Streaming Your Plex Server to Kodi: A Beginner’s Guide

Streaming Your Plex Server to Kodi: A Beginner’s Guide

Hey there! Today, I want to walk you through the process of streaming your Plex Server to Kodi. Now, before you think it’s going to be super complicated, let me assure you that it’s actually quite simple. So, let’s get started!

First things first, let me explain what Plex Server and Kodi are. Plex Server is a fantastic media server that lets you organize and stream your movies, TV shows, music, and photos to various devices. It’s like your own personal Netflix. Kodi, on the other hand, is a media center application that allows you to play all sorts of media files on different devices. Think of Kodi as your ultimate entertainment hub.

Now, why would you want to stream your Plex Server to Kodi? Well, it’s all about convenience and flexibility. By combining Plex Server and Kodi, you can access all your media content in one place. You won’t need to switch between apps or devices anymore. Plus, Kodi offers some great customization options and add-ons that enhance your media playback experience.

Alright, let’s dive into the step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Make sure you have both Plex Server and Kodi installed on your device. Don’t worry, they’re both free to download and install. Once you have them installed, open up Plex Server and make sure all your media files are organized within its libraries.

Step 2: Now, let’s link Plex Server and Kodi together. We’ll do this by installing an add-on called Plex for Kodi. Head over to the official Kodi add-on repository, search for “Plex,” and install the add-on. Don’t forget to enable it once it’s installed.

Step 3: With the Plex add-on installed and enabled, it’s time to connect it to your Plex Server. Open up Kodi and go to Add-ons. Find the Plex add-on and open it. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Plex account. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and sign in.

Step 4: Great, we’re almost there! Now, all you need to do is select your Plex Server from the list that appears in the Plex add-on. Once you’ve selected it, you’ll have access to all your media libraries right within Kodi. How cool is that?

Step 5: Sit back, relax, and enjoy your streaming experience! With Plex Server integrated into Kodi, you can now conveniently browse and play your favorite movies, TV shows, music, and more, all from one centralized media center.

So, there you have it – streaming your Plex Server to Kodi made easy. Now you can access all your media content seamlessly in one place. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Happy streaming!

In this day and age, there is an overwhelming amount of content available for us to watch, read, and listen to. It can be quite a challenge to keep up with everything that’s happening in the world of media. TV shows have never been better, with new critically acclaimed series coming out all the time. Every week, there seems to be a new album that everyone says we absolutely must listen to. And movies? There are more being released in theaters every year, and some of them even require us to watch their sequels and spin-offs to fully understand the story. And that’s not even considering all the independent media on platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. 2017 has brought us more media than ever before, but thankfully, there are ways for us to take our favorite shows, movies, and media with us wherever we go.

You might not know about Plex or Kodi, but these two programs are closely connected. Kodi, which is now in its seventeenth version, originally started as XBMC, or Xbox Media Center, back in 2002. It was designed to play all sorts of online and local content on your Xbox without the need for Windows Media Center. Over the years, it has evolved into Kodi, a media center program that works on practically every platform out there. On the other hand, Plex started as a spin-off from Kodi. It was a closed-source program that was created to compete with Kodi and allowed you to stream media over your home network or even across the internet to other devices around the world. Both Kodi and Plex are great for consuming and streaming media, and they each have their own advantages. Even though Plex branched off from Kodi a while ago, it’s still possible to use both programs together. In fact, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy all the benefits of Kodi while still using Plex as your main streaming service for playback on other devices. Let me tell you how to use Plex within your Kodi device.

The first thing you need to do is get Kodi up and running on your device of choice. Depending on the device you want to use for media consumption, this could be as easy as installing an application or as complicated as using code to bypass restrictions. Kodi can be run on a variety of devices, including computers running Windows 10, MacOS, or Ubuntu-based versions of Linux; phones running Android 5.0 or later; iPhones running iOS 8.0 or earlier; Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick devices; and Apple TV (gen 2) or Apple TV with tvOS (gen 4). Each device has different installation instructions. For example, you can find Kodi in the Google Play Store for Android devices and the Windows Store for Windows 10 devices. If you have a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, you can easily install Kodi using the installation package on Kodi’s website. While setting up Kodi on Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick requires a bit of work, we have a guide ready for you to follow—it’s actually not too difficult. Installing Kodi on iOS or tvOS devices made by Apple is probably the most challenging process. It’s hard to find iPhones running iOS 8.0 or earlier these days, and installing Kodi on generation 4 Apple TV involves connecting the device to your computer for background installation. If you’re curious about how it’s done, you can find our guide right here.

