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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
Version 13.2
  • Release Date: Aug 18, 2014
  • * Fix audio problems with pass-through on OSX
    * Crash in Android if an app is favourite, then uninstalled from system.
    * Fix crash in Android when entering programs menu in some skins
    * Bitstream conversion fix for some BD mkv iso rips
    * Fix labelcontrols with autowidth set were always marked as dirty (re-render)
    * Update included PVR add-on
    * Set “remote as keyboard” default to true for Android
    * Fix FTP TLS not working
    * Fix some disappearing characters on Mac OSX
    * Fix onplaybackstarted event for external players
    * Don’t show OSD menu DVD menu with mouse/touch
    * GetText and delete sound option for add-on developers
    * Fix wrong sample-rate selection on OSX
    * Fix optical usb devices with > 2 channels on OSX
    * Fix firewall popups in OSX on start-up
    * Make the fake full-screen option only visible when running OSX snowleopard
    * Fix overlapping subtitles
    * Fix accented letters. Example: “VARIéS” rather than “VARIÉS”
    * Prompt for master pin in case the add-on manager is locked
    * Update GUI translations
    * Update included add-ons
    * Fixed several bugs and memory leaks

Version 13.1
  • Release Date: Jul 13, 2014
  • * Fix resume point of certain PVR items begin stale on playback.
    * Fix weirdness when certain TVs query XBMC’s UPnP server and it
    starts running a bunch of add-ons which cause popups on the XBMC
    machine.
    * Fix crash at exit while airplay is playing
    * Better recovery of VDPAU on errors.
    * Fixes for cropping of interlaced content using VDPAU.
    * Fix for FLAC tracks with large embedded images not playing.
    * Fix for crash if librtmp wasn’t available.
    * Fix for ffmpeg building on linux using later versions of librtmp.
    * Fix for broken m4a, mp4 playback with paplayer.
    * Fix for the hint text not being shown in editcontrols once unfocused.
    * Fix minor memory leak in PlayMedia builtin function.
    * Fix albumartist use in song smartplaylists.
    * Use unique client broadcast UID in the PVR api.
Version 13.0
  • Release Date: May 5, 2014
    • Added much improved PVR / EPG and Live TV interface in XBMC's GUI skinning engine (already in use in Confluence)
    • Added improved PVR / DVR timeshift support to pause Live TV (note that each PVR backend still need to support timeshifting)
    • Added much improved PVR / EPG extensions and notifications support over the JSON-RPC API
    • Improved PVR front-end with Live TV and EPG specific windows, plus PVR stuff in OSD and GUI settings in Confluence skin
    • Added, updated, and improved PVR backend clients addons for many popular third-party external PVR backend platforms:
      • PVR Demo Client dummy addon with fake backend from Team-XBMC for skin development and regression testing
      • IPTV (IPTV Simple Client) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • Tvheadend PVR Addon backend clients maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • NextPVR (former GB-PVR) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • Njoy Digital (N7) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • MediaPortal PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • MythTV PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from the XBMC's community
      • VDR (Video Disk Recorder) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • Vu+ / Enigma2 / Dreambox PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • Argus TV / ForTheRecord PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • WMC (Windows Media Center) PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • DVBLink PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
      • DVBViewer PVR Addon backend client maintained and available from XBMC's community
    • Added option for allowing skins to query directories (e.g. plugins) to fill static content
    • Added a Monitor class to receive JSON-RPC notifications directly through the Python bindings
    • Added announce function and register addon for announcements to the Add-ons API
    • Added new Built-In function to control state of attached HDMI CEC device via Add-ons API
    • Added support for XBMC's Python interface to use native keyboard if possible (currently only iOS)
    • Added support for addon binary reading and writing via a "buffer" class usable from addons
    • Added WOL (Wake-on-LAN) with send magic packet function to the Add-ons API
    • Improved the ability to extend XBMC's native Python API by writing C++ code generated via Groovy and SWIG
    • Improved Addons API for homebrew DIY RGB LED Ambilight clone client software such as Boblight
    • Added support for customizable menu structure for home and beyond
    • Added Stereoscopic 3D rendering support (Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom, and Anaglyph) to XBMC's GUI skinning engine
    • Added Stereoscopic 3D rendering support (Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom, and Anaglyph) for Subtitles when in 3D mode
    • Added a simple Movie Set management to GUI for Edit/Clear Set and Add/Remove Set members
    • Added option support for both banner and poster music art types simultaneously
    • Added picture tags metadata info accessible for skins or addons developers
    • Added further optimizations to XBMC's GUI engine for faster rendering on low resource embedded devices
    • Improved touch and gesture support for all platforms, and also improved the default touch screen skin (Touched)
