Software update: Kodi 18.9

Version 18.9 of Kodi has been released. This cross platform media center software is developed for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Version 18.0, code-named Leia as a tribute, includes a thorough review of the entire source code, with the aim of improving stability. Furthermore, several improvements have been made to the music library and live TV viewing, 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, so there should be less stuttering, and it can also handle 4k and 8k resolutions, hdr, drm and the latest codecs. The release notes for this release look like this:

Kodi “Leia” 18.9 ReleaseMutter, mutter … “18.8 will be the last”, they said … “all efforts will go into 19.x now”, they said … famous last words …

Okay, one more roll of the “Leia” die, although this one is really driven by circumstances beyond our control. Technical changes by Cloudflare caused significant issues with HTTP access to any site using them – metadata sources, for example – and we need to put in a quick workaround before everyone gets too upset; while 19.x “Matrix” is close, it’s not close enough to leave these issues unaddressed. So, as we’re building that new code, we thought that we might as well fix a couple of other regressions while we’re here.

With no further fanfare, then, here’s what you’ve got in this release:

  • Work around third-party changes to HTTP2 and SSL / encryption that impacted internet access from Kodi by scrapers, streaming addons, etc.
  • Fix memory leaks in TexturePacker
  • Fix event server unable to send raw key strikes
  • Fix issues around directory navigation and incorrectly-set start directories
  • Fix MediaCodec OES / EGL rendering

The full changelog can be found in our GitHub milestone or you can read the merged PRs here . If you want to read back on the full history of v18 itself, or of previous versions, you can find the corresponding articles in the relevant blog posts .

Version number 18.9
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Android, Linux, macOS, iOS, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website Kodi
File size 60.20MB
License type GPL