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This is the version history page for Kodi (XMBC), showing the last 20 software updates. You can return to the main page for this software by clicking here.

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Version 18.4
  • Release Date: Sep 1, 2019
Version 18.3
  • Release Date: Jun 29, 2019
  • Two months have passed since our last bugfix release and already we have a new one ready for consumption. Fancy a few more features? There aren't any, with one teeny-tiny exception. Apparently DTS-HD audio only tracks are a thing and Kodi can now play them like any other music format. That's it. No more features. Seriously.

    However, since Kodi 18.3 is a bugfix release, we have a boatload of erm... fixes. In fact, too many to mention. Below is a non-exhaustive list of (mostly) usability fixes.

    Estuary
    • Fixed favourites widget not scrolling properly on 16:10 displays
    • Fixed API button was not reachable with a mouse on Settings window
    • Fixed Skin Settings window scrollbar focus
    • Fixed order of TV Show title and Episode title in Video Info dialog
    • Added Search button to the side menu in the Video and Music windows
    • Fixed Wall and Infowall views scroll to bottom on certain aspect-ratios
    • Fixed broken side menu navigation in the Addon Browser window
    PVR
    • Fixed a Group Manager crash when adding a new group
    • Fixed EPG UI corruption and/or EPG data not showing with newly added channels
    • Fixed PVR guide window channel data being overwritten
    Music
    • Added support for DTS-HD audio tracks
    • Fixed wrong album or artist thumb art being picked from scraper results
    The remaining fixes are under the hood and range from addressing nasty memory leaks to DVD playback from HTTPS sources, with a couple of crash and burn events in between. A special thanks to all the users that found a bug, took the time to report it and, in some cases, provided a fix.

    The full v18.3 changelog can be found in our GitHub milestone. If you want to read back on what was actually changed in v18 itself, you can find the corresponding articles in the blog posts - Kodi 18, Kodi 18.1 and Kodi 18.2.
Version 18.2
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2019
Version 18.1
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Version 18.0
  • Release Date: Jan 29, 2019
Version 17.6
  • Release Date: Nov 15, 2017
  • Kodi v17.6 final: The very last

    We are happy and sad at same time to announce that this will be the last v17.6 release. When we say very last this of course only means for the v17 "Krypton" series as we are steadily heading towards the new v18 series called "Leia". For about a year already our developers have been working on the upcoming v18 release and have been backporting all fixes we deemed safe enough to v17 series. However with all good things there has to come a time to say enough is enough and that moment has come. From our point of view "Krypton" has been a great release and our group has spend a lot of time improving it since it's initial release on 5 February 2017. It has also been one of the series where we did things a bit different with continues nightly versions for testing and quite a lot point releases with only minor fixes just because we could.

    We are certainly excited about our upcoming v18 on which we will start reporting at regular basis quite soon but until that time here's the v17.6 "Krypton" version for daily use. We recommend every one to upgrade to this version once it's available for their platform to have the best experience possible. If you want to know what has changed you can browse the list below.

    Fixes done in this release:

    Fix possible crash in crontroller dialog
    Update standard scrapers to lastest version available on release
    Fix possible connection issues with internal webserver
    Fix crash when peripheral joystick add-on is disabled
Version 17.5
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2017
Version 17.4
  • Release Date: Aug 23, 2017
Version 17.3
  • Release Date: May 26, 2017
  • Kodi v17.3: A minor bug fix and security release

    Sorry for this quick bump to v17.3 however we deemed it necessary. In the previous v17.2 we had a slight issue due to packaging certain binary add-ons like PVR, visualisation and Inputstream. Sadly we only uncovered this too late after release. Additionally on the older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 in combination with the available GCC 4.8 compiler an issue surfaced which we had to fix as well. This v17.3 release fixed both these issues and should be completely working again including the missing add-ons. 

