How to Install Kodi on Roku

Roku on TV with equipment in front of it


Roku brings many different channels and media sources to the screen, but its ability to play music and video you own is pretty rudimentary. For many, Kodi on Roku would be digital content nirvana. So all that needs to happen is to figure out how to sideload Kodi's free software and boom, right?

Can Kodi Be Installed on Roku?

Well, no.

Roku, like the Apple TV, is built on a closed operating system, meaning no one’s figured out how to jailbreak Roku and load Kodi onto it. However, your Roku can get your Kodi content playing on your TV in just a few minutes.

Here’s how to get Kodi on Roku.

What You Need to Use Kodi on Roku

  • Kodi running on your Android or Windows device.
  • Roku streaming player or Roku TV that supports screen mirroring.

A few Roku devices don't support this feature. Check out Roku's support page for more details.

How to Get Kodi on Roku via Screen Mirroring

  1. From your Roku, go to Settings.

    Roku's settings menu
  2. From the System menu, select Screen mirroring.

    Roku's System Settings screen
  3. Select Screen mirroring mode.

    Roku's Screen mirroring Settings screen
  4. Choose how your Roku responds when you attempt to mirror your device's screen.

    Roku's Screen Mirroring mode options
    • Select Prompt and you'll be asked you to confirm with your Roku's remote when a device attempts to connect.
    • Select Always allow and your Roku will let approved devices connect immediately.
    • Select Never allow and your Roku will block all devices from connecting.
  5. Now enable screen mirroring on your Windows or Android device. In your device's settings (we're using a Motorola Droid here), tap Display.

    Android screenshot
  6. Tap Wireless display.

    Android screenshot
  7. Under the Displays header, tap the Roku you want to connect your Kodi device to. If you gave your Roku a custom name, look for that.

    Tap Auto-connect if you want to automatically connect with that specific Roku when viewing media with Kodi.

    Android screenshot
  8. Now your device with Kodi running is ready to display on your TV via Roku.

    Android miracast screenshot
  9. Now, whenever you run media in Kodi, it will be mirrored on your TV screen, courtesy of Roku. No matter where the media lives, you can get the best of both worlds: the clean, anyone-can-do-it user experience of Roku, and the controller-of-your-digital-domain experience of Kodi.

If this is your first experience with Kodi, you'll find it's pretty bare-bones at the start. Where Kodi really elevates the digital media center game is in the nearly limitless number of ways you can customize it using add-ons.

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