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Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton released: closer to the final version

Kodi Entertainment Center, formerly XBMC, has been updated to Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton. Kodi is a versatile media center which you can run in most platforms, with versions including Kodi for Windows and Kodi for Android. Kodi also serves as the basis for media center operating systems such as OpenELEC and OSMC, which are aimed towards low-cost power media centers using Raspberry Pi. If you are new to the world of HTPCs, or if you simply haven’t tried Kodi, you might want to check out its convenient and amazing features. In this post, we introduce to you the recently released version of Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton.

Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton logo
Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton brings several bug fixes such as fix playback of HLS streams and skin settings loading problems.

What’s new in Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton

Kodi 17 Beta 5 is a beta release that brings improvements over its predecessors, working towards a fully functional successful version. Installing the Kodi v17 Beta 5 will bring some bug fixes to your installation like fixes on the playback of HLS streams, as well as a bug that affected skin settings, which did not reload when “reload skin” was triggered. Another fix solves the bug on Android devices where the app might crash if another apps had no icons. Here’s a list of the changes in Kodi v15 Beta 5 Krypton:

Kodi Jarvis QR Code
Scan this QR Code to download Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton to your Android device (only if it has a camera)

If you want to know what’s new in this Kodi 17 Beta 5 release, have a look at the list of changes:

Kodi v17 Beta 5 Krypton: Fixes

  • Fix playback of HLS streams
  • Fix skin settings not loading when “reload skin” was triggered
  • Fix segfault on EOF for video caused by postprocessing
  • Fix possible crash on Android when other Android apps had missing icons
  • Change splash screen text once per second to show it’s busy doing database and add-on upgrades instead of just static text.
  • Fix missing binary add-ons like PVR and controller handling on Windows
  • Add back seek to time using numeric input on video files
  • Microsoft has rolled out a fix for users of the Kodi UWP version in combination with AMD videocard that had BSOD. For more information see: Blue screen with error code 0×139

Release Announcement: Kodi v17 “Krypton” Beta 5

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Download and Installation

Download XBMC/Kodi Jarvis v16.1
XBMC/Kodi Ubuntu Installation Instructions
XBMC/Kodi Windows Installation Instruction
Kodi for Android Installation Instructions

To install Kodi on Raspberry Pi, install either OpenELEC or OSMC.

Upgrade Instructions

  • ANDROID USERS: Don’t uninstall an earlier version of Kodi/XBMC before installing the new version. Uninstalling first would remove all of your settings. Just install the new version and it will replace the older version and retain your settings.
  • In most cases you can just install Kodi v17 Beta 5 over Kodi v16. All your settings and library are saved and will continue to work in the new version. See Installing for specific install instructions.
  • Interface skins that worked in Kodi v16.1 should still work in Kodi v17 Beta 5.
  • Most other add-ons that worked in Kodi v16.1 should still work in Kodi v17 Beta 5.
  • If you have any issues (settings not being copied over, blank screens, etc) when updating from versions older than v16: remove the new version, install the older version of Kodi/XBMC from http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/ , and then upgrade to the next version. In other words, if you have v15, first update to v16, and then install Kodi v16.1.

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