How To Install Kodi On Your Fourth Generation Apple TV

Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 17-May-2017

How To Install Kodi On Apple TV

Kodi as we know, is a free and open-source media player that enables you to play and watch live media streams including videos, music and podcasts. Kodi turns your device into a powerful entertainment hub where you can watch your favorite shows seamlessly over the internet. You can use Kodi either to stream videos online or to play media from your local storage. It supports all the common audio/video formats, images, playlists and third-party plugins.


Kodi supports a wide range of devices including Windows PCs, Mac, Android smartphones, iPhones and iPads. The list also includes some popular streaming media players such as Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. In this blog, you’ll know how to install Kodi on your fourth generation Apple TV with tvOS 10 or later. Let’s get started!


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How To Install Kodi On Apple TV 4?

Right below is a step-by-step guide on installing Kodi on Apple TV 4. Note, that the installation process shown in this guide involves the use of Mac. The software file for Kodi will be downloaded on your Mac first and then you are required to sideload the file on your Apple TV. In case you are using a Windows PC, the process is a bit complicated but yes, even that can be done. To know how Kodi is installed on Apple TV via Windows (i.e without using Mac), please refer to this article. If you are going to do that via Mac, continue reading.


  • Download the latest build of Kodi from its official source.

  • Follow the url,

  • Go to Test-builds > Darwin > tvOS.

  • Download the Kodi tvOS file on your Mac.

The Kodi.deb file that you download is normally archived and you need to unarchive it before proceeding further. This can be done by using The Unarchiver app. The app is available on the MacOS App Store and you can download it for free. Download and install the app and then move forward with the following steps.


  • Unarchive the Kodi.deb file to a specific folder through the app.

  • In the folder that contains the unarchived files, there will be another archived file with the name data.tar.lzma. Unarchive it to a new folder.

  • Open the folder that contains recently unarchived files of the data.tar.lzma.

  • There will be an Applications folder, open it and find a file named

  • Create a new folder and name it Payload.

  • Drag the file into the Payload folder.

  • Right click on the Payload folder containing the file and compress it.

  • A new file will be created. Rename it and change the extension from .zip to .ipa. You can give whatever name you want to the folder but changing the extension to .ipa is must.


Now that you are done with all these steps, it’s time to sideload the app onto your Apple TV. For that, you need to have an app called, ‘Cydia Impactor’ installed on your Mac. You can download it from here. After that, follow these steps.


  • Launch the Cydia Impactor application on your Mac.

  • Connect the Apple TV 4 streaming box with your computer via USB-C.

  • When you connect your streaming device to the computer, make sure its name appears on the application.

  • After that, just drag and drop the zipped .ipa file onto the Cydia Impactor Window.

  • Click on Start. Just as you click on Start, it will ask for your Apple ID and password. Enter the same and proceed.


That’s all you have to do. The sideload process will begin once you have entered your Apple ID credentials. Cydia Impactor will push the Kodi app to your Apple TV. You will be notified when the process completes and then you can disconnect your device. In case you want to update the app, you can look if the new build is available or not on the official Kodi source. If there is a new build available, you have to download it and repeat the entire process as there’s no other way to update the app.

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