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Kodi 18.8 Updates, Improvements, and Download Links

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Kodi 18.8 has officially been released! This is now considered the “stable” version of this application.

The following article shows the updates and changes within Kodi 18.8 Leia. You can also download the most recent version using the links below the text or learn how to update.

18.8 is the eighth and final release of the “Leia” version. It appears the Kodi developers have focused their efforts towards the highly anticipated Kodi 19 “Matrix” launch.

Important Note: TROYPOINT has not tested Kodi 18.8 thoroughly with add-ons or builds and some may not work properly with this new release.

Kodi 18.8 Fixes and Updates

There are no new features in the Kodi 18.8 release, only bug fixes.

Should you update?  Most people won’t notice any improvements.  If you see something that has been causing problems for you in the list below, yes you should update.

The following quote comes from the official Kodi Website:

As usual, this is a bug fix release, so don’t go looking for new features. As you’d expect this late in the 18.x development cycle, this isn’t a huge release, but it does include some things we thought were necessary to keep us going until the next major release emerges.

We recommend not updating, if Kodi is running well for you under the current version you are using.

Below you will find the Kodi 18.8 changelog pulled directly from the official Kodi Website. There appear to be fewer changes compared to the Kodi 18.7 Release.

  • Fixes a severe security issue in gnutls
  • Other significant library/compatibility updates
  • Fixes subtitle handling from archives
  • Makes minor improvements to logging and memory reporting/display
  • Contains code improvements to fix specific events, e.g. race conditions in the EPG or “pause” on end of streams on Android
  • Gets client/server on MariaDB 10.5.4 working for Android
  • Fixes CDDB access
  • Fixes video database access for Ubuntu 20.4 and other distros using earlier libfmt versions (search and other filtering failed)
  • Fixes EDLs where skip points are at the very start of a file
  • Enables alpha blending for the video player (Windows)
  • Better handles specific exceptions (Android, mostly)

You can find the complete Kodi 18.8 changelog by visiting their official GitHub Milestone.

Kodi 18.8 Download Links

For Firestick and Fire TV Users, the following links will provide you with installation guides and updating guides for your preferred device:

Kodi 18.8 on Firestick

Update to Kodi 18.8 on Firestick

TROYPOINT Android Shortcode for Downloader app or browser:






iOS (Must have jailbroken device)



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Use the following commands in your Linux/Ubuntu terminal to install Kodi 18.8. Follow the prompts as you would with any other software installation.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

Raspberry Pi

Kodi on Raspberry Pi Guide

Xbox One

Kodi on Xbox One Guide

Fire TV/Cube/Stick

Kodi on Firestick Guide

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