How To Install Kodi On Apple TV (2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation)

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Help yourself with Kodi on your Apple TV. You’ll thank us in the end.

If you want to consume lots of media in the best possible manner then you (the user) should take a look at Apple TV.

It is great.

Apple TV has proper support for HDMI and you can also connect it to your HD TV.

It also comes with a remote control for people who want more convenience.

For clarity’s sake, the remote control comes in the overall package.

Apple TV official remote control uses technologies such as Infrared and you can augment its functionality with the official Apple TV official remote application as well.

The Apple TV official remote application works via Bluetooth technology.

Apple TV can stream content from iTunes as well as many different sources such as,

  • YouTube
  • Hulu
  • Netflix

If you want to view live events using your streams, then Apple TV has your back.

you can actually use its Tune-in feature to view live streams of a lot of events.

If you didn’t know it already, then know that Apple TV has a total of four generations.

Needless to say, the latest and the greatest is the fourth generation Apple TV.

If you are looking for the perfect media center then Kodi on Apple TV is it.

Kodi is the best media player that you can install on your Apple TV.

And there are many reasons for that.

Some of which we will discuss in the remainder of this guide.

How To Download Kodi For Apple TV?

First, let’s define what is Kodi.

Kodi is an open source media player.

It is extremely popular and some consider it as the best home theatre device you can wish for.

Part of the reason why Kodi is considered the best is that users can download and then install Kodi on all major devices.

Click here if you want to find out how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick.

And no, you can’t install Kodi on your Roku.

That’s unfortunate, but it is the reality.

So let’s move on to the good news.

The good news is that you can install Kodi on devices such as,

  • MacBooks
  • Android smartphones
  • Windows PC
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Some good Smart TV sets too.

If you want to know how to install Kodi on a Smart TV set then click here.

Kodi Strengths

Perhaps Kodi’s greatest strength is its open source architecture.

This allows other people with enough technical skills to develop third-party Kodi add-ons for it.

These Kodi add-ons can enhance Kodi’s already great functionality.

As mentioned before, Kodi is one of the most widely-used open source content players.

That means, anyone with enough experience can develop add-ons for it.

Users can use add-ons such as Genesis in order to stream TV shows and movies.

You can also view all this content in HD quality.

If you happen to have any decent IPTV clients, then you (the user) should have no problems in streaming Live TV via Kodi as well.

Simply put, when it comes to streaming media content from your internet connection and/or local network, there aren’t too many media player better than Kodi.

With a Kodi device, users can also store their content on the device.

Then they can enjoy that stored content at a later date.

If there is one thing great about Kodi then it is its customization options.

Users who want to mix things up a bit can modify Kodi themes and alter its skin colors along with many other things.

You can literally make Kodi your personalized TV.

Of course, you’ll need all the proper devices in order to do so.

That is the only way to stream an unlimited amount of content from Kodi and not via your expensive cable tv subscription package provider.

With Kodi, users can stream HD quality content from streaming sites such as,

  • Spotify
  • Pandora
  • YouTube

These are just some of the reason why you should give Kodi on Apple TV a try.

To learn how to install Kodi on your TV or PC click here.

Remember, you have to take care if you are streaming pirated content via Kodi.

Of course, no one can stop you from installing Kodi on Apple TV and streaming any content you see fit to stream.

But it is always a good idea to use a VPN service with Kodi on Apple TV.

How To Download Kodi on Apple TV 4rth Generation

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You have two of the most powerful media streamers at your finger tips.

Here is the thing about installing Kodi on Apple TV:

You can’t really do that in a direct manner.

To install Kodi on Apple TV 4rth generation you will have to use the official Apple TV app store as well as a Mac device.

With a Mac device nearby, you can install Kodi on Apple TV.

But before we can begin the actual process, you will need a couple of things.

Let’s list them down so you can learn how to install Kodi on Apple TV fourth generation.

  1. An official Apple (official) developer account. Click here to sign up.
  2. the latest and greatest version of Xcode. Xcode version 7.2 will work too but don’t go below this version. Click here to download it.
  3. The latest and official Kodi .deb downloadable file. Click here to download
  4. If you have a Mac device then you will also need the iOS (official) app signer utility. Click here to download it right now.
  5. A USB-A or USB-C cable with which you will connect your Apple TV with your Mac.