    • Added ImageFactory implementation with factory to abstract different image libraries and hardware acceleration
    • Improved Dirty Regions rendering on all platforms
    • Refactored settings system to consist of XML files containing descriptions of every setting
    • Added support for H.264 (including Hi10P) multi-threaded video decoding when software decoder on CPU is used
    • Added support for Forced Subtitles ("forced flag") in external subtitle files
    • Added support for video playback of SageTV recordings
    • Added unified buffering capability to video and overlay renderers for all internal players
    • Upgraded FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) audio/video codec and demuxer libraries to FFmpeg 1.2 (rev e820e3a)
    • Added extensive MusicBrainz tags support to the Music Library and Database
    • Added ability to queue list of items / add items to a playlist without playing them
    • Improved and extended Smart Playlists functionality
    • Added support for scanning videos SFTP and SSH sources so can scrape metadata
    • Added support for write-enabled WebDAV (delete/rename/write files and directories)
    • Added "Add art" button to video artwork selection dialog
    • Added support for "last played" sort option to the TV Show GUI
    • Added support for OGG cover art extraction to TagLib
    • Added option support for exporting music art as JPEG or PNG rather than TBN file extension
    • Improved performance for SQL database queries for faster browsing
    • Added theaudiodb.com music video scraper as new default for music videos
    • Added new cross-platform event driven active state machine pattern ActiveAE sink as the default for XBMC's AudioEngine
    • Added ALSA sink for ActiveAE for Linux Desktop and generic Linux based Embedded Systems
    • Added PulseAudio sink for ActiveAE for Linux Desktop
    • Added OSS (Open Sound System) sink for ActiveAE for BSD, like FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and similar Unix based systems
    • Added AUDIOTRACK sink for ActiveAE for Amlogic
    • Added Pi Audio sink for ActiveAE for Raspberry Pi
    • Added DirectSound sink for ActiveAE for Windows
    • Added WASAPI sink for ActiveAE for Windows
    • Added Darwin sink for ActiveAE for Mac OS X and iOS
    • Added support for CoreAudio AudioEngine to OS notifications for device changes on Mac OS X and iOS
    • Added support for "Play to" and controlling remote XBMC / DLNA instance over UPnP
    • Added new "Fishbmc" audio visualization addon (only OpenGL versions for Linux and Mac OS X for now)
    • Added GUI settings levels for Basic, Standard, Advanced, Expert (defaults to "Standard")
    • Added support and GUI settings for SOCKS 4/4a/5 proxy types and remote DNS
    • Added possibility to define help descriptions ("I" key) for every setting in GUI settings
    • Added option to set auto login of a specific user profile via the GUI
    • Added CPU / GPU frequency and temperature for all supported Linux platforms
    • Added support to allow key IDs in keyboard.xml to be in hexadecimal format
    • Upgraded DVD-Video navigation and playback libraries (libdvdnav, libdvdread, and libdvdcss)
    • Upgraded SAMBA client to version 3.6.x adding full support for SMB 2.0 and SMB 2.1 protocols
    • Added initial support for running libxbmc.so headless (without GUI) as a background service / deamon
    • Added a generic and user-mappable cross-platform touch input system
    • Improved CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support for Pulse-Eight's LibCEC
    • Moved subtitle addon core handling to core and added native support for subtitle plugin services
    • Updated community maintained translations to over 60+ languages to date for XBMC via Transifex Translation System
    • Added first full (and stable) XBMC for Android port with multi-architecture platform support (supports ARM, MIPS, and x86)
    • Added built-in command for addons and skins to execute Android apps with optional params via applicationmanager
    • Added support to allow landscape and reverse landscape orientation of XBMC GUI on Android
    • Added MediaCodec API (Android 4.1 API level 16) software rendering implementation support to XBMC's DVDPlayer
    • Added StageFright API (Android 4.0 API level 14) hardware rendering implementation support to XBMC
    • Added OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for OpenMAX AL API on Android via StageFright and MediaCodec
    • Improved the dedicated AMLPlayer video player for hardware accelerated video decoding on Amlogic
    • Added external player (external player launcher) support on Android
    • Added native volume control for Android from within XBMC
    • Improved NEON (Advanced SIMD instruction set) CPU acceleration support for ARM architecture
    • Improved XBMC support for BSD (operating system) on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and other similar BSD platforms
    • Improved VDPAU (NVIDIA) Hardware Acceleration Video Decoding support on BSD
    • Improved VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) Hardware Acceleration Video Decoding support on BSD
    • Added VA-API (libva) support for decoding videos with larger resolutions than 1080p (such as 4K resolution)
    • Improved ARM processor architecture (Pivos XIOS DS and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
    • Improved OpenGL ES and EGL support (Pivos XIOS DS and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
    • Improved VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) support (requires VAAPI compatible hardware and drivers)
    • Improved VDPAU (NVIDIA) Hardware Video Acceleration and its upscaling/deinterlacing capabilities
