Kodi: Everything you need to know about the streaming app
Kodi is an open-source media center app that's been developed and built out over the past decade. Its latest build is one of the most complete media centers you'll find, allowing you to consolidate all your media — videos, music, and photos — into a single destination with a customizable interface that's both stylish and easy to use. There's also a slew of third-party add-ons available within Kodi, which grant you access to all sorts of streaming options from around the world. Kodi is widely available, with builds available for nearly all operating systems and devices. The latest version of Kodi, codenamed Leia, will be released soon. You can read more about the new features being included here.
Kodi makes it easy to organize and watch your favorite media from your computer, smartphone, or TV via a Kodi-enabled device. Available in the Google Play Store, Kodi can be installed on pretty much any Android device. It's pretty easy to setup Kodi on your own (and we've got guides to help you set things up for yourself, and while there's been a ton of controversy and legal proceedings involving some of the more notorious Kodi add-on distributors, it's still a worthwhile project for cord cutters.
Quick guide to Kodi for beginners
- How to set up and use Kodi on your own Android device
- How to set up and use Kodi on an Android TV box
- How to set up Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
- How to install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi
- How to set up Kodi profiles
- How to create playlists in Kodi
- Best legal add-ons for Kodi
- Top Kodi Tips and Tricks
Best ways to get Kodi on your TV
This section used to offer up a selection of Android TV boxes that came with Kodi pre-installed, but Amazon has cracked down on such devices which isn't the worst thing in the world — it just means you'll need to set it up yourself.
Given how versatile and easy it is to get Kodi, you may already have a device that's ready to roll — whether you've got a computer hooked up to your TV, an Android TV device such as the NVIDIA Shield or the Xaomi Mi Box, or you're looking for a new project for your Raspberry Pi.
What are your favorite ways to access Kodi? Let us know in the comments below!
Update March 2018: Removed the pre-installed Kodi box recommendations after Amazon cracked down on them.
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Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.