HOW-TO:Install Kodi for iOS

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  • To install Kodi for iOS you must have a jailbroken iDevice running iOS 4.0 through 8.1.2. (4.3 or higher recommended)
  • For hardware: iPad (1,2,3,4), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1,2), iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5c, 5S), iPod touch (4, 5).
  • If you have any issues, be sure to read the iOS FAQ!

1 Installing from Cydia

And you’re done! You should now be running Kodi v14.1 Helix for iOS. See here to verify your XBMC/Kodi version.

2 Updating

Updates for stable releases of XBMC/Kodi are handled by Cydia and will show up in the ‘Changes’ section when available. (After updating the sources)

3 Development and custom builds


Build Description URL
Nightly build Nightly builds are unstable test builds that have the latest bug fixes and feature additions. They are not fully tested, so anticipate issues and be sure to backup your userdata folder Download the newest .deb file from:
Monthly build Monthly builds are more stable than nightly builds, but still contain lots of experimental new code. Download the newest .deb file from:
Betas andrelease candidates Betas and release candidates are builds that are being tested to see if they have any bugs left before becoming a stable release. Most major bugs should be fixed in these builds. Download the newest .deb file from:
Older stable builds If you wish to download an older version of XBMC/Kodi for whatever reason, you can do so with these same instructions below.
  1. Install iFile from Cydia if you don’t already have it.
  2. In Mobile Safari (or any browser that can download files) open the .deb file you wish to install, such as from the locations noted above.
  3. Wait for the download to complete.
    Note: Mobile Safari in iOS 7 won’t show the progress bar for downloads, but it will show a loading icon in the menu bar. Just wait a few minutes until the download is done, but don’t close Safari.
  4. Select “Open in…”
  5. Select iFile from the available apps
  6. iFile will get a copy of the downloaded file and open an action menu. Select install. When iFile is complete you can tap done at the top.
  7. In iFile, swipe to delete the downloaded XBMC/Kodi deb file as it is no longer needed.

See here to verify your XBMC/Kodi version.

Note: To go back to a stable version of XBMC/Kodi you might need to first uninstall XBMC/Kodi and then use the normal install instructions, or manually download the stable release deb file and install using the dev build instructions.

4 Uninstalling

4.1 Uninstalling just XBMC/Kodi

You’re all done.

4.2 Removing settings

XBMC/Kodi will uninstall from your iDevice but will leave certain things (databases and everything in your userdata folder) behind to make it easier if you wanted to reinstall. To delete those:

From the terminal, run
rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/
rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/
From iFile

Delete /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/

Delete /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/

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