XBMC - History - Releases

Releases

This is a release history with condensed change-log lists for the most important added or removed notable new features, functions, and changed in each stable version of XBMC.

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Release history
Version Release date Codename Significant changes XBMC Live / XBMCbuntu based on
1.0.0 29 June 2004
  • Total rewrite of the source code from XBMP (Xbox Media Player)
1.1.0 18 October 2004
  • Zoom/stretch options: zoom, stretch 4x3 or 14x9 or 16x9, original size, custom
  • Tags parsing and display for wma, m4a, mp4 and aac (mpeg-4 audio) audio-files
  • International-language fonts for subtitles via TTF-fonts
  • Audio CD Ripper, backup cdda's to hdd in wav, ogg or mp3 (lame) format
  • Karaoke CDG-file and audio CUE-sheets (.cue) support
  • iIunes 6.x music shares via DAAP (network stream from Apple iTunes)
  • Auto-temperature and fan-speed control options
  • Network-configuration and setup via GUI
  • Profiles for settings
  • Mouse support and virtual-keyboard
  • LCD-display output extended to also support xaddons lcd-mods and xecuter3 lcd
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
2.0.0 29 September 2006
  • Reworked skinning engine.
  • New internally developed video player ("DVDPlayer") with DVD-Video menu/navigation support (with ISO/IMG image parsing)
  • New internally developed audio/music-player ("PAPlayer") with crossfade, gapless playback and ReplayGain support
  • RAR/ZIP archive parsing
  • Karaoke CDG-file display
  • Xored Trainer Engine (gaming-cheats) (not ported from Xbox to other platforms yet)
  • XLink Kai (online-gaming) front-end (not ported from Xbox to other platforms yet)
  • Added UPnP / DNLA client
  • Read-only support for FAT12/16/32 formatted USB Mass Storage Devices
  • New "skinnable" 3D visualizer.
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
8.10 15 November 2008 Atlantis
  • Cross-platform support adding support for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows
  • New default high definition skin “PM3.HD”
  • "XBMC Live" bootable CD with unified hard disk/USB flash disk installer
  • The XBMC profile
  • Integration of iTunes and iPhoto media (OS X exclusive).
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
9.04 6 May 2009 Babylon
  • PPC (PowerPC) support for Mac OS X (PowerPC G4 or later)
  • VDPAU (Nvidia's Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix)
  • New Karaoke features
  • Officially dropped support for the Xbox as a platform for XBMC
  • Updated codecs and major bug-fixes for DVD-Video playback core
  • More Media Info Scrapers
  • Improved FanArt and Artwork support
  • Revamped skinning engine
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope)
9.11 24 December 2009 Camelot
  • Revamped user interface via the new default skin “Confluence“
  • DirectX support by default for the Windows platform
  • A complete reorganization of the settings menus uniformed across skins
  • Automatic video information extraction
  • Out-of-the-box support for new remotes
  • Smoother video playback performance
  • All scrapers updated
  • Increased subtitle and Karaoke lyric support
  • Support for CoreAudio API (OS X exclusive)
  • AC3 and DTS digital audio pass-through to SP/DIF on Apple TV (thanks to CoreAudio)
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)
10.0 and 10.1 18 December 2010 Dharma
  • Unified Addon framework
  • Addon Browser GUI for installation and management of third-party addons, skin, and scripts
  • Team XBMC's official Addons Repository with Addon FanArt support
  • Update Notifications
  • Movie Sets (option to group movie collections)
  • Gesture support to XBMC's GUI Engine
  • Unencrypted Blu-ray Disc support
  • Broadcom Crystal HD video acceleration support (All Platforms)
  • Windows Touch API support (Windows 7 touch features and functions)
  • DXVA 2.0 (DirectX Video Acceleration) (Windows Vista/7 exclusive)
  • WASAPI (Windows Audio Session API) for raw bitstream output (Windows Vista/7 exclusive)
  • High-Quality Bicubic and Lanczos Upscalers (Video Resamplers) as Direct3D HLSL (Windows Vista/7 exclusive) and OpenGL GLSL Shaders
