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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.


1 Hardware requirements

XBMCbuntu should work with the general hardware requirements for Linux:

2 Installing

XBMCbuntu comes in an ISO form that can be written to a USB drive or burned to an optical disc.

Download the current stable KodiBuntu/XBMCbuntu image from: http://xbmc.org/download/

  • Unlike XBMCbuntu v12, v13 has only one iso image file for all x86 computers, regardless of GPU.
  • Currently, only a 64-bit version is available, but this should cover the vast majority of users.

3 Upgrading Kodi Media Center

3.1 Upgrading the OS

Current XBMCbuntu is based on a LTS release (long term release) which is supported for 5 years, this means that you wont require to upgrade the OS base in order to obtain updated or upgrade application packages.

See Current Ubuntu releases if your current distro is listed under End of life table, you will need to upgrade your OS to a supported release.

However should you need to upgrade the OS base a quick how-to follows.

3.2 How do I upgrade the XBMCbuntu base OS?


To actually upgrade the underlying Linux which "XBMCbuntu" is based on, it is possible to do so via release upgrade.

There are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. It's not a method recommended lightly to inexperienced users, doing so means you understand and accept responsibility for breaking your system.

BACKUP! Never attempt any upgrades without having proper backups of the files you consider important or value or have a full system image/backup of working system you can restore.
RECOMMENDED! It is possible (in order to preserve systems tweaks) to just upgrade XBMC itself by treating it as a normal Linux package and update/install via: Upgrading XBMC via ppa in XBMCbuntu

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install update-manager-core
sudo do-release-upgrade

This should upgrade your Base distribution, however if your current version is too old it may require repeating these steps until you reach the desired version. Do note that this is not recommended to inexperienced Linux users in case of breakages that you wont be able to resolve.

4 KodiBuntu FAQ

See: KodiBuntu FAQ

5 Basic use

5.1 Desktop mode

XBMCbuntu can boot directly into XBMC or it can also boot into a desktop mode for using applications such as a web browser.

In order to enter desktop mode, exit XBMC and on the login screen use the top-right pulldown menu and select the proper session, which will be XBMCbuntu.

Note: If you last booted directly or switched to desktop and shutdown the HTPC while in desktop, on next reboot you will get the last used session by default.

To return to XBMC, logout again and select XBMC as session in the top-right pulldown menu.

5.2 Login

To login to the command line interface press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - F6 or connect over SSH with the following login information:

username: xbmc
password: none

5.3 Media center

XBMCbuntu contains XBMC for Linux compiled with the 'standalone' mode, this enabled certain functions that are not available in normal XBMC installations (Windows, Mac Linux), these functions include Power Management, and Network Management.

5.4 Using desktop mode

6 See also

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