In truth, Kodi was probably an eventuality, given our attachment to streaming services and online media. If you’ve never heard of it before, it suffices to say that it’s a cord cutter’s dream; the open-source product of hundreds of coders’ work, all designed to give you a more liberating at-home streaming experience. Once upon a time, Kodi only worked on Microsoft’s Xbox ecosystem, but now, it can run on practically anything. We’re going to show you how to get Kodi up and running on your Macbook, Mac Pro, or iMac with relative ease. More than that, we’re going to explore some of the very real legal stipulations that are circling
Streaming media is currently the way forward for most of our entertainment. Many people don’t bother buying movies any longer; they simply see what’s available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or HBO Now. They don’t buy many new music albums, either; Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and others can usually tackle that particular need at a much lower cost-per-month than buying a bunch of CDs.
By and large, however, Kodi is safe to use. Not only that, more and more people are finding it preferable to the alternative of set-top boxes and other bulky hardware.
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What is Kodi?
For many, Kodi is the answer to home streaming. Movies, television shows, and other videos can be streamed to your home theater system without the use of a dedicated set-top box, like a Roku, or a smaller piece of hardware like the Google Chromecast.
However, Kodi isn’t hardware. It’s an app that functions more as a gateway than an actual service, allowing users to turn whatever device Kodi is currently installed on into a device capable of streaming online media. Any online media. Obviously, that brings with it some rather serious concerns about pirated content, but we’ll get to that shortly. Because Kodi isn’t directly connecting users to anything expressly illegal, the use of Kodi is perfectly fine. For now.
As such, it’s extremely accessible and only likely to grow its user base as its exposure on new devices grows. And grow it has, from its origin on the Xbox (where it was dubbed XBMC, for Xbox Media Center.)
Is Kodi Legal?
The legality enters the discussion surrounding Kodi all of the time. As we’ve mentioned above, there’s a pretty good reason for this. Many of the apps that people download and install for Kodi are utilized primarily for streaming pirated media–movies, television shows, and more. It’s not always easy to discern what apps are legal, and which aren’t, so we’ve included a few basic pointers that will keep you safe:
- If you’d be paying for it elsewhere, you’re not going to legally access it for free.
- Anything purporting to be a free streaming service for new movies and TV shows is not legal.
Follows these general guidelines and you’ll keep yourself safe! If a particular offer looks too good to be true–as is often the case with promises of “free” movies–then it probably is. As long as you’re mindful about the content you access and apps that you use with Kodi, you’ll be all right.
Currently, Kodi has working releases for several different platforms. Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, and the Raspberry Pi each have versions of Kodi that are able to run natively. Just below, we’ll show you how to get started with the Mac version! However, here are a few things that you should know about Kodi and how to use it, first:
- The iOS version of Kodi requires a jailbroken iPhone. Because this process can cause irreparable damage to your device, we don’t recommend it.
- Once installed, Kodi will require apps and separate content in order to work. It has no attached media content and no attached streaming services of any kind.
However, in spite of it not having any immediate access to content once you’ve installed it, one glance at the Kodi add-ons pagewill show you just how easy it can be to get myriad different media up and running very simply. We recommend trying out some of the more basic Kodi apps, first, in order to gain some understanding of how they’re installed and used.
How to Use Kodi On a Mac
You’ll be installing Kodi in the same way that you’d install other software on respective platforms. This is just as true for Mac OS X as it is for Windows, Android, and the rest, so these steps will probably sound very familiar!
- First, you’ll want to download the most recent release of the Kodi Mac OS X client, titled “Jarvis.”
- Once the download has finished, open the file, and drag the Kodi icon into your Applications folder.
- Because it’s open-source software, you may be notified that Kodi is “from an unidentified developer.” Click through this, and continue.
- After this, you’ll be good to go! However, your new installation won’t be of much use without add-ons.
- Visit the add-on page linked above, and check out some of the third-party offerings available for Kodi!
As you can see on the site itself, the organization doesn’t guarantee against the third-party add-ons that are available throughout the listings. Some of them, as you might see, can easily be configured to access and stream copyrighted media. However, the majority of them are perfectly safe to use. Some will even work with existing accounts that you may have to open up new streaming avenues that are only available through cable and set-top boxes, otherwise.
If that sounds a bit vague, rest assured–it’s part of the point! Whereas other services are built upon their limitations, and the specific things that can be offered to customers, the Kodi software is all about the freedom to consume content on your own terms. It’s for this reason that it’s seen such success, and will likely continue to as this little open-source gem becomes more fine-tuned.
We hope that this guide has helped you to get Kodi up and running on your Mac–be it a MacBook, Mac Pro, or iMac. As long as it’s running an up to date version of Mac OS X, it should work splendidly! And as long as you use the Kodi software responsibly, it can potentially serve as the ultimate streaming video solution for your household.
If you have any remaining questions about Kodi, legal use of the software, or how to get it running on other operating systems apart from Mac, let us know in the comments, below! As always, thanks for reading!