HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Linux
See Migration from XBMC to Kodi for special notes about going from an older XBMC version to Kodi.
1 Official Team Kodi repositories
The installation instructions within this section reference repositories that are officially sanctioned by Team Kodi. For third party and unofficial build support, please see the section below.
1.1 Installing Kodi on Ubuntu-based distributions
Use the command line terminal and enter the following commands. Follow the prompts as you would any other software installation.
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install kodi
The XBMC repositories are as follows:
||Final release builds|
||Betas and release candidates|
1.1.1 Installing PVR Addons
The Linux release of Kodi doesn't include any PVR addons by default. To install a PVR addon, run the following command and replace the XXXXXX with the PVR addon of your choice:
sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr-XXXXXXX
|kodi-pvr-dev||Kodi Media Center (PVR Add-on Dev package)|
|kodi-pvr-argustv||Kodi PVR Addon Argustv|
|kodi-pvr-demo||Kodi PVR Demo Addon|
|kodi-pvr-dvbviewer||Kodi PVR Addon Dvbviewer|
|kodi-pvr-iptvsimple||Kodi PVR Iptv Addon|
|kodi-pvr-mediaportal-tvserver||Kodi PVR Addon Mediaportal Tvserver|
|kodi-pvr-mythtv||Kodi PVR Addon MythTv - Cmyth|
|kodi-pvr-nextpvr||Kodi PVR Addon NextPvr|
|kodi-pvr-njoy||Kodi PVR Addon Njoy|
|kodi-pvr-tvheadend-hts||Kodi PVR Addon TvHeadend Hts|
|kodi-pvr-vdr-vnsi||Kodi PVR Addon VDR Vnsi|
|kodi-pvr-vuplus||Kodi PVR Addon Vuplus|
1.1.2 Installing a development build
To install a beta/unstable version of XBMC/Kodi you must first add the unstable repository, then install XBMC. Use
ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly for nightly builds and
ppa:team-xbmc/unstable for beta builds.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install kodi
To update XBMC/Kodi when a new version is released, just do a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal (or via SSH):
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
1.1.4 Downgrading to a stable version from a development version
If you install a nightly build or an unstable release and want to return to a stable release, follow these instructions:
Find the current PPA you are using:
sudo apt-cache policy | grep team-xbmc
Remove the unstable or nightly PPA where it says PPAHERE:
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:PPAHERE
Then restore the stable version with the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get remove kodi sudo apt-get install kodi
1.1.5 Downgrading to a stable version from a development version
Use these commands if you need to downgrade from a stable version to another stable version. For example, to downgrade from Kodi v14 to XBMC v13.2:
sudo apt-get install xbmc=2:13.2* xbmc-bin=2:13.2*
Note the version number after "
xbmc=2:". For older Kodi versions replace "xbmc" with "kodi" for both
For a full list of available versions type in this command:
If you need to remove and purge an application and finally removing/purging also the application configurations files, do so by using the following commands:
sudo apt-get remove kodi*
sudo apt-get purge kodi*
Then remove the settings folder to remove all settings and library data. This will not delete any videos or music, but just the settings and library data itself:
2 Third Party Repositories
The instructions in this section are for unofficial Linux binaries that are un/semi supported by Team Kodi. Most of those binaries use system ffmpeg or even worse totally untested libav, which is not recommended for XBMC/Kodi as we support ffmpeg only.
Refer to HOW-TO:Install Kodi on Fedora 21 using RPMFusion packages for a guide showing how to install Fedora 21 and Kodi to create a quick-booting, standalone style of media player.
FedoraProject also has this page discussing how to build a dedicated home theatre.
OpenELEC (short for "Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center") is a free and open source, small and very fast booting, embedded operating system. OpenELEC is a complete media center software suite that comes with a pre-configured version of XBMC/Kodi and third-party add-ons with retro video game console emulators and PVR plugins.
The installation instructions on this page are intended for people who already have a Linux-based OS setup, or wish to do their own installation of Linux. Alternatively you can try out KodiBuntu, which will install both an OS and XBMC/Kodi with an easy installer.
XBMCbuntu is a combination XBMC/operating system for use on PCs that are mainly just running XBMC. It is an alternative to installing Windows or a larger (and sometimes more complicated) Linux-based OS.
3 Installation from source
If distribution packages are not available, or you need a newer version, or specific features enabled, then you will most likely need to compile from source. While compiling from source does not differ very much between distributions (except for installation of build dependencies), a few different guides are available in this wiki.
- HOW-TO compile XBMC for Linux from source code
- HOW-TO compile XBMC for Linux on Debian/Ubuntu - This is a tutorial on how to compile and install XBMC/Kodi on Debian and Ubuntu.