How to Setup Kodi on PC and Mac- A Comprehensive Guide

Kodi is an open source media player application also known as XBMC developed and created by XBMC Foundation. Kodi does not need any introduction but if you are unaware, it is the most powerful software that has the ability to open any media file including videos, audios, pictures, Live Tv, stream movies and much more.

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Undoubtedly Kodi allows you to organize all your media files in a streamlined way.It supports third party add-ons, additionals features and much more that surely enhances its functionality.

Kodi is now available on multiple hardware platforms and software systems like Android, MacOS X, Linux, iOS & Windows. While Kodi can be installed very easily on Android, Linux and Windows operating system, Mac and Raspberry Pi are difficult to crack.

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If you have already used Kodi in the past and left it as it was technical & difficult to set up, well now we are here to help you to install, setup and explain Kodi from top to bottom. Let’s go through its step by step guide and setup Kodi on your various devices.

Install Kodi

Installing Kodi is quite an easy task on most of the operating systems. Just download the software from its official website or follow the link given below. You are provided with various options referring to a particular operating system. Tap on the required option and install Kodi on your system.

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Important Information

Users have to provide their own content to the software from a local or remote storage location. Official Kodi version does not provide you with any content whatsoever. It gives you additional third party plugins as well. They are officially provided on the official website.

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If you want to download any other free additional plugins like movie streaming applications you need to download them from the third party sites. But listening or watching illegal or pirated content which would need to be paid is not allowed or endorsed by Kodi. On the other hand, the team cannot stop you from doing so.

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Introduction to Kodi & its features

Kodi can be easily managed from its home page which is quite similar in all the platforms you download it in. The setback is that there is no content in the application thus, you have to do it manually. So let’s understand its features and their uses:-

  • User Interface

Kodi has the most unique and interesting User Interface compared to its competitors. The home pages take you to various options like Videos, pictures, audio, programs and systems. It provides you favorites, add on, settings and system info as well. You can simply move from one option to another with just a click.

On the right side of the bottom of the screen, you can notice WiFi option where you can judge the internet connectivity for Kodi.

On the left side of the screen at the bottom, Kodi provides you options like Favorites, add-ons and shut down. The favorite option helps you look out for your favorite add-ons till now. The Shutdown button is quite interesting in Kodi, users can set shutdown, sleep timer, reboot or hibernate for Kodi.

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If you enter any of the sections, you’ll notice a home and back button at the extreme bottom right of the screen and a sidebar on the extreme left that includes miscellaneous options and other options

  • Settings

Kodi provides you 4 level of settings; Basic, standard, advanced and Expert. Go to System > Settings > Setting level > select Expert. Expert level makes all the options visible with their pros and cons.

It provides you various options like Appearance, video, audio, Tv, Music, Pictures, Addons, Weather, System and Service. These options build up your basic settings feature which can be changed accordingly.

  • Add official and unofficial add on to your Kodi

Repositories are a group of add ons provided by Kodi from where you can easily download or install various add ons for free. Kodi provides its own Repository to simplify your work. While repository only consist of few add ons, you can manually install unofficial add ons from other third party sites and save them through ZIP files.

  • Install Official add ons on Kodi

Step 1 – Click on Settings > Addons > Install from repository > Kodi Addon repository.

Step 2 – You will see addon categories consisting of music, videos, feel, look, subtitles and much more. Click on any one of them and tap on an addon of your choice. Now hit “Install”.

Step 3 – Now add on will be downloaded and you’ll get an enabled notification. You will find your addon in their respective sections.  

  • Install Unofficial add ons on Kodi

Step 1 – Go to Settings > File Manager > Add source

Step 2 – Enter your source link of fusion and the name for the repository. It is totally your choice.

Step 3 – Go back to settings > Addons > Install from Zip. Now click on  whatever name you have given to it and check the repository.

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  • Control Kodi Through smartphones

Kodi also gives you an option to control the software through your smartphones. Let’s see the procedure to do that.

Step 1 – Go to Services settings > remote control > turn on Allow remote control by programs on other systems. Also visit web server and allow “Remote control via HTTP”.

Step 2 – Head over to Zeroconf > enable “Announce services to other systems”.

Step 3 – Once you are done with all the steps, you can open the remote app and connect Kodi system and smartphone through the same network. Click on Next and Kodi app will look for media centres.

Step 4 – Select your media center and start controlling Kodi through your smartphone.

Wrap up

These were the basic features and downloading process of Kodi. We hope we have guided you well through the system. For any suggestion, you’re welcome to write your thoughts below. Thank you!

How to Setup Kodi on PC and Mac- A Comprehensive Guide
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