How to Install Kodi on Apple TV – Setup Apple TV on Kodi

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Apple TV is currently in its 4th generation. App developers and tinkerers have always found interesting ways to use their Apple devices. That includes finding workarounds to install the ever-popular Kodi multi-media platform onto those devices. Apple TV does not work exactly the same way as your iPad, iPhone or Mac computer, but you can still install Kodi on Apple TV using somewhat similar methods.

Related: Install a VPN on Apple TV

Do you have other Apple devices? Check out our guides for how to install Kodi on iPads and iPhones!

The three methods we’ve listed below may require that you have some, but not all, of the following:

Here, we’ve researched and delivered two specific methods you can use to get Kodi onto your Apple TV. We’ve focused primarily on Apple TV 4, as this is the latest version of Apple TV and has been on the market for just around 2 years. However, you may find some luck using these methods for older versions of Apple TV as well. That said, we can’t guarantee that these methods will work for any Apple TV versions beyond Apple TV 4.

While the easiest method requires you to sideload Kodi on Apple TV, the other method requires a jailbroken device to install Kodi on Apple TV. We do not explain how to jailbreak your device here. However, you can find an excellent video walkthrough on how to jailbreak your Apple TV from the excellent crew over at 9to5Mac. 

One method also requires you to utilize NitoTV, an unofficial app store of sorts for jailbroken Apple TVs. You can find a helpful NitoTV installation guide over at APPLELIVES.

Special Note: If you are a U.S. resident, we do not recommend that you jailbreak your Apple TV. The law on this is vague. We explain why in more detail at the bottom of this guide.

Before you proceed

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 How to Install Kodi on Apple TV: Jailbroken Apple TVs

Click here to find a detailed guide on how to jailbreak your Apple TV.

Once you’ve jailbroken your Apple TV, you will need to install nitoTV. Click here for a guide on this installation process.

With your jailbroken Apple TV and nitoTV installed, do the following:

  • Launch nitoTV from your AppleTV
  • Click on Settings at the top
  • Select Block Update
  • Return to Featured Packages, located at the top
  • Select Kodi-TVOS
  • Select Install (you may need to do this twice). Avoid clicking anything during the installation process
  • Upon completion, you should see “Success, respring required!” Click on Respring to reboot your device and finish the installation process.
  • Kodi should not appear on the home screen of your Apple TV 4

How to Install Kodi on Apple TV: Install Kodi on Apple TV Without Jailbreaking

The following process will allow you to sideload Kodi on your Apple TV. When you sideload an application, you install it using an external device or service. This method requires you to have an Apple Developer ID, which can be acquired for free, with limitations. If you have a free ID, your Kodi installation on Apple TV will expire in 7 days, at which point you will have to repeat the process.

In order to follow this method, you will need the following:

  • iOS App Signer, a Mac OS application that lets you bundle and resign apps into iOS installation packages.
  • A Mac computer or laptop running Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
  • Xcode 7, a Mac program that allows anyone to create applications for free. You will need an Apple ID in order to sign in to the website and download the file.
  • A stable build of Kodi for iOS (.deb file).

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Method 1: Sideloading with Xcode and iOS App Signer

To use Xcode and iOS App Signer, do the following:

  • Plug your Apple TV into your Mac computer
  • Start a new tvOS > Application project in Xcode

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  • Type in KodiAppleTV as the project name and create a unique identifier. Also, create a unique bundle identifier that uses the project name.

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  • Xcode may give a warning about not having a provisioning file. If this occurs, click Fix Issue

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  • You may need to sign into or create a free developer account

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  • After signing in, select your development team

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  • Open iOS App Signer. Pick a Signing Certificate and a Provisioning Profile. Click Start, and then select an Output Location. Make sure to also select your download Kodi .deb as your Input File

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  • Return to Xcode. In Xcode, select the Window menu and then click on Devices

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  • Find your connected devices, and then select your Apple TV. Select the plus button at the bottom and then select the file you just generated to install it on your Apple TV

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Method 2: Sideloading using Cydia Impactor on Windows

  • Right click on your Kodi iOS .deb file
  • Click on 7-Zip
  • Click on Extract files

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  • Click on OK in the next window
  • This will create a new folder. In that folder, you will find a data.tar file
  • Right-click the data.tar file, select 7-Zip, and select Extract files
  • You will now see a data folder and the data.tar file in the extracted folder