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV Fourth Generation Step-by-Step Guide

  1. First, use your Mac and connect it with Apple TV fourth generation.
    Use a USB-A cable or a USB-C cable.
  2. After you have connected Apple TV fourth generation you need to launch the Xcode on a nearby Mac.
    Then you need to make sure that you hit “Create a new Xcode Project”.
    After that, you must choose Application. This option will appear under your thetvOS section.
    When you have done that as well then hit “single View Application and then “next”.
  3. Time to input your details for the “New Project”.
    First, fill out the name of the Project and then input the Organization name.
    When you have filled all those details then click Next
  4. If you have followed everything correctly so far, the screen should show you an error message.
    The error message will say “matching provisioning profile.”
    Now you need to stay calm.
    In other words, click where it says “fix issue.”
    Then allow the software to fix the shown error.
    Your machine will now try to create that elusive provisioning profile.
    And the functionality of that profile will depend on the user’s Personal (official) developer account.
  5. Remember, you must create an active and proper Apple (official) developer account.
    To solve the issue mentioned above, you will need it.
    When you have created one, sign in (don’t make mistakes) with it.
    And then hit Add option.
    Then type in the related login credentials.
  6. When you have solved all the issues, then look for a drop down (button?) with which you can select the Apple TV fourth generation device.
  7. After that, open the official iOS app Signer.
    Then choose Signing Certificate via the close-by drop down (button?).
    YOu will need to go through the same process for your Provisioning Profile.
    To do that, choose your Project Name that you used while in Xcode.
    When that’s done, select Input File.
    After that, navigate to the Kodi .deb downloadable file that you should have downloaded in an earlier step.
  8. When that is finished, make sure you have completed all your details.
    Then click Start.
    The software should give you a new IPA file.
  9. Go back to your Xcode setup and from there go to your Windows and then to Devices.
    When there, choose Apple TV fourth generation and then look at the leftmost side.
    Click the PLUS button there.
    The button is usually located right under that Installed apps section
  10. Find the new IPA file from the previous step.
    This is the same IPA file on which you created the IOS Singer app.
    If you have followed all the steps accurately then you (the user) should have Kodi on your Apple TV fourth generation device, ready for use.

Congratulations.

Now you should have no problems in using Kodi with Apple TV fourth generation device.

If you happen to have an Amazon Fire Stick then you (the user) should definitely check out this guide.

 

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV Third Generation Device

As with lots of other streaming devices, you can’t install Kodi directly on your Apple TV third generation device.

In other words, Kodi on Apple TV third generation device is impossible.

YouTube has lots of videos on how to install Kodi on Apple TV third generation device, but they are fake.

All these fake videos will only waste your time.

You can’t jailbreak Apple TV third generation device.

Hence you can’t install any third party application, not just Kodi.

There are very few and very experienced developers who can jailbreak Apple TV third generation, but no one will do that for you.

But, we do have a workaround if you must use Apple TV third generation with Kodi to stream content.

To move forward, you must have an IOS device that has Kodi installed on it.

When you have that setup in place, you must use AirPlay in order to cast your Kodi content on Apple TV fourth generation.

Let’s take a look at a step-by-step guide.

But we can’t guarantee that you’ll like the results.

How To Mirror Kodi Stream To Apple TV Third Generation Device, Step-by-Step Guide

Using a Mac to install Kodi on Apple TV third generation

  1. First, go to the official website of Kodi and download Kodi. Click here to do that.
  2. Then when you have finished installing Kodi on your computer machine, you can follow the instructions to take advantage of Mirroring technology and cast your device’s screen to Apple TV third generation device by starting Kodi.

The biggest issue or issues with this way?

You can’t multitask.

Why?

Because AirPlay will modify the active app on your TV as well.

What to do in such a situation?

Well, use another app called AirParrot.

With AirParrot you can mirror specific applications.

IN this case, you will use the app to mirror Kodi application directly to your Apple TV third generation device.

We have already mentioned the fact that this method isn’t exactly feasible.

But if there is one way to stream Kodi on Apple TV third generation device, then this method is probably it.