  • Direct3D port of the OpenGL Spectrum 3D Audio Visualization for DirectX (Windows Vista/7 exclusive)
  • Visual Studio 2010 Express edition and Visual Studio 2010 non-Express edition support (Windows Vista/7 exclusive)
  • ARM processor architecture (Linux exclusive)
  • VAAPI (Video Acceleration API) support (Linux exclusive)
  • OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for Linux (Linux exclusive)
  • NEON (Advanced SIMD instruction set) CPU acceleration support for the ARM architecture under Linux
  • Apple VDADecoder Video Acceleration support (OS X exclusive requires Snow Leopard and NVIDIA 9400 or later)
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 compliance
  • JSON-RPC, JSON API
  • RTMPE and RTMPTE streaming support
  • Microhttpd Web Server replaces old GoAhead and Spyce code
  • SSH file transfer protocol (sftp) streaming support via libssh
  • MySQL database backend
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)
11.0 24 March 2012 Eden
  • iOS port for Apple TV 2G, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad
  • Dirty Regions rendering option for texture support to skinning engine (disabled by default)
  • Efficiency improvements to reduce high cpu/gpu usage
  • Default skin changed to a horizontal home layout
  • New RenderCapture type to the Python script framework to enable Ambilight clone addons
  • Combined Files and Library mode for videos
  • Playback of ISO image files for Blu-ray Disc support
  • Slingbox playback over the network support
  • Peripheral manager controller under settings
  • HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support for Pulse-Eight's USB CEC Adapter
  • Improved Apple VDADecoder Video Acceleration support
  • Improved Touch / Gesture API and Mouse support
  • Improved ARM processor architecture support
  • Improved OpenMAX Video Decoding Acceleration support for Linux
  • Improved OpenGL ES and EGL support
  • Improved JSON-RPC API compliance with JSON-RPC 2.0 specifications
  • Improved VDPAU performance
  • VDPAU HQ Upscaling support (require NVIDIA's capable GPU)
  • H.264 accelerated video decoding via Apple's VideoToolBox API
  • JPEG accelerated image decoding via Apple's VideoToolBox API
  • Added basic DRC (Dynamic Range Compression) volume limiter
  • AirPlay / AirTunes target support
  • Extended Addons API adding extension points for Service Addons
  • Ability for all addons to provide their own web interface
  • Removed native weather forecast scraper, use weather addons instead
  • Added support for multiple simultaneous HID device mappings
  • FFmpeg upgraded (libavformat and libavcodec)
Lubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
12.0 Release Target Date: 2012 Frodo
  • Added unified PVR front-end with seamless DVR and a common EPG client GUI
  • Added unified PVR back-end framework and API for multiple PVR servers
  • Initial unstable Android port with multi-architecture platform support
  • BSD (operating system) port for FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and other similar BSD platforms
  • Added unified "AudioEngine" audio abstraction framework with an API and platform sinks
  • Added dedicated AMLPlayer video player for hardware accelerated video decoding on Amlogic
  • Added dedicated OMXPlayer video player for hardware accelerated video decoding via OpenMAX IL API
  • NEON (Advanced SIMD instruction set) CPU acceleration support for the ARM architecture
  • Improved ARM processor architecture (Pivos XIOS DS and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
  • Improved OpenGL ES and EGL support (Pivos XIOS DS and Raspberry Pi as reference devices)
  • Added ability to run a split display resolution for GUI and video playback on embedded platforms
  • Enable Dirty Regions rendering to redraw whole screen on single dirty region by default on all platforms
  • Improved HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support for Pulse-Eight's LibCEC
  • Library customization that allows for custom video nodes
  • Added Advanced Library Filtering for Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, and Music views
  • Improved Smart Playlists for Advanced Library Filtering
  • Combined Files and Library mode for music
  • Combined Files and Library mode for photos
