Kodi 18.9 Released with HTTP Access Workaround [PPA]

Last updated: October 25, 2020

Kodi media center released one more update for the 18.x “Leia” a day ago, with a quick workaround to the third-party HTTP2 and SSL changes that impacted internet access from Kodi by scrapers, streaming addons, etc.

Okay, one more roll of the “Leia” die, although this one is really driven by circumstances beyond our control. Technical changes by Cloudflare caused significant issues with HTTP access to any site using them – metadata sources, for example – and we need to put in a quick workaround before everyone gets too upset; while 19.x “Matrix” is close, it’s not close enough to leave these issues unaddressed. So, as we’re building that new code, we thought that we might as well fix a couple of other regressions while we’re here.

Changes in Kodi 18.9 also include:

  • Fix memory leaks in TexturePacker
  • Fix event server unable to send raw key strikes
  • Fix issues around directory navigation and incorrectly-set start directories
  • Fix MediaCodec OES/EGL rendering

How to Install Kodi 18.9 in Ubuntu:

Kodi Team PPA has made the new release packages for all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives.

1. Open terminal either from application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then either upgrading Kodi from an existing version via Software Updater:

upgrade Kodi

or refresh system package cache and install Kodi 18.9 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi


To remove the Kodi PPA repository, simply open Software & Updates -> Other Software.

To remove Kodi, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove kodi kodi-data kodi-bin


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2 responses to Kodi 18.9 Released with HTTP Access Workaround [PPA]

  1. Thanks for the instructions. Simple and effective!

  2. Hi, have followed yor instructions to install kodi 18.9 on ubuntu desktop 20.10. But it has not installed. I did this command:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa then checked software updater but says : the software on this computer is up to date. then i did these two command: sudo apt update and sudo apt install kodi.
    Kodi did not install
    weesvry@weesvry-desktop:~/Desktop$ sudo apt install kodi
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    kodi is already the newest version (2:19.0+git20210219.1315-f44fdfbf67-0+final~groovy).
    0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 0 to remove and 0 not to upgrade.
    I cannot find kodi anywhere in my applications.
    Regards WeesVry