How to Use A Windows PC to Install Kodi On Apple TV Third Generation Device?

the actual process is pretty much similar to what we have done so far.

here are your simple and easy to understand steps you need to follow in order,

  1. Download and then install AirParrot directly to your PC (Windows).
  2. Then look at your AirParrot icon and right click it.
    After that select the Apple TV third generation device.
    If you have followed everything correctly then you (the user) should see the Windows screen on your TV that is connected to Apple TV Third generation device.
  3. Now, go to the official website of Kodi and download it.
    Then install it.
    This step is very simple if you are using your Windows PC.
  4. The moment you have installed Kodi, you can easily make use of Kodi on your HD TV screen.

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV Third Generation Via Android Devices.

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Kodi can take your content consuming experience to another level

We want to mention here that this method is perhaps the most difficult of all.

You must have some technical know-how in order to complete this section.

IN other words, you must have a rooted device or more specifically, Android smartphone or any other device.
This is essential if you want to cast screens.

For people who want to install Kodi on their Android devices, there is good news:

the actual process is very simple.

Why?
Because Kodi (or XBMC) is available as a downloadable app on Google Play Store.

Take note that Android does not support AirPlay.

So, you will have to root your Android smartphone and then try AirPlay.

What if you have an un-rooted Android device?

Well, we will recommend that you should avoid rooting your Android device.

Installing Kodi on Apple TV should suffice you.

Regardless, here are your simple and easy to understand steps:

  1. First, make your way to Google Play Store.
    Search for Kodi.
    Install the app when it comes up.
    For some reason, if you can’t find Kodi on Google Play Store then go to the official website of Kodi and download the APK file from there. Click here to do that.
  2. There is an app called Mirroring360.
    Download it and then install it.
  3. Now you need to make use of Mirroring360 to cast your screen directly to Apple TV third generation device.
    After that, you can start to use Kodi at your convenience.

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV Second Generation Device

Good news:

It is entirely possible to install Kodi on Apple TV second generation device.

the actual process is much simpler when compared to the one you had to go through for Apple TV fourth generation.

Now the bad news:

Kodi has dropped its support for Apple TV Second generation.

So how do you get around that?

Well, you do what you have to do.
And use an older version ( build) of Kodi.

The older version ( build) of Kodi will not have the latest features that are present in the latest version ( build) of Kodi.

Which version are we talking about here?

We are talking about Kodi 14.2 or Helix.

The Helix version ( build) of Kodi is compatible with all major Kodi add-ons along with media files.

It won’t disappoint you if you are looking to consume great content.

All you need is an Apple TV second generation device and a Mac.

Step By Step Guide On How To Install Kodi On Apple TV Second Generation Device

  1. Turn on your (the user’s) Mac device and then open up that Mac terminal.
    Then input the command given below,
    ssh [email protected]
    Now, do take note that you must change 192.168.1.1 with your Mac ID.
    That is, the Mac ID of Apple TV second generation device.
    THe command will work in the correct manner.
    Then it should ask the user to input the related password.
    What’s the “real” default password?
    It is alpine. So try that.
    There is a chance that you might have changed or modified the preconfigured default password.
    In that case, input your new password.
  2. Now is the time to input a bunch of commands.
    The commands given below must go into the terminal in the correct order.
    Here we go:
    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 ?deb http://mirrors.kodi.tv/apt/atv2 ./? > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
    apt-get update
    apt-get install org.xbmc.kodi-atv2
    Reboot
  3. You may notice that the Apple TV second generation device will not restart.
    When it has rebooted, you can easily install Kodi on your Apple TV second generation device.
    As mentioned before, you will have to use an older version ( build) of Kodi.
    An older version ( build) of Kodi may have errors and bugs.
    But we are sure you can deal with them.

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV First Generation

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Even the oldest versions can offer you something most other streaming devices can’t

You can’t really buy Apple TV first generation device anymore.

Why?

Because Apple discontinued it.

The company did it back in 2010.

So save yourself the retail store trip and don’t look for any Apple TV first generation device.

Of course, if you have an Apple TV first generation device at home then you’re in luck.

Why?

Because you can install Kodi on your Apple TV first generation device.

Apple TV first generation device comes with a built-in HDD and it has the capability to store a huge number of files.
Usually, the HDD size is from 40 GB to 160 GB.

It all depends on your Apple TV model.

With this much storage, you can choose which downloads you want to keep.
You can potentially store hundreds of TV shows and movies right on your device.

And when you add Kodi add-ons into the mix, then you get the ultimate media player.