    • Improved OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for Linux (using Raspberry Pi as reference hardware)
    • Added RenderCapture implementation to Linux for Raspberry Pi for Ambilight addons
    • Added support for OpenMAX pipeline to handle JPEG decode/resize/convert/encode to texture on Raspberry Pi
    • Added support for hardware assisted video decoding of MJPEG, VP6, VP8 and Ogg Theora on Raspberry Pi
    • Added support for Fast Forward and Rewind video up 4x to OpenMAX (OMXPlayer) on Linux for Raspberry Pi
    • Added support multi-channel PCM audio output over HDMI to OpenMAX (OMXPlayer) on Linux for Raspberry Pi
    • Added screenshot implementation to Linux for Raspberry Pi that includes the video layer
    • Added hot-plug support for Linux input devices, such as Bluetooth remotes and keyboards
    • Improved AMD/Intel x86-64 64-bit (AMD64 / IA-64t CPU architectures) support under Linux
    • Removed dependencies of SDL (Simple DirectMedia Layer) for windowing and event handling on X11
    • Added support for native media control bar and play background music on iOS
    • Added adaptions for developing XBMC on non-jailbroken iSO devices (for development only, not to release on App Store)
    • Improved XBMC support for OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
    • Added support for copy and paste to and from clipboard with command key
    • Added support for Pixel Shader based HQ (High Quality) scalers for DXVA renderer on Windows
    • Added hybrid shutdown option on Windows 8 (which in turn enables quick boot)
    • Removed Windows XP support (as from now XBMC for Windows requires at least Vista or later)
    • Please refer to the changelog http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_v13_(Gotham)_changelog for a full list of changes
Version 12.3
  • Release Date: Dec 25, 2013
  • OSX 10.9 Maverick fixes that appeared when it was release
  • update PVR addons
  • several PVR related bugs
  • memory leaks
  • audio channel mapping
  • possible crash on progress dialog
  • and more
Version 12.2
  • Release Date: May 4, 2013
  • Fixed infinite loop on addon dependencies, resolves crashing problem that arrose immediately post 12.1 launch
  • Numerous UPnP fixes
  • Memory leak fixed when XBMC is minimized
  • Various Raspberry Pi playback fixes and software codec support
  • Fixed OSX audio mixing
  • Fixed some audio-related crashes in Linux builds
  • AirPlay fixes
  • Bluray folder resume-bookmarks now work
  • Ability to scan for new content on file folders has been reimplemented
  • Language updates from Transifex
Version 13 Beta
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2013
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2013/04/03/xbmc-13-gotham-march-cycle/
Version 12.1
  • Release Date: Mar 20, 2013
  • XBMC now supports using OSX’s default output device for audio as well as hardware decoding with Intel GPUs in OSX
  • XBMC no longer hogs audio for Linux and on resume audio will continue to work in Linux
  • Full iPhone 5 resolution is now enabled
  • Volume buttons on Android devices now control Android volume, rather than XBMC volume
  • Volume buttons on OSX devices once again control OSX volume, rather than XBMC volume
  • Player optimization on the Raspberry Pi, including more efficient playback, better subtitle support, and many crash fixes
  • iOS 6 support on the AppleTV 2.
  • XBMC does not crash when listed on the AppleTV top shelf
  • Added support for additional Xbox 360 controller types
  • Broader and more intelligent support for CEC devices
  • Fixed problems with several addons due to broken binary read/write in our python interface
  • Language fixes, including 7 new languages: Albanian, Burmese, Malay, Persian (Iran), Tamil (India), Uzbek, Vietnamese
  • AirPlay fixes, including making discovery of XBMC more reliable on OSX
  • Numerous crashing and stability fixes across all platforms
Version 12.0
  • Release Date: Jan 30, 2013
  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine (OSX/iOS not yet available)
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types and more interesting and complex skins
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved AirPlay support across all platforms, including AirPlay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Video library tags to complement movie sets
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Default video languages now match the language being used by XBMC
  • Translations now powered by Transifex
  • Please refer to the changelog http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC%20v12%20(Frodo)%20changelog for a full list of changes
Version 12.0 RC3
  • Release Date: Jan 4, 2013
Version 12.0 RC2
  • Release Date: Dec 21, 2012
  • HD audio support, including DTS-MA and Dolby True-HD, via the new XBMC AudioEngine
  • Live TV and PVR support
  • h.264 10bit (aka Hi10P) video software decoding for anime
  • 64bit support in OSX to match the 64bit support in Linux
  • Improved image support, allowing the database to accomodate numerous additional image types
  • Support for the Raspberry PI
  • Initial support for the Android platform
  • Improved Airplay support across all platforms, including Airplay audio in XBMC for Windows to match the other platforms
  • Improved controller support in Windows and Linux
  • Advanced Filtering in the library
  • Advanced UPnP sharing
  • Translations now powered by Transifex
  • At this point, XBMC 12 is entirely feature complete. All changes from this point forward will exclusively include fixes for replicable bugs necessary to reach final release.
