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=== Desktop ===
 
=== Desktop ===
 
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* x86 (Intel/AMD-based) processor computer capable of booting to CD-ROM.
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* x86 x86_64 (Intel/AMD) processor computer capable of booting from CD-ROM/USB drive.
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_4 Intel Pentium 4], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_M Intel Pentium M], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlon_64 AMD Athlon XP/64], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opteron AMD Opteron], or newer CPU (that support [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_SIMD_Extensions SSE]).
 
** Fast modern dual-core processor is required to decode H.264 videos in FullHD (1080p) unless you have hardware video decoding (see GPU requirements below).
 
 
* Limited PPC support: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=173287
 
* Limited PPC support: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=173287
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon ATI/AMD], [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel], or [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce NVIDIA] (recommended) graphic controller which supports [[XBMC for Linux specific FAQ|OpenGL 2.0 or later]].
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* Optional is to install to a 8GB (or larger) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive USB-flash-drive] or internal harddrive.
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon ATI Radeon R420 (X800)] or newer supported, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon ATI Radeon R700 (HD 4000)] or newer recommended.
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* Larger than 8GB is required, if you have a lot of media as thumbs and art are cached on it.
** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel GMA 950 (945G)] or newer supported, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel GMA X4500HD (G45)] or newer recommended.
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** [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series] and newer supported, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce GeForce 8-Series] and newer recommended.<section end="Linux" />
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align: center; color:#000000;"
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!colspan="20" style="background-color:#D1F0FF;"|'''Minimum Required Hardware for XBMC'''
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!colspan="3" |'''CPU'''
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!colspan="3" |'''GPU'''
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!colspan="1" |'''RAM'''
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!colspan="1" |'''OpenGL'''
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!colspan="1" |'''SSE'''
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!colspan="1" |'''HDD/SSD/USB'''
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!colspan="1" |'''Optical Drive'''
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_4 Intel Pentium 4] <nowiki>|</nowiki> [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_M Intel Pentium M]
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athlon_64 AMD Athlon XP/64]
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opteron AMD Opteron]
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon ATI/AMD]
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel]
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|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce NVIDIA]
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!rowspan="2" | 1GB
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|rowspan="2" | [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenGL| OpenGL 2.0<br/>or newer recommended]]
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|rowspan="2" {{Yes}}<br/>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_SIMD_Extensions SSE]
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|rowspan="2" | '''Internal''' <br/> or '''External''' <br/> '''8GB''' or larger
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|rowspan="2" | '''Optional'''
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|colspan="3"|Fast modern dual-core processor is required<br />to decode H.264 videos in FullHD (1080p)<br/>Where GPU acceleration isn't supported.
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|HD 4300/4500 Series supported <br/>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon ATI Radeon R700 (HD 5000)]<br/> supported and recommended
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|style="text-align:left;" |[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel GMA 950 (945G)]<br/> or newer supported<br />[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_GMA Intel GMA X4500HD (G45)]<br/> or newer recommended.
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|style="text-align:left;" |[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series]<br/> and newer supported<br/>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce GeForce 8-Series]<br/>and newer recommended.
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{{note|<code>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Video_Decoder#UVD_enabled_GPUs ATI Radeon cards lower than UVD2.2]</code>, '''are not supported''' with Ubuntu & variants 12.10 base system, using fglrx, due to changes in ATI's drivers. Legacy cards that support the minimum OpenGL requirements still can be installed, but you wont get any hardware acceleration playback in XBMC with fglrx and must remain at a specific version to work without bugs..}}
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=== ARM/embedded ===
 
=== ARM/embedded ===

Revision as of 23:30, 27 March 2014

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▶ Supported hardware
Attention talk.png Want to discuss or ask about what hardware is good for XBMC? Check out the Hardware for XBMC subforum

XBMC needs a 3D capable GPU graphics hardware controller for all rendering. The required 3D GPU chips are common today in most modern computers, and even some set-top boxes. XBMC runs well on what (by Intel ATOM standards) are relatively underpowered OpenGL 1.3 (with GLSL support), OpenGL ES 2.0 or Direct3D (DirectX) 9.0 capable systems that are IA-32/x86, x86-64, or ARM CPU based.

When software decoding of a Full HD 1080p high-definition video is performed by the system CPU, a dual-core 2 GHz or better CPU is required in order to allow for perfectly smooth playback without dropping frames or giving playback a jerky appearance. XBMC can however offload most of the video decoding process onto GPU graphics hardware controller that supports one of the following types of hardware-accelerated video decoding: Intel's VAAPI, Nvidia's VDPAU, AMD's XvBA, Microsoft's DXVA, Apple's VDADecoder/VideoToolBox, OpenMAX, and Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Media Accelerator. By taking advantage of such hardware-accelerated video decoding, XBMC can run well on most inexpensive, low-power systems which contain a modern GPU.

