Kodi 18.0 Final has been released

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 29, 2019
Music and Video

Kodi 18.0 has been released. The new version of the media center is already available on the official download page on the project website. Kodi is one of our top Windows Media Center alternatives.

The news section on the site has not been updated at the time of writing but the changelog is already available; it is huge.

Kodi 17.0, the last major version of the cross-platform media center application was released in 2017.  The developers revealed plans back then that Kodi 18.0 would be offered as a 64-bit version for Windows and they kept their word.

Users who run Kodi on their devices already can upgrade to the new version by installing it over the existing installation. Settings and libraries will continue to work in the new version. The majority of addons should continue to work as well; some may require updates.

It is recommended to create a backup before upgrading so that you may restore the old version in case something goes wrong.

Tip: Check out Mike's guide on installing Kodi on Ubuntu-based systems.

Kodi 18.0 Final

The changelog is huge, here is a short selection of important new features and changes in Kodi 18.0:

  • A "Games" window has been added to the graphical user interface. Games are managed using a file browser.
  • RetroPlayer added supporting game clients addons and emulator cores using libretro API.
  • Kodi's Addon API supports Game Client Addons.
  • Other gaming related additions, e.g. support for in-game saves, keyboard input via joystick emulation, or game client addons for popular game console emulators.
  • Live TV and Personal Video Recorder improvements, e.g. added support for third-party PVR backend platforms such as Zattoo, Teleboy or Sledovanitv.
  • GUI refactoring of PVR and Live TV content in Kodi.
  • Refactoring of how Kodi handles binary addons, e..g online binary repository to automatically install or update binary addons.
  • Input manager improvements for keyboard, mouse, and game controllers.
  • Peripheral addons updated, e.g. Steam Controller, Nintendo SNES or Sega Dreamcast Controller Addons.
  • Skins support Games and Games OSD now, and other GUI Engine features.
  • Blu-Ray disk detection added, and support for Blue-Ray disc Java menus.
  • Support for RAW images by adding RAW image decoder addon.
  • Lots of code updates.
  • Android users may move the Kodi app to SD if supported by device.
  • Kodi support for BSD operating systems improved.
  • Linux support for UltraHD decoding / 4K resolution output improved.

Closing Words

Kodi is a very powerful media center application that is available for nearly any operating system. One of the application's greatest strengths is its support for addons; addons extend functionality significantly.

Now You: Do you use a Media Center application?

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source – WorthyTricks.co.cc

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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