Kodi is designed to be easy to navigate on the big screen, but there are times you may want to access it through your computer. You're able to start play things and control playback, for example, all without needing to touch the system itself. You can also go one step further with Kodi's web interface and stream content to your computer from your Kodi system.
It's not necessarily for everyday use, but if you need to access your Kodi system in this way, here's how to get it all set up.
Use a browser to control Kodi
- Go to Settings.
- Click on Service settings.
- Select Control.
- Click on Allow remote control via HTTP.
Note the username and port, though the default values should be "kodi" and "8080" unless you already changed them in the past.
How to find the IP address of your Kodi system
Next, you need to find the IP address of your Kodi system. Here an easy way to do that:
- Go to Settings.
- Select System info.
- Click on Summary.
You'll see your IP address listed there, so make a note of it for the next step.
To connect using your browser simply go to the address bar and type in http://kodi-IP-address:port, subbing the word "port" for 8080, if you didn't change the default. The web interface will now load and look something like the image above.
Any of the content on your Kodi system is now available to you, but by default, you'll be setting stuff to play on the main system. It is, however, a great way to cue up content for future viewing while you're in front of your PC or schedule TV recordings.
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