1 Supported hardware by OS

1.1 Android

Emblem-important-yellow.png NOTICE:
It is highly recommended for users to not make any purchases in anticipation of running XBMC on Android without researching the device you want to buy. If you do buy, make sure multiple people can verify that it works! If in doubt, don't buy that box!
  • Due to the nature of Android hardware it is hard to give exact requirements. The basic set of requirements include:
    • NEON compatible ARM processor (for example: Nvidia Tegra 1/2 probably will never be supported, while Tegra 3 and later will be fully supported.)
    • Android 4.0 or later is supported, but Android 4.4 and later is recommended.
    • Hardware decoding support in XBMC is likely a must for HD video playback (720p+). Don't expect this to work on any device until someone has specifically tested it and can confirm hardware decoding support for that device. For more details on hardware video decoding support, see Android hardware.
  • The main aim for the Android port is to initially target media-players/set-top-boxes/sticks that connect to a large screen television and uses a standard remote control as interface device, (that is the same market at HTPC). However expect tablet/phone/touch/mobile/etc support to eventually improve with time.

1.2 iOS

1.2.1 ATV2

  • To Install XBMC on ATV2 you must have a jailbroken Apple TV 2 running versions 4.1 to 5.3
  • XBMC only works on the second generation Apple TV (ATV2), which is the black version that outputs 720. XBMC does not work on the newer third generation Apple TV (ATV3) that outputs 1080, because there is no jailbreak for the ATV3.

1.2.2 iDevices

  • To install XBMC for iOS you must have a jailbroken iDevice running iOS 4.0 through 7.0.6. (4.3 or higher recommended)
  • For hardware: iPad (1,2,3,4), iPad Air, iPad Mini (1,2), iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5c, 5S), iPod touch (4, 5).


1.3 Linux

1.3.1 Desktop

  • x86 x86_64 (Intel/AMD) processor computer capable of booting from CD-ROM/USB drive.
  • Limited PPC support: http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=173287
  • Optional is to install to a 8GB (or larger) USB-flash-drive or internal harddrive.
  • Larger than 8GB is required, if you have a lot of media as thumbs and art are cached on it.
Minimum Required Hardware for XBMC
CPU GPU RAM OpenGL SSE HDD/SSD/USB Optical Drive
Intel Pentium 4 | Intel Pentium M AMD Athlon XP/64 AMD Opteron ATI/AMD Intel NVIDIA 1GB OpenGL 2.0
or newer recommended
]
Yes
SSE
Internal
or External
8GB or larger
Optional
Fast modern dual-core processor is required
to decode H.264 videos in FullHD (1080p)
Where GPU acceleration isn't supported.
HD 4300/4500 Series supported
ATI Radeon R700 (HD 5000)
supported and recommended
Intel GMA 950 (945G)
or newer supported
Intel GMA X4500HD (G45)
or newer recommended.
NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series
and newer supported
GeForce 8-Series
and newer recommended.

Note: ATI Radeon cards lower than UVD2.2, are not supported with Ubuntu & variants 12.10 base system, using fglrx, due to changes in ATI's drivers. Legacy cards that support the minimum OpenGL requirements still can be installed, but you wont get any hardware acceleration playback in XBMC with fglrx and must remain at a specific version to work without bugs..


1.3.2 ARM/embedded

It is very hard to generalize XBMC hardware requirements for Linux-based OSes on ARM hardware due to most of the work in this area still being early/on-going in development. OpenGL ES 2.0 is a must. For most ARM devices, hardware video decoding support will be needed for most HD videos (and possibly some SD videos). Some newer/faster ARM chips can decode some HD video using software video decoding.

Here are a few known Linux/ARM hardware devices that are known to work:

  • Raspberry Pi - Hardware video decoding for h.264, mpeg2, and VC-1. GUI is responsive on most light skins.
  • Various "Android" boxes - can run Linux and boot directly into XBMC. Hardware video decoding for most video codecs, GUI is very responsive on most skins. Running Linux/XBMC on these "Android boxes" will likely result in better performance than running Android/XBMC.
  • Pandaboard - GeeXboX is a good OS/XBMC distro for this platform. Limited support, as it is generally not a development target by Team XBMC. Editor note: need feedback on performance. A little snippet, like the one above for the R-Pi, will do
  • CuBox - Limited support, as it is generally not a development target by Team XBMC. Editor note: need feedback on performance. A little snippet, like the one above for the R-Pi, will do

1.4 Mac OS X

  • XBMC v12 Frodo and later requires Mac OS X 10.6 and only runs on Intel Macs.

1.5 Windows

  • OS minimum to run XBMC: Windows Vista. Template:Gotham note
  • OS recommended: Windows 7, which is required for hardware video decoding.
  • Windows Home Server and Windows Server are not supported but have been reported to work with some tweaks.
  • For end-users the recommended minimum requirement is a x86-based computer, with a graphic adapter that supports DirectX version 9.0c.
  • x86 (Intel/AMD-based) processor with SSE support.
  • ATI/AMD, Intel, or NVIDIA graphic controller.
    • ATI Radeon R420 (X800) or newer supported, ATI Radeon R700 (HD 4000) or newer recommended.
    • Intel GMA 950 (945G) or newer supported, Intel GMA X4500HD (G45) or newer recommended.
    • NVIDIA GeForce 6-Series and newer supported, GeForce 8-Series and newer recommended.