Software update: Kodi 18.0 RC1




The development of Kodi version 18.0 is still in full swing and has since arrived at the first release candidate. This cross platform media center software is developed for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. In version 18.0, which carries the code name Leia, the entire source code has been reviewed, with the aim of improving stability. Furthermore, various improvements have been made in the music library and watching live television, there is a full 64bit version of Kodi and it is now also available through the Windows Store. Finally, the media player has been improved, which means there are fewer hitches to avoid, and it also works well with 4k and 8k resolutions, hdr, drm and the latest codecs.

Kodi v18 Leia RC1 – A new hope
After two years of hard work by all volunteers, either part of the team or our great community we can finally say Kodi v18 are being made. In fits years many things have changed, either visually or code wise and to be honest. We as a team would certainly like to thank every developer and user who spend time helping us get this far.

To this point the current v18 version has been proven to be a daily driver for those who were brave enough to try it out. Of course you should still keep in mind it is not a final release yet and that is just a little bit of a glitch. Once you decide to give it a try it is highly recommended that you create a backup first.

Currently included
To this point in time we’ve done:

More than 9386 commits (code chunks changed)
More than 3000 pull-requests (collection of commits that were included in one go)
More than 8638 changed files
More than 503,000 code lines removed
More than 427,000 code lines added
About 36 open source developers
A lot of free time developing and testing these changes
Quite likely several cases of beer or wine
A full changelog is almost impossible to create looking back. As such this release article will only cover the biggest changes. For a more extensive list you can visit our wiki page v18 (Leia) changelog which will update along the way. From now on all v18 releases will not contain any new features as we are focused on bug fixing or improvements.

Make sure to also go through our news sections which contain all announcements regarding the Leia release and some highlights of what it will contain.

Kodi v18 Leia

Version number 18.0 RC1
Release status Beta
Operating systems Windows 7, Android, Linux, macOS, iOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
License type GPL


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