Kodi Glossary

We all use certain Terms and Names referring to Kodi to the point where it’s become a second language. Consequently for those who have just discovered the World of Kodi it has become just another hurdle to overcome. This is where a Glossary of terms would be helpful. Knowing what each Term or Acronym stands for when asking a question here in the Forum or anywhere else for that matter, will generate the correct answer. We all were Rookies or Noobs (I really dislike that name) when we first became interested in Kodi (XBMC). Some of us had to deal with some very rude and condescending individuals. This was/is one of the main reasons we created the FAQ section in the Ares Project Forum , to those who are New to Kodi as well as those who are considered “Veterans”. I’m a strong advocate of “You’re never to Old to Learn anything”. So what is a Glossary ?  It’s best described here in this link, click here.

Glossary Terms from A to D

A short Glossary of terms commonly used:
  • 4K~ A measure of the display resolution. For consumer grade TV’s this means a grid of 3840 x 2160 pixels on the screen. For Digital Cinema, it is a grid of 4096 x 2160 pixels.
  • ADDONS~ Add-ons are extensions that can be run from inside the Kodi GUI. They are usually written by third party developers and published to a repository.
  • ASPECT RATIO~ The correlation between the Width and the Height of an image. A standard flat screen TV has an Aspect Ratio of 16:9.
  • BACKUP~ A Backup of your Build is very important. If, for some reason Kodi crashes, you will not need to start from scratch. Your Backup can also be put onto other devices.
  • BUILD (AKA SETUP)~ A Build is a collection of Repo’s (Repositories) Add-ons and Programs, usually combined with a Skin.
  • CODEC~ A codec encodes a data stream or a signal for transmission and storage, possibly in encrypted form, and the decoder function reverses the encoding for playback or editing. Codecs are used in videoconferencing, streaming media, and video editing applications.
  • DEBUG LOG~  An automatically generated log that captures the commands, processes and results of the program which aids in the fault finding of problems or unexpected behavior.
  • DEVELOPER (AKA DEV)~ Is a person who writes the Code for various Add-ons. A good example is LAMBDA who created Genesis and Exodus. We cannot Thank the Devs enough, without them Kodi would not be what it is today. The amount of time they put into Coding and Maintaining easily adds up to Thousands of Hours.

Glossary Terms from F to M

  • File Manager~ A file manager or file browser is a computer program that provides a user interface to manage files and folders installed on your device.
  • FORKS~ A Kodi Fork is a Modified or Tweaked version of the Kodi media Player, optimized to run on a Specific Operating System. SPMC, FTMC, My Gica Media, NODI are just some of the names used.
  • GUI~ Graphical User Interface, this usually refers to the Skin being used.
  • HDMI~ High-Definition Multimedia Interface is a proprietary audio/video interface for transmitting uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from a HDMI-compliant source device.  Such as a display controller, to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for analog video standards.
  • IPTV~ Internet Protocol TeleVision. The delivery of television content over the internet instead of over the air.
  • Kodi~(formerly XBMC) Is a free and Open-Source Media Player software application, developed by the XBMC Foundation.
  • LIBRARY~ A collection of data captured in a database, that contains all main information as well as metadata on its entries. Kodi has two main libraries, one for videos and one for music.
  • METADATA~ Additional information on movies, TV shows, music. As well as actors and artists, that will be added to the standard information of movie titles, tv show episodes or music song lyrics. It can consist of, among other things, participating actors, also the biography of an artist, list of music albums made as well as various types of fanart.

Glossary Terms from R to Z

  • REPOSITORY (AKA REPOS)~ A Repository can hold within it Video Add-ons, Music Add-ons, Program Add-ons, Skins and various Tweaks and Fixes. A good example of this is the Ares Repo.
  • RESOLUTION~ The measure of the number of Pixels along the width and the height of a display screen. Multiplying the two numbers will give the total number of pixels on the screen. The current standard resolution for consumer grade TV’s is 3840 x 2160.
  • SCRAPER~ Scrapers are used by Kodi to go online to automatically retrieve metadata information and artwork from websites for Music, Videos, Movies and TV Shows. This meta data information and artwork is then used for Kodi’s music and video libraries.
  • SKIN~ A Skin is the first thing you see when Kodi opens. The Default Skin is called Confluence (Jarvis version of Kodi 16) and Estuary (Krypton version of Kodi 17) The Skin, depending on which one you use, helps you navigate around kodi easily. Such as Video Add-ons, Program Add-ons and Settings.
  • TAG/TAGGING~ Adding information or metadata to a video or music song, in order to identify and link that object in several ways to genres, artists, etc. Music files (MP3), are tagged with various info like artist name, album name, audio bitrate, producer name. The list is practically endless.
  • TMDB~ The Movie DataBase. An online community built Movie, TV and Artwork database. Used by Kodi to scrape information into your library related to your Movies and TV Shows.
  • URL Definition / URL Means~ The definition of URL is “Uniform Resource Locator, internet address”. That just means in the world of Kodi a Website Address you type into File Manager.
  • VPN or Virtual Private Network~ A method of connecting to the network that is advertised as secure and private. This may not be true in all cases.
  • WIZARD~ A Wizard can install a Build for you as well as Video Add-ons, Repositories, etc.
  • ZIP FILES~ Are single files that contain one or more Compressed Files.They are used for many different things but mostly the Devs will use them to send out Updates to various Add-ons. An example would be an update of the Covenant Video Add-on.

In Conclusion

In addition to knowing what question to ask when explaining your issue in any support group is half the problem solved. Therefore, understanding the answer or any follow-up questions asked of you completes the process. Support groups are staffed by volunteers who take time away from their Real Life to help those who have joined their Group, Social Network or like us at Streaming World Forum. Furthermore, not everyone has the same level of Kodi Knowledge. Hopefully this article will help some of you understand what you’re being told in addition to understanding the issue you may have when asking for help. Feel free to join us in the Forum. Disclaimer: We urge users to check locally applicable laws with regard to use of Kodi 3rd party add-ons and the content provided. Any advice provided by mods or admins is done so for research, education or viability purposes only. We do not encourage nor condone piracy in any way shape or form. You use the advice given solely at your own risk.