Kodi Starter script for OSX: Remotely launch Kodi on Mac OSX from Yatse (Gonzalo)


This script was written by Gonzalo on first version of the forum all credits goes to him.


I got this working for Kodi on OS X Yosemit (should work on other versions too). I used the Linux script (Thanks to Henk) but had to do a couple of little tweaks to it, here are the steps to install it so it automatically runs when the computer starts:

# Create the following 2 files in your user folder (note, my user is “media”, replace that everywhere with your user:



UDP_PORT=9          # Change this if you need to run this on a different port, just remember to update Yatse's settings as well
RUN_XBMC_AS=media     # Change this if you need to run it as another user

START_PHRASE="YatseStart-Xbmc"    # Do not touch this, unless you know what you are doing…

# The following block checks if the user running this script has the required privileges to listen on the port specified above
   if [ "$WHO" != "root" ]
      echo "Unprivileged users may not evesdrop on ports. Cannot start unless running as root."
      exit 1

echo "Listening on port $UDP_PORT for Yatse remote start command" 

while [ true ]; do
   # Wait for a packet to come in from Yatse
   LISTEN=`tcpdump -A -c 2 "udp port $UDP_PORT" 2>&1 | grep -o "$START_PHRASE"`
   # Make sure that we received the right command
   if [ "$LISTEN" = "$START_PHRASE" ]; then
      echo "Starting XBMC as $RUN_XBMC_AS" 
      # Start XBMC using sudo -u to run it using the username above
      # If you need to you can replace the xbmc command below with xbmc-standalone if you are not using a window manager
      sudo -u $RUN_XBMC_AS /Applications/Kodi.app/Contents/MacOS/Kodi
   # Sleep, to be nice, for unwanted rogue processes writing to our port
   sleep 1


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">




# Execute the following commands on a Terminal to Fix ownership / permissions and move the plist to the right place:

# The plist file needs to be owned by root

sudo chown root:wheel /Users/media/com.yatse.kodi.autostarter.plist

# This will move it to the right place so the script runs as root when the system starts

sudo mv /Users/media/com.yatse.kodi.autostarter.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons

# This sets the proper permissions so the files are owned and can be executed by root

sudo chown root:wheel /Users/media/yatse.kodi.autostarter.sh
sudo chmod 755 /Users/media/yatse.kodi.autostarter.sh
  1. Restart your system