Version 12.0 RC1
  • Release Date: Dec 12, 2012
Version 12.0 Beta 3
  • Release Date: Dec 8, 2012
Version 12.0 Beta 2
  • Release Date: Dec 4, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/12/02/xbmc-12-frodo-beta-2-now-with-android/
Version 12.0 Beta 1
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/11/15/xbmc-12-0-frodo-beta-1/
Version 12.0 Alpha 7
  • Release Date: Nov 4, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/11/03/frodo-feature-freeze-and-the-october-cycle/ for more information on this release
Version 12.0 Alpha 6
  • Release Date: Oct 11, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/10/10/xbmc-september-cycle/ for more information on this release
Version 12.0 Alpha 5
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/09/06/xbmc-august-2012-cycle/ for more information on this release
Version 12.0 Alpha 4
  • Release Date: Aug 15, 2012
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2012/08/14/xbmc-11-0-july-cycle/ for more information on this release
Version 11.0
  • Release Date: Mar 25, 2012
  • Addons Framework, API, and Manager
    • Added ability for all addons to provide their own web interface (and handling of multiple web interfaces)
    • Added support for addons to save their setting values to their own settings.xml file before quitting
    • Added support for multi-file selections in the (python) file browser dialog
    • Extended Addons API to support adding extension points for Service Addons (xbmc.service)
    • Added support for Addon Rollbacks, enabling users to choose previously installed addons over more recent revisions
    • Added the ability to search Addons in the Addons-Manager
  • GUI Engine
    • Improve XBMC's GUI Engine / Skinning Framework making it even more flexible and powerful
    • Added option for auto login of a specific selected user profile (good for kiosk mode)
    • Added commands for xbmc.Player().getAvailableAudioStreams() and xbmc.Player().setAudioStream()
    • Added support to identify DTS-HD (DTS-HD MA and DTS-HD HRA) profiles in audio stream list
    • Add ability for skinners to show buffering progress for streamed/cached files (similar to YouTube)
    • Improved mouse support, add better control for dragging of seek / slide / scroll bars, and click handling
    • Improve touch interface API and gesture support for XBMC's GUI Engine for all platforms
    • Added Dirty Region support to reduce CPU usage
    • Added a custom JPEG decoder, at least 2x faster than the previous implementation (cximage)
  • Playback:
    • Added UDF 2.5 filesystem reading support to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
    • Added support for direct playback of ISO image files for Blu-ray Disc as well as video library integration
    • Added an option for vertical shift of video image with slider setting
    • Added support for color and font styles tag in MPL2 (MicroDVD) subtitles
    • Added support for SSA/ASS subtitle tags; italics, bold, and color for SubRip (.srt) subtitles
    • Added support for MP4 embedded subtitles
    • Added support delay tag in vobsub subtitles
    • Gave external subtitles preference over internal subtitles
    • Added support for a new extended version of MPlayer's EDL (Edit Decision List) format
    • Added PlayerControl built in function to allow jumping to a percentage offset from a key mapping
    • Added support for Slingbox
    • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavformat and libavcodec) audio/video codec and demux library
    • Improved Blu-ray Disc and harddrive playback support of unencrypted bdmv and mpls files without menus
    • Removed subtitle caching (as it was only needed on Xbox because of the severe memory restrictions)
    • Removed all dependencies of libmms libraries from XBMC's code in favour of FFmpeg native MMS support
    • Remove all dependencies of liba52, libdts, and faac libraries from XBMC's code in favour of FFmpeg native
    • Added support for NFS virtual file server (vfs) (all platforms)
    • Added support for AFP (vfs) (all platforms aside from Windows)
    • Added Airplay support for Videos/Pictures (all platforms)
    • Added Airplay support for Music (all platforms aside from Windows)
    • Added Audio/L16 support for better DLNA UPnP client compliance
    • Improved UPnP Renderer
    • Added a slider for volume amplification and dynamic range compression during video playback
    • Added an option to pause video playback during refreshrate changes
    • Extended PathSubstitution from playlists to all files for users of shared MySQL Databases
    • Added the ability to adjust the display's refresh rate to match the video's frame rate in OSX (Feature already available in Windows and Linux)
    • Improvements made to the adjust refresh rate feature to pick the "best" rate, rather than the closest multiple
    • Added DXVA Deinterlacing support
  • Library:
    • Combined Files and Library mode for videos
    • Add asynchronous threaded background loading of metadata to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
    • Added support for cleaning the music library via CleanLibrary(music) command
    • Added a "Play from here" context menu button for TV Shows Episodes in the video library
    • Added the option to specify the default select (Play, Resume, Show information, Choose) action on videos
    • Changed "Set Content" to "Edit Content Settings" after being set
    • Added disc stub support for cataloging DVDs, BluRays, etc.
    • Added support for scraping Movie Collections, along with the ability to toggle collections on and off
  • Scrapers:
    • Improve TheMovieDB.org movie scraper by adding themoviedb.org posters scraping
    • Added movie set scraping'
    • Improve TheTVDB.com (Multi-Lingual) TV Shows and Episode scraper
    • Improve Freebase (English) music scraper
  • Skins:
    • Confluence: Home screen switched to horizontal layout
    • Confluence: Greatly simplified the way FanArt works throughout the skin and the settings for it
    • Confluence: Added ability for users to easily add / remove Add-ons as items on the home screen menu
    • Confluence: Added codec flagging images for DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • Other:
    • Added ability to handle and allow access to multiple web interfaces at once
    • Added option setting to play videos within picture slideshows
    • Added dimming setting to the built-in picture slideshow screensaver
