Kodi, a perfect streaming media player can now be installed on Apple TV. It so happens that Apple TV does not make Kodi app available on its Apple Store due to its strict regulations. Any app that happens to be open source, such as Kodi, will not be available on Apple Store.
However, there are other ways to install Kodi on Apple TV with the help of Cydia Impactor, Xcode, and OSMC. Follow the instructions outlined in this guide and enjoy happy streaming.
Make sure that once you install Kodi, it is important that you get Kodi VPN for private streaming of copyright material. Also, check out our Kodi addons for watching free copyright material on Kodi. Lear more about Kodi by following our guide.
What is Apple TV?
Apple TV is a digital media box developed by Apple Inc. that streams entertainment channels and movies using apps from Apple Store. With the help of an internet connection, you can also stream the internet which makes it the ultimate streaming device.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is also digital stream media player, but unlike Apple TV it is a software and comes as an app for most devices. It streams all the media content i.e. Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, and Live Sports with the help of Kodi add-ons.
These add-ons are easily installed into the software and starts streaming content from around the world. Some of its official add-ons require subscription, but the entire third-party or unofficial Kodi add-ons allow free streaming of media content.
How to Install Kodi on Apple TV 4K
Apple TV 4K was officially released on September 2017, but it had one feature missing that was used to install Kodi on Apple TV i.e. USB C-port on fourth generation Apple TV. Many assumed that the change was made considering the installation of Kodi-like devices, but there are other ways that could help you install Kodi on Apple TV.
How to Install Kodi on fourth generation Apple TV
As discussed earlier, Apple has a strict guideline regarding apps that stays in their App Store. Kodi being an open source software is a clear violation of Apple terms and conditions. Despite the fact, we have managed to find many safe ways to install Kodi on Apple TV. These are provided below:
Install Kodi on Apple TV using Xcode Method
This method only works for Apple TV fourth generation and might not work for other Apple TV generations. This is in fact a lengthy method but without a doubt an easy one. Follow the steps outlined below:
Step 1: Connect Apple TV to your Mac
Step 2: Now install Xcode app from iTunes Store
Step 3: Open the app > Select an option Create New Xcode Project
Step 4: Tap on the Application menu located on the left panel > Then select Single View Application
Step 5: Hit Next tab > Here it will ask you to enter Product Name, Organization Name, Language, Device, etc. > Then press Next
Product Name: Any made up name
Organization Name: Any made up name
Organization Identifier: com.codingexplorer
Bundle Identifier: com.arcade.kodiappletv
Step 6: Choose your location to Git Repository > Click Create once you specify location
Step 7: A message will appear, here you need to select Fix Issue > Now select Add button
Step 8: Go back to Home Screen > A pop-up will appear that says Fix this issue, select a Development Team for provisioning’> Select any one of the options and click Choose
Step 9: Now open App signer > Upload the Kodi.deb file
Step 10: Signing Certificate will appear that will be filled with your Apple ID > Now select the Provisioning Profile > Then press Start
Step 11: Now IPA file will be created
Step 12: Go back to Xcode app > Go to Window > Then Device > Select Apple TV from the list of devices
Step 13: Tap on the Plus icon available on right panel > Select IPA file that was just created by App Signer
Step 14: Now Xcode app will install Kodi on Apple TV 4.
Install Kodi on Apple TV using Cydia Impactor
The simplest of all method is to install Kodi on Apple TV with Cydia Impactor. Follow the steps as highlighted below:
Step 1: First, you need to download Cydia Impactor and install it on a Mac
Step 2: Now connect Apple TV to Mac using USB C to USB A cable
Step 3: Now you need to open Cydia Impactor
Step 4: Download Kodi IPA File
Step 5: Drop the downloaded file into Cydia Impactor
Step 6: Select the device Apple TV from the list of device
Step 7: Log In to Cydia Impactor using your Apple ID
Step 8: Cydia Impactor will now start installing Kodi
Step 9: Enter the Destination Path > Tap on Extract > Once extracted, start using Kodi on Apple TV 4
Download and Install Kodi on Apple TV using OSMC
This method is similar to how we install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 but will little modifications. Follow the steps that are highlighted below to install Kodi on Apple TV using OSMC:
Step 1: First you are required to install OSMC software for Mac
Step 2: Once downloaded, open OSMC software
Step 3: It will ask you to select language and what would you like to install OSMC on, so here we will need an SD card > Then select Apple TV
Step 4: It will then ask you which version of OSMC you need to install
Step 5: Now it will ask where you would want to install OSMC, here you will either select USB flash drive or SD card
Step 6: Select either you use Wired or Wireless Connection
Step 7: Check the Drive Package > Agree its Terms and Conditions > Hit Next button
Step 8: Enjoy watching Kodi on Apple TV 4
How to install Kodi on Apple TV 3 (Third Generation)
If you happen to install Kodi on Apple TV 3, you should bear in mind that there is one way to install the Kodi app on this device, and it is through Airplay. Third-party applications on 3rd generation of Apple TV is strictly restricted and cannot be installed. However, there is always a way around this situation.