  • Custom tagging of Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos to simplify sets with scraping
  • Added support for both banner and poster video art types simultaneously
  • Added storing of "Episode ID" for First Aired, DVD Episode Number, and Absolute Number sort order
  • Added support for exporting video art as JPG or PNG rather than TBN file extension
  • Switched to TagLib for reading metadata embedded into audio files
  • Better library database handling for faster browsing
  • Improved image and texture caching for GUI speedup
  • Optimize the GUI rendering engine for embedded devices
  • Improved Touch / Gesture API support for touchscreen interfaces
  • Added software decoding of 10-bit depth H.264 profile (Hi10P) videos
  • Added HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) and M3U8 (Extended M3U) playlist support
  • Added WebSocket support for JSON-RPC and to Addons API
  • Added image transformation handler for resizing images on-the-fly over JSON-RPC and WebServer API
  • Added basic support for PVR / EPG extensions and notifications over the JSON-RPC API
  • Added SmartPlaylist Extensions and Extended Filtering in JSON-RPC
  • Added support for screensavers written in Python (programming language)
  • Added ability to extend XBMC's native Python API by writing C++ code generated via Groovy and SWIG
  • Blu-ray Disc HDMV menu support (but not BD-J / BD-Live menus)
  • Improved deinterlacing "Weave" method for playback of interlaced video when upscaling
  • Improved performance of the default Web Interface (complete rewrite of JavaScript loading)
  • Improved AirPlay / AirTunes target support
  • Improved the Audio-CD ripper that now works as a background task job
  • Add Test Suite based on Google C++ Testing Framework to make regression testing easier
  • Added support controlling external XBMC and third-party UPnP/DLNA instances over UPnP
  • Added rich metadata support to XBMC's UPnP Media Server for UPnP and DLNA clients
  • Upgraded Platinum (libplatinum) UPnP and DNLA libraries
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
  • Removed the old HTTP API in favour of the new JSON-RPC API
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13.0 Release Target Date: ? ?
  • Add Games Library GUI with metadata scraper and Video Game Console Emulator (ROMs) interface
  • Android port with multi-architecture platform support
  • MIPS processor architecture support (Sigma Designs reference)
  • DirectFB support via Mesa and DRM for OpenGL ES 2.0 support
  • Add OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for Android OpenMAX AL API
  • Improve OpenMAX Video Acceleration API support for Linux
  • Improve ARM processor architecture (adding OUYA with NVIDIA Tegra 3 as reference device)
  • Improve OpenGL ES and EGL support (adding OUYA with NVIDIA Tegra 3 as reference device)
  • Extend XBMC's Addons API / ABI to support third-party (closed source) binary addons
  • Add support for C#, Java, Go, Modula-3, OCaml, Octave, and Scheme addons via Groovy and SWIG code-generation
  • Add support for Lua, Perl, PHP, R, Ruby, Tcl scripting languages based addons via Groovy and SWIG code-generation
  • Improve PVR timeshift support (PVR backend still need to support timeshifting)
  • Add Place-shifting streaming videos / music output ability to the Web Server and JSON-RPC API
  • Add on-the-fly audio and video transcoding output ability to XBMC's DLNA / UPnP Media Server
  • Add on-the-fly video transcoding output ability to WebServer and JSON-RPC API for remote apps
  • Add on-the-fly audio transcoding output ability to WebServer and JSON-RPC API for remote apps
  • Improve support for PVR / EPG extensions and notifications over the JSON-RPC API
  • Add Bluetooth settings to the GUI
  • Add WiFi and network configuration settings to the GUI
  • Add MySQL database settings to the GUI
  • Add support for both banner and poster music art types simultaneously
  • Add support for exporting music art as JPG or PNG rather than TBN file extension
  • Add native XvBA accelerated video decoding for AMD/ATI GPUs
  • Upgrade FFmpeg (libavcodec and libavformat) libraries
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