What is Kodi?

Kodi, which used to be called XBMC, is an open source media center which grew from a amateur project to play content on the original Xbox. If you’re good with acronyms, you’ve probably already figured out that XBMC originally stood for XBox Media Center.

It is designed to be used from your living room couch, so you’ll often hear that Kodi has a “10 foot user interface.” It allows users to play almost any file format for video, music, podcasts and pictures on your TV, no matter where you store them.

If you’re wondering what’s in a name, Kodi versions have usually been named after popular sci-fi, comic book, or generally geeky references:

  • XBMC v8.10 Atlantis (2008) – (Stargate)
  • XBMC v9.04 Babylon (2009) – (Babylon 5)
  • XBMC v9.11 Camelot (2009) – (King Arthur mythos)
  • XBMC v10.0 Dharma (2010) – (Lost)
  • XBMC v11.0 Eden (2012) – (Garden of…)
  • XBMC v12.0 Frodo (2013) – (Lord of the Rings)
  • XBMC v13.0 Gotham (2014) – (Batman – and my personal favourite)
  • Kodi v14.0 Helix (2014) – (Helix TV show)
  • Kodi v15.0 Isengard (2015) – (Tolkien)
  • Kodi v16.0 Jarvis (2016) – (Tony Stark’s artificial intelligence)
  • Kodi v17.0 Krypton (2017) – (Superman’s home world)
  • Kodi v18.0 Leia (2018) – (Star Wars)

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