Pre-alpha version of Kodi released for Apple TV 4

By , Dec 23, 2015

Kodi

A sneak preview version of Kodi has been released for the Apple TV 4. Over on the official Kodi forums, developer Memphiz has posted a how to walkthrough outlining the basics of the installation.

Keep in mind that this is a very early build of Kodi for the Apple TV 4, so not everything works. In fact, Memphiz is calling this a “pre-pre-pre-alpha release of Kodi for tvOS.” Sounds pretty alpha to us, but it’s definitely a good starting point.

We will be back later with a full how to on how to get Kodi running on your Apple TV 4. We already showed you how to do so on your non-jailbroken iOS devices, and now the same applies for tvOS.

The Apple TV 4 installation of Kodi uses a similar method to the non-jailbroken method. Again, check back soon for our full tutorial.

In the meantime. Are you happy to see a proper version of Kodi with add-on support being built for tvOS? Sound off in the comment section with your thoughts.

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  • Blip dude

    Will the final Version be available via App Store or will it also have to be side loaded?? Because so far every single side load has failed me and my MacBook Pro wouldn’t even recognize my Apple TV.

    • Hi

      It will have to be side loaded, also provide me with the error message and i will try and help you

    • It would be in the AppStore if Apple allowed it.

      • Hi

        Thats very un-likley tho

    • Vince Reedy

      Did you plug power cable in with usb?

      • Blip dude

        Yup. It’s not just with the Apple TV, it’s with ALL my devices that I’m having sideload issues with.

    • Rowan09

      Make sure you have at least Xcode 7.2

      • Blip dude

        Yes, and still issues. I even tried 3 different USB-C cables and still have the same issues.

      • O⃘t⃘i⃘s⃘H⃘u⃘f⃘f⃘

        Plug the Apple TV into The wall. Now when the power comes on plug it into the computer.
        Maybe uninstall Xcode and reinstall it.
        Will iTunes see your device?

      • Blip dude

        Whoa, old dead post but for your response. In the 3 months of this post I have: Returned the Apple TV due to financial reasons but have been able to purchase it once again now that I have a disposible income again, I also got another USB-C cable, and I reinstalled OS X on my MacBook Pro due to other issues.

        Happy to say that in those 3 months it works so don’t know what the problem was. But instead of trying to solve one I solved all 3 passively. Will keep note of what you said though.

  • czarczarczar

    Fxck yes !!!! Perfect xmas present ! Since it’s a pre pre alpha release does that mean added repos won’t work ?

  • Hi

    Mind blown.. *poof*

  • Hotrod

    big boy news

  • Myrna Snow

    Is it available for apple tv 3

    • Platy

      No, and it most likely never will be. It’s just impossible to load it onto an apple TV 3. There is no jailbreak, and at this stage, unless it gets tvOS, sideloading isn’t possible either.

  • Platy

    While I’m very ‘pro-kodi’. I can’t help but think this article/post is a little bit too early.

    Any h.264 content, which is more or less everything these days, doesn’t play properly. But it’s great that its here. I’d certainly hold off on the instructions for how to install until its out of the ‘“pre-pre-pre-alpha release’ stage though (that might have been your plan all a long, can’t tell from the wording :P). The last thing they need is the same issue repeated over and over across multiple threads on the kodi forums.

    A BIG thank you has to go to not only Memphiz but the team behind MrMc as well! They have contributed a lot to getting Kodi onto Apple TV as well.

  • Rupert Palmer

    So, is there any way to get add ons?

    • O⃘t⃘i⃘s⃘H⃘u⃘f⃘f⃘

      Yeah. Just install via shared folder from your computer. Or just wait and simply AirPlay Kodi to your Apple TV from another device.

  • ZeRoLiMiT

    nice!!!

  • Xee

    This might finally make the Apple TV 4 worth buying. But will wait until it’s not alpha and working well first.

    • CryptoCoin420

      Not when you can get an Amazon Fire Stick and it will work the same as the apple TV. Seriously, the only Plugins i even used when I had my Apple TV II was KODI then 1channel and sportsdevil plugin for KODI. Never even used the apple features other than AIRPLAY and there is a remote app and an airplay app that does the same thing for $3 dollars. I was able to pick up 3 Amazon Fire Sticks for $25 each on black friday amazon online sale. Cant beat that price and its so easy to side load KODI, no jailbreaking. I still love my iPhone 6 but the apple TV is over priced.

      • Xee

        I almost went the same route as you. But then found out that the Fire Stick is lacking in the hardware department, so then considered the Fire TV, but I still wasn’t happy with the OS, and the direction Amazon are going trying to desperately push Amazon content and restrict other options. So then I looked at the Nvidia shield, its got the hardware power for sure, but its really lacking in the apps department and I don’t do PC games anymore and the games on the device or streamed didn’t do anything for me. So then I bought a PS4, with proper games and it plays my movies and that works for me until Apple TV + Kodi etc are all ironed out. Maybe Apple TV 5 or a price drop on the 4 might incentivise me to buy one. Not in any hurry though.

