Kodi is a highly versatile and open-source media streaming solution.
The successor to Xbox Media Center (XBMC), Kodi is an effective tool for
organizing and playing your favorite multimedia content. Like a lot of
open-source software, Kodi comes with a ton of documentation and broad
community support, but the software can still be a bit overwhelming to set up
and use. Our guide walks you through the basics, including installation,
updates, libraries, add-ons, and customizations.
First, however, let me clarify some common misconceptions about Kodi.
Kodi’s official software is perfectly legal. Kodi does not come with any
content; you add files you legally own and can install officially approved
add-ons that offer legal access to content. Kodi takes a hard-line stance on
piracy, stating that “The watching or listening of illegal or pirated
content which would otherwise need to be paid for is not endorsed or approved
by Team Kodi.”
Since the software is open-source, some people install modified versions
of Kodi on third-party hardware and sell them as Kodi boxes. Note that Kodi
does not sell hardware, nor does it endorse any of these boxes. However, it
does offer its branding to hardware cases, such as the Kodi Edition Flirc case
for the Raspberry Pi 4 (RPi).