    Fixes done in this release:

    Fixed missing binary add-ons on release time
    Fixed crash on older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 with GCC 4.8 compiler
    From previous v17.2 release:

    Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
    Fix handling of gaps that caused eradic behaviour in EPG grid
    Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress guesture
    Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
    Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
    Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
    Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
    Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
    Detect and delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes
    Security

    You may have read in the news that malicious subtitle zip files could potentionally infect and harm your media player including Kodi. When Check Point researchers uncovered this flaw they contacted us up front to let us know about this flaw. Our developers fixed this secuity gap and have added the fix to this v17.2 release. As such we highly encourage all users to install this latest version! Any previous Kodi version will not get any security patch. We have began the roll out of this version and Android Play Store as well as Windows Store have this update pending and will roll out as soon as possible. Please be patient if you are using these store versions. Our official download page of course has the regular install files available for the supported platforms.

    To be clear this possible vunrability is only present when you first enable a subtitle dowload add-on and then actually download zipped subtitles. Any subtitles that you already have as text file, are embedded in the video stream or are included with you DVD or Blurays are safe.

    What else is new?

    In the bugfix releases we never include any new features. They are as feature complete as the initial version with the diference is they contain stability and usability fixes. If you are curious you can read up on all the v17 changes here:
    https://kodi.tv/kodi17
Version 17.2
  • Release Date: May 24, 2017
  • Kodi v17.2: A minor bug fix and security release

    We're happy to present you this small bugfix release for the v17 “Krypton” range which contains our continuous effort to further improve the v17 range. This release consist of several fixes on top of the v17 and v17.1 release to further improve stability and usability. Additionally this also includes a security patch regarding subtitle zip files. We sure would like to thank every one involved with either development, testing or simply helping out others with answering their questions.

    Fixes done in this release:

    Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
    Fix handling of gaps that caused erratic behaviour in EPG grid
    Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress gesture
    Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
    Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
    Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
    Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
    Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
    Detect and delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes
    Security

    You may have read in the news that malicious subtitle zip files could potentially infect and harm your media player including Kodi. When Check Point researchers uncovered this flaw they contact us up front to less us know about this flaw. Our developers fixed this secuity gap and have added the fix to this v17.2 release. As such we highly encourage all users to install this latest version! Any previous Kodi version will not get any security patch. We have began the roll out of this version and Android Play Store as well as Windows Store have this update pending and will roll out as soon as possible. Please be patient if you are using these store versions. Our official download page of course has the regular install files available for the supported platforms.

    What else is new?

    In the bugfix releases we never include any new features. They are as feature complete as the initial version with the difference is they contain stability and usability fixes. If you are curious you can read up on all the v17 changes here: 
    https://kodi.tv/kodi17
Version 17.1
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2017
  • Kodi v17.1 “Krypton”
    21 Mar

    This is the bugfix release for v17.1 “Krypton” which contains our continuous effort to further improve the v17 release. Our team tried to tackle as much of the reported problems as possible with the limited resources we have. We do want to note that since we are just a small team some of the reported bugs might not get fixed due to lack of developers or time. As such we would certainly welcome any developer who has the ability to help us out to try and fix the bugs he or she encounters and submit it to our code base for review. We sure would like to thank every one involved with either development, testing or simply helping out others with answering their questions.

    Fixes done in this release:

    Update Estuary and Estouchy with some bugfixes and improvements
    Fix EDL skipping
    Fix slow song smartplaylist
    Several PVR fixes
    Update Chorus webinterface
    Fix addons not being marked broken when they are updated with broken flag
    Add limiter on random songs which should prevent large memory usage on big libraries
    Improve keyboard mapping during button mapping
    Improve analog stick handling
    Improve plugin performance when building the content list
    Include RTMP inputstream add-on for Windows
    Don’t close subtitle stream when switching audio
    Fix replaygain for music files
    Fix controllers buttons on Android
    Fix music cleanup hanging on large MySQL music database
    Fix use of SMB on Android on new installs
    Fix possible Kodi upgrade migration hang during add-on update process
    Add check in Windows installer for Service Packs and updates that Kodi needs to operate
    Don’t try to read tags from internet audio streams
    Add setting to disable controller rumble on notifications
    A full list can be found 
    https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/milestone/99?closed=1
    https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/milestone/101?closed=1

