Kodi can be run on many hardware platforms from a Raspberry Pi 3 to a Smartphone.
How Kodi is played often depends on what hardware you have laying around.
The minimum requirements to run Kodi are a Dual Core 2.0 GHz CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 3D render capable video card.
Of course the faster the CPU and more RAM the better Kodi will run.
In 2018 it is best to have at least 2GB of RAM to run Kodi 17.6 Krypton.
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Old Desktop or Laptop Computer
An old computer can be set up to run Kodi as long as it has the minimum requirements.
This is often the best place to start and later move onto other dedicated hardware.
Running Kodi from a desktop is easy to do with the only real downside being that a large computer needs to sit next to your TV.
This is a good option though, especially if just starting out with Kodi.
While many people love Kodi there are some who don’t understand how it works. For this reason, starting out with something that is laying around is always a good idea.
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Dedicated Android TV Kodi Box
There is an abundance of dedicated Android TV boxes for sale that plays Kodi nicely.
This is a good low-cost way to run Kodi with most boxes having many more features such as Netflix and Youtube.
These boxes can come loaded with good hardware in a variety of price ranges. They also are small and fit nicely in with a TV without taking up much space.
The fastest is the Nvidia Shield but there are many more options.
There are many low-cost units that run Kodi well and stream videos fine.
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Android Smartphone or Tablet
Kodi can install and play very well on an Android smartphone or Tablet.
It can even be connected to a large TV and play movies and TV shows quite well.
Common ways to connect to a TV are with a Micro-USB HDMI Cable and Miracast.
Kodi 17.6 Krypton requires Android 5.0 lollipop or higher to be installed which came out in November 2014, so most any older phone laying around can stream with Kodi.
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Raspberry Pi 3
A Raspberry Pi 3 has a 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 CPU with 1GB of RAM which runs Kodi well.
The 1GB of RAM is low but still works even if lagging a bit when clicking about.
The only real downside to a RasPi setup is all the extras needed to get Kodi working, such as a keyboard, mouse, WiFi dongle, HDMI cable, Power supply and so on.
If you have all the extra small things laying around and the technical ability the Raspberry Pi 3 can be a fun project.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Fire TV Stick has become a popular option to run Kodi since it is low cost and works well.
The Fire Stick will need to side-load Kodi which can be a bit technical but there are many online tutorials.
If you have one laying around and the technical ability then it is a good option.
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Kodi has been coded to be installed on many different devices and all for free.
While it can be installed on many devices unless the hardware is fast enough it can lag at times making it an unbearable experience.
For example a Raspberry pi 2 will run Kodi but freezes at moments and buffers videos constantly.
Sticking with at least a Dual Core 2.0 GHz processor, and 2GB of RAM, will run Kodi nicely in most cases.
If you only have older hardware then it won’t hurt to try it out and see how well it runs.