Install Kodi on Mac and then mirror the app onto your Apple TV using Airplay. Anything that you stream on your Mac with your Kodi app will be shown onto your Apple TV.
How to Install Kodi on Second Generation Apple TV
We have discussed a simpler method to install Kodi on Apple TV 2, but it is to mention that you will install the older version of Kodi since the newer version is not available on Apple TV 2. Follow below outlined steps:
Step 1: Connect Apple TV to your Mac > Open Mac terminal
Step 2: Enter a Command: ssh firstname.lastname@example.org (Replace the IP address with your Apple TV IP address)
Step 3: Now Enter your Mac password when asked upon > Press Enter
Step 4: Now Enter following commands on Mac terminal
apt-get install wget
wget -0- http://apt.awkwardtv.org/awkwardtv.pub | apt-key add –
echo ?deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org/ stable main? > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
echo ?eb http://mirrors.kodi.tv/apt/atv2 ./? > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
apt-get install org.xbmc.kodi-atv2
Step 5: Your Apple TV will restart once you enter above commands > Here you will find Kodi Apple TV 2 installed
Is Kodi legal?
Kodi is perfectly legal when it comes to installing the app and watching media content through its official Kodi add-ons. However, things started to get a little shady when you view free copyright material from third-party Kodi add-ons.
Kodi is an open-source software as discussed earlier that means independent developers are able to create add-ons that provides free streaming of copyright material. To learn more about legality of Kodi, view our detailed guide on ‘Is Kodi Legal’.
How to set up Kodi on Apple TV 1
Apple TV generation 1 has high storage capacity, and as a result its performance when using Kodi is exceptional, even better than other Apple generations. Below are the steps to install Kodi on Apple TV 1:
Step 1: If you have an Apple TV 1 OS previous version, then you need to upgrade it to 3.0.2
Step 2: Now click on Settings > Change Audio and Video Settings > Change HDMI to RGB High
Step 3: Connect Apple TV 1 to either wired or wireless internet connection
Step 4: Create OpenELEC flash drive using Mac
Step 5: Now open Mac Terminal and enter the following command:
curl -O http://chewitt.openelec.tv/usb/install-hdd.img.gz
Step 6: Your USB drive will now appear, enter the following command:
diskutil list | grep -v disk0 | tail +2
Step 7: Now enter the following command:
diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1
Step 8: Now finally run the following command:
gunzip -c install-hdd.img.gz | sudo dd of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m
Step 9: After waiting for a few minutes an error will pop up that would say that the disk is unreadable. Here you need to unplug the USB drive > Turn off Apple TV > Plug USB drive > Turn ON Apple TV Connect to the internet > Select OpenELEC logo to open the app > Kodi will now install on Apple TV 1.
Kodi on Various Platforms other than Apple TV
Kodi is available on various platforms other than Apple TV, they are listed below:
- Kodi on Android
- Kodi on Mac
- Kodi on Windows
- Kodi on iOS
- Kodi on Raspberry Pi
- Kodi on Roku
- Kodi on Firestick
- Kodi on Xbox One
- Kodi on Chromebook
- Kodi on Smart TV
Kodi on Apple TV: FAQ’s
Can an Apple TV be Jailbroken?
Yes, you can jailbreak Apple TV by installing various apps that are not available in Apple TV by default. For example, Kodi is not officially available on Apple TV, but you can install Kodi Apple TV with various methods.
Can you Get Free Movies on Apple TV?
Yes. When you are done installing Kodi on Apple TV as discussed in this guide, you will be able to watch Free Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, and Live Sports.
How do I know which version of Apple TV I have?
Open Apple TV Home Screen > Go to Settings > Select General > Click on About and check out details of your Apple TV.
Is there a Plex App for Apple TV?
The official Plex app is now available at iTunes Store. It is a media server where you watch Videos and listen to Music.
The Wrap Up
Kodi is a popular streaming media player and that is the reason why its demand for installing the app on different devices has increased. The guide explains various methods on how to install Kodi on Apple TV that allows you to stream Movies and TV Shows. Never forget to use Kodi VPN whenever you stream free copyright material on Kodi.