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Kodi for Mac

By Team Kodi Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Jan 9, 2015

Kodi for Mac is an all-in-one media center for OS X that allows you to manage all of your multimedia from a single interface. The software offers a streamlined interface up front with a number of powerful backend tools, designed to provide enhanced access to things like Live TV, recordings, and more.

Pros

Stable, easy-to-use interface: Previous versions of Kodi had stability issues that could lead to crashes during use. With recent updates, running on OS X 10.10, we experienced no crashes at all. The slick interface ran smoothly without any hiccups or slowdowns, and finding media took only seconds from each of the menus. For all basic features, finding our media was pain free as well.

Numerous power features within arm's reach: Kodi allows you to dig into a number of options, including more than a dozen PVR controllers and dozens of add-ons that include a range of powerful features, such as screen capture, audio controllers, and more. Some of these add-ons and controllers are in beta or various forms of testing by third parties, but Kodi does a good job of making them all easily accessible.

Cons

Looks like it belongs on another platform: Kodi runs very smoothly on OS X 10.10, providing a separate interface for all of your media viewing. But when the screen switches, it looks a lot like software for Windows and not OS X. From the color scheme to the menu layout and animations, it's not the clean, flat look we've come to expect on Mac. This is not a major fault of the software so much as an aesthetic quibble, but it is something to keep in mind.

Bottom Line

Despite a dated look, Kodi runs very smoothly, allowing you to easily manage all of your multimedia from a single interface on a Mac. You can gather and create playlists for music, videos, and images, and with so many plug-ins and controllers, the range of options only continues to grow.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 17.4rc1

General

Release August 11, 2017
Date Added August 11, 2017
Version 17.4rc1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.11, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 129,957
Downloads Last Week 10
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Developer's Description

Kodi is an award winning media center application for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and XBox. The ultimate hub for all your media, XBMC is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large helpful community. Kodi supports viewing and playing a vast library of audio, video and image formats. Kodi has a sophisticated library management system that allows you to organize all your media to give you quick and immediate access. Kodi provides a user friendly interface that's intuitive, very flexible, and easy to use. The interface is completely customizable through user-created or downloadable skins.