a visually stunning format.  
 
The Libraries are accessed from the Main Menu using...
*Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos for the Video Library
*Music for the Music Library.
 
To use the numerous features that are only possible with a correctly setup library, then your video and/or music collections need to be added to the library to correctly function.
 
{{Kodi}} consists of two libraries - Music and Video. The following guides have been created to guide you through the setup process of both.


{{Index two column
{{Index two column
  | image 1 = Video.png
  | image 1 = Video.png
  | link name 1 = Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Video Library
  | link name 1 = Creating, modifying and re-building your video library
  | link 1 = HOW-TO:Create_Video_Library
  | link 1 = HOW-TO:Create_Video_Library
  | link 2 = :HOW-TO:Create_Music_Library
  | link 2 = :HOW-TO:Create_Music_Library
  | link name 2 = Guide to Create, Modify and Re-build your Music Library
  | link name 1 = Creating, modifying and re-building your music library
  | image 2 = Nuvola apps kscd.png
  | image 2 = Nuvola apps kscd.png
}}
}}


If you do not want to create libraries and take advantage of these features, you can [[Add-on:Estuary/Settings#Main_Menu_Items_Settings|hide menu items]] and access your media through the built-in file browser from the main menu, by selecting '''Videos''' then '''Files'''.


Be aware that using this mode, {{Kodi}} becomes a simple file browser and media player with limited functionality – many {{Kodi}} features are only available through libraries, like extended artwork and movie information.


= File Mode =
= Adding pictures =
If you do not want to create the libraries and take advantage of these features, then you can '''''[[Add-on:Estuary/Settings#Main_Menu_Items_Settings|hide Menu items]]''''' and access your media through the inbuilt file browser located from the main menu by selecting '''Videos''' then '''Files'''.
 
Be aware that using this mode, {{kodi}} becomes a simple media player with limited functionality. There will be no extended artwork and no movie information amongst many other missing features which all require a library to function. In effect, {{kodi}} is a simple file browser similar to Windows Explorer, and will simply allow you to browse your folders and files as set up on your hard drives.
 
 
 
= Adding Pictures =
{{main|Pictures}}
{{main|Pictures}}
The Pictures option allows you to add your home photo collection to {{kodi}} which you can then easily display on your large, high definition TV screen.
The Pictures module allows you to add a photo or picture collection to {{Kodi}}. Pictures do not yet have library functions. If you set up video or music files sources, you will be familiar with setting up a source for pictures.


Pictures does not yet use any library functions and is simply a file browser. If you set up either the video or music library, you will be familiar with setting up a source for pictures.
= Adding games =
 
 
 
= Adding Games =
{{main|Games}}
{{main|Games}}
Note! Games support are not available before Kodi v18 Leia! The Games option allows you to add stand-alone games and games running in emulators which can be launch from Kodi.
Games are not supported in {{Kodi}} versions before v18 Leia. The Games module allows you to add stand-alone games and games running in emulators which can be launched from Kodi.
 
Games does not yet use any library functions and is simply a file browser. New in Kodi v18 Leia is also many an input manager with many game controller settings for configuring gamepads, joysticks, keyboards, and mouses, for use inside those games/emulators that are running natively inside Kodi's runtime.
 


The Games module does not yet have library functions and is effectively a file browser. As of Kodi v18 Leia there is an input manager with game controller settings for configuring gamepads, joysticks, keyboards, and mouses, for use with games running natively inside Kodi's runtime.


= Using a remote control =
= Using a remote control =
{{main|Remote controls}}
{{main|Remote controls}}
{{#lst:Remote controls|intro}}
{{#lst:Remote controls|intro}}


= {{Kodi}} add-ons =
= {{Kodi}} add-ons =
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{{Main|HOW-TO:Change_skins}}
{{Main|HOW-TO:Change_skins}}


Most other media players come with a single type of menu interface. Picture your dvd player or your set top box with it's basic menu system. {{Kodi}} has the ability to change its user interface (skin) to something that suits your taste. There are over 40 skins to choose from, each with their own attractions and features. Feel free to explore...
{{Kodi}} comes with over forty different cosmetic skins. For a list of installed skins and to download more, go to: {{highlight|Settings → Interface settings → Skin → Skin - Estuary|bordered=yes}}
 
To get new skins, go to: {{highlight|Settings → Interface settings → Skin → Skin - Estuary|bordered=yes}}
 
You will be provided a list of currently installed skins and an option to "Get More..." where you can download additional skins.


Preview images of a few skins...


<gallery caption="The same home screen using different skins" widths=200px heights=113px>
<gallery caption="The same home screen using different skins" widths=200px heights=113px>

Revision as of 12:27, 29 July 2020

Home icon grey.png   ▶ First time user ▶ Quick start guide


1 Welcome to Kodi

Kodi is award-winning, open-source media centre software that supports various audio and video formats, plays Live TV, and can be enhanced with powerful add-ons. Guides for installing Kodi on several different operating systems are available on the first time user wiki page.

Kodi is designed to be the center of a home theater with a 10-foot interface, not to be used on a small monitor at your desk. Because everything is designed with the home theater experience in mind, Kodi is optimized for use with a remote control, rather than a keyboard and mouse.


Think of Kodi as the ultimate digital media player.


We recommend you follow these guides to set up and personalize your Kodi installation to ensure that it works as intended. This wiki has many details guides, useful for both new and experienced users. The Kodi Menu on the wiki Main page explains in detail how to use each Kodi module.

First, download and install the Kodi software. There are installation guides for first time users for all supported operating systems.

Do not follow YouTube guides for Kodi that encourage piracy and copyright infringement. There is no support for that here at Kodi.

Kodi does not sell hardware, nor are we affiliated with, or promotors of, any of the so-called ‘Kodi boxes’ that are advertised for sale. We strongly urge you not to purchase these devices as they often come pre-installed with add-ons used for piracy and copyright infringement, and some have been known to contain malware. The Kodi forum does not provide support for these types of devices.


2 The Kodi interface

Read this page to familiarize yourself with Kodi’s menu system and interface.

3 Using libraries

Kodi is capable of deep engagement with media metadata by adding media files to audio or video libraries. You can sort movies by director, search for everything starring a particular actor, or zip through the album covers in your music collection to choose a soundtrack for your evening.

Kodi’s libraries are accessible from the Main Menu, where you can select from Music, Movies, TV Shows or Music Videos.

There are two kinds of Kodi library – music and video. Media files must be added to make use of all the features of a library.

icon Creating, modifying and re-building your music library
Kodi has the ability to create separate Movie, TV Show and Music Video libraries that can display your collections in an Artwork and information rich display. Follow these pages to step through the creation of your libraries.
icon HOW-TO:Create_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.

If you do not want to create libraries and take advantage of these features, you can hide menu items and access your media through the built-in file browser from the main menu, by selecting Videos then Files.

Be aware that using this mode, Kodi becomes a simple file browser and media player with limited functionality – many Kodi features are only available through libraries, like extended artwork and movie information.

4 Adding pictures

The Pictures module allows you to add a photo or picture collection to Kodi. Pictures do not yet have library functions. If you set up video or music files sources, you will be familiar with setting up a source for pictures.

5 Adding games

Games are not supported in Kodi versions before v18 Leia. The Games module allows you to add stand-alone games and games running in emulators which can be launched from Kodi.

The Games module does not yet have library functions and is effectively a file browser. As of Kodi v18 Leia there is an input manager with game controller settings for configuring gamepads, joysticks, keyboards, and mouses, for use with games running natively inside Kodi's runtime.

6 Using a remote control

Kodi is primarily designed for the home theatre using the 10-foot user interface principles controlled with a remote control. Alternatively a (wireless) keyboard can be used.

7 Kodi 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.


8 Changing Skins

Kodi comes with over forty different cosmetic skins. For a list of installed skins and to download more, go to: Settings → Interface settings → Skin → Skin - Estuary




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