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InputStream Client for FFmpeg streams (libavformat)


InputStream Client for streams that can be opened by either FFmpeg's libavformat or Kodi's cURL. Common stream formats such as plain TS, HLS and DASH (without DRM) are supported as well as many others. The addon also has support for Archive/Catchup services where there is a replay windows (usually in days) and can timeshift across that span. For documenation visit:


v19.0.3 - Revert: Update source URL to kodi mirror v19.0.2 - Update source URL to kodi mirror v19.0.1 - Translations updates from Weblate v19.0.0 - Changed test builds to released 'Kodi 19 Matrix' - Increased version to 19.0.0 - With start of Kodi 20 Nexus, takes addon as major the same version number as Kodi. This done to know easier to which Kodi the addon works. v1.21.8 Translations updates from Weblate - am_et, bs_ba, cy_gb, es_ar, eu_es, fa_ir, ml_in, mn_mn, mt_mt, my_mm, ro_md, si_lk, ta_in, tg_tj, uk_ua, uz_uz v1.21.7 - Translations updates from Weblate - de_de, pl_pl v1.21.6 - Translations updates from Weblate - da_dk v1.21.5 Translations updates from Weblate - he_il, zh_cn v1.21.4 - Workaround/hack for incorrect program change detection for catchup streams - Simplify program number property logic - Language update from Weblate v1.21.3 - Fixed: fix hls bitrate selection v1.21.2 - Fixed: Allow timezone shift when live URLs have placeholders v1.21.1 - Fixed: remove workaround for ffmpeg deprecated function on windowsstore - Fixed: Replace deprecated av_init_packet() from ffmpeg v1.21.0 - Update: FFmpeg to 4.4 - Update: Update gas preprocessor for ffmpeg4.4 - Fixed: Ignore deprecation warning as errors for ffmpegs av_init_packet() for windowsstore v1.20.1 - Fixed: release version fix v1.20.0 - Update: FFmpeg to 4.3.2 - Added: If open_mode is default make sure the right protocols default to open with ffmpeg v1.19.4 - Fixed: Fix locking on EOF detection of terminating catchup stream by using std:recursive_mutex v1.19.3 - Update: move verbose playback timeshift logging to debug level - Update: Update cmakelists to reference FFMPEGDIRECT at build time v1.19.2 - Update: Demuxer additions from kodi v1.19.1 - Fixed: Ensure all values in GetTimes() default to zero v1.19.0 - Added: FFmpeg patch for satip improvements - Added: SafeLocaltime and custom catchup timestamp formats - Added: Now timestamp and custom timestamp format for live catchup URL - Added: Use curl for mingw package downloads v1.18.2 - Update: Redact inputstream property URLs when logged v1.18.1 - Update: Add temporary ffmpeg patch for embedded EIT (EPG) data in mepgts streams v1.18.0 - Update: inputstream API 3.0.1 - Fix wrong flags bit shift v1.17.0 - Update: inputstream API 3.0.0 v1.16.0 - Update: Inputstream API 2.3.4 - Added: German translation - Added: Debian build test to Travis CI v1.15.5 - Update: Use add-on supplied StringUtils and remove local version - Update: Remove local threading code and use addon supplied instead - Update: Use new addon supplied CEndTime class based on chrono - Update: Add autoreconf step to lib zvbi v1.15.4 - Update: Remove p8-platforms and add local StringUtils for cpp17 - Update: Nettle patch for xcode 12 v1.15.3 - Update: gnutls 3.6.15 and nettle 3.6 bump v1.15.2 - Update: bump to fix version number v1.15.1 - Fixed: Use correct index for streams using a program number, fixes EIT data embedded in streams - Update: FFmpeg to 4.3.1 v1.15.0 - Added: Add fast open for manifest stream and test setting for realtime off - Fixed: Honour realtime stream property - Fixed: Fix using prev button to seek back to start of stream - Fixed: Ensure no slash at end of timeshift buffer path ...

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How To Install

Direct installation

Via Repository

Via Directory

  1. Download the addon.
  2. Open up Kodi and navigate into Add-ons.
    addon install - Add-ons
  3. Click the open box icon (above the side-menu).
    addon install - openbox
  4. Select Install from zip file.
    • If this is the first addon you install, Kodi will warn you about installing addons from "unknown sources" for security reasons - it's your call.
    • In any case, Kodi will warn you, you may not get auto-updates for this addon.
  5. Navigate into the location where you've downloaded the addon to and select it to Install.
Installing via directory means you connect to a Web server directly using Kodi.
It also means that the addon is found under a repositry or a sub-repository you install from that directory (check out which repositories host Inputstream FFmpeg Direct addon below).
  1. Open up Kodi and navigate into the System settings screen by selecting the cogwheel button (above the side-menu inside Kodi's home-screen).
  2. Select File manager.
    addon install - Kodi file manager
  3. Select Add source from the left pane (the right pane is in case you want to move files from one folder to another, if you're using a mouse you may need to double click it).
  4. Click the line where it says <None> and enter the following url:
    Note: some servers may be case-sensitive.
    addon install - Add new source
    click OK after you are done typing.
  5. Below that, if there isn't already, enter a name for the source which will be easy for you to recognize in the future. Click OK
  6. Now press the return button twice to return to home-screen.
    Navigate into Add-ons.
    addon install - Add-ons
  7. Click the open box icon (above the side-menu).
    addon install - openbox
  8. Select Install from zip file.
    • If this is the first addon you install, Kodi will warn you about installing addons from "unknown sources" for security reasons - it's your call.
    • In any case, Kodi will warn you, you may not get auto-updates for this addon.
  9. Look for the name of the source as it was entered in step 5, select the repository zip file you see inside it.
    That's it. The rest of the instructions are as detailed in installing Via Repository, use the repository you've just installed.

For a full installation guide please click here.

Additional Information

Updated:May 14, 2024

In Repositories:

  • Gearheads Repo
  • Kodi Add-on repository [omega]

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