Kodi on Apple TV should not be a
challenge, although it seems to present some compatibility issues even for
those who’re technologically savvy. This means that now users with great
equipment, in this case apple products, have a little more work to do before
they can fully enjoy what Kodi has to offer.
Before we proceed,
there are a few terminologies that we should make a bit clearer, even for the
layman (not technologically savvy).
Let’s highlight a few
important words/jargon that may be used here and in other sites to assist you
with your installations.
Jail-breaking: this does not refer to breaking out of
jail. It does, however, apply to hacking, if you will, or manipulating or
bypassing what manufacturers have installed in their systems, for example,
restrictions. By bypassing these limitations, you can then install and
customize your device to your liking which in this case involves installing Kodi.
Mirroring: In case you are not familiar with this
term, it implies exactly what it states. It is the duplication of what you see
on your Android, Mac or windows device on another device especially, one
with a bigger screen, i.e., your television.
Side loading: This is a solution to any problems you
may encounter, regarding jail breaking. It involves using a second device or
service, to assist you in completing the installation process on the device you
want to use.
Flashing: This refers to resetting a device to a
default mode that may be generic to the point of removing features that were
installed by the manufacturer. It means starting from scratch.
Of course, the best
part about Kodi is the customization features. You can also download numerous
movies and series as well as watch live television shows and games. It is these
functions that have made Kodi, which was previously known as XBMC, so famous.
Before we begin the
steps, let’s take a moment to remind you that most Apple iPads, smartphones and
televisions alike, usually if not always, require a jailbreak before you can
install unauthorized software onto them.
Apple products are
renowned for high-grade quality and storage capacities. Although Apple 1st
generation televisions are not retailing in stores at the moment (production
ended in 2010) we realize there are still many who possess these products.
Below, we will show how to jail break the 4th generation Apple television first, then proceed to show you the
procedures for other Apple televisions.
JAIL-BREAKING YOUR APPLE TV&
To jail break your
apple TV, you’ll need codes and access commands which can be acquired on
credible websites. One of these websites is 9to5mac.com. To perform the jail
break you will need to have the following:
an Apple TV operating tvOS 9.0 or 9.0.1
USB- C cable
A Mac PC
A Free Apple ID account with privileges for
Pangu’s jail-break tool ( can be accessed here
And the IOS App signer.
Shall we begin?
Step 1- Connect your
Apple TV to your Macintosh device using the cable mentioned above (USB-C)
Step2- Ensure that
automatic updating is turned off. To do this, navigate to systems settings,
Updates option and
turn off automatic updates.
Step3- Visit the URL
above and download Pangu’sjail break tool along with ios signer Application.
Make sure you extract
the two to your device.
Step4- Proceed to open
XCODE, then select file, new , project, tvOS, Application, single view
application and finally, NEXT.
Step5- For this next
step, we will need to fill out some simple information:
The name of the
product: jail break
Organization: in this
case, your name
identifier code: com.jailbreak.appletv
Proceed to the option
labeled next and then create.
Step6- Select product,
then destination and finally Apple TV
Step7- Under the
option for team, one requires a user ID which you will need to create by
preferences, then accounts.
Step8- Select the
option to fix/repair issues in case there are some that need tweaking.
Step9- Previously, in
step 3, we downloaded and extracted some files from pangu. You will now need to
Access the atvipa.ipa
file, which you’ll find in the payload folder that you downloaded. After this,
We will proceed to run
the IOS App Signer.
Step10- Under the app-
signer; select the provisioning profile for the file that you just created in
Step11- tap on start,
under the app signer, select your desktop and save the atvipa.ipa file on your
Step12- Open XCODE,
proceed to window, then your devices and finally choose Apple TV.
Step13- Tap the add
(+) button under your installed applications and choose atvipa.ipa from your
Step14- the jail break
tool will be sent and enabled on your system. It will appear on your
home screen. Once this
happens, launch the application to compete your jailbreak.
Once you have
successfully jailbroken your Apple TV, you will need to download an application
that will allow you to download and store illegal content onto your device.
This application is nitotvand can be downloaded by following the link
The above steps were
tried and accomplished on an Apple, 4th generation TV. We will now highlight
the issues that face installation on older versions of Apple TVs.
KODI ON APPLE, 3RD GENERATION TVS
Apple’s 3rd generation TV, we have hit a snag as far installation of Kodi is
concerned. Fortunately, we can still mirror or cast your shows from your
should be downloaded then set up on your computer, in this case, a Windows PC.
Step2- once it’s
installed, right- click on the icon, which should be located along your
Upon clicking on it,
select your television (Apple TV).
completing step 2 above you should see your desktop on your Apple TV
Step4- a much simpler
step follows: downloading and installing Kodi on your device. (Visit the
Step5- upon successful
completion of the download and installation, you will now be able to mirror
Kodion your apple device.
