Kodi 20 “Nexus” Released with AV1 Hardware Decoding on Linux, PipeWire Support

The Kodi 20 “Nexus” has been released today as the latest stable update of this free, open-source, and cross-platform home theater software for GNU/Linux, Android, Raspberry Pi, iOS, tvOS, macOS, and Windows platforms.

Kodi 20 “Nexus” is a massive update that comes nearly two years after Kodi 19 “Matrix” to introduce major and exciting new features like support for the PipeWire multimedia server, AV1 hardware decoding on Linux via VA-API (Video Acceleration API), AV1 codec support for InputStream, as well as built-in Steam Deck controller support.

Also new is initial support for the NFS version 4 (NFSv4) network file system protocol, WS-Discovery (SMB discovery) for UNIX platforms (Linux, Android, and Apple), AV1 hardware decoding on Android, independent volume settings for GUI sounds, new Colour Picker window dialog, new media flags for HDR videos, and the ability to add video HDR type information to a video list item.

On top of that, Kodi 20 brings support for mounting optical media by default on Linux, native support for Apple M1 including native windowing and input handling, ACES/Hable tonemapping support and more BiCubic shaders for GLES on Linux, as well as support for read-only recordings.

Also for Linux users, there’s the ability to set HDR output when using the Generic Buffer Management (GBM) API, which provides a mechanism for allocating buffers for graphics rendering tied to the Mesa graphics stack.

Of course, there are also numerous improvements like support for specifying providers for PVR Channels and Recordings, better support for multi PVR Add-on scenarios, better Siri Remote handling on iOS and tvOS, as well as better subtitles support for the ASS/SSA, TX3G, SAMI, and WebVTT formats.

The Estuary PVR Home Screen received various enhancements as well, including a new widget for timers, percentage played progress bars for Recent Channels and Recent Recordings widgets, new default click action to open the Guide window, and better displaying of EDL markers on the default skin.

Kodi 20 “Nexus” has been released as a source tarball for those who want to compile it on their systems and can be downloaded from the project’s GitHub page. Binaries for various supported platforms will be available soon on the official website.

Image credits: The Kodi Foundation

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