Newer models of Apple TV doesn’t have HDDs.

Hence, it is impossible to store a lot of content on those devices.

Apple TV first generation device has a USB port.

you can actually use it to jailbreak it.

And do it quickly.

Then, things like file transfers become relatively easy.

Kodi has a file manager as well.

you can actually use that file manager in order to transfer any content from your USB stick to Apple TV without any intermediate step.

Apart from that, Apple TV first generation device also has an actual HDMI slot.

There are audio-out (great going Apple) ports as well.

All of this makes Apple TV first generation device a great media streaming device.

Do you want to upgrade Apple TV first generation device hardware?

Well, again, you’re in luck.

Because you can.

All you need to do is replace the original HDD with an HDD that has higher capacity.

Replacing the old HDD is very easy as well.

Moreover, users can also install video cards right into Apple TV first generation devices.

These video cards can provide the horsepower that HD movies need.

Apple TV first generation device recommended resolution is 720p.

But if you have your own custom video card, then theoretically you can bump up that resolution to full HD.

Remember, if you jailbreak your Apple TV first generation device, then you’ll lose your access to Apple ecosystem.

Some features will stop working.

But there is no other way if you want to install Kodi on it.

Say goodbye to Airplay, and say hello to Kodi.

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV First Generation Device

  1. The first step is to update the Apple TV first generation device’s OS.
    Update it to version 3.0.2
  2. Then go to the related OS settings.
    After that modify Audio and Video settings.
    Also, change HDMI output (with care) to an option that says RGB High.
  3. Now, take an ethernet cable and connect the Apple TV device with your network.
    To do that, simply use the actual ethernet port (or a WAN port as some would call it) on your Apple TV first generation device and connect it to your router.
    The WiFi option is out of the equation because we have just installed a new OS on the device.
  4. Now you must prepare an OpenELEC Flash device to use with your (the user’s) Mac device.
    Take a USB stick and stick it in your (the user’s) Mac device.
    Then rename the USB device to openelec.
    After that, on your Mac, launch that Terminal app again.
    Then copy the commands given below,
    curl -O http://chewitt.openelec.tv/usb/install-hdd.img.gz
    After that, try and find your USB drive.
    To do that, we will use the following commands,
    diskutil list | grep -v disk0 | tail +2
    The above commands will, hopefully, display the details of the connected USB device.
    Now, unmount the connected USB device.
    Use this command to do so,
    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/disk1
    Finally, run another command,
    gunzip -c install-hdd.img.gz | sudo dd of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m
    Show some patience as your machine is likely to take some time to complete (once and for all) the last command.
    You should see an actual error message.
    The error message will tell you that the Disk is actually unreadable.
    This is the time when you must flash your Kodi.
    To do that, remove that USB device from the Mac device.
  5. Unplug your Apple TV first generation device from its power source.
    Connect the USB drive to it.
    Power on Apple TV first generation device again.
    Wait for fifteen seconds.
    You should see an OpenELEC logo screen.
    Ensure that the Apple TV first generation device has an internet connection available.
    You should have done this in one of the previous steps.
    Remember?
    Connect your Apple TV device to your router with an ethernet cable.
    If you don’t, then it won’t download the best and the latest and greatest version of the open source media player we know as Kodi.
  6. Once Apple TV has finished downloading Koid, then it will automatically start the installation process.
    You will receive some warning/alerting messages as well.
    Ignore those messages.
    They don’t even need an input.
    After a while, OpenELEC will reboot your system.
    This will only happen once the installer has finished the installation process
  7. Remove your USB device and reboot Apple TV first generation device.
    You should see an OpenELEC logo again.
    This time however, after awhile, you will also see a Kodi logo on your screen.
    Since it is the debut boot of your device with Kodi on it, Kodi will take a lot of time to startup.
    Show some patience.

 

Conclusion

To install Kodi on each of your Apple TV multi-generation devices, you will need to follow the related tutorials.

Most of it boils down to connecting your Apple TV to a Mac and then installing Kodi from there.

Screen Mirroring apps can help as well but they aren’t reliable and neither do they offer a good streaming experience.

The other way to install Kodi on your Apple TV is via a Windows PC and some more screen mirroring apps.

That may work for you.

If you want to use Kodi on Apple TV, you can also try to jailbreak your Apple TV but we won’t recommend that.

 

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