This post contains all Kodi updates for Apple TV 4th Generation and 4K HDR. As new updates come out, they will be added here.
If you have a paid Apple Developer account, your app will last a whole year before you have to re-sign and reinstall it. Using your Free Apple ID, your app will last only 7 days which means you will have to re-sign and reinstall it once a week. For now, there are two ways to bypass the 7-day expiration. The obvious is to obtain a Paid Developer Account which costs $99 a year. The second method involves finding a service online that will sign the app for you. I will not give any suggestions as I have never tried this myself. Use that information at your own discretion.
What you will need
To install Kodi on the either Apple TV, you will need a Mac. The next thing you will need to do is download Xcode from the Mac AppStore. The app is free so I recommend only downloading it from the Mac AppStore. You can do this with or without a USB Type-C cable. This is to connect the Apple TV 4th Generation to your computer. The 4K HDR Apple TV will need to be connected wirelessly as it does not have a USB port.
Updates are listed from newest to oldest
*I’ve deleted some unimportant updates in order to make this post much cleaner*
Sept 25, 2020 – It has been a while since I updated this post. There wasn’t any development going on for a while. From what I could gather, Kodi 18 was either not compatible with tvOS, or development stopped altogether. The last working version was the one mentioned below this. That is the only one compatible with add-ons. If you do not care about add-ons, you can install the latest 19.0 alpha 2 from here.
Feb 25, 2018 – Outdated. Read what’s new below.
- fixed hevc/4k hardware decoding - added setting for preferring VideoToolBox for HDR which got lost in former versions - latest version is compatible with the greeng0blin jailbreak which is available for tvOS 10.2.2 - the topshelf is working on those jailbroken devices aswell - fixed some non working python addons when using jailbroken devices
Feb 16, 2018 – Outdated. Check out the changes below.
- rebased to Krypton 17.6 - fixed select button from official appletv remote app and other 3rd party remote apps - updated videotoolbox and avfoundation hardware decoders from MrMC 3.5 - added proper support for xml file copy/delete/view in the file manager (from MrMC 3.5) - prepared refresh rate support for appletv4 tvos 11.3 - refresh rate switching works on appletv4k now - fixed display calibration was not saved - add topshelf binary again which got lost
Dec 2, 2017 – Outdated. This build is based on Kodi 17.6. You can check out the official Kodi changelog here to learn more.
Oct 24, 2017 – Outdated.You can download it from the Downloads page. Check this post for a tutorial on how to install or update Kodi. Check out the official Kodi changelog here to learn more. Below are changes specific to this Apple TV version.
- rebased to Krypton 17.5 - added support for HEVC/h.265 hardware decoding - added AVFoundation hardware decoder which allows 4k HDR decoding/rendering for AppleTV4k
Credit – Learn More
Sept 28, 2017 – Outdated. Release for Kodi 17.4. Check out the official Kodi changelog here to learn more.
July 3, 2017 – Outdated. Below are changes specific to this Apple TV version.
- fixed native on screen keyboard for ios 11 - rebase to Krypton 17.3
May 29, 2017 – Outdated. Release for Kodi 17.3 which fixes some major security issues. Check out the official Kodi changelog here to learn more.
April 4, 2017 – Outdated. We’ve got a huge update here! This one is based on Kodi 17.1. If you would like to know what is new in Kodi 17.1, check out the official Kodi changelog here. Below are changes specific to this Apple TV version.
- rebase to Krypton 17.1 - updated skin, new default web interface and everything else from master beta6 - backported videotoolbox hardware decoder from MrMC (hw decoding works as of tvos 10.0) - It has now the ability to map the siri remote keys. Therefore the file customcontroller.SiriRemote.xml can be found in the userdata/keymaps folder and can be altered. (its accessible via the kodi file manager for example). - With latest update the swipe left/right/up/down can be mapped independend from the tap left/right/up/down. To get the current customcontroller.SiriRemote.xml into your system, please go into the kodi filemanager into the profile folder / keymaps and delete your customcontroller.SiriRemote.xml file (you loose any changes you did on that keymap - make a backup if in doubt). After that restart Kodi. This will copy the default customcontroller.SiriRemote.xml into your profile folder / keymaps. This one has the swipe keys in it and also has the swipe keys disabled during video playback (section FullScreenVideo in the keymap). - Fixed the tvos specific settings after the big settings refactor in Kodi master (mostly hiding stuff that is not applicable for tvos - also the siri remote settings are back for tvos now...)
Credit – Kodi Forums
March 30, 2017 – Outdated. This version finally comes without the word “beta” on the boot logo. It’s safe to assume this is based on the stable version of Kodi 17.0. You can find a complete changelog of all the changes in Kodi 17 here.
Note – When you find that the download doesn’t work, or the mirrors website is empty, don’t fret. This is due to the fact that the files get automatically deleted after a certain period of time. I always try to post a link to the latest update from mediafire while it all gets sorted again. Sometimes the files might get reuploaded so that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a change. Also, a reader pointed out that the latest March build still has the old name from February; however, I have checked the system info and it all reflects March 30th as seen in the image above.
Jan 15, 2017 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17 Release Candidate 3. If you would like to know what is new in rc3, check out the official Kodi changelog here.
Jan 14, 2017 – Outdated. System info says it is still based on Beta 7. If you would like to know what is new in Kodi 17.0 beta 7, check out the official Kodi changelog here. (Filename still has last month’s date. Just pay attention to the date it was compiled)
Dec 5, 2016 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17.0 beta 6. If you would like to know what is new in beta 6, check out the official Kodi changelog here. What I noticed right away was the improved skin interface. It looks much cleaner than it was before.
Nov 4, 2016 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17.0 beta 5. If you would like to know what is new in beta 5, check out the official Kodi changelog here. Beta 4 does not exist.
October 10, 2016 – Outdated. Version info now reflects beta 3. Previous versions have been deleted from Kodi mirror. If you would like to know what is new in beta 3, check out the official Kodi changelog here.
August 24, 2016 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17.0 beta 1. If you would like to know what is new in beta 1, check out the official Kodi changelog here.
More info: Same as below. Fixed some issues with IR remotes. Most of the add-ons I tried worked fine, however, some gave me trouble saying “dependency error.”
August 22, 2016 – Outdated.
More info: We now have beta! We are very close to seeing a stable release for the first time on Apple TV 4. Some changes listed on the Kodi forums include the ability to map the Siri remote keys. I’m not an expert in that field, so you will have to do a search. Other changes include the hiding of settings not applicable to tvOS. Basically, a much cleaner interface. The problem I had with the last update where the app kept force closing did not affect me this time.
August 13, 2016 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17.0 alpha 3. If you would like to know what is new in alpha 3, check out the official Kodi changelog here.
Note – When I tried to open Kodi after updating, it would force close every time. The only way I was able to fix that was by uninstalling, then reinstalling. Of course, you will lose everything if you do that.
July 30, 2016 – Outdated. This update is based on Kodi 17.0 alpha 2. If you would like to know what is new in alpha 2, check out the official Kodi changelog here.
July 2, 2016 – Outdated. Read below for all new changes.
A new version of Kodi for the Apple TV 4 has been released. As you can see from the image at the top of this post, we are presented with the beautiful new logo which will be part of Kodi 17.0 also known as Krypton. First, let me say I am actually very excited for this release because I am a huge Superman fan. Okay, I got that out of my system.
This build is based on Kodi 17.0 Alpha 2. All previous versions were far behind in development to be considered Alpha. The exciting thing to know is that the devs are clearly making some progress which could eventually lead to an official stable Kodi release. One which we haven’t seen yet for the Apple TV 4.