    • Added support for sorting depending on current locale
    • Added advancedsettings.xml option to disable the display of startup splash image (enabled by default)
    • Added support for batch requests to the JSON-RPC API
    • Added support for requests by notification to the JSON-RPC API
    • Make JSON-RPC API compliant with JSON-RPC 2.0 specification ( details)
    • Cleanup and improve JSON-RPC API
    • Added advancedsettings.xml option to configure the TCP port used by JSON-RPC (default is 9090)
    • Improve the features of the default web interface
    • Removed Weather from XBMC core and switched to Weather Underground as the default weather provider addon
    • Added weather lookup by IP
  • Linux Specific:
    • Add support for Texas Instruments OMAP4 (OMAP4430 and OMAP4440 with video decoding on IVA 3)
    • Added dynamic runtime detection of CPU features (MMX, SSE, 3DNow, etc.) implementation for Linux
    • Added proper timezone support for systems based on Slackware Linux
    • Added altname (alternative name) support to LIRC mapping for linux-input-layer devices
    • Added lircmap for Conexant's CX23885 IR (infrared) recievers
    • Added lircmap to switch between subtitles with iMON Pad remote control
    • Improved ARM processor architecture support for embedded devices and embedded system platforms
    • Improved OpenGL ES and EGL support for embedded devices and embedded system platforms
    • Improved OpenMAX Video Decoding Acceleration support
    • Provide JSON-RPC server over Bluetooth
  • iOS Specific:
    • Ported XBMC to iOS 4.x (adding "XBMC for iOS" to XBMC's existing list of supported operating-systems)
    • Added support for Apple A4 (ARM) iDevices, inc. Apple TV 2G, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, the iPad (effectively all jailbroken iOS products)
    • Added hardware accelerated video decoding support for H.264 decode on iOS via Apple's VideoToolBox API
    • Added support for OpenGL ES hardware accelerated rendering of XBMC's graphical user interface on iOS
    • Added retina support
    • Added initial iOS Touch / Gesture / Inertial Scrolling support for XBMC interface on iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, and the iPad
    • Added a APT repository for Apple TV, and Cydia with packages for iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, and iPad
  • Mac OS X Specific:
    • Added dynamic runtime detection of CPU features (MMX, SSE, 3DNow, etc.) implementation for Mac OS X
    • Improve Apple VDADecoder Video Acceleration support (requires Snow Leopard and NVIDIA 9400 or later)
    • Improve XBMC's build system to make compiling XBMC much easier
  • Windows Specific:
    • Added support for NV12, UVYV, UYVY, and YUV2 rendering (software and ps)
    • Added dynamic runtime detection of CPU features (MMX, SSE, 3DNow, etc.) implementation for Windows
    • Added DXVA video rendering option
    • Improve XBMC's build system to make compiling XBMC much easier
Version Eden 11.0 RC2
  • Release Date: Mar 3, 2012
Version Eden 11.0 RC1
  • Release Date: Feb 29, 2012
Version Eden 11.0 Beta 3
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2012
  • Bug fixes
Version Eden 11.0 Beta 2
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2012
Version Eden 11.0 Beta
  • Release Date: Dec 25, 2011
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2011/12/24/xbmc-11-0-eden-beta-available-now/ for more information on this release
Version Dharma 10.1
  • Release Date: Mar 10, 2011
  • If an in-use skin was updated in Windows, XBMC would freeze
  • Some RTMP streams in Windows did not play
  • Included add-ons have been updated
  • The correct referrer is now used for downloading add-ons, improving dependency statistics
  • Crashes during playback on ATI hardware in some circumstances have been fixed
  • Hardware decoding improvements for OSX
  • Various small fixes
Version Dharma 10.0
  • Release Date: Dec 20, 2010
  • Addons Manager
    • Added unified Addon framework that make it easy to distribute addons to XBMC (based on C-Pluff)
    • Addon Browser GUI that will allow for an easy way to find, install, and manage third-party addons
    • Added support for update notifications and options for manual or automatic updates of addons
    • Added Team XBMC's official Addons Repository for open source addons as the default Addon Repo
    • Added GUI option to install additional third-party Addons Repos from ZIP files (with addon.xml)
    • Added GUI option to install third-party addons from ZIP files without it being in an Addon Repo
    • Added support for scrapers (Web Scraper Metadata Aggregators) to the Addons API
    • Added support for skins extension point to the Addons API
    • Added support for visualizations extension point to the Addons API
    • Added support for screensavers extension point to the Addons API
    • Added support for python based plugins extension point to the Addons API
    • Added support for python based scripts extension point to the Addons API
    • Added support for web interfaces extension point to the Addons API
    • Added new default web interface as an addon to remote control XBMC via any web browser
    • Removed builtin SHOUTcast.com directory support and moved it to the official addons repo
    • Removed builtin visualizations and moved them to the official addons repo
    • Removed builtin screensavers and moved them to the official addons repo
    • Removed all Adult ('XXX' classified) scrapers into a new third-party managed addons repository
  • GUI Engine:
    • Improved XBMC's GUI Engine / Skinning Framework making it even more flexible and powerful
    • Added option to choose "default select action" of the showing info screen for videos
    • Added FanArt support for Addons
    • Added initial gesture support to XBMC's GUI Engine (adding touch interface API support to guilib)
    • Added initial support for Windows Touch API (Windows 7 touch features and functions)
    • Added ability for Karaoke player to optionally show the next song that will be played
    • Added video information flagging for trailers
    • Improved mouse support, added better exclusive control support for dragging of sliders/scroll bars
    • Improved mouse click handling and added the possibility of long verses short clicks detection
    • Updated translations for most languages (thanks to all community members who contributed!)
