How to update Kodi on all your devices and platforms

Kodi, main screen

Previously known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center), it started as a free implementation of the center of this famous Microsoft console. Kodi is a software to implement a media center, so you can have music, images, video, Internet and some add-ons together in one program. This software has been written using the C++ language, along with Python add-ons. Besides, it is a free and open source project under the GNU GPL v2 license.

It is multi-platform, so it can work on several different devices and operating systems. It can run on GNU/Linux, Android, BSD, macOS, tvOS (Apple TV), Windows, and iOS. In addition, it has been ported to run on various architectures, such as PPC, ARM, x86, so you can run it on SBC boards like the Raspberry Pi as well.

If you haven’t tried it, I recommend you do it. And if you already have it and you don’t know very well how to update it, here I show you a guide to do it step by step without any problem so you can have it at the latest in all your devices.

To keep up to date with all the news that Kodi includes and to know if there are new updates, I recommend you to follow the official account of the project on Twitter.

Update Kodi step by step

Depending on the platform on which you have installed Kodi, the procedure for updating this software may vary slightly. However, by following these steps you can do it quite easily and without problems.

If you still do not have Kodi installed on your device, I recommend downloading this software from the official website of the project or from the app stores of your Google Play and Apple App Store devices. In the case of opting for the web, go to the link I have left, scroll down and find the section where the icons of the different supported operating systems appear and click on yours .

In Microsoft Windows

Kodi in Windows

If you have Kodi installed on a Windows-based computer, you can follow these steps to upgrade to the new version of this software:

  1. Go to Kodi’s official website.
  2. Click on the blue button that says Download.
  3. Scroll down until you find the icons of the platforms for which this software is available.
  4. Click on the Windows logo.
  5. Now you can click on the corresponding Installer (32 or 64-bit).
  6. This will start the download of the latest version. Wait for it to download.
  7. Go to the folder where it has been downloaded, usually Downloads.
  8. Run the .exe file you downloaded to start the installer.
  9. Click on Install and follow the steps of the installer until it finishes.
  10. Now you will have the latest version, which will have replaced the previous one you had installed. However, your settings will be kept intact, not deleted.

In GNU/Linux

Kodi in Linux

In case you have an operating system GNU/Linux (can be similar in BSD), you can follow these other steps if you want to have the latest version of Kodi. If you use a particular distribution, you can use the package manager with the official project repo, for example Debian or debian-based with APT. But to have a generic method that works for all distros, follow these steps to install the latest version from the source code:

  1. Install the Git package if you don’t already have it installed. For example, for DEB, use the command “sudo apt-get install git” without quotes.
  2. Now, get the source code for the Kodi project in its latest stable version. To do this, you can run the following command without quotes: “git clone -b Krypton git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc.git”. Replace Krypton (v17) with the key name of the latest version, such as Leila for v18, etc.
  3. If you have all the necessary dependencies or packages installed, you can proceed to the next step. Otherwise, try running this command “sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get build-dep kodi” without quotes.
  4. Now, move to where you downloaded the source code from git with the “cd xbmc” command from the current directory.
  5. Then run the first script with the command “./bootstrap” without quotes.
  6. The next step is to run the other configuration script: “./configure”
  7. And then you can run “make” without quotes to start building.
  8. Then run “sudo make install” to install.
  9. Now you will have the latest version of Kodi software.

There could be differences between one version and another, so I recommend you to always read the README files that come with the source code.

In macOS

Kodi in Mac logo

If you have a Mac with Apple’s macOS operating system, you can do this other procedure:

  1. Go to Kodi’s official website
  2. Click on the blue button that says Download.
  3. Scroll down until you find the icons of the platforms for which this software is available.
  4. Click on the logo of macOS.
  5. Now you can click on 64-bit Installer.
  6. This will start downloading the latest version. Wait for it to download.
  7. Go to the folder where it has been downloaded, usually Downloads.
  8. Run the .dmg you downloaded to start the installer. To do this, just drag the downloaded Kodi icon to the Applications icon of your macOS.
  9. Now you have the latest version, which will have replaced the previous one you had installed. However, your settings will remain intact, not be deleted.

In Android

Android with Kodi

If you have a laptop, mobile phone, or Android TV Box, you can do the following so that you always have the latest version of Kodi:

It can also be done by downloading the .apk package and activating the installations from unknown sources in the security options of your Android system configuration. However, I do not recommend it.

  1. Just go to the Google Play app.
  2. Look for the Kodi app.
  3. If there is a new version available and it has not been automatically updated, then the Uninstall button will have become an Update button.
  4. Wait until the new update is downloaded and installed and you’re done.

Do not remove the app from the previous version, and that way all the settings, addons, and so on that you had in the previous version will be preserved. If you remove the app to install a new version, then they will be removed.

In iOS

iOS Kodi

For Apple devices such as iPhone, or systems based on iPhone, such as iPad and Apple TV, you can follow these steps:

  1. Download the Cydia Impactor app and a Kodi .ipa file to your PC or Mac.
  2. Then connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer with the USB cable. Close iTunes if it opens automatically.
  3. Open Cydia Impactor and drag and drop the previously downloaded .ipa file to it.
  4. Select the device on which you want to update Kodi and click Start. This will start the installation process.
  5. Now enter the username and password of your Apple ID.
  6. Then, when the process is finished, go to the configuration menu of your mobile device.
  7. Go to General and then to Profiles. Locate the profile with your ID there and click on it.
  8. From there, give the Kodi app permission to be used from your iOS.
  9. Finally, you can open the app and use it with the latest version.

In Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

Finally, if you have a Raspberry Pi, it can be the same as in the case of GNU/Linux if you have chosen to install the software on Raspbian or any other distro. On the other hand, if you have used some system like OpenELEC, LibreELEC, etc., based on Kodi, you will be able to update from the panel of the own operating system, although in this case it will depend on the developers of these systems and not on the officials of the base project…

      • LibreELEC/openELEC: if the automatic updates configuration option is enabled, it will be updated without us doing anything. But otherwise, you will have to do it manually. For the manual form, you must go to System, System Information, find the IP of the device and then use this IP to enter it in the browser of your PC to connect from it and be able to update it. You can also use SSH to connect (in this case, use the cd command to go to /storage/.update). In any case, what you have to do is download the .tar with the system update in the directory Update and once there, reboot the device.
      • App Kodi: in that case, you can follow the same steps as for GNU/Linux.

I hope I helped you, now you should be able to update your Kodi without any problem on all your devices…

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