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  • Inside the data folder select Applications
  • In Applications, find the folder Kodi.app

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  • Create a new folder in Applications. Name it Payload, with a capital “P”

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  • Drag the Kodi.app folder into the Payload folder. This creates a copy of it into the Payload folder

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  • Right-click the Payload folder and select 7-Zip. Then, click on Add to archive

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  • You will now see a new window. Check to make sure the Archive format is set to “zip”. Name the archive Kodi.ipa. Click OK. This will create your required installation file

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  • Connect your Apple TV to your computer. Close iTunes if it opens automatically
  • Extract the downloaded Cydia Impactor zip file and then open Impactor.exe. Do not open the Impactor as Administrator
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  • Your Apple TV should be detected by Cydia Impactor
  • Drag and drop the Kodi.ipa file you created into Cydia Impactor

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  • Cydia Impactor will ask for a valid Apple ID. Enter your ID here
  • Check your Apple TV to ensure the Kodi icon appears after the installation is complete

Is Jailbreaking My Apple TV Legal?

On this topic, things are just a bit tricky. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, more popularly known as DMCA, originally banned modifying devices such as cellphones, tablets and other multi-media devices. This included modifications that fall under the term “jailbreak”. In 2012, the U.S. government granted an exemption to mobile devices, while in 2015, that exemption was expanded to also include tablets. However, there is currently no wording that explains whether or not the Apple TV device actually fits under the current definition of “tablet” or “mobile device”.

It’s important to note that there is a difference between “jailbreaking” and “unlocking”. While both involve changing functions of your device, these two are not interchangeable devices. Jailbreaking your device involves altering the device’s operating system so that you can download and install unofficial applications onto the device as well as make other modifications. Most operating systems, especially Apple operating systems, have an official app store. Apple more than any other OS developer locks down their devices to prevent any changes. Jailbreaking allows you to install apps you won’t find on the app sore.

Unlocking a device, however, is what you do to allow its use with other mobile operators. As Apple TV has no mobile connectivity, this is not going to be a concern of a process you’ll need.

The real trouble with jailbreaking your Apple TV is that yes, you are going to be voiding the warranty when you do. For all other mobile devices such as phones and tablets, this is now perfectly legal to do. Because the DMCA exemptions do not mention devices like Apple TV, there is currently a bit of a legal gray area regarding whether this particular jailbreak is legal. Is the Apple TV a “mobile device”?

According to the official DMCA documentation, there’s a good chance that jailbreaking your Apple TV may actually still be illegal. On page 36 of DMCA 2015 exemption, lawmakers stated:

“The recommended exemption thus excludes vehicle-embedded systems, devices designed primarily for consumption of a specific type of media (such as e-book readers and handheld gaming devices).”

As it stands, the Apple TV likely falls within the definition of a device “primarily for consumption of a specific type of media”. In this case, that specific type of media is television and movies.

With that in mind, we would like to reiterate that we do not recommend that you use the jailbreak method to install Kodi on Apple TV if you live in the U.S. The law is currently vague on whether doing so is legal or not. The other method will not install Apple TV permanently, but it will allow for a legal installation. The U.S. government updates the DMCA every 3 years, so it’s likely that Apple TV and other TV viewing devices, such as Chromecast, Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV Box.

Why is the Kodi Installation Process So Difficult?

If this process seems long and convoluted to you, we understand. It is! However, the problem lies solely in how difficult Apple makes installing unofficial apps onto their operating systems. Apple TV devices, in particular, have no App Store access. Therefore, even under normal conditions, you can’t install any apps on an Apple TV. Still, all of Apple’s devices are fairly restrictive in what apps you can install. This is due to Apple’s rather strict language in their Terms and Conditions for developers who want to have their apps listed on the Apple iTunes App Store.

Apple, in general, has a negative association with open source applications such as Kodi. For the most part, applications operating under a General Purpose License (GPL), otherwise known as open-source applications, use code that is freely available. Apple’s Terms and Conditions for its app store disallows non-unique programs to be loaded onto the store, e.g., applications that share a source code. This, in essence, makes programs like Kodi in opposition to Apple’s ToC for its App Store apps.

So, installing Kodi on Apple TV is indeed difficult, and it is actually a bit more complicated than you’ll find with a lot of other Apple devices as well. Nevertheless, installing Kodi on all Apple devices is far more difficult than on an Android TV box.