MIRRORING KODI VIA ANDROID TO APPLE TV
For this maneuver, you
will need a rooted android phone. This one may seem like one for the more
technically savvy, but, it is only so because you require rooting your phone,
which can be done by following online instructions, provided on numerous
Once your device is rooted, the rest will be a
breeze, starting from the fact that Kodi is readily available, not surprisingly
so, on Play Store.
If you have difficulties or simply cannot
locate Kodi on Play Store, for whatever reason, find the APK from the
official Kodi website.
Next, find and download mirroring360 App. You
will need this to mirror content from your Android to your television.
INSTALL KODI ON APPLE, 2ND GENERATION TVS
For this, you will
need an older version of Kodi, seeing as Kodi is no longer compatible or
supporting Apple TV2. One of the older models that work well is “Helix” (14.2).
What are required are a Mac device and the Apple TV 2 to begin enjoying Kodi
Remember the step
above regarding downloading nitotv? Well, once you have nitotv on your Apple TV
Locate Nitotvon the Apple TV menu.
Select the first option which should be to
Scrolling through the menu, find Kodi- ATV2.
Once you’ve located it, working on the same
menu, click install
Your Apple TV2 should begin the installation
process and perform what is known as a soft boot.
There is an alternative to the above method, which requires some stringent and specific use of commands. We will show this guide step by step, for those who may need to use it or for devices that are not responding to nitotv’sdownloads.
USING COMMANDS TO SET UP KODI ON APPLE
Once your Mac device
is up and runningproceed to input the following command on the terminal/ssh
ssh root@ (your ATV2 IP ADDRESS)for example
When prompted for a password, the applicable
default password is
Next, we will enter the following commands, in
Those commands should
get you up and running with Kodi. You may now enjoy some long awaited
entertainment through awesome Kodi Streaming.
Although this article
is titled installation of Kodi on 4th, 3rd and 2nd generation Apple
TVs, we think it may be of help to some if we gave guides to installation on a
1st generation as well.
As mentioned earlier
in the text, these televisions can hardly be found in retail chains anymore,
but, for those who’re still using them and would like a guide on how to install Kodi on them, this one is for you.
Certain features may
be given up when installing Kodi on Apple’s first generation TV because the
process involves some flashing, which subsequently, erases most data and sends
the system back to its factory settings, with new default settings.
KODI ON APPLE 1ST GENERATION TVS
To set the ball
rolling, you will need to update your OS to 3.0.2 for 1st generation Apple TVs.
Once that is done, navigate to your settings
screen and change your audio/video as well as the HDMI settings, to RGB HIGH.
In the next step, use an Ethernet
connection(wired) to hook up your device to your internet connection. You
cannot use Wi-Fi due to the operating system undergoing some alterations.
The next step involves you setting up a new
flash drive (USB disk) with the name This can be done once you’ve attached it
to your Mac device and named or re-named it.
Next, you will be required to launch the
terminal application. once it’s open, use the following command >curl -O
Next, locate the USB drive and enter a new
command, shown below
diskutil list | grep -v disk0 | tail +2
Once the details of your USB disk are shown,
the next step is to un-mount the USB.
Insert the following command on the terminal
Next, initiate the following command
>gunzip -c install-hdd.img.gz | sudodd of=/dev/rdisk1 bs=1m
The process does take some time to complete,
but it is well worth it.
To finalize the process, there will be a
message stating that the disk is in fact, not readable.
You may now un-mount your USB stick.
This next step is crucial and should be
followed to the letter: unplug the ATV 1from your power source.
Once it’s unplugged, insert your USB disk and
fire up your television again.
After approx. a quarter of a minute, you
should see the OpenElec Logo displayed on your screen.
At this point, ensure that your ATV1 is
connected to the internet (via Ethernet of course) otherwise you will not get
updates to the downloaded Kodi application.
Upon completion of the download, installation
should begin automatically. There may be some popup notifications and other
messages that come up as the warning. You can ignore these messages as they do
not require any input on your part.
You can now remove the USB and proceed to boot
your ATV 1. The re-booting may take longer than anticipated but this is only
because this is the first time the device is performing this task.
As a disclaimer, we would
like to mention that the methods explained in this article and the in
particular guide to jail breaking may not be entirely legal in some parts of
the world. Added to that fact, streaming videos from online sites through
applications like Kodi is, in itself, not entirely legal nor is it safe to use
unauthorized software and content on Apple devices. That being said, Have a
blast streaming and mirroring content on your Apple TVs and other devices.