Kodi Tutorials

Friday 12th May 2017 3:54pm

What is Kodi?

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation (www.kodi.tv); a non-profit technology consortium of unpaid volunteers. It allows users to play and view most streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts and pictures from the internet, as well as all common digital media files from the local hard drive or network storage media. Kodi is highly customizable with thousands of addons to choose from.

Is Kodi Legal?

Kodi is perfectly legal – it’s mearly a piece of software, as legal as any other distributed under the GNU General Public Licence. However, just as blank CD’s can be used to backup your personal family photos, they can also be used to make copies of music, films etc. What you choose to put onto the CD is upto you. If you make backup copies of albums you own this is OK, but if you then give a copy of this album to a friend who doesn’t own the album that would be illegal.

Kodi, like blank CD’s are not illegal but how you choose to use it can be. Kodi has been written to allow any developer to easily write addons that can be installed that add extra content. These addons can come from legitimate sources that offer free video streaming; TED Talks, YouTube etc.; or can add content that come from less reputable sources offering the latest movies, sports and boxsets without paying a subscription fee.

Kodi refers to these different types of addons as either approved and can be downloaded from the official kodi repository; or blacklisted, which means they have been banned from any official Kodi forums, websites, IRC channels and any social media accounts that are under the control of Team Kodi.

Initial Setup

  1. Remote Controls
  2. Calibrating the Screen
  3. Connecting to the Internet
  4. Installing an External Hard Drive
  5. The Library


  1. Weather
  2. Pictures
  3. Videos
  4.  Movies
    • Playing
      • Subtitles
    • Downloading
    • Deleting
  5. TV Shows
    • Playing
      • Subtitles
    • Downloading
    • Deleting
  6. Music
    • Playing
    •  StreamingMusic
      • Absolute Radio
      • BBC Radio
      • DemonFM
      • Leicester Community Radio
      • MP3 Music
      • Virtual DJ
    • Downloading
    •  Addons
      • Installing Addons
        • Install from Repository
        • Install from Zip File
      • Removing Addons
  7.  Programs
  8. System
    • Enable RSS Feeds
  9. Favourites
  10.  Updates
  11. Creating a WiFi Hotspot
  12. Creating Backups
  13. Connecting Multiple Raspberry Pi’s


  1. SSH (Secure SHell)
  2. Samba Server (Windows file sharing)
  3. Transmission (peer-to-peer file sharing)
  4. Programming LIRC

Developing Addons

  1. Pictures
  2. Videos
  3. Music
  4. Programs
  5. Services
  6. Repositories

Download Addons

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