Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.
Kodi can play all your music including AAC, MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV and WMA formats. It has cue sheet, tagging support, MusicBrainz integration, and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection.
Kodi can do movies too! Supporting all the main video formats and sources, including streamable online media, ISOs, 3D, H.264, HEVC, WEBM. Kodi can import these movies with full posters, fanart, disc-art, actor information, trailers, video extras, and more.
The TV shows library supports episode and season views with posters or banners, watched tags, show descriptions and actors. Video nodes/tags and smart playlists can further organize your library for special interests, making specific screens for sci-fi, anime, etc.
Import pictures into a library and browse the different views, start a slideshow, sort or filter them all using your remote control.
Kodi allows you to watch and record live TV all from the GUI interface. It works with a number of popular backends including MediaPortal, MythTV, NextPVR, Tvheadend, VDR, Windows Media Center, and more.
Take Kodi to a whole new level with the vast selection of community created add-ons that are available though our repositories. There are add-ons for videos, music, changing Kodi’s behavior, popular web services, adding more artwork, controlling your lights, and much much more.
With UPnP compatibility you can stream to and from any other Kodi instances and play to other UPnP compatible devices in your home with ease. Have one UPnP master device and use other Kodi instances as clients which automatic keeps you watched status and library up-to-date. You can also now import from uPnp sources to synchronize your data inside instances of Kodi.
The first big step in making Kodi better at communicating with you, the user, is the addition of event logging. With this feature you always have a constantly updating list of all the most important things Kodi has done recently, along with little issues you can fix. For example, when you scan in a library for the first time, the Event Logger will provide you with a list of videos that didn’t quite make it into the library, each one of which is clickable, so you can go straight to the offending video and fix it personally. You’ll also get a constant list of all recently updated add-ons, so if a recent update breaks, you’ll know the update happened and can then easily rollback.
More and more hardware companies are coming out with remote controls with a very limited button set. In particular, all current Android TVs are lacking a dedicated context menu button altogether. To deal with this, we’ve taken a page from the touchscreen UX and added a long press feature to remote controls. Now, if you press and hold the OK/Enter button for a few seconds, you will pull up the context menu. In the future, long press may be extended for additional functionality. For a better view of what this means, see the following video.
4:3 Non-linear Stretch
It’s perhaps a bit late in coming, but Kodi finally supports stretching 4:3 content to 16:9 in a way that doesn’t warp the content that’s occurring in the center of the screen. Finally, you’ll be able to watch Friends, Seinfeld, Cheers, and Duck Tales in full screen without the awkward screen stretching from the past.
Add-on Manager Changes
In the ongoing quest to improve our our add-on manager several changes were done in the overall handling of each add-on. These changes include the following:
- • The roll-back button on add-on info panel has been replaced by Update
- • The Update button now opens a list of available versions of the add-on. Should you have several repositories installed that offer different version of this add-on you can now choose which to install.
- • You can now disable auto-update per add-on through the info panel individual from others.
The add-on info panel can either be reached through the add-on manager or selecting the add-on in any section by either right click, use context menu (“C” key or long-press OK) and choose info or use the “I” key to directly open the panel.
Other Important Changes:
- • Start of integration of ADSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing) handling (no add-ons shipped yet)
- • Improve image resizing and caching algorithm to improve image quality of images
- • Added support for the musicbrainz “ARTISTS” tag in id3v2, ape, xiph.
- • Add date added to music library and use it for sorting
- • Support saving skin settings as add-on data instead of in guisettings.xml
- • Image resource add-ons which provides common image libraries than can be used by several skins and add-ons.
- • Don’t mess with the long and short date formats defined in the language files
- • Win32: Proper 24.0/60.0 Hz refresh rate in fake fullscreen mode
- • Add sort method for albums “artist / year”. This will sort the albums chronological per artist.
- • Moved some add-on categories to “look and feel” in add-on manager
- • Series recording added for PVR
- • Add a “none” option for preferred subtitles
- • Properly handle wired or bluetooth headsets on Android and only use PCM output
- • Fix playback of VP9 and VC1 video codecs on Android
- • Use best possible icons from other Android apps while browsing these in Kodi
- • Enable true 1920×1080 output on AMLogic device without up-scaling
- • Add Korean, Chinese and Czech keyboards
- • Add multi-touch support for Linux platform
- • Improve touch-screen keymapping
- • The item that you had previously chosen will now be selected in the selection list instead of just starting at the top of the list
- • Decouple Kodi and system volume on Android which removes the double audio volume slider
- • Karaoke support has been completely removed as it wasn’t functional
- • Further improve DX11 implementation in Windows
- • iOS9 support
- • Various PVR fixes and improvements
- • Various improvements to the music section
- • Three finger touchpad mapping in iOS to make room for new tablet gestures which will be available in Alpha 4 to complement existing tablet gestures.
- • Kodi now supports being compiled with Xcode 7
- • The Kodi GUI now supports a new stereoscopic depth effect for users of Kodi on 3D TVs or VR headsets
- • Add stereoscopic depth for Confluence skin
- • Extended support for browsing movies by country and through UPnP as well as user-ratings which we be added in future versions.
Fixes done in 16.1
- • Never cache addons directories
- • Fix typo when calculating forced ratio size
- • AndroidStorageProvider: Ignore /mnt/runtime and don’t call Exists all the way every some 500 ms as this will affect performance
- • Set of fixes for DirectX rendering
- • Fixed crash under JSON-RPC on iOS/OSX
- • 20% performance gain on opening EPG guide window
- • Add missing libgif.so to the Android package
- • Fix Kodi freezing if no ADSP add-on is present
- • EventServer security fix by only allowing localhost
- • Fix possible lockup when entering EPG grid
- • Fix possible problems with rendering on Windows
- • Fix possible non working key presses after a key long press
- • Don’t do a video chapter skip if there’s only one chapter
- • Fix possible lock up by increasing timeout to let screensavers properly exit
- • Fix render capture (bookmark images) on certain hardware with DXVA on Windows
- • Fix problem in ZeroConfBrowser that could cause problems on exit
- • Fix crash one OSX 10.7 when trying to resolve HDD names
- • Fix possible crashes when using VAAPI and DXVA video rendering
- • Fix song reported on playback of songs from cuesheet