What Is Kodi?
Kodi entertainment center is an open source, totally free, multi-platform entertainment center with loads of completely unique features and abilities.
Most people use Kodi to watch cable TV for free. Kodi scrapes content from websites that host cable TV streams, allowing you to watch free TV without having to click through tons of banner ads and popups.
With Kodi, you get:
- Free TV
- Free movies
- No setup fees, no monthly fees
- No ads or popups
What Else Can Kodi Do?
Because it’s an open source program, anyone who knows how can “remix” Kodi’s source code or create add-ons that enhance its capabilities.
Some Kodi addons can do things like dim the lights in your house, connect to live TV streams, open digital comic book files, display text messages from your smartphone, grab a picture of the pizza guy via your security camera and much, much more.
XBMC vs. Kodi: What’s the Difference?
XBMC (Xbox Media Center) is Kodi’s old name. The software now known as Kodi was originally designed to play Xbox media files.
Today, though, Kodi does a lot more than just play media. What’s more, you can now install Kodi on just about any type of computer under the sun– not just Xbox. That’s why Kodi’s developers decided to change the name of their software in 2014.
How to Install Kodi
Most people run Kodi on either MacOS or Windows. However, Kodi also runs on Android, iOS, Linux and even Raspberry Pi. You can even use Kodi as a stand-alone operating system by installing KodiBuntu.
How to Install Kodi on a PC
Installing Kodi on PC is a cinch. Just download the appropriate installation file from the Kodi website, open up the installer, hit next a few times and you’re finished.
How to Install Kodi on a Mac
Installing Kodi on MacOS is also pretty easy. However, after you download the installer, you may have to change your security settings. By default, MacOS prevents you from installing applications from sources outside the App Store.
How to install Kodi on Android
Now that Kodi is on Google Play, it’s super easy to install. Just search for Kodi on Google Play and install it in the same manner as you would any normal Android app.
How to install Kodi on Linux
Linux veterans shouldn’t have any issues installing Kodi. Just type the following commands into the command line terminal:
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi
For more information or to learn how to do advanced stuff like the downgrade to an older version of Kodi or install Kodi on rare flavors of Linux, check out Kodi’s official Linux installation guide.
How to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a super small computer often used to teach kids about computer science.
Because there are many versions of Raspberry Pi out there, your best bet is to check the official installation guide and locate your particular model if you’re interested in installing Kodi on Raspberry Pi.
How to install Kodi on UBuntu
KodiBuntu is a minimalistic operating system based on Kodi entertainment center. With KodiBuntu, you don’t need a hefty full featured operating system to view media. All you have to do is plug in your KodiBuntu flash drive and turn on your device.
Check out the video below to see what KodiBuntu looks like.
Want to learn how to create a bootable Kodi USB stick? Check out the official KodiBuntu installation guide or watch this video.
How to Install Kodi on Fire OS
Amazon recently kicked Kodi out of its app store over piracy concerns. As a result, the Kodi team stopped supporting Fire OS. However, you can still install Kodi to your Fire TV stick.
Watch the video below to discover a workaround that will allow you to manually add Kodi to your Amazon Fire TV device.
Finding Your Way Around the Kodi Interface
On the surface, Kodi’s interface looks simple. But it’s easy to get lost once you start exploring Kodi’s advanced menu options.
If you’re a Kodi noob, here are 5 tasks that’ll help you get the hang of Kodi’s funky menu system. By the time you complete all 5, you’ll be able to call yourself a Kodi master.
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