    • Renamed "Plugins" in the Addons UI to "Media Sources" as that is what they are now
    • Removed AAC, MP1, MP2, and MP3 passthrough options settings from the GUI
    • Removed all Xbox only strings from the language files since the Xbox platform is no longer supported
  • Playback:
    • Added Broadcom Crystal HD PCIe/Mini-PCIe hardware accelerated video decoders support
    • Added native support for unencrypted Blu-ray Disc playback without menus (via libbluray)
    • Added Blu-ray Disc detection for external players (map external player in playercorefactory.xml)
    • Added support for using libbluray to play bdmv files (index.bdmv or *.mpls) from local folders
    • Added raw bitstream pass-through support for MP1, MP2, MP3, and AAC encoded audio tracks
    • Added real-time ATSC A/52 encoder for on-the-fly Dolby Digital 5.1 (AC-3) transcoded output
    • Added support for 5.1 Multi-Channel Analog Output (discrete 6-channel PCM output)
    • Added post-processing support and options for videos in standard definition resolutions
    • Added High-Quality Lanczos Upscalers (Video Resamplers) as OpenGL GLSL Shaders
    • Added support for embedded Blu-ray/AVCHD PGS subtitles in MKV (Matroska) video containers
    • Added support to use MKV (Matroska) embedded descriptions for audio and subtitle tracks
    • Added support for DEFAULT/FORCED Matroska flags for subtitles
    • Added support for color text subtitles in MKV files
    • Added support for unsorted subtitles (ass/ssa, srt, smi)
    • Added support for multiple language SAMI subtitle
    • Added initial WebDAV (HTTP) media source support to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
    • Added initial SFTP media source support to XBMC's VFS (Virtual File System)
    • Added support for WebM via libvpx
    • Added Zapstream support for Tuxbox (Dreambox/DBox2) client
    • Added RTMPE/RTMPTE and improved RTMP/RTMPT/RTMPS support via librtmp from RTMPDump
    • Added "Wide Zoom" video mode option, a combination zoom, cropping, and non-linear stretching
    • Added "Stretch 14x9" video mode option, a combination of zoom, cropping, and linear stretching
    • Added "Stretch 16x9" video mode option, a combination of zoom, cropping, and linear stretching
    • Added support to extract lyrics from Lyrics3v2 (Lyrics3 2.00) ID3 tags when available in music files
    • Added support to configured cache buffer size via advancedsettings.xml (rather than hardcoded)
    • Upgraded FFmpeg that significantly improves the decoding of all widespread mainstream codecs
    • Improved generalization of chapter support and SeekTime from the input stream interface
    • Improved Dream Multimedia Dreambox Enigma2 bouquets support in the TuxBox Client
    • Improved audio channel matrix mapping, audio channels downmixing, and upmixing support
    • Improved DVD-Video navigation in using Next and Prev
    • Improved timecode-based seeking in videos
  • Library:
    • Added FanArt image cache height-value size option to advancedsettings.xml (defaults to 480)
    • Added initial support for MySQL as abstracted database backend for video and music libraries
    • Added improved portability of SQL statements used in the video and music libraries
    • Added ability to sort TV Shows folders by the date of the last recorded episode
    • Added support for Movie Sets (option to group movie collections into sets for customized sorting)
    • Added support to allow scrapers to use a normal settings.xml
    • Improved performance for SQL database queries ( expert help is always wanted in this area!)
    • Improved video scanner engine
    • Improved metadata scraper engine
  • Scrapers:
    • Added hd-trailers.net movie trailers scraping to TheMovieDB.org and IMDb scrapers
    • Added new Rotten Tomatoes (English) movie scraper
    • Added new Freebase (English) music scraper
    • Added new 1ting (Chinese) music scraper
    • Added new 7176 (Chinese) movie scraper
    • Added new getlib (Chinese) movie scraper
    • Added new m1905 (Chinese) movie scraper
    • Added new daum (Korean) TV Shows scraper
    • Added new daum (Korean) music scraper
    • Added new filmbasen (Norwegian) movie scraper
    • Added new moviemeter (Dutch) movie scraper
    • Added new videobuster (German) movie scraper
    • Added new kino (German) movie scraper
    • Improved ofdb (German) movie scraper by adding themoviedb.org posters scraping
    • Improved TheTVDB (Multi-Lingual) TV Shows and Episode scraper
    • Removed Discogs (English) music scraper due to them blocking XBMC
    • Removed imdb-cn (Chinese) movie scraper due to website closed
  • Skins:
    • Confluence: Addon Browser specific window and icon to get to it in the settings GUI
    • Confluence: Added border to the Addon icons in media info view for a uniformed look
    • Confluence: Added FanArt support for the Addon Browser
    • Confluence: Added buttons in the OSD's for Lyrics and Subtitle Addons
    • Confluence: Added browsing for subtitles in full screen video overlay
    • Confluence: Added browsing for lyrics in full screen video overlay
    • Confluence: Added "Recently Added" Movies and TV Shows script view in the home menu
    • Confluence: Improved file and folder path name reading for media flagging
    • Confluence: Removed script window completely (turns out you don't need one now)
  • Other:
    • Added JSON-RPC and JSON API over HTTP and Sockets for bidirectional communication
    • Added microhttpd Web Server (and removed the old GoAhead and Spyce code) for HTTP API
