Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ release date date and beta features

Kodi 17 Krypton hasn’t been out for that long, but already attention has been turned to the next release, version 18. This time around, the XBMC Foundation has not let the community vote for a codename.

Instead, the team decided that there could be only one choice, Leia. Named in honour of Carrie Fisher, who passed away in 2016, the XBMC Foundation announced via a blog post that it “thought there could not be a more fitting tribute than to name a version of Kodi after one of the most butt-kicking princesses in cinematic history”.

It’s a fine choice in our opinion, and even more fitting given that the 25 May 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope.

It’s early days for Kodi 18 Leia, but stay tuned over the coming months for all the latest news about the media player’s new features.

Kodi 18 Leia release date

Kodi 18 Leia has only just entered beta, with no official release date on the horizon. It’s going to be months, rather than weeks, before we see the final version hit our computers and set-top boxes.

It’s not all bad news, as a beta version of Kodi 18 Leia is already available. You can download it today from the official Kodi Download site. You need to select the version you want (Windows, Linux, etc.), and then click the Development Builds tab. This will give you the option to download the latest Nightly build (32-bit or 64-bit) of Kodi.

Installing Kodi 18 over an existing Kodi 17 build will perform an upgrade. Be careful doing this, as beta software is not always very stable and you may have problems getting some add-ons to work.