Streaming Streaming Devices How to Watch Movies on Kodi Set up Kodi to play videos from your digital DVD collection By Evan Killham Writer Evan Killham has been writing about tech and pop culture since 2008. His work has appeared in publications that include Fandom, VentureBeat, and ScreenRant. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Evan Killham Updated October 09, 2019 M_a_y_a / Getty Images Streaming Devices Roku Chromecast Fire TV Apple TV Tweet Share Email Kodi is an open-source media player that runs on almost every platform. It doesn't come with any media when you download it, but acts as a hub through which you play movies and TV shows you already own. And since it's open-source, users have created hundreds of extensions that add to Kodi's functionality. Here's how to set up and watch movies on Kodi. Kodi is compatible with Windows Vista and later, Linux, macOS 10.8 and newer, Android 5.0 and higher, and Apple devices running iOS 6 and up How to Set up Kodi Kodi starts after a quick download to your chosen platform. Here's how to get started with it. These instructions use Safari on a Mac, but the process will be similar on every platform. Go to Kodi's website. Select Download. Scroll down to the Choose Your Weapon header and select platform you want to use Kodi on. You can only use Kodi with jailbroken iOS devices. A new window will open. Select How To for more detailed instructions and information on compatibility. Select Installer to download Kodi. Once the file downloads, follow the instructions for your chosen platform to install Kodi. How to Add Movies to Kodi Kodi plays content that's already on your computer, device, or hard drive. Here's how to start using it. You can add movies you've downloaded via iTunes to your Kodi library, but you won't be able to watch them because of digital rights management. Several third-party programs are available that may help Kodi play these files. Open Kodi. Select Enter files section on the main menu. Select Add videos. You can also select Movies to select videos from folders that Kodi chooses automatically, but they may not be the ones you want to add. Select Browse. Navigate to the folder containing the videos you want to add. The path will generate at the bottom of the window. Select OK when you've reached the folder. Kodi won't show the files inside the folders. Enter a name for the media source if you want and select OK. The next window provides some options for the files you're adding to your library. Select This Directory Contains to sort the content into a particular section of Kodi (e.g., Movies, TV Shows, or Music Videos). You can also select Choose Information Provider to have Kodi download film information based on the title. Select OK when you've chosen your settings. In the next window, select Yes to confirm your settings. Kodi will take a moment to update your file listings. Repeat these steps to add as many sources as you want. How to Watch Movies in Kodi Once you've given Kodi paths to the videos you want to see, you can watch them from the main menu. Select Movies from the main menu. Select the video source you set up in the previous section. Select the title of the video you want, and it will play. The upper-right corner of the playback window shows both the current time and when the video will end if you play it nonstop. In the lower-left corner, you can start the movie over, play/pause it, or stop it completely and return to the previous menu. You can also press the left arrow key to rewind, the right arrow key to fast-forward, or select the playback bar to jump to an exact point in the video. To rewind and fast-forward using the arrow keys, you must have your mouse pointer on the playback bar. Press the Esc key to return to the previous menu. If the video is still playing when you press Esc, it will continue to play behind the menu. How to Play a DVD in Kodi Kodi isn't just for digital media. You can also use it to play physical discs, which includes both commercial releases and DVD-Rs that you've burned. Here's how to do it. With Kodi open, insert a disc into your computer's drive. Select Disc. Select Play disc. The controls while watching a DVD are the same as for other videos, but they also include a new icon. Select the Home icon to return to the main menu of the disc. To eject the DVD, return to the Disc menu and select Eject / Load. How to Find More Movies to Watch on Kodi By default, Kodi only works with files that you point it to. But because it's open-source, the community has developed add-ons to increase its functionality. Here's how to find and download Kodi extensions to watch even more content on Kodi. Some add-ons may provide access to illegally obtained movies and TV shows. Use your best judgment when considering installing them. In Kodi, select Add-ons. Select Enter add-on browser. Browse the list of add-ons until you find one you want, then select it. Select Install. If the add-on you selected needs more files to work, the next screen will show you everything Kodi will need to download. Select OK to continue. Kodi will download all of the necessary files. Press Esc to return to the Add-ons menu, where the extension you installed is now visible. Select the add-on to open it and browse its content. Movies and shows you watch from add-ons have the same controls as videos you imported. Repeat these steps to add more services to your Kodi browser.