    • Added HTTP authentication methods any, anysafe, digest, and ntlm (via cURL libcurl)
    • Added SSH file transfer protocol (sftp) via libssh
    • Added support for MD5 passwords in GUIEditControl
    • Added function / setting to enable DXTn texture compression (DDS) to all cached non-skin images
    • Added doxygen resources for generating source code documentation
    • Added ability to turn off LCD/VFD backlight while screensaving to advancedsettings.xml
    • Added builtin command for sending Wake-On-Lan (WOL) magic packets
    • Added builtin command irsend infra-red send commands using LIRC for IR blaster (lirc.send)
    • Added joystick deadzone and calibration support to advanced settings ( advancedsettings.xml)
    • Added power abstraction framework with a way to send OnWake and OnSuspend events
    • Improved XBMC's integrated DLNA / UPnP MediaServer and Client compatibility
    • Improved last.fm and libre.fm passwords storage with MD5, requires user to input password again
  • Live Specific:
    • Optimized XBMC Live for the first and next-generation NVIDIA ION / ION 2 (as reference platforms)
    • Added Bootable Disk Wizard (BDW) addon to the Live CD that makes bootable flash disk easier for users
    • Added Plymouth Theme with XBMC logo typeface to replace the old USplash Splash Screen on Boot
    • Added support for GRUB 2 based images
    • Improved support for Wake-on-USB from ACPI S3 Standby with Remote/Keyboard/Mouse
    • Updated XBMC Live to to based on a stripped Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Linux Distribution
    • Updated NVIDIA and ATI proprietary binary graphics device drivers (restricted drivers)
  • Linux Specific:
    • Optimized keymapping for navigation with MCE (Microsoft Windows Media Center) compatible remotes
    • Added PPA (Personal Package Archives) packages for Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    • Added support for ARM processor architecture (with TI OMAP3 and NVIDIA Tegra 2 as reference)
    • Added initial support OpenGL ES 2.0 compliance in the Linux renderer for embedded devices via EGL
    • Added Broadcom Crystal HD PCIe/Mini-PCIe Hardware Accelerated Video Decoder Support
    • Added VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) support (requires VAAPI compatible hardware and drivers)
    • Added OpenMAX Video Acceleration support (requires OpenMax IL compatible hardware, like Tegra2)
    • Added NEON (ARM) Video Acceleration support (requires NEON compatible hardware, like OMAP3)
    • Added initial implementation of the OnLowBattery signal in UPower
    • Added lircmap for linux-input-layer devices to allow for joystick and gamepad keymaps
    • Added lircmap for Alienware Alienware Dual Compatible Game Pad
    • Added lircmap for the Xbox 360 (wireless) controller
    • Added lircmap for Interact AxisPad
    • Added lircmap for MCE (Microsoft Windows Media Center) remotes via SoundGraph iMON IR-receivers
    • Added lircmap for Twinhan remotes
    • Added lircmap for Antec's VERIS family RM200 / Antec Fusion Remote Control
    • Improved VDPAU (NVIDIA) Hardware Video Acceleration and its upscaling/deinterlacing capabilities
    • Improved AMD/Intel x86-64 64-bit (AMD64 / IA-64t CPU architectures) support
  • Windows Specific:
    • Added support for most MCE (Microsoft Windows Media Center) compatible remotes out-of-the-box
    • Added Broadcom Crystal HD PCIe/Mini-PCIe Hardware Accelerated Video Decoder Support
    • Added initial native DXVA 2 support for H.264, VC-1, and WMV9 (Windows Vista and 7 only)
    • Added support for WASAPI (Windows Audio Session API) for raw bitstream output
    • Added High-Quality Bicubic and Lanczos Upscalers (Video Resamplers) as Direct3D HLSL
    • Added Direct3D port of the OpenGL Spectrum 3D Audio Visualization for DirectX
    • Added support for Visual Studio 2010 Express edition and Visual Studio 2010 non-Express edition
    • Improved support for Microsoft's DirectX, Direct3D, and DirectSound APIs for Windows
  • Mac OS X Specific:
    • Optimizated remote navigation and improved keymapping for both the old and the new Apple Remote
    • Added Apple VDADecoder Video Accelleration support (requires Snow Leopard and NVIDIA 9400 or later)
    • Added Broadcom Crystal HD PCIe/Mini-PCIe Hardware Accelerated Video Decoder Support
    • Added analog audio downmix to user-selected format
    • Added check for AC/Battery and Low Battery warning notifications (set to 10 percent)
    • Improved the PowerPC (PPC CPU architecture) support for Mac OS X 10.4
    • Removed PortAudio now that we only use Core Audio
  • Apple TV Specific:
    • Added Broadcom Crystal HD PCIe/Mini-PCIe Hardware Accelerated Video Decoder Support
    • Added support for Apple TV OS 3.0.2
Version Dharma 10.0 RC2
  • Release Date: Dec 3, 2010
  • Shoutcast support has been redone. Listening to your favorite online radio stations with the shoutcast plugin is now a much nicer experience.
  • The add-ons moved out of the testing repository and into their permanent home. This means that everyone will need to upgrade in order to see future add-on updates. If you continue to use RC1 or previous, please don’t report a lack of updates.
  • Automatic updates for add-ons are now enabled by default. Of course, you can still disable them via the add-on manager if you prefer.
Version Dharma 10.0 RC1
  • Release Date: Nov 19, 2010
  • Bug fixes:
    • A fix for a problem when pausing/seeking. This was known to cause static or erratic behavior on some amplifiers.