        Generally other then the iPhone, Apple products are getting a bit boring lately (or I have too many already). Apple Watch – meh no thanks, iPad Pro – like the pen but dont want a huge iPad (if Apple don’t make the pen work with the next mini and normal size iPad they are fools!!).

        For me the Apple TV’s main selling point is the Appstore, but it needs Kodi and options for playing my own content.

      • Rowan09

        It does Plex and others just not Kodi yet.

      • Rowan09

        How is the Apple TV overpriced when the Amazon Fire tv costs $99 with only 5GB of usable space? I sell and hook up fire devices but it’s no where as good as the Apple TV 4 spec or performance wise.

      • Tdaniels

        If not Apple TV, what other device do you recommend for running Kodi smoothly?

      • CryptoCoin420

        Amazon Fire Stick

      • Rowan09

        Fire stick is great but the fire tv runs a little smoother, so any of them is good.

      • CryptoCoin420

        I was talking about the fire stick. The Amazon Fire tv has expandable memory not just limited to what Apple gives you. I had an apple II for a while and the hardware was lacking big time with only 256 MB of ram.

        So compared to the Apple TV 4 a $25 dollar Amazon stick is a better price than a $99 dollar Apple TV. While Apple makes better hardware, this works for what I use it for. To each their own.

      • Rowan09

        As I stated I hack and sell fire tv’s and sticks and they are not better than the Apple TV 4 performance wise. The fire stick is not a better price than the Apple TV 4, if you’re just doing Kodi them absolutely it’s the best on the market for $40.

      • Tdaniels

        Thanks for the reply! 🙂

        Sorry to be repetitive, but, if i want the ABSOLUTE smoothest/best kodi experience, what product do you recommend? AppleTV FireTV? Nexus? Some other device? or would the AndroidTV installed on many TV’s suffice?

        Thanks again!

      • Rowan09

        Apple TV since you can do Kodi on it which I installed and used last night, then the Fire TVs or fire stick. The Nexus Player is just horrible as I own one as well. They didn’t put an arm processor in it for some reason and it’s just slow and unresponsive hence the steep drop in price.

      • Tdaniels

        Got it! Thx!
        I was thinking about putting it on the AndroidTV on my new Sony 55″. But if you think the experience of AppleTV will be better, then i’ll probably go ahead and get one.

        Next, i just need for IPTV to go completely HD, then I’m cutting the cord! 😀 Any ideas on when this is going to happen? I heard that it should happen really soon.

      • Rowan09

        Personally I don’t own a smart TV so I can’t speak on the experience, but from using Android stream devices I would say no (not referring to the fire devices). They have USTV Now which is HD for certain channels for a monthly fee right now.

      • Scoobah Steve

        No way the nexus is drastically faster than the fire products as I own each of the devices we are discussing.

      • Rowan09

        The Nexus player is horrible sorry bro I owned one and gave it to my church. I don’t even know why they went with an X86 processor instead of arm, that was just dumb for capability reasons. There’s a reasons it’s so heavily discounted after being released later.

      • I find kodi on ATV2 to be a bit laggy. Especially 1080p movies are not running smoothly. Raspberry Pi 2 is what I recommend and it runs super smooth with super low power.
        It also works with wireless.

      • Scoobah Steve

        Nexus but when the appletv 4 is ready it will kill the nexus.

      • Tdaniels

        I read recently on this site, that it’s possible to put Kodi on aptv4.

        Do you have aptv4? If so, have u installed Kodi? If so, how do 1080 movies play? Smooth? Laggy?

      • Scoobah Steve

        I sure do. The Apple TV blows the nexus out the water. But keep in mind all of the extras don’t work yet. I have not been able to get any config wizards to work but have installed many addons

      • Tdaniels

        Ok, great! Thx….
        I’m buying a new sony 55″ in a couple of weeks, and think I’ll go ahead and try kodi on its AndroidTV. If i can stream 1080 smoothly, then i won’t need to spend the money for the appleTV =)

  • czarczarczar

    Got it to work on my Apple TV 4

    • CryptoCoin420

      Now install SuperRepo and then Install Add-on Installer, then install 1Channel and you can watch any show or movie you want, for FREE.

      • Gary le

        “addon installer” installs but when I click on “featured addons” it is empty and so are other options.

        I have kodi 17.0 alpha so… is there a way to install kodi 16.0 jarvis?