    What’s new?
    You can read up on all the v17 changes here: 
    https://kodi.tv/kodi17/
Version 17.0
  • Release Date: Feb 2, 2017
Version 16.1
  • Release Date: Apr 25, 2016
    • Please refer to this release announcement for a complete list of changes
Version 16.0
  • Release Date: Feb 22, 2016
    • Please refer to this release announcement for a complete list of changes
Version 15.2
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2015
  • • Fix non DVB subtitles
    • Fix incompatible MySQL queries
    • Improvements on PulseAudio for Linux
    • Fix multi images in grouplists/layouts
    • Updated PVR add-ons: Tvheadend HTSP and MythTV
    • Fix refresh-rate switching on Android. This should improve on most devices like Nexus Player and NVIDIA SHIELD TV and others which use the Android API
    • Fix file time used in scanning library which may speed up scanning times on 32bit platforms
    • Fix video rewind on Windows. May still leave artifacts for some seconds.
    • Fix continues check on system partitions on Android
    • Fix MicroDVD subtitles
    • Fix subtitles positioning below video
    • Fix memory leak on opening Bluray menu for stream selection
    • Fix default sorting for songs over UPnP
    • Updated taglib that fixes a crash when playing flac files
    • Fix volume adjustment for XBOX controllers
    • Fixes side flyout appearing when using touch
    • Fixes freeze on win32 on away mode
    • Fix crash on osx 10.7 when trying to resolve hdd names
    • Fix Amlogic zoom problems on Android
    • Set default screen region for dvb subs (wrong placed subtitles)
    • Fix missing lyrics from tag when playing from musicdb url
    • Properly set the time format when setting/changing regions
    • Fix playback problems on AMLogic after ffwd or skip
    • Fix fallback for nb_no language
    • Fix empty LatestAlbum.Artist
    • Fix watched flag in Confluence media info 3 view
Version 15.1
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2015
  • • Flush renderbuffers when flushing video player
    • Fix broken network.bandwidth setting
    • Fix stuttering in PVR windows
    • Fix holding lock while querying PVR backend
    • Unsigned apps are not working on jailbroken iOS 5.1 devices
    • Add installed languages to the list of possible stream languages
    • Ensure that file descriptor for logfile is NULL’ed
    • Fixes a crash when trying do delete a file in filemanager
    • Reimplement Cocoa_GetVolumeNameFromMountPoint for OSX
    • Update label color for sliderex controls
    • CProgressJob: fix crash in DoModal
    • Fix missing return in CGUIWindowPVRBase::OnBack
    • FFmpeg: Bump to 2.6.4
    • Handle startup splash as regular window
    • Fix linkage for VTB framework for iOS < 6 – fixes VTB on iOS
    • Fix broken native keyboard on iOS 5.1.1 devices
    • Fix wrong navigation in SmartPlaylistEditor.xml
    • Make some virtual filesystems available when no network is available yet
    • Fix formatting on mysql queries that could cause crash on update
    • Only set mouse wheel control spin and slider controls when they are actually focusses
    • Respect view mode changes of EPG when controlling number of EPG updates
    • Handle startup splash as regular window which prevent problems if PVR or masterlock is used as startup window
    • Fix watched flag not displaying if item is also resume-able
    • Remove some logging on exiting that could crash on exit in some cases
    • Fix overlapping subtitles in some cases
Version 15.0
  • Release Date: Jul 22, 2015
  • We are proud to announce the release of Kodi 15.0. No new name this time around, but many new features that cover requests both more than 5 years old and less than 5 months old. Let’s take a quick look at a few.

    Kodi for Android
    Perhaps the biggest news for Kodi 15 isn’t a feature at all, but rather the official release of Kodi for Android in the Google Play store. As of the time of this writing, there are just over 400,000 active installs from Google Play after having been released a mere 36 days ago. You can install Kodi for Android from the download link below.

    You are also welcome to continue sideloading it from the Kodi downloads page.

    In terms of Kodi for Android specific features, 4K, refreshrate switching, and HEVC playback are now available on devices with hardware that support those features including a number of Amlogic based devices and the NVIDIA Shield Android TV, though it should be noted that Android 5.0 and above is required to take advantage of these features.

    Kodi 15.0 Features
    Across platforms, Kodi itself has gained quite a lot of features. Some notable examples include:

    • A new chapter selector window – Allows you to visually browse and select chapters from mkvs and other containers that support chapters.

    • Adaptive seeking (aka Skip Steps) – The more times you press a button to seek in a period of time, the larger the jump forward or backward will be.

