Quick Solutions for Kodi Webserver Failed to Start

Kodi is a popular open-source home theatre software that was earlier called XBOX Media Center (XBMC). It is a widely used multimedia application and comes with an open-source GNU/GPL license. Kodi allows you to enjoy all your favorite entertainment genres in one place.

Kodi also provides you with numerous add-ons that extend the features and usability of Kodi. You can have almost all sorts of entertainment in one place with KODI. Be it watching videos, streaming TV, listening to music, or playing games, everything can be done all under one roof.

Kodi also comes with a built-in web server that provides several services accessible through HTTP. With the webserver enabled, you can access the Kodi web interface which lets you control and interact with the application.

Starting the Kodi Web server is easy. You just have to go to the settings->services->control and click on “Allow remote control via HTTP”. If you’re on Windows, it asks for firewall permissions which you have to grant. And thus, you have started the webserver on Kodi.

The process shown above is the standard procedure to start a Kodi webserver. But sometimes you may get an error stating “Failed to Start” while trying to start a Kodi webserver. To successfully start a Kodi web server, follow the quick methods given below:

Kodi Webserver Failed to Start – Fixes

Windows System

If the xbmc web server fails to start, then it’s probably because of a wrongly configured port. It might also happen if your port is blocked by the firewall or being used by another running process. First of all, make sure that you have given Kodi access to your private network via Firewall.

1) Open Windows Firewall by typing “Firewall” in the start menu. Click on “Windows Firewall with Advanced Security”.

 Windows Firewall

2) Now click on the Inbound Rules tab

 Inbound Rules tab

3) Locate Kodi installation and double click on it to open its configuration settings.

Locate Kodi installation

4) Click on “Allow” to grant network access to Kodi

Grant network access to Kodi

5) Now, Click on the “Advanced” tab and select Private and Public options

Advanced tab
Select Private and Public options

6) Click on “Apply” and close the window

Apply and close window

Similarly, do the above steps if you see multiple “Kodi” apps listed in the rules. The multiple listing is due to the different protocols like TCP, UDP used by Kodi.

Kodi protocols

Now you have granted Kodi access to your private and public networks. The next step is to configure the port.

1) Open Kodi


2) Click the small gear icon on the top left to open settings

Go to  Kodi settings

3) Click on services

Kodi control

4) Open the control tab

Open the control tab

5) Click on Port and set it to the default value “8080”

Kodi settings and services
Numeric pad

6) Click on “Allow remote control via HTTP”

Allow remote control through HTTP

7) You have successfully started the KODI web server on Windows

Kodi settings control

Linux Systems

On Linux machines, ports below 1024 require super-user privileges and thus aren’t available to Kodi for use. So, if you’re facing issues starting your xbmc web server, just change the port number to any number above 1024 that isn’t in use on your computer.

You can choose a port number like 1485, 1588, or 1066 for example. Those three port numbers don’t have any popular uses registered with IANA, so you can use them. After configuring the port number, your web server will be started successfully.

Mobile Systems (Android)

If you’re on Android and facing issues starting the Kodi web server, it might feel discouraging. You might be having your Kodi not connected to the internet or any WIFI and that’s when you face this issue. But hey, we have a quick fix for it. Just go to Kodi web server settings and set the port number to the default value “8080”. Now restart the server, and you’re done! You have started the webserver successfully.

Final Words

Kodi is a must-have application for all those who like to enjoy all sorts of entertainment in one place. The KODI web server is a great tool to access the KODI web interface on any device and interact with it on-the-go. If you’re still facing issues starting it, make sure you follow the above steps correctly.

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