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XBMC for Linux is primarily developed for Ubuntu Linux. Third-party packages for most other Linux distributions are however available, and it is also possible to compile XBMC Media Center from scratch for nearly any Linux distribution. Linux supports full hardware decoding with most graphics cards. Linux is generall the best way to get a fast, free, and "applicance" feel for an XBMC HTPC.

1 Main topics

Other Linux-specific wiki pages for topics, guides, and advice. For everything else, standard XBMC pages will normally apply.

2 Requirements

CPU x86 or x86-64 processor such as: Intel Pentium 4/ Pentium M, AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron, or newer CPU (that support SSE2, which all CPUs made within the last 10-years does).
  • If your GPU/VPU does not support hardware video decoding then you will require a fast modern processor is required to decode some 1080p videos encoded in H.264, VC-1/WMV9, HEVC/H.265 VP9, etc
RAM
  • Recommended: 1GB or more in a HTPC media player appliance-like computer dedicated for Kodi, and 2GB or more in a computer for multipurpose use.
Graphics

Kodi will run on most graphics cards made within the last 10-years or so, though for good hardware video decoding support a little newer graphics cards can be required. This includes most cards from AMD/ATI, Intel, or NVIDIA which support OpenGL 2.0 or later.

AMD/Intel

Video decoding For hardware video decoding, which may be necessary on low-performance CPUs to playback 1080p content, make sure your GPU or VPU supports either VAAPI or VDPAU. For everything but older AMD cards and Nvidia, VAAPI is recommended. On AMD, you might have to start with the environment variable KODI_GL_INTERFACE set to GLX in order to get VDPAU support.
ATI ( VA-API minimum 2.0.0 or VDPAU ) Intel ( VA-API minimum 1.7.1 ) Nvidia ( VDPAU )
Minimum without HW decoding: ATI Radeon RV710/M92 (HD 4300/4500) Note: These are uvd2.2 cards Arrandale / Clarkdale or newer Nvidia GeForce 6-Series
Minimum for HW decoding of 8-bit H.264 and VC-1: AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series or newer Bay Trail /Sandybridge or newer Nvidia GeForce 8-Series or newer
Minimum for HW decoding of 8-bit HEVC (H.265): AMD Radeon Rx 300 series or newer Braswell / Skylake or newer Nvidia GeForce 900 series (GM20x) or newer
Minimum for HW decoding of 10-bit HEVC (H.265): AMD Radeon 400 series or newer Apollo Lake / Kaby Lake or newer Not available
Minimum for HW decoding of VP9: Stoney Ridge APU or newer; not available for desktop GPUs at the moment Apollo Lake / Kaby Lake or newer Not available
Drive space The Kodi application generally only takes up between 100 to 200 MB of space, depending on how the binary is compiled. Technically speaking, if your hardware supports netbooting, you do not even require a internal storage for either the operating-system or for Kodi.
  • Minimum: 4 to 8GB
  • Recommended: 16GB or more
Depending on how big your video library is. Most of the space required for Kodi comes from the images/artwork cache, which can be adjusted: HOW-TO:Reduce disk space usage.

Note: There´s no 304.xxx driver for Ubuntu 18.04 available anymore from the "Graphic Drivers"-ppa. Users who are using GeForce 6-series cards should either stay on an older Ubuntu version or use newer cards


3 Linux distributions

For install instructions for various Linux distros, see HOW-TO:Install XBMC for Linux.

3.1 x86

3.2 ARM

Raspberry Pi
SolidRun CuBox-i / CuBoxTV
Other

4 How-to's

5 Device specific info

Stop hand.png These pages are maintained by the community and should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation. Device pages are made when there's a bunch of useful information for a particular device, and someone takes the time to make that page. Keep in mind, some devices simply don't need a page of specific information, but are still excellent devices. *


Chromebox
The Chromebox is an inexpensive small form-factor PC which runs Google's ChromeOS; it is the desktop variant of a Chromebook laptop. Although Kodi does not run natively under ChromeOS, the Chromebox can easily be made to run Linux (or Windows) and Kodi.
CompuLab Utilite
CompuLab Utilite multi-purpose ARM-based mini-computer that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by CompuLab development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.
EzeeCube
EzeeCube is an expandable smart media centre developed and sold by Ezee Systems Limited. It supports cross platform connectivity between iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices. It stores photos and media content from up to 6 devices. All content can be accessed from the connected HDTV and any paired devices. EzeeCube comes with a customised version of Kodi pre-installed and pre-configured. Media content can be synced using the EzeeSync app for iOS/Android devices or Mac/Windows.

EzeeCube was crowdfunded via Indiegogo in June 2014, and reached 196% of its target. The campaign included the EzeeCube base unit, add-on storage, and an add-on blu-ray player. EzeeCube started shipping in June 2015.