    • Audio and Subtitle Lists – For content that includes multiple audio and subtitle choices, you can select from a full list of choices, rather than manually searching through a spinner.

    • Language Add-ons and Expanded International Preferences – Now language translations aren’t dependent upon release, but get regularly updated to all users as the add-ons themselves update. Additionally, you now have total control over date, time, temperature and more displayed formats.

    • Improved Add-on Manager – The add-on manager has now been reworked to help make finding the add-ons you are looking for easier.

    Additional Improvements and Changes

    Other improvements include:
    • ffmpeg 2.6.3 update
    • Improved Closed Captioning support in Live TV
    • Fixed music video queuing
    • Allow scanning of new sources and marking as watched during other library operations such as “update library”
    • Windows DXVA HEVC hardware decoding support if driver and hardware support exist
    And more. See release notes for RC2, RC1, Beta2 and Beta1 for a full list.

    Changes from 14.2 to 15.0 include:
    • Minimal 10.7 Lion 64-bit required on Mac OSX
    • Minimal iOS 5.1 required and ATV2 support discontinued
    • Minimum Android 4.2 Jelly Bean MR1 required on Android
    • Ubuntu 12.04 support dropped in PPA
    • On Android the system now handles the volume instead of Kodi
    • Removed the need for root/SU on Android. Some hardware/firmware might not like that. Please contact your hardware supplier
    • Removal of Tuxbox support. Users of Enigma2 boxes can use the VUPlus PVR add-on
    • Removal of AFP filesystem support
    • Remove legacy code pre-Frodo 11.0
    • Vast amount of possible memory leaks, segfaults, crashes and minor issues have been fixed
    • General improvements regarding code stability and performance in all areas
    • General code clean-up in all areas to simplify adding future features
    And more. See release notes for RC2, RC1, Beta2 and Beta1 for a full list.
Version 14.2
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2015
  • We are proud to announce the release candidate of Kodi 14.2 in which we further try to improve stability. As you may all know by now, we have a new name, a new logo, and a wide variety of new features, but underneath the new coat of paint remains the same software we all love. 14.2 will become the the second and final bug-fix release in the Helix range. As we have mentioned in our Kodi 14.0 release announcement, we will be releasing these extra releases to squash down any issues left after the first big release. Below you will find a list of fixes so far. In the Kodi 14.1 release announcement you can find the sum up of previous fixes done in the Helix range.

    Fixes so far
    * Fix: Application stopped responding on Windows
    * Fix: Gap-less playback on MP3
    * Fix: Playback of rtmp protocol
    * Fix: Scanning of newly added episodes
    * Fix: Fix multipath source scanning
    * Fix: Loading external subtitles in some cases
    * Fix: packaging of PIL module on Android. This fixes some script error when using weather add-on
    * Fix: Fix video playback on all platform after refresh rate change
    * Fix: Various bugs that were present in PVR add-ons.
    * Fix: Save weather location
    * Fix: Fix filtering of foreign add-ons
    * Fix: ftps handling
    * Fix: use LastWrite instead of ChangeTime for file system on Windows
    * Feature: Bump OSX SDK to 10.10
    Windows
    Finally, the bug that haunted us in the 14.0 and 14.1 release has been solved. Windows should be stable again and perform as it should.
Version 14.1
  • Release Date: Jan 30, 2015
  • * Fix incorrect video screensize on Android AML devices
    * Fix: potential segfault when silencing audio
    * Fix: do not skip streaminfo if format is not know.
    * Fix: DXVA flickering on AMD
    * Fix: prevent possible over-flow in ALSA
    * Fix: possible sorting problems in library
    * Fix: possible problem in library navigation
    * Fix: don’t scroll text when it’s set to not do it
    * Fix: scroll text if it’s too long on spinner controls
    * Fix: don’t overlap PVR search labels
    * Fix: bug in DLNA client string on iOS
    * Fix: updated several PVR add-ons
    * Fix: remember played state of video when started from recently added
    * Fix: correct vsync on OSX
    * Fix: broken keyboard input
    * Fix: prevent crash on circular dependencies of add-ons
    * Fix: large file support on Android
    * Fix: random exiting on Android x86 builds (Nexus Player for example)
Version 14.0
  • Release Date: Dec 23, 2014

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