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

1 Hardware requirements

XBMCbuntu should work with the general hardware requirements for Linux:

2 Installing

1 Getting and downloading XBMCbuntu
Download from: http://xbmc.org/download/


  • Unlike XBMCbuntu v12, v13 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.
2 Creating a bootable USB drive.
XBMCbuntu comes in an ISO form that can be burned to an optical disc. It can also be formatted to a USB drive, as mentioned in the next section.

For complete instructions on how to acquire, create a bootable usb flash drive, boot or install to/from see:

2.1 Updating / Upgrading or Changing XBMC version

This page below contain all rounded up FAQ regarding upgrading/updating or changing XBMC packages via the Team XBMC ppas as well as useful information for those just starting out with Linux or XBMCbuntu/Kodibuntu

2.2 Upgrading XBMCBuntu OS

Current XBMCbuntu 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.

2.3 How do I upgrade the Kodibuntu base OS?


To actually upgrade the underlying Linux which "Kodibuntu" is based on, it is possible to do so via release upgrade.

There are advantages and disadvantages to doing so. It's not a method recommended lightly to inexperienced users, doing so means you understand and accept responsibility for breaking your system.

BACKUP! Never attempt any upgrades without having proper backups of the files you consider important or value or have a full system image/backup of working system you can restore.
RECOMMENDED! It is possible (in order to preserve systems tweaks) to just upgrade Kodi itself by treating it as a normal Linux package and update/install via: Upgrading Kodi via ppa in Kodibuntu

<syntaxhighlighter lang=bash enclose="div"> sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install update-manager-core sudo do-release-upgrade </syntaxhighlighter>
This should upgrade your Base distribution, however if your current version is too old it may require repeating these steps until you reach the desired version. Do note that this is not recommended to inexperienced Linux users in case of breakages that you wont be able to resolve.

2.4 XBMCbuntu F.A.Q.

This area covers basic Frequently Asked Questions and contains relevant information regarding XBMCbuntu that may be useful to users just starting out with Linux or XBMCbuntu.

Subjects covered by XBMCbuntu F.A.Q. are, but not limited to:

  • Upgrading drivers
  • Handling backups
  • Troubleshooting

3 Login

To login locally or over SSH

username: xbmc
password: none

4 Basic use

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

4.1 Media center

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

4.2 Using desktop mode

5 Common Issues