Intel NUC
The Intel NUC is a series of small, awesome, x86 hardware based PCs that works fantastically as an HTPC. Can run a full desktop OS if desired. Reasonable starting price considering size and power. Uses Celeron to Core i5 CPUs. Can run fanless with a replacement heatsink case.
MK808B Plus
MK808B Plus (not to be confused with the very different MK808 or MK808B), is a small inexpensive ARM-based Android "stick" hardware that uses an Amlogic S805 SoC chipset. MK808B Plus is also able to run Kodi on Linux using unofficial third-party firmware images of example OpenELEC.

While the integrated WiFi support in it is pretty sucky, for about $35 USD, the MK808B Plus is a fairly good value as a decent 1080p set-top box device that can decode most popular used video codecs today, including HEVC (H.265).

ODROID
ODROID is a series of powerful ARM-based single-board computers (developer boards), manufactured by Hardkernel Co., Ltd., an open-source hardware company located in South Korea, capable of running Android or Linux. Kodi was easly on first ported for use on Hardkernel ODROID-X, X2, U2, U3, XU, XU2, XU3 and XU3 Lite. And later Kodi has also been ported to the ODROID-C series, and today ODROID-C/C+ and ODROID-C2 supports Full 1080p (Full HD) video playback of the most commonly used codecs, including support for most if not all Kodi add-ons, as well as offering very good GUI performance.
Pivos XIOS XS
Pivos XIOS XS (or "XIOS XS Media Play") is an ARM-based media player set-top box that can currently run Kodi on Android, and in the future might also be able to run Kodi on Linux using unofficial third-party image firmware, similar to its predecessor Pivos XIOS DS.

This Pivos XIOS XS and its predecessor Pivos XIOS DS doesn't need to be jailbroken and was previously both reference hardware target for Kodi on Android development. While Pivos XIOS DS only had a single CPU core and performed roughly at the level as a jailbroken ATV2, Pivos XIOS XS have a dual-core CPU which can perform about twice as fast as its predecessor. Both also come with comes with USB ports, micro-SD card, Ethernet port, integrated WiFi, and a remote control.

Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi, Raspberry Pi 2/3 and Raspberry Pi Zero are a series of ARM-powered, credit card-sized single-board computers (developer boards) made in the UK by the non-profit Raspberry Pi Foundation organization for educational and hobbyist purposes. These low power computers are mass produced at very low prices and the high number of units sold gives it massive community support. As Kodi HTPC, all Raspberry Pis support full 1080p (Full HD) video playback of the most commonly used codecs, most if not all Kodi add-ons, and have reasonably responsive GUI performance.
SolidRun CuBox-i
CuBox-i series (which includes CuBoxTV) is SolidRun's second-generation family of multi-purpose ARM-based mini-computers that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by SolidRun development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.
SolidRun Hummingboard
Hummingboard is SolidRun's ARM-based development board that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by SolidRun development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.

With its hardware built around the same SolidRun MicroSOM platform as the SolidRun CuBox-i series, it uses scalable and open source friendly Freescale i.MX6 family of SoC (System-on-Chip) ranging from a single to quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores, 2D/3D hardware graphics processing unit, video decoding and encoding acceleration hardware, and HDMI 1.4 1080p 3D output support.

UDOO
UDOO is a series of Freescale i.MX 6 single-board computers integrated with a Arduino 2 compatible microcontroller, primarily designed for the education of computer science, the world of makers and the Internet of Things.

The product was initially launched on Kickstarter at April 2013 reaching wide consensus, with three models of UDOO available: UDOO Dual Basic, UDOO Dual, UDOO Quad, respectively priced at $99, $115, $135 at launch.

Wandboard
Wandboard is an ARM-based development board that is capable of running either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using firmware images provided by WandboardWandboard development team and third-parties of which many comes with Kodi pre-installed.

Wandboard uses scalable and open source friendly Freescale i.MX6 family of SoC (System-on-Chip) ranging from a single to quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores, 2D/3D hardware graphics processing unit, video decoding and encoding acceleration hardware, and HDMI 1.4 1080p 3D output support.

WeTek Core
WeTek Core is an ARM-based media player device that can currently run either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using official first-party firmware images provided by WeTek and OpenELEC development teams which comes with Kodi pre-installed.
WeTek Play
WeTek Play (also sold as an WeTek OpenELEC edition) is an ARM-based media player device that can currently run either Kodi on Android or on Linux, both using official first-party firmware images provided by WeTek and OpenELEC development teams which comes with Kodi pre-installed. WeTek Play is also one of the first Kodi based set-top box devices that have support for integrated ATSC and DVB TV-tuners, which are currently fully functional via plug-and-play under Android and Linux in combination with Tvheadend PVR backend or VDR PVR backend and its matching PVR client addon for Kodi.


6 Random notes

Feel free to place various notes, tips, and links here. As this section of the wiki gets more organized, those notes will be properly sorted. Consider this like a dumping ground for when you're not sure where to put something.