Kodi, the open source media player, is a hugely popular option for users across a variety of different mediums – iOS, Android, Mac, PC – allowing users to view and stream media content regardless of the device being used. It’s add-ons that make Kodi what it is though; third-party add-ons developed by the Kodi community that enables extra functionality, with some even offering the ability to stream live TV or the latest TV shows. Here, we show you how you can install and use Kodi on your Mac.
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How to install Kodi on a Mac: What is Kodi?
Before we show you how to install Kodi on your Mac, it might be worth us explaining exactly what it is. Formerly known as XBMC (Xbox Media Centre), Kodi is an open source media player available for a variety of devices including the Apple TV, iOS & Android tablets and smartphones, and even the Amazon Fire HD stick. In its simplest form, it brings users the ability to play a variety of media – videos, music, photos, and podcasts – directly from the Internet or via (network or local) storage. Granted, this may not seem exciting to Mac OS X users as the operating system already allows you to browse and watch streamed media, but Kodi offers something slightly different.
Kodi offers a level of customisation unmatched by its rivals, mainly due to community development of ‘add-ons’ that enable extra functionality. With the right add-ons, users can stream content from the likes of Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and Spotify, all in one place. However, some add-ons offer something more. For example, there are add-ons available that let you stream the latest TV shows and box office movies completely free of charge – this is obviously illegal and we recommend not installing any of these add-ons, but equally, we can’t stop you from doing so.
Anyway, now we’ve explained just what Kodi is and what it can do, read on to find out how you can install it on your Mac.
How to install Kodi on a Mac
- Download the latest version of Kodi for Mac from here, available as a disk image.
- Open the Kodi disk image (if it doesn’t open automatically – it will if downloaded via Safari).
- Drag the Kodi icon into the Applications folder to install the software on your Mac.
- Open Kodi – the first time you open the app, depending on your Gatekeeper settings, you may get a message informing you that Kodi “can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”. Simply right click (CMD + click) the Kodi app and click Open, and it’ll bypass this feature. Alternatively, you can head to the Security & Privacy section of System Preferences and select “Anywhere” where it says “Allow applications downloaded from:”.
- You’re done! Kodi should then open, and you’re free to use it as you see fit.
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How to use Kodi on a Mac
Using Kodi on a Mac is as simple as moving your mouse around and clicking on what you want to select – it’s only when you want to browse and install add-ons that things get a little bit confusing. There is, however, a way that you can easily browse almost every add-on available at once, and that’s by using Addon Installer. But before you can install Addon Installer, you must add it’s repository to your Kodi. To do that, follow these instructions:
- Open Kodi, navigate to the System tab and select ‘File manager’.
- Double click ‘Add Source’ to add a new repository.
- Select ‘None’, replace it with the following URL: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and click done, name the repository and click OK to add it.
That should add Fusion as a repository on Kodi, allowing you to install the Addon Installer. Next, we’ll show you how to install and use the installer, which acts as an App Store for third-party add-ons:
Go back to the Home Screen, select System > Settings > Add-Ons.
- Select ‘Install from Zip file’, double click Fusion, open the ‘start-here’ folder and install “plugin.program.addoninstaller-1.1.7.zip” (the version number may be different depending on when you read this).
- Return to the Home screen, select Programs and open Addon Installer. This will install the add-on to Kodi, allowing you to browse the vast selection of add-ons available.
- Once installed, double click the Addon Installer icon to open it and start browsing the available add-ons. Once you find one you like, click it to install it and use it.
That’s about it! You’ll be using Kodi for all your media streaming needs in no time. For those interested in the kinds of Kodi Add-on available, take a look at the ‘Best Kodi add-ons 2016’ article by our sister site, PC Advisor.