Kodi is an open-source media player and software application that is free for anyone to use. It was developed by the XBMC Foundation, which is a not-for-profit technology consortium.
Kodi is available for multiple hardware platforms and operating systems, and it works with most major brands of televisions, monitors, and other technology. With Kodi, you can enjoy streaming a variety of media, including podcasts, music, and videos from the internet. It also works with nearly all types of popular digital media files on your local area network or cloud storage.
How Kodi Works
Kodi is made with the coding skills of volunteers who continue to make additional plug-ins and features for the software. It is an open-source program made available under the General Public License. The programmers built Kodi and its plug-ins using C/C++ programming language and the Python programming language.
The coding allows it to support a variety of image formats, such as .PNG and .JPG. It also supports most audio and video formats. It is able to do this because of its front-end design with a graphic user interface and a common API interface.
The add-ons created by independent programmers have allowed Kodi to accept media from YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora radio, and podcasts. There are also scripts that allow Kodi to launch video games.
Hardware Requirements for Using Kodi
In order to use Kodi and enjoy all of its features for audio, video, and gaming, you need to have a system with certain hardware specifications. Kodi needs a graphics hardware controller that has the capacity for three-dimensional rendering.
Most current computers and setup boxes have these chips. For processing requirements, you won’t need a lot of power. Kodi will work with an OpenGL ES 2.0, DirectX 9.0, or PowerPC G4 central processing unit.
If you plan to use Kodi for full high-definition 1080-pixel resolution videos, it will need a dual-core 2GHz or faster processor. At that base level, Kodi will deliver a smooth visual experience. The last requirement that Kodi has is for an embedded video processing circuit that can handle accelerated decoding of videos. Some options include Microsoft’s DXVA API and Apple’s VDADecoder API. It works with Raspberry Pi’s GUP MMAL, too. All of these are affordable tools that do not have high memory or processing demands.
How to Download Kodi
Once you are ready to take advantage of all of the services that Kodi provides, you will need to download the software. Downloading the package is a smooth process, and it does not usually take a lot of time if you have a typical broadband connection. The exact amount of time that it takes depends on the operating system of your device and your download speed. It will work on a variety of Windows platforms, including Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP, and Windows Vista. Use this link to download the Kodi software for Windows.
If you want to download the software onto an Apple device, use this link. It works on Mac OS and multiple iOS packages for your iPad or MacBook. If you run a Linux machine, you are in luck. Kodi is also available for download on the Linux platform through the same link. Through this same link, you can also get Kodi for your Android device. Just click on the operating system that you use, and accept all of the user agreements.
The download time depends on the type of connection that you have and the operating system of your device. If you are looking for fresh add-ons to enhance your experience with Kodi, you can find them here. If you have skills in programming in C/C++ or Python, you can add to the repository of Kodi features by becoming a volunteer contributor yourself.