For most users, however, the installation process for Kodi is fairly straightforward, especially if you’re using an Android or Windows device. Once Kodi is set up on your computer or streaming device, it’s time to install Plex’s Kodi app.

If you’re familiar with how Kodi works, then you already know about software repositories. Most applications, especially those that aren’t strictly “legal,” are usually installed using third-party repositories that allow you to install programs from sources that aren’t officially endorsed by Kodi. Fortunately, Plex is an application fully supported by Kodi. You can install the app directly from their software repository. In fact, Plex is even featured on the Kodi installation page after you download the application.

So, to install Plex within Kodi, all you need to do is access the Add-on browser. Open Kodi on your device and select the “Add-on” tab on the left side of your screen. Here, you’ll see all the add-ons available and already installed on your Kodi device. If you’re using a newly installed version of Kodi, you’ll see a link to the browser. Click on that link or select the open-box icon in the top-left corner of the screen to access the Kodi market and download applications. The Add-on browser has five options: links to your add-ons, recently updated add-ons, installation from repositories, installation from zip files, and a search option. Choose the repository option. Although we won’t be adding a third-party repository to install Plex on Kodi, we will be using the pre-installed repository of applications to install Plex.

When you load your repository options, simply scroll down to the very bottom of your list. You can do this using your remote or by using the mouse. Once you’re at the bottom, look for the section called “Video Add-ons.” In this section, you’ll find a long list of all the different video applications that you can install from your repositories, whether they’re official or third-party.

The list is organized in alphabetical order, so we need to find “Plex” in the list. It may take a bit of scrolling, but just keep going until you find it. Once you locate Plex, you can select it by clicking on it with your mouse or using your remote. This will take you to the Plex installation screen.

On the installation screen, you’ll see several options at the bottom of your display. One of these options is “Install.” Click on this option to start the installation process. It should only take about ten seconds for Plex to finish installing on your device.

After the installation is complete, you can open the Plex app. To do this, use the settings along the bottom of the app description page. When you open the app, you’ll also notice that it has been added to your home screen of apps for easy access. Additionally, you’ll find Plex in the Video add-ons section of your Kodi device.

Getting Plex Ready

If you already have Plex Media Server up and running on your laptop or desktop computer, you’re all set once Plex is installed on Kodi. But if you haven’t set up Plex yet and created an account to stream your media, you’ll need to do that before using Plex on your Kodi device.

Plex works best with computers that can stay running in the background. For example, using a desktop computer with a large hard drive is better than using a laptop that frequently goes to sleep mode. This way, your server can operate consistently. If you only have a laptop, it’ll still work, but you won’t be able to access your Plex content if your computer goes into sleep mode or hibernation.

No worries if you’re not familiar with the technology – setting up Plex is pretty easy. The Plex Media Server application guides you through the process of setting up the server itself and choosing a directory to stream content from.

If you have a wide collection of music, photos, and home videos, it’s best to keep them in separate folders or combine them all into one directory. Plex can easily recognize and handle different types of content, so you can make things simpler by letting Plex do its magic.

Let me tell you about Plex. It’s a great service that’s free to start, but they also have a paid plan called Plex Pass. With Plex Pass, you get some extra benefits that make your experience even better. For example, you can record TV shows using an antenna, download content to watch offline without an internet connection, listen to your music through a special Plex player app, and even watch movie trailers before your downloaded films for a movie theater-like experience. Plex Pass costs $4.99 a month, but it’s not necessary to use with Kodi. However, if you want to supercharge your Plex, it’s a good deal.

Once you have Plex installed on your home computer and can access your server, you can link your Plex account to Kodi. The Kodi version of Plex is similar to other Plex apps. To link the accounts, you’ll need a web browser. Plex on Kodi will give you a code to enter at Enter the code, and Kodi will immediately log you into your account. Just make sure you enter the code while logged into Plex on your browser; otherwise, you’ll have to log in again. Once you’re done, go back to Plex on Kodi, whether it’s on your computer, phone, tablet, or set-top box. You’ll see your Plex Media Server contents sorted by type. Use your cursor, keyboard, or remote to navigate through the content. For the best experience, make sure Plex is running in full-screen mode.

Plex is a simple program that lets you stream your own content to any device that supports Plex. While Plex has apps for almost every platform out there, using it with Kodi is one of the easiest ways to combine all your favorite media. When you use Plex and Kodi together, you can easily stream your favorite content on Plex and also access Netflix, podcasts, and other media within Kodi. Plus, Kodi’s Plex app looks better than most of the Plex Smart TV apps online, so using Kodi and Plex together can give you an even better experience than you expected. In conclusion, I recommend using Plex and Kodi together on the same device. They go hand in hand and offer a seamless and enjoyable streaming experience.

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