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

1 General FAQ

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

1.1 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), but versions as of v14 and the project itself is known as Kodi.

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.

1.2 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.

1.3 Who is Team Kodi?

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

1.4 Who is the XBMC Foundation?

The "XBMC Foundation" is the non-profit organization that oversees the Kodi 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: All platforms FAQ

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

Kodi features powerful Live TV and video recording (DVR/PVR) abilities using a very flexible distributed application structure. That is, by leveraging other existing third-party PVR backend applications or DVR devices that specialize in receiving television signals and also support the same type of client–server model which Kodi uses, (following a frontend-backend design principle for separation of concerns), these PVR features in Kodi allow you to watch Live TV, listen to radio, view an EPG TV-Guide and schedule recordings, and also enables many other TV related features, all using Kodi as your primary interface once the initial pairing connection and configuration have been done.

1.9 Can I stream Kodi from my PC to my TV using DLNA/UPnP?

  • Kodi has some support for this, and more is planned for the future. Normally Kodi 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 Kodi using the built-in UPnP server and files scanned into the Video library. Kodi 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 Kodi's GUI) and currently does not work with add-on content.

1.10 Can I install Kodi on a PS3/4, Xbox360/One, or Wii/U?

  • Not to be confused with XBMC4Xbox, which is the continued effort to run Kodi on original Xbox hardware.
  • Nope. The required reverse engineering (to get access to the video acceleration hardware, among other things) has typically not happened on any of these game consoles. Further more, no one on Team Kodi has expressed an interest in attempting to port Kodi to those platforms, which would be a huge undertaking.

1.11 Does Kodi still run on the original Xbox?

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

1.12 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 fileserver 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 XBMC 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.