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, upto 2500 mA)
  • a (micro)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 (Currently Krypton 17.3) of Kodi are now on the default Raspbian repositories. See full guide here.
  • Note that Arch ARM provides different Kodi packages optimized for different RPi models. Be sure to pull down the correct package for your specific model!
  • kodi-rbp4 (popcornmix's gbm branch)
  • kodi-rbp3 (popcornmix's newclock5 branch)
  • kodi-rbp (popcornmix's newclock5 branch)

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:

(Current Version - 17.3)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi
Alternative source
  • Pplware has a build of 17.1 for Raspbian, see here for a guide and detailed instructions on how to set up Kodi for Raspbian
PVR Addons
  • PVR Addons can be installed directly from the command line:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install PACKAGENAMEHERE

but replace PACKAGENAMEHERE with the PVR addon required.

example: sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr-hts

The PVR client add-on should now be installed. If Kodi was already running, restart it to load the add-on.

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.