How To Setup Kodi on Your PC : A Ultimate Guide

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Kodi media player does not need introduction. Kodi is an open source media center software. Kodi capable to open almost all type of audios, videos and pictures, in addition you can stream films, live tv, sports and more.

Kodi different options and features can be overwhelming but Kodi setting is tough so in this post i bring you complete ultimate guide on how to setup Kodi on Your PC. So Lets Start:

Install Kodi on Your Device

The best part about Kodi is that it’s available for almost all platforms you can think of, like Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS and more.

First you open Kodi’s official download page, where you can download a build version for any of the platforms.

User Interface

Kodi’s user interface is very tough but it certainly very functional. The home page of Kodi you can see features sections for Pictures, Videos, Music, Programs and System. You can drift over each of these sections with your mouse for more options like files, add-ons, system info, settings and more.

On the bottom left corner, you will find the favorites button, which shows the add-ons that you have and your favorites, which are add-ons or media that you have added to favorites. Also, you will find a shutdown, exit, power off system, reboot and hibernate options. You can also set a custom shutdown timer.

When you enter any of the sections, you will find a back and home button on the bottom right and a sidebar on the left, which lets you select the view and other miscellaneous options.

Options and Settings 

Create Locked Profile

The Kodi home page features the various sections and sub-sections for Pictures, Videos, Music, Programs and System. Before you go to the Settings page and play with the various options, you should create a profile or just set a lock on the Master profile, so that no one else gets access to your private content collection.

Just go to System->Profiles. Here, you can enable the login screen and set the lock preferences of a profile.

Choose Setting Level

Now you can go to System->Settings and enter any of the available options and select the “Settings Level”. The levels range from Basic, Standard, Advanced and Expert. I will recommend you to set it “Expert” level.

Look All Settings

Then you can go to the various Settings options. Here’s what each of options offer:

Appearance: Here you can change the skin of the Kodi's interface. You can choose from available skins or download other skins. Also, you can change the fonts, startup window, sounds, edit the RSS Feed that scrolls down at the bottom, change the language & region, screensaver and more.

Video: In Video you can get various options for video playback, the video library, acceleration, subtitles, discs and accessibility. Each of these options pack in a plethora of options to play with.

TV : Like Video, you can arrange the various TV settings like playback, parental control, recording, power saving and more.

Music : In Music options you can set up the library as you wish. Additionally, you get a number of advanced playback options, file lists and more.

Pictures : In Pictures you can change the file lists settings and configure the way slideshows are shown.

Weather : You can simply choose a weather service to show you info in the Kodi's Front page. First you need to install a weather add-on. I will recommend the Yahoo Weather add-on.

Add-ons : If you using Kodi broadly, you will visiting the Add-ons Settings page. Here, you will find options to install the various Add-ons.

Services : Want to stream your Kodi content to a TV or want to control your Kodi system via your smartphone? Well, you will find all the options here.

System : The System Settings come with lot of important actions. Here, you can configure the video & audio output, set up a master lock, enable power saving mode and more.

Store Your Media in Kodi

If you a have a collection of music, videos, TV shows, podcasts etc.you can stored on your device, you can easily access it on Kodi and also organize it better. Firstly, you will have to add all your media to Kodi. Here i show how to do it:

Drift over the Photos, Videos or Music section from the home page and click on files.

Then, just tap on “Add Music” or whatever section you selected.

Enter the path where your media is stored on your device.

Once you have added a path, all the media from that folder will available for you to play in Kodi. While you can add as many paths as you want, i will recommend you to store all your media files in unified single folders for a better organized experience.

Install Repositories and Add-ons

I know you confuse, what is a repository? Well, repositories are a group of add-ons that can be installed in Kodi, so that you can access the various add-ons it offers with ease. Kodi offers its very own official add-on repository, plus you can always install various third party repositories and add-ons.

Official Add-ons can be installed and enabled in Kodi directly. unofficial add-ons can be installed through different sources or repositories that you will have to add manually or through ZIP files that are available to download.

Install Official Kodi Add-ons

First we talk about how you can install the official Kodi add-ons like YouTube, Trakt, Vine etc. Here step by step guidance:

You can go to Settings->Add-ons. Here, click on “Install from repository”. Then, click on “Kodi Add-on Repository”.

Here you will find different types of add-on categories like look & feel, music, lyrics, videos, subtitles and more.

You can go to an add-on type, for instance, you can just click on Video Add-ons and click on an add-on of your choice and “Install“, after which add-on you will be downloaded and you should get an “add-on enabled” notification.

After you installed the add-on, you will find them in their respective sections, like YouTube will be available in Videos->Add-on page.

While there are a lots of great official add-ons, there are some great unofficial ones too, which make Kodi’s complexity worthwhile. So, let’s take a look at how you can install third party repositories and add-ons.

Install Third Party Unofficial Kodi Add-ons

Some of the best unofficial Kodi add-ons are part of repositories like Fusion, Xfinity, Superrepo and more. So, first let’s see how you can install a repository in Kodi. Well, to install a repository, you will have to add its source and every source comes with its own unique link, which you can easily find through a Google Search. For instance, we are going to show you how you can install the Fusion repository:

Go to System->File Manager and double click on “Add Source”

Enter the source link of Fusion, which currently is ” http://fusion.tvaddons.ag” and enter the name for the repository you want.

Now, you can go to Settings->Add ons and click on “Install from ZIP”, here you can check out the sources you have added. Click on “Fusion”. Then, check out the various repositories and add-ons available through it.

I will recommend you to first install the Add-on installer add-on from “start-here”, as it brings a number of cool add-ons that you can install. You can just click on an add-on to install it. Once the Add-on installer is installed, you will see a notification. Also, you can install a repository from the “xbmc-repos” folder.

To install an add-on from a repository, you can just click on “Install from Repository” and go to the repo you want to install the add-on from.

Different sources have differently styled names for add-ons & repos but they are mostly self-explanatory, so you should not have a problem. Once you have added various repositories, you can just go to the add-ons option Music, Videos or any other section, click on Get more and you should see all the add-ons available to install from the official & unofficial repositories.

Use Kodi From Your Mobile

Kodi brings a great media center experience, you should not always want to control it via the PC. While Kodi supports TV remotes, game controllers and more such devices. The good news is, you can control Kodi with your phone. The official remote app from Kodi available for Android and iOS.

To use it, you will first have to go to Kodi Services Settings. Here, go to Remote Control and turn on the option that says “Allow remote control by programs on other systems”.

Then, go to Webserver and enable “Allow remote control via HTTP”.

Also, go to Zeroconf and enable “Announce Services to other systems”.

After you can open the remote app and make sure your Kodi system and smartphone are connected to the same network. Tap on “Next” and the Kodi remote app will start looking for media centers.

After found a media center, you can just select your system and start controlling Kodi on your phone. The app will present you a remote, which works flawlessly.

The Kodi remote app even lets you see all the music, videos, pictures and other media inside your Kodi system. Plus, you can see all the add-ons installed in your Kodi system.

All  Set For Kodi Configuration?

Once you have set up Kodi on your device, make sure to install the Backup Add-on, so that you can take your profile to any other system you want. Well, i hope my guide has helped you set up your Kodi configuration but if you have any questions or doubts, feel free to let us know about it in the comments section below. You can surely expect a swift reply from me.

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