HOW-TO:Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi

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The basic hardware you will need is

  • the R-Pi board itself
  • a power supply (Micro-USB, 5V, 1200 mA)
  • a SDHC memory card to install the software. (Because video decoding is more resource-intensive than many other operations, it may be more important to have a fast/high quality memory card for Kodi than for other uses.)
See also: Raspberry Pi FAQ


1 Basic options

Easy / Kodi centric distributions

Advanced / can be used with Kodi
  • Raspbian - Up-to-date versions (only up to version 15.2) of Kodi are now on the default Raspbian repositories. See full guide here (Version 16.1 is at the moment only available in Raspbian testing.)
  • TriPi - Kodi, RetroPie, and a Rapbian desktop environment, in all one image with full Xbox360 controller support. (Xbox One controllers not supported yet) Guide
  • Recalbox - Installing (note: game controllers currently don't work in Kodi, so an additional remote or keyboard is needed)

2 Specific install guides

For installs that don't directly include and/or boot into Kodi automatically.

2.1 Raspbian

Editor note: We need to expand on this section, but here are the basic commands if you are familiar with the command-line:

(only up to version 15.2)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi
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2.2 RetroPie

Here's a youtube guide:

3 Compiling Kodi

Notes for advanced users who wish to try and build Kodi from source code.

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