Kodi 17 users as well as those people, who are still using the older version of Kodi, can also follow the using process of XBMC. A new theme has come for Kodi 17, however, most of the options in the menu might share the appearance with earlier.
The best part about Kodi is that a number of brilliant options are available for you and it’s ranging from different backgrounds, different themes, and third-party add-ons. However, for beginners, the kodi could be somewhat complicated.
Kodi exhibits a huge group of users, developers as well as the Kodi Wiki. And these will be great resources for any beginner and also be helpful in the Kodi setup process. For a naive person, it might be somewhat difficult to find his/her way but fortunately, Wiki is there to provide such users with a brilliant overview. And sometimes it does not go into in-depth detail to provide any information. That means Wiki is the great support system for beginner users in Kodi.
How Will You Be Helpful Through This Kodi Setup Guide?
This Kodi setup guide is going to be handy for beginners or who are starting from scratch. But, to know about the complete installation process, the entire guide should be gone through. Irrespective of reading the Kodi setup guidelines, one can modify it as per his/her preference.
Kodi is supported with different hardware and exhibits a range of options along with settings for changing your preferences. Mistakes are obvious in any setup process and so users can always reset Kodi and onset the process again.
Some Noteworthy Information
Kodi is compatible with various operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android etc. And moreover, the Kodi interface is similar for all systems it is supported with. That means if anyone knows how to use Kodi on Windows, he/she could easily use Kodi in the Linux or Android platforms.
This post has covered whatever is available in the stock version of Kodi. And it hasn’t covered any modifications that individual manufacturers performed with their Kodi or XBMC versions. Moreover, this post also doesn’t specify the installation of add-ons from third-party developers and what is not present in the Official Kodi Repository.
And last, but not the least, in case you’re using XBMC, you can follow and use many segments of this post. Kodi is the present name for XBMC. That means knowing about XBMC is what knowing about Kodi.
What is Kodi?
Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a popular open source media center that has developed from an amateur project, meant for playing content on the original Xbox. Maybe you know that XBMC stood for XBox Media Center.The Kodi interface has been designed and developed to be utilized from one’s living room couch and that’s why it is stated Kodi features “10 foot user interface.”
With this interface, users can play approx any file format for music, video, pictures, podcasts right on your TV, irrespective of the storage systems. Kodi versions have given its name (most of the cases) after famous comic book, sci-fi, or geeky references, such as Stargate, Babylon 5, King Arthur mythos, Garden of…, Lost, Lord of the Rings, and so forth.
What Features Has Been Changed In Kodi 17?
Most of the improvement of Kodi 17 Krypton is under the development at present, however, one major can be view able right away and it’s a new default skin. Kodi has come with two new default skins. Estuary is for most of the devices and Estouchy is for mobile devices that have a touchscreen.
And these latest skin modifications have changed the main interface of Kodi from its well-known center-screen ribbon to a brilliant left-menu interface that is popular with many other streaming services.
The Download and Setup Process of Kodi
Based on the type of device you’re using, you have many different options for installing Kodi. You can discover each of the latest versions on the official Kodi download page. And Android can easily install Kodi directly from that of the Google Play Store (based on its availability). Alternatively, it is also possible to side load the Android application by using the latest APK.
For your information, side-loading an app and it is used whenever a particular app is not available in app stores, including Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store.
In this scenario, you can download the APK (Android Application Package) that will be helpful for you in setting up Kodi manually. And in case you want to visit the manual route and then sideload it, don’t forget to make sure that you’re making use of the right version. Android is compatible with both Intel and ARM processors but different Kodi versions are available for each of the CPU architectures.
As Kodi is now available in the Google Play Store, you might don’t need to sideload it on any of your Android devices. After the installation of Kodi, you need to learn how you can navigate the interface.
How To Use Kodi \ XBMC?
As it is the first time you’re setting up and installing Kodi, brief information is given below on the navigation process around the user interface or UI of Kodi. The earlier versions of Kodi hosted their main controls in a ‘ribbon’, present along the center of the screen and those controls were controllable to some extent only.
Kodi 17 has launched a new skin or a new theme that has aligned everything- the left-hand side of the particular screen to get compatible with Plex and Netflix. The main menu of Kodi has included some categories by default and such categories include Music, TV Shows, Movies, Videos, TV, Radio, Pictures, Music Videos, Weather, and Add-ons. Based on the skin, it is also possible to add additional categories or hide the unused ones.
What About The Context Menu Of Kodi?
The Context menu offers additional functionality, based on the screen and when you have clicked it. You might see different options on other screens and it would depend on what is suitable for that particular media type.
Pulling up of the Context menu depends on the type of device that you are using for Kodi. For Android: it’s long press, for Mouse: it’s right-click, for Keyboard: it’s ‘C’, for Amazon Fire TV: it’s Menu button, and for NVIDIA Shield controller: it’s ‘X’ button. One of the most significant steps in setting up Kodi is to create a media library. You can start this process by the addition of videos to your library.
