Kodi media player - Insights into a large non-profit open source project
2019-12-27, 15:00–15:30, ChaosZone Stage

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open source media player application, with a user base stretched across a plethora of platforms. This talk focuses on some of the challenges of the project.


With a consumer/enthusiast facing software, multiple challenges arise. The scope of expertise needed by Kodi is broad.

Maintaining the forum and social media accounts is a huge task because of the sheer number of users. Servers have to be capable to handle the requests, caused by downloads, forum access and the add-on system of Kodi. Software developers have to cover a wide spectrum of tasks are needed to maintain and improve the media player.

A part of the talk will be dedicated to writing Python add-ons (extensions) for Kodi, to enhance the functionality of the software.