Kodi is one of the best and Most powerful HTPC software which you can use to organize your Offline Media as well as stream content from the Internet. Other than Media Kodi comes with lots of small features which enhances your Home Theatre PC Experience. It is designed to use from distance and with Remote so it is perfect for your Living room. Here we have explained some basic Kodi starter guide and installation steps for add-ons.
What Is Kodi?
Kodi is not just a regular Media player. It is software which provides you with a great user interface for your HTPC setup. You can Add and manage your own media content. It is very good at fetching Meta Data of media files from the internet which will help you in organizing your Media Setup.
Other than Media library, it has a Addon support which means you can install third Party add-ons to do things in Kodi. You can check weather reports on your HTPC directly. With these add-ons, you can install Video plugins from various sources to stream content online.
Kodi was formerly Known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center). It was a media center platform for Xbox but not it runs on various devices. You can Install Kodi on Android, Windows, Mac and even on Linux.
Other than this Kodi is an Open source project so anyone can modify Kodi builds according to their needs. Because of this various developers have created a different build of this application and you can choose anyone according to your Preference. OSMC is one of such build.
Installing Kodi on your device.
Installing Kodi app is very simple in most cases. You can just go to Kodi official website and download the build according to the device you are going to use it on. Except in some cases like Installing Kodi on Smart TV. Here is a great article on how to install kodi on Samsung Smart TV and other Smart TVs.
So, If you are going to run your HTPC on Android then you can just easily go to Google Play Store and download Kodi. If Google Play store is not installed on your device for any reason then you can just go to Kodi’s site and download APK according to your site.
Same goes with Windows also. You can either install Kodi from Windows Store or you can just download and Install the .exe file. I personally recommend you to install Kodi from Microsoft Windows store because updating Windows Store apps is quite is easy.
What is Kodi Addons?
Kodi Add-ons are a very important part of Kodi Software. You can enhance the Capabilities of you Kodi HTPC setup using Kodi Add-ons. You can get features like Live Streaming, Downloading Torrent directly on your Kodi Setup etc. But Kodi Add-ons are divided into two parts Official Add-ons and Un-Official Add-ons.
Here is the difference between official and unofficial Kodi Add-ons.
Official Kodi Add-ons.
These add-ons are made, maintained and offered by official Kodi team. These add-ons allow you to stream content from sites like YouTube etc. They are totally safe to use and fully Legal.
- Open Kodi and Go To Add-ons section in Left Sidebar.
- Click on Download Add-ons button.
- Here you will find a few categories like Weather, Lyrics, Information provider, Video Add-ons.
- You can go to any category and choose any Addon and click on Install.
- Now you can see your newly installed addon in the Addons section
UnOfficial Kodi Add-ons.
These add-ons are developed by third-party developers and Official Kodi team is not at all responsible for them. Using these add-ons you can stream paid content for Free. These add-ons are not legal and hence we recommend you to use VPN while using these add-ons.
- Go to Add-ons section and then Install from Zip file option.
- Put the Link of repository which you want to install and click on Add.
- Now again go to the Add-ons section and Go to your Added repo.
- In this repo, you can find many Addons which you can install.
These are some basic information related to Kodi which you must know. If you are facing any other other issue related to Kodi you can comment below.