In case you still have not ripped your favorite movie collection to your hard drive, first, you ought to do that. But, before you initiate adding each of the files on your hard drive, first, you need to perform some works.
Kodi expects that the media files will follow a particular format and the file format will be different for a TV show or a movie. And if the filename has not been properly listed, then Kodi might not capable of telling about it. However, Kodi makes use of a process, known as scraping for extracting data from the file. In case Kodi is not correctly capable of scraping the file, then it might one of the two things.
First, it might ignore the file and then skip over it in times of creating a particular library. Second. It might mistake the particular file for different another movie. By following the simple-to-implement guidelines of this post, you will make it effortless for Kodi to measure what comprises your library. However, benefits and drawbacks are associated with each method. In case you host a larger library, it would be easier for managing if each of the movies is present in its own separate directory.
How Can You Name Movies?
If you prefer to use subfolders, then the names of the movie folder need to include only the title and/or the year. However, for the improvement of the performance of the scraper, you should add the year in parenthesis to the end part of the respective filename or folder name.
\Movies\The Usual Suspects (1995)\somefilename.avi
The Naming Procedure of TV Shows
If you want to have a particular one folder for all of the media files, then you’ll need to include the same information pieces in the same folder. However, you need to change the filename instead of the folder name.
\TV Shows\House (2004)\Season 1\House.S01E01 – Everybody Lies.mkv
\TV Shows\12 Monkeys\Season 1\S01E01 Splinter.avi
How Can You Add Movies In Kodi Library?
Kodi makes use of the same general procedure for adding Movies, Pictures or Music to the respective media library. Although there are differences, however, all the three processes would initiate the same. If you have skipped to this particular section and now you’re planning to ignore the sections, named Adding Pictures or Adding Music, you will come across most of the same information repeated.
It is somewhat must to read each of the topics, as each section hosts some specific information that won’t be there in the other two sections. You need to start by scrolling down to “Movies” on the menu itself. After reaching there, you have to click on the particular button, saying “Enter Files Section.” And in case you don’t have any files in your library, it will direct you to a screen.
If you are familiar with the path of the respective media server, you could easily take a shortcut and then enter it directly in the box present here. And if you are unable to recall it, then you would need to take help of browsing.
And based on the setup process of your media server, you’ll get a few different options in this place. It will not make difference to kodi whether you have media files on your Windows PC that you’re using for networking, an external hard drive, having one folder with lots of movies or whether you have a dedicated NAS or Network Accessible Storage device. Kodi is going to detect it easily.
It is assumed that you have set up your server. A well-known option for home servers is what’s called Windows Network (SMB). You will also get an option of adding files from your external storage device, generally an external hard drive or a flash drive. And another prominent option is UPnP or Universal Plug and Play, although some built-in security risks are associated with UPnP. So, it is not recommended (if possible for you).
It is important to name “My network devices” to recognize it specifically. In case your storage device hasn’t been populated, you can click “Add Network Location” at the bottom part of the list.
If you have videos of multiple versions in each folder, there will surely be some duplication. A noteworthy point in this regard is that you should go into as deep of your folder structure as possible, but not so much far that you could lose videos. Don’t forget that Kodi can keep track of the current folder along with any of the sub-folders below. But, it can’t keep track of the folders, placed higher than the folder in which you’re presently in.
After making your decision about the folder, click on “Ok.”
And it will take you back to the window called “Add Video Source.” Now, you need to add the file path to the respective media server in the box. Kodi will select the folder name by default as the name for sharing, however, you are free to change the name of the respective share in the box, called “Enter a Name for the Media Source.”
After the selection of the folder, you have to specify Kodi the type of the files in the folder and also tell it for setting some of the options for the scraper. This particular window has been divided into three parts in total. And in the upper-left part, a drop-down box is there with the title “This directory contains.” You will get the options of
- Music Video
- TV Shows
- And None in this place.
After making a selection, you’ll get one or multiple options in the section, called “Choose a scraper” in the upper-right section. Do remember that once you set up your media library in the section, called “How to Name Movies?” Your choice is going to come into the picture in this section. Under the header, called “Content Scanning Options”, you will get the option like whether or not movies are present in a separate folder, matching with the movie title.
In case all the respective files are present in the same folder, you don’t need to check it. But, if your movies are in a separate folder, it should be mandatorily checked. Based on the utilization of the scraper, there might be additional options present under the respective “Settings” button at the bottom part. And such options will decide whether or not Kodi is going to retain the original title, enable trailers or Fanart or the place of having ratings. Don’t forget to click “OK” once you have performed any changes.
In the final step, Kodi will start scanning to the share of your new folder and then add the videos to the respective library.
How Can You Setup Kodi? The Music Library
Without any doubt, the addition of music to your library is the second most prominent work of the entire Kodi setup process.
