HOW-TO:Compile Kodi on openSUSE

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Starting with Kodi v18 "Leia", Kodi's build guides are kept alongside the code, where it is much easier to keep them up-to-date with current code.

1 Prerequisites

In order to successful install XBMC Eden, (by source or by rpms) you need the following Repositories to be added in Yast (change "12.1" to "11.4" or "11.3" if required):

  • openSUSE-12.1-Oss (this is already enabled in a standard installation)

  • Packman Repository

You can easly add them by YaST (package manager) --> repositories --> repositories manager --> add --> community repositories

2 Installation

2.1 Installation with RPMs

Use YaST or zypper to install XBMC:

$ sudo zypper in XBMC

NOTE: XBMC is in the Packman repository NOTE: As of April 1st, 2012, XBMC-Eden (11.0) has not yet been uploaded to the Packman repository

You can now skip to Run It!

2.2 Installation from source code

2.2.1 Getting the source code Stable sources

Stable sources can be downloaded in tar.gz format from

After downloading, run

$ tar -xfz xbmc-11.0.tar.gz

You can now skip to Installing all building dependencies Development sources

If you want to build xbmc from current development snapshot: The first time:

$ sudo zypper in git
$ cd $HOME
$ mkdir src
$ cd src
$ git clone git://

In order to update the source code (and clean old make files):

$ cd $HOME/src
$ git pull
$ make clean

2.2.2 Installing all building dependencies

XBMC requires a number of external libraries to build (you may want to copy and paste):

$ sudo zypper in make cmake autoconf automake gcc gcc-c++ libtool gettext-devel patch
$ sudo zypper in boost-devel glew-devel libmysqlclient-devel libass-devel libmpeg2-devel
$ sudo zypper in libmad-devel libjpeg-devel libsamplerate-devel libogg-devel libvorbis-devel
$ sudo zypper in libmodplug-devel libcurl-devel flac-devel libbz2-devel libtiff-devel lzo-devel 
$ sudo zypper in libyajl-devel fribidi-devel sqlite3-devel libpng12-devel pcre-devel libcdio-devel
$ sudo zypper in libjasper-devel libSDL_mixer-devel libSDL_image-devel libmicrohttpd-devel
$ sudo zypper in libsmbclient-devel python-devel gperf zip nasm

2.2.3 Compile source

To compile respecting openSUSE Filesystem structure please do the following: 32bit (i586)
$ cd XBMC_DIRECOTRY (the directory you extracted / pull XBMC into)
$ ./bootstrap
$ ./configure --enable-mid --disable-debug --disable-pulse --prefix=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install 64bit (x86_64)

I doubt that all this is needed any more - I just did an x86_64 build without this stuff. I had to however install a few more dependencies.

x86_64 users need to export CFLAGS