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The recommended method to build/install Kodi on Arch Linux or Manjaro (and other Arch clones), is to build from a PKGBUILD rather than building/installing by hand.  The primary reason to build this way is that it allows all files to be managed by pacman which is adventitious for numerous reasons.   
 
The recommended method to build/install Kodi on Arch Linux or Manjaro (and other Arch clones), is to build from a PKGBUILD rather than building/installing by hand.  The primary reason to build this way is that it allows all files to be managed by pacman which is adventitious for numerous reasons.   
  
One can download a PKGBUILD for Kodi from the [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_User_Repository AUR] which hosts  [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/kodi-devel/ kodi-devel]. The remainder of this article shows steps to manually build and install.
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* To build the official Kodi package, use a utility such as [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_Build_System#Retrieve_PKGBUILD_source_using_Git asp] which will pull the needed files.
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* To build a dev version of Kodi, download a PKGBUILD the [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Arch_User_Repository AUR] which hosts  [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/kodi-devel/ kodi-devel].
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The remainder of this article shows steps to manually build and install.
  
 
== Getting the source code ==
 
== Getting the source code ==

Revision as of 19:37, 14 May 2019

The recommended method to build/install Kodi on Arch Linux or Manjaro (and other Arch clones), is to build from a PKGBUILD rather than building/installing by hand. The primary reason to build this way is that it allows all files to be managed by pacman which is adventitious for numerous reasons.

  • To build the official Kodi package, use a utility such as asp which will pull the needed files.
  • To build a dev version of Kodi, download a PKGBUILD the AUR which hosts kodi-devel.

The remainder of this article shows steps to manually build and install.

1 Getting the source code

First, we are going to install git, which is needed to download the Kodi source-code. Enter the following into the command line.

sudo pacman -S git

Once git is installed, we can now get the Kodi source-code

cd $HOME
git clone git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc.git kodi


2 Installing the required packages

Kodi needs several third party packages, most of them can be installed from the official Arch/Manjaro repository

sudo pacman --needed --asdeps -S alsa-lib autoconf automake avahi bluez-libs bzip2 cmake curl cwiid dbus ffmpeg \
flatbuffers fmt fontconfig freetype2 fribidi fstrcmp gawk giflib glu gperf jre8-openjdk libao libass libbluray \
libcap libcdio libcec libcrossguid libjpeg-turbo libltdl libmariadbclient libmicrohttpd libmpcdec libnfs libplist \
libpng libpulse libssh libsystemd libtool libusb libva libvdpau libxml2 libxmu libxrandr libxslt libxt lsb-release \
lzo mesa nasm openssl pcre python2 python2-pillow rapidjson shairplay smbclient sqlite swig taglib tinyxml yasm zlib

In addition to those, Kodi needs a few packages that are currently unavailable in the official repo, but they can be installed from the AUR (Arch User Repo)[1].

cwiid fstrcmp

Those can either be installed manually[2] or by using a AUR Helpers[3].

Optional: For developers and anyone else who compiles frequently it is recommended to use ccache

sudo pacman -S ccache

3 How to compile

To create the Kodi executable manually perform these steps:

Notes
  • By adding -j<number> to the 'cmake --build' command, you describe how many concurrent jobs will be used. So for dualcore the command is: make -j2
  • You may need to run the 'make install' command with sudo if your user doesn't have write permissions to the prefix you have provided.
cd $HOME/kodi/
mkdir kodi-build
cd kodi-build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local
cmake --build . -- VERBOSE=1 -j4
sudo make install

This will install Kodi in the prefix provided (/usr/local).


4 How to run

How to run xbmc depends on the type of installation you have done. If you chose to install Kodi using the '/usr' or '/usr/local' prefix, you can just issue 'kodi' in a teminal session.

kodi

You can also simply run from the application menu ofcourse.


In case you've overridden the prefix to install Kodi into some non-standard location, you will have to run kodi from a terminal, specifying the full path

/opt/kodi/bin/kodi


5 Uninstalling

If you ever need to uninstall Kodi, you can use the following command

cd $HOME/kodi/kodi-build
sudo make uninstall


6 See also