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How to Install Kodi on Windows in 2024

By Novak Bozovic / April 8, 2022

Kodi is now a 64-bit application, which means that you can install Kodi on Windows manually, and you can also rely on Microsoft's App Store (available on Windows 10). Both of those installation methods are incredibly simple, and they take only a few moments of your time.

You'll get to learn all of the possible ways to install Kodi on Windows right now. And, of course, we'll guide you one step at a time.

ATTENTION

Kodi 19 ‘Matrix’ is the latest available major version of the application (Kodi 19.1Kodi 19.2, Kodi 19.3, and Kodi 19.4 were also released). Still, if you haven’t updated Kodi yet, know that the latest version breaks compatibility with a large number of add-ons.

You’ll need to wait for third-party developers to make their add-ons compatible with Kodi 19, which could take a while. We’ve seen some progress when it comes to add-ons from Kodi’s official repository. However, the situation is still very problematic for add-ons that come from outside Kodi’s repository.

Therefore, if you use many add-ons, stick to Kodi 18.9 for now. Keep in mind that downgrading from Kodi 19 to Kodi 18 can be a very tricky task to accomplish (even impossible in many cases).

Requirements for Installing Kodi on a Windows

The good news is that Kodi is compatible with a wide range of systems, and almost anyone can install and use this application. Here are the official requirements for Windows PCs.

How to Install Kodi on Your Windows PC

At the moment, there are 3 methods to get started with Kodi on Windows computers, as you can see just below.

Method #1: Manual Installation (Using EXE File)

This first method of installing Kodi on Windows will instruct you to install the application manually - done using its EXE (executable) file. Go through the following steps.

Installing Kodi on Windows

Method #2: Use the Microsoft App Store

Computers powered by Windows 10 have access to the Microsoft App Store. And yes, this is yet another way to install Kodi on Windows, as you can see just below.

Kodi 18 Leia on Windows Store
Tip

No matter which installation method you pick, you'll end up with the same version of Kodi. The 'Microsoft Store' doesn’t restrict Kodi, which means you can install and use it just like the standard version. The biggest benefit here is that you can use the Windows Store to keep Kodi updated at all times.

Method #3: Install/Use Kodi in 'Portable' Mode

Finally, here's how to install Kodi on Windows by using the 'portable' mode. Please note that you need a USB drive for this method to work.

  1. First, you need to download Kodi’s EXE (executable) file. Use the provided link and then click on the 'Installer (64bit)' button to download the file.
  2. Launch the EXE file and the 'Installation Wizard' will appear. Instead of hitting the 'Next' button, be careful this time. You’ll be asked where you’d like to install Kodi. Click on 'Browse' and navigate to your USB drive. Finalize the installation and make sure to STOP before exiting the process.
  3. The final step of the Installation Wizard will allow you to 'Run Kodi.' Make sure not to use this option since you MUST NOT run Kodi at this point. Instead, leave this option blank and exit the installation.
  4. Now, navigate to your Kodi files. Since you chose to install it on a USB, go to this directory. Inside, you’ll find a file named 'Kodi.exe.' Create a shortcut of that file. This can be done by right-clicking on this file and selecting 'Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut).'
  5. Find the newly created shortcut. Right-click on it and select 'Properties.' This is where you’ll see a field named 'Target.' You need to add '-p' after any other characters found in this field. For example: 'F:Kodikodi.exe -p’. Make sure you’ve made this correction and save the change.
  6. Finally, launch Kodi. Now, every file and addon you install will be saved within the Kodi folder itself. This can include scripts, addons, a local library of content, skins, and user data. You can find these files in the 'portable_data' folder. What that also means is that all those changes will be saved to your USB drive. You can use it on different computers without any issues.
Tip

Kodi comes with native software for a really wide range of devices. With that said, learn how to install Kodi on macOS, Linux, Android, and iPhone & iPad. The same applies to Firestick, Roku, Nvidia Shield TV, smart TVs, Raspberry Pi, Apple TV, Razer Forge TV, Chromebook, and Xbox.

Want to Learn More About Using Kodi?

We sincerely hope that by now you're running Kodi on your Windows PC. Next, it's time to expand your knowledge by using the resources found below.

Dear Kodi fans, that would be all on how to install Kodi on Windows. If you have any questions regarding this process, feel free to let us know using the comments section below. And lastly - thank you for reading!



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