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Kodibuntu is a combination Kodi/operating system for use on PCs that are mainly just running Kodi. It is an alternative to installing Windows or a larger (and sometimes more complicated) Linux-based OS.

1 Hardware requirements

Kodibuntu should work with the general hardware requirements for Linux:

2 Installing

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

Download the current stable Kodibuntu image from:


  • Kodibuntu 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.
  • A pre release 32bit exists in mirrors with unstable ppa and RC candidate Kodi, which can be upgraded to stable kodi

3 Upgrading Kodi Media Center

To update Kodi when a new version is released, just do a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal (or via SFTP):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Note: In some cases where additional packages are required, Kodi will fail to upgrade when using the upgrade commands as above. To install additional packages use the command below:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

3.1 Upgrading the OS

Current Kodibuntu 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.

Kodibuntu FAQ

4 KodiBuntu FAQ

See: KodiBuntu FAQ

5 Basic use

5.1 Desktop mode

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

In order to enter desktop mode, follow those steps below:

The username may differ from the one you supplied during installation. So please be aware, that "xbmc" (as shown in the screenshot) might not be the username you will see and/or have to use.

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 Kodi, logout, select Kodi as session in the top-right pulldown menu and enter your username and password again.

5.2 Login

To login to the command line interface press Ctrl+Alt+F1 - F6 or connect over SSH by using usernamne and password supplied during installation.

Note: For the use of Ctrl+Alt+F1 - F6 no username and password is required. You are logged in directly to the command line.

5.3 Media center

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

5.4 Using desktop mode

6 See also