  • jabohn

    Just get MrMC which is an Apple approved version of Kodi and is in the App Store NOW. It doesn’t support add-ons though because they use Python which is forbidden, so you won’t see Kodi in the App Store. Eventually the changes MrMC makes to be App Store material could make their way back to Kodi.

    • Derrick Senela

      Why on earth would I want to BUY a crippled product?

  • Dao Sasone

    Can’t you just sideload it?

  • czarczarczar

    I installed it on my Apple TV 4 and added a few add on repos and they work

    • ZeRoLiMiT

      Oh really!!! Sweet I’ll give it a try tonight!

    • Scoobah Steve

      Can you give a step by step as to how you got the addons to work. I’ve installed multiple repos and get as far as wizards or single addons but when I attempt to install them I get script errors.

    • Scoobah Steve

      I was thinking maybe we can ssh into the back end and drop a zip file of a build or something

      • O⃘t⃘i⃘s⃘H⃘u⃘f⃘f⃘

        You can file share to Kodi from your computer. Go to your computer and make a shared folder. Now access it with Kodi. Simple. I use this method to transfer zip files, movies, music, and photos. All the time.

    • ash manning

      What add ons and repos have you used? I have Kodi working and Ares Wizard working, however no builds or add ons are working for some reason?

  • David

    Wonderful release, surprisingly stable and add-ons install well. It’s running XBMC version 17 alpha and the v16 Jarvis apps work.

    • Brian Ramdhan

      Is this actually working?? Eg. To watch genesis or sports devil etc

      • David

        Yes, SuperRepo added and then Genesis runs like a charm.

  • AnthonyFern

    The struggle of not having a Mac computer…If any one that can do this is the Sacramento area an can do this for my apple TV Hit my email up up Anthonyfern18@yahoo.com Paying for the service if that helps.

    • Derrick Senela

      If you have a PC, you can use VMware to run an image of Mac OS and accomplish the same tasks. That how It worked for me. Just do a little google research

  • David Davyoneshoe Robertson

    Got Kodi loaded up on both my IPad pro (can’t get custom setups to run but still has what I want)
    On to my Apple TV4 ,stunning I’ve got wookie repo running on it nearly every link starts up straight away.
    Went to install Kodi on my othe ATV4 and my bosses ATV4 keep getting error pop up right at the final stage (app installation failed a valid provisioning )searched high and low how to fix it but it looks like the files from the first install are causing the problem.
    I’m not a Mac guy only got my Mac back in the day to jailbreak my iPhone’s as the Mac used get the jailbreak way before Windows.
    Might just reinstalled my Mac OS X just to install Kodi as I don’t use my Mac so nothing is on it.

    • rickey brown

      I had the same issue, restarted xcode and the next time I connected phone, was prompted to turn off find my phone. Once I did that,it loaded on my iPhone 6s. I had successfully put on
      iPad.

  • ethan shaffer

    I added the new alpha kodi to Apple TV 4 with Xcode 7.2, but the addons don’t seem to work once I try to configure or load them. Fusion installer and super repo install from zip but you can’t use configure wizard or add on installer. It throws up and error and says check the log. Is there just not enough support yet for the alpha version 17.0? Should I be waiting for a final version to work? Will any addons work through it?

    • Gary le

      Same here, I was thinking about kodi 16.0 jarvis but… 17.0 seems to be the only version avail on atv4 I think.

  • David

    Addons doesn’t work,for example,livestreamspro and pelisalacarta…is there any fix?

  • AJ

    Everything seems to work ok so far for me except for the Repo IA4 TV Guide Integration with Ivue TvGuide, it just fails to integrate

  • Sure if you need to buy all the stuff listed. I only had to buy the pie2 for maybe 35$ and SD card maybe 11$. I already had an old iPhone adapter and micro USB card and HDMI cable as well. I spent total not more than 50$.

    If kodi will work fluently on ATV 4 then of course it would be the best choice. But it is not as low powered as the pie2 though 😉

    • Tdaniels

      Cool….thx!

  • Zach

    Hi guys, so i sideloaded Kodi to my atv4. Installed some popular addons.
    Phoenix, iStream, Velocity, etc.
    It works BUT picture is EXTREMELY choppy/pixelated. Supposed 1080p videos look like a bad VHS.
    Anyone else encounter this issue?
    Am i supposed to be using a specific kodi build for ATV4?
    Thanks a bunch

  • ash manning

    Apple TV 4 – Kodi – What add ons and repos have you used? I have Kodi working and Ares Wizard working, however no builds or add ons are working for some reason? They install ok, but after restarting the Kodi app – nothing has changed?

  • Jason M

    This is my first experience with Kodi or side loading of any kind, but I got it onto my ATV4 but it doesn’t have an internet connection. System info says “no link, check network settings” but I can’t for the life of me see where to check the network settings. Am I going crazy? Using the 17.0 build.