Updating Kodi can be confusing, especially since you can’t update it the "usual" way. You’re probably used to updating applications from within their interface, typically by going into a menu and choosing 'Check for Update.' Well, the situation is a bit different when it comes to updating Kodi - but there’s no reason to worry.
In general, updating Kodi requires you to reinstall the application. That way, you replace or upgrade outdated files, which will patch Kodi to the latest available version. This is especially important to remember if you want to keep your media library intact.
However, if you’re experiencing problems with Kodi, you might want to delete the old version first (and therefore lose your media library and addons), and then install the latest version from scratch. To check solutions to technical issues, see our Kodi troubleshooting guide.
How to Update Kodi on Windows
The easiest way to update Kodi on Windows is via a script called 'Kodi Windows Installer.' Here’s our step-by-step guide on updating Kodi on Windows (if you’ve installed Kodi by downloading it from its official website).
On your PC, use a Web browser to open the overview of Kodi's Windows Installer.
Click on the 'Windows' link, and a ZIP file will download to your computer.
Open Kodi and click on 'Add-ons' using the main menu.
Click on the open box icon in the top-left corner and choose the 'Install from ZIP file' option.
Navigate to the path of the recently downloaded file. If you can’t find it, move it to your desktop, and use Kodi to navigate to C: > Users(username) >Desktop. Then, click on the ZIP file.
After a few moments, the script will be installed.
Go ahead and open it by choosing 'Add-ons' from the main menu.
The addon will show you a list of categories, so make sure to select 'Releases.'
Select the latest version of Kodi and proceed to update the application.
The application will finalize the procedure on its own, and you’ll need to restart it. That’s it!
Full Guide - How to Install (Update) Kodi on Windows
How to Update Kodi on macOS
There is only one way to update Kodi on macOS, and that is by reinstalling the application. This will save all your content and simply update the new code over your existing setup. So, here’s how to update Kodi on macOS.
Visit Kodi’s official website using any Web browser.
Click on the blue-colored 'Download' button using the website’s main navigation bar.
Now, scroll down and select 'MacOS.'
Make sure that the 'Recommended' tab is selected.
Click on the button that says 'Installer (64bit).'
Once the file is downloaded, open it by double-clicking on it.
Lastly, drag-and-drop Kodi’s application file onto your Application folder.
You’ll be asked whether you want to replace the existing file, so confirm your decision.
Full Guide - How to Install (Update) Kodi on macOS
How to Update Kodi on Linux
As Linux users already know, applications are typically installed on this operating system by typing commands. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see this same procedure applying to Kodi. Here’s how to update Kodi on Linux.
First, run the Terminal interface (CTRL + ALT + T).
Input this command first: sudo apt-get update and confirm by pressing 'Enter.'
Then, use this command: sudo apt-get upgrade.
And finally, input this command: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade.
That’s it! Kodi will now be downloaded and updated to the latest available stable version.
Full Guide - How to Install (Update) Kodi on Linux