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
  • 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
Alternative source (only up to version 15.2)

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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