    • Beta4 introduced a regression with Linux and Live users that led to broken or choppy playback. Please note that anyone upgrading to RC1 on these platforms is highly advised to remove ~/.asoundrc, and create a new one if you had done so previously.
    • The Bootable LiveCD script is now much more reliable. What a great way to install to a flash drive!
  • New features:
    • After adding a source, you are now prompted to set content. This should be much more logical for new users.
    • New icons for the addon browser.
Version Dharma 10.0 Beta4
  • Release Date: Oct 31, 2010
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/theuni/2010/10/29/dharma-beta-4/ for more information on this release
Version Dharma 10.0 Beta3
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2010
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/theuni/2010/10/13/dharma-beta-3/ for more information on this release
Version Dharma 10.0 Beta2
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2010
  • Please refer to http://xbmc.org/theuni/2010/09/14/dharma-beta-2/ for more information on this release
Version Camelot 9.11 Final
  • Release Date: Dec 24, 2009
  • Please refer to this news post http://xbmc.org/team-xbmc/2009/12/24/xbmc-9-11-camelot/ for a list of what's new
Version Camelot XBMC 9.11 RC1
  • Release Date: Dec 17, 2009
  • The testing process is winding down, and we are happy to present XBMC 9.11 Release Candidate 1. Assuming there are no major show-stoppers, we expect that this will be the last pre-release before final. That means that this is your last chance to report major bugs, or to help us reproduce or fix the ones that have been identified. If you have submitted a trac ticket and we’ve asked for further assistance, this is the time to help! For those not bold enough to try the pre-releases, watch this site in the coming days for a summary of the new features you can expect to see in Camelot.
Version Camelot XBMC 9.11 Beta2
  • Release Date: Dec 10, 2009
  • Development for Camelot is winding down, and we have a new beta for all brave users to try. We have closed just under 200 bugs since the last beta (to be fair, some of those were translations and other small patches). That is an impressive number, thanks to all who have reported their issues. As we are feature frozen, nothing new has been added this time around, we’re purely focusing on fixing bugs.

    As always, head on over to the download page for the latest and greatest. The Ubuntu PPAs will be updated soon. Give it a go, and be sure to submit quality bug reports if you have any issues. Also, please keep great the translations coming!
Version Camelot XBMC 9.11 Beta1
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2009
Version Camelot 9.11 Alpha2
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2009
  • The second testing release in the Camelot series has been tagged and is now available for general consumption. The first Alpha was a great success; all of the known issues listed in the previous announcement have been fixed, along with a slew of others. All of those who are currently using Alpha1 are strongly encouraged to update. Though the same warnings still apply: this should be treated as pre-release software and is only for those who don’t mind running into a few bugs.
Version Camelot 9.11 Alpha1
  • Release Date: Nov 7, 2009
  • DirectX has replaced OpenGL for Windows
  • Numerous skinning engine updates which allow for use of some fancy new skins
  • Many improvements to the video player which allow for much smoother playback
  • Switch to Core Audio on OSX
  • Many VDPAU improvements under linux
  • Many platform-specific customizations
  • Much Much more. We will be showcasing the new features here on xbmc.org as the final release approaches.
Version Babylon 9.04.1
  • Release Date: May 27, 2009
Version Babylon 9.04
  • Release Date: May 6, 2009
Version Babylon RC1
  • Release Date: Apr 30, 2009
Version Babylon Beta 1
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2009
Version Babylon Alpha 1
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 2009
  • As predicted by many, the codename for this next release is Babylon.New in 9.04 is the VDPAU code (hardware decoding of h264 and VC1 on recent nvidia GPUs on Linux) worked on by motd2k, and the path cleanup work (XBMC will no longer steal all those drive letters on Windows), in addition to all the usual improvements that you’ve come accustomed to expecting.

    We’ll need help to get things nice and stable for release.This means taking time to test things thoroughly, helping developers reproduce problems, identifying any holes in the current documentation and so on.

    Let the bug-bashing begin!
Version Atlantic 8.10
  • Release Date: Nov 11, 2008
  • Please refer to this news posting for more information
Version Atlantis Beta 2
  • Release Date: Oct 7, 2008
  • Please refer to this news posting for more information
Version Atlantis Beta 1
  • Release Date: Sep 19, 2008
  • Please refer to this news posting for more information
Version Atlantis Alpha 4
  • Release Date: Aug 24, 2008
  • Please refer to this news posting for more information
Version Atlantis Alpha 3
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2008
  • Please refer to this news posting for more information
Version Build 14676
  • Release Date: Aug 5, 2008
  • Click here to see the changelog
Version svn14125
  • Release Date: Jul 31, 2008
  • Click here to see the changelog
Version 2.0.0
  • Release Date: Jul 31, 2008
  • Enhanced GUI/skin-engine
  • Project Mayhem III skin
  • DVD-Video menu/navigation support (with ISO/IMG image parsing)
  • RAR/ZIP archive parsing
  • New audio/music-player (PAPlayer) with crossfade, gapless playback and ReplayGain support
  • Karaoke CDG-file display
  • Xored Trainer Engine (gaming-cheats)
  • XLink Kai (online-gaming) front-end
  • iTunes 6.x DAAP and UPnP-clients

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