Archive:HOW-TO compile Kodi for Linux on Arch/Manjaro

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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.

  • 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:// 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:

  • 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.


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


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