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.)

1 Basic options

Easy / Kodi centric distributions

Advanced / can be used with Kodi
  • Raspberry Pi OS - Up-to-date versions (Currently Leia 18.7) 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. All builds feature popcornmix's gbm_matrix branch of Kodi and offer some flavor of HW accelerated decoding just like LibreELEC.
  • kodi-rpi for RPi 3/4/400
  • kodi-rpi-legacy for RPi 2 (popcornmix's gbm_matrix branch)

2 Specific install guides

For installs that don't directly include and/or boot into Kodi automatically.

2.1 Raspberry Pi OS

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 - 18.7)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

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.