New Music Library
Before the advancement of Kodi 16, a clear distinction was there on how a user uses the Music Library and the Video Library. Earlier, to scan files into a particular Music Library, users needed to follow a two-step process.
But, it was an automatic scanning process in case of the Video Library. Users needed to pull up the respective context menu manually and then had to choose the option “Scan to Library.” However, at present, the respective system will ask you whether you want to scan each and every file in the folder immediately following the addition of a new source, just like in the case of the Video Library.
What are the benefits of Music Library?
Kodi initially announced the new Music Library in the year 2015 (December) on Kodi.tv through a blog post. And they have highlighted a couple of enhancements such as follows:
The view of a consistent appearing library like for TV Shows and Movies
“Searching your music files” has now been enabled.
The library has divided the music into sections, such as Albums, Artists, Genres, Years, All songs, Top 100 (depends on your playback), Singles, played albums, Compilations etc.
The capability of using Smart Playlists for filtering further
Now, you can rate your music and then filter based on the rating. You can now share your music throughout your home network but the client needs to support UPnP. Now, you can easily scan for various pieces of additional information, including artist biography or album synopsis or review by using the Context menu in the artist library or album. And you can enable this option by default by going to Settings and then Music. After that, go to “Library” and Fetch additional information during updates.
About the Kodi Add-on Browser
After opening the Add-on browser, you’ll come across a number of different options. They’re as follows:
My Add-Ons: This particular option will bring out a list of each and every add-on, divided into several categories, and whether or not they’re enabled or disabled on this particular Kodi installation process.
Installation from Repository: This is all of the available add-ons for the installation in the official Kodi repository.
Installation from Zip File: In case you’re installing an add-on that has not been present in the official list. And that’s all.
You will need to download a zip file to the respective device and then browse for it by using this particular option. This step might be a little bit cumbersome to the users and it will enable the installation process anything they want.
Search: In case you know about the add-on for which you’re looking for or have a brief idea of the particular topic, then you can enter that in this place and check out the results.
Recently Updated: It will display the add-ons, updated recently.
About Weather In Kodi
Kodi is not just only playing music or movies, rather it is also capable of providing precise weather information. Total six standard weather services are there in the official Kodi repository. And the best part is that most of them are free to use but some need registration on their respective websites for extracting the maximum value out of them.
The official Kodi weather add-ons include OpenWeatherMap Extended, Yahoo! Weather, Weather Underground, Weather China (China-specific weather), Oz Weather (Australia specific weather), and Met Office. And each of these weather services has their own benefits and drawbacks. Therefore, you should try out them to find out the most suitable one for you. However, the basic installation procedure is the same for all of them.
How To Setup or Install Weather Add-ons?
It will not make any difference which Kodi Weather add-ons you have chosen, the entire installation process will initiate the same. From the respective main Kodi home screen, you need to scroll down to the “Weather” section of the respective menu and you’ll come across a screen.
Now, you’ll get the option by which you can either set a particular weather provider or can remove this particular main menu item. At this moment, you will not get much of them here, as you have not still installed a service.
The first line in the particular main window will prompt you to select the service for having weather information. You can click anywhere on that particular line for bringing up the service selection screen.
And this particular screen will display which of the weather add-ons you’ve already installed on Kodi on your machine. And at this moment, it won’t display anything. However, on the respective right-hand side section, you’ll come across a button, “Get More.”
In this section, you can choose which weather service you prefer to use. You can easily try out some of them. However, only one weather service can be activated at any time and it is also possible to switch between (back and forth) services effortlessly.
Installation of Yahoo! Weather
Yahoo! Weather is considered among the most popular Kodi Weather services, as you can easily configure it and moreover, it doesn’t need any additional pieces of information from the users, just you have to provide the city name for which you want to get the forecast.
From the window “Get more…,” you need to scroll down as long as you get the add-on “Yahoo! Weather”. Then click into it for the installation. Following a short installation procedure, it will make you return to the window “Weather – Settings,” however, “Yahoo! Weather” will come on the top line.
Congratulations! Yahoo! Weather has been installed. However, it needs to be configured for a particular city (as per your preference). You’ll come across a single “Settings” option on the main window’s second line. Now, click “Settings” for having the window, called “Location Setup.”
You are free to enter in various cities based on how much simple or complex weather forecast you want. For entering a city, you need to click on the line, saying “Location 1.”
On the respective popup keyboard, you ought to type the city name.
After making your selection, you’ll be taken back to the screen, called “Location Setup.” And now you need to repeat the same process for multiple cities for which you want the weather information. Following completion, click on OK to continue.
Next, just go back to the home screen of Kodi and then click on the option “Weather” for having the latest Yahoo! Weather information.
You can also refresh the data manually and quickly go back to the “Weather Settings” menu.
It is not an exclusive Kodi setup guide, but for beginners, the post is quite helpful.