Archive:Intro FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions about Kodi for new users and curious onlookers.

General FAQ

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

What is Kodi? What is XBMC?


XBMC is the old name for what is now known as Kodi. XBMC is still the proper name if you are referring to an old version of the program (e.g. “XBMC v13.1”), but since the release of version 14 (codenamed "Helix") on December 22, 2014[1], both the application and the project that produces it are named Kodi.

What can Kodi do?


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.

Who is Team Kodi?


Team Kodi is the formal group of people who develop and maintain Kodi, the Kodi websites and perform other administrative roles that facilitate its feasibility and growth.

What is the Kodi Foundation?


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

How do I get help or report a bug?


How can I help and/or donate?


Where can I find an FAQ for more technical questions?

See: Archive:All platforms FAQ

Can I watch Live TV and handle PVR/DVR functions in Kodi?


Answers to some common questions regarding Live TV, PVR and Radio which may help you understand the requirements for setting up and using this powerful component of Kodi.

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


Kodi does not provide any video content or video streaming services. If you bought a "Kodi" player that was advertised as a streaming service than you probably have been misled by a seller trying to make a quick buck. Kodi is a more akin to a video player, like your DVD/Blu-ray player. The main aim of Kodi is to work with video files you have on your own computer or local network (e.g. a file server or NAS). Kodi 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 Kodi.

While there are many legal video third party add-ons and services that work with Kodi, be aware that some less reputable online sellers might try and bundle or market unofficial/unsupported piracy/bootleg add-ons. Such add-ons/services are not endorsed, encouraged, or supported by Team Kodi or the Kodi Foundation. Please do not ask about services that are explicitly for bootleg video content on official Kodi websites, forums, or other support channels. For more information, see our forum and community rules.