Kodi 21.0 Omega Stable Release - Download Links and more April 2024

Kodi 21 Omega has now been released available for Windows, Mac, and iOS and Android platforms.

Kodi is often the best open source media software, and the team has just revealed that the first version of Kodi 21 Omega is already accessible.

a significant update to this multi-award winning, free, open-source, cross-platform home theater/media center software and digital media entertainment hub.

Kodi 21 Omega Stable Release

The Kodi 21.0 "Omega" release, which arrives more than a year after Kodi 20 "Nexus," brings with it support for NFSv4, FFmpeg 6.0, reading and writing M3U8 playlists, AVIF image support, improved AudioEngine on Linux, and passthrough formats like DTS-HD and TrueHD on Linux.

Kodi 21 Omega may now be downloaded on all compatible devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Android, iOS, Linux, and Amazon Fire Stick, FireStick 4K and Fire TV Cube,

So... what has really changed?

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How to Download/Install Kodi 21 Omega:

  1. Go to the official Kodi Website.
  2. Choose your preferred device such as Firestick/Android or Windows..
  3. Select Recommended.
  4. Choose the version compatible suited to your device.
  5. Download Kodi 21 Omega.
  6. Enjoy.

So, all that aside... what's actually changed?

Major Features

FFmpeg 6:

Kodi relies significantly on FFmpeg to do a lot of heavy lifting for us. Many developers have contributed to upgrading the project to make use of the newer FFmpeg releases over the past 15 months, initially starting with targeting FFmpeg 5, but later updating to FFmpeg 6. Kodi Team are always greatly appreciative of the work of all of the Open Source software projects that Kodi Team rely on to bring you Kodi.


DolbyVision On-the-Fly Profile Conversion:


For our Android users, a fantastic contribution from quietvoid allows users to convert some less well-supported DV profile types to more well-supported profiles.


macOS Now Uses "Native" Windowing:


Another change that has been years in the making. This was started by some amazing developers many years ago, and Kodi Team have now been able to finally remove the last remnants of SDL library usage in Kodi. Kodi Team now use native implementations for window displays on the Apple macOS platform.


A New Platform: webOS:


A new platform can now run Kodi natively: a port to LG webOS TVs has been worked out by some amazing developers who have reverse engineered huge amounts of the webOS media pipelines. One of our newest team members, sundermann, has helped shepherd our newest supported platform, to extend the reach of Kodi to even more devices.


In-game Player Viewer:


Controller configuration for games gets a little better in v21: a window has been added in-game to view which game port each player's controller is currently connected to.


Behind the Scenes:


A large majority of changes are "under the hood" and invisible to users but improve the stability, performance, and safety of Kodi: API changes have been made to evolve Python and binary add-ons and bring new skinning features; there are updates to Kodi dependencies on most if not all Kodi platforms; fixes from regular use of code static-analysis tools, database migration fixes for a smoother update ... and lots more.


There are too many individual changes to detail everything. If you would like to know more, please look back through the Omega Alpha to RC2 release announcements and review the GitHub changelog here.


Time doesn't stand still, and Kodi Team have already branched Kodi v22 "P*" for development. Thank you again for your continued support as Kodi Team continue to make Kodi great!


Help Wanted!:


If you experience any issues or find any remaining bugs, please post in the General Support section of our forum. If you have fixes for issues please submit a pull request with your changes to our master branch on GitHub. Kodi Team also welcome users who want to help answer questions in the forum or write articles for the wiki.


Availability:


Kodi 21.0 "Omega" is being pushed to the usual channels right now, both our own download pages and various app stores/repositories, so should be with your devices shortly. It's worth noting that, for the first time in a while, we've cleared all known blockers, so all supported platforms will be updated just as soon as the various app stores process things.


If you are an Android user and wish to update to Kodi 21.0 as soon as possible, you can either sideload, or join the Google Play - Kodi testing track which will get the release submitted more quickly. The "open" release will be promoted from the testing track in a week or two. Kodi Team strongly advise Android users who use alternative skins to follow up with their skin developer, or to disable auto update before this time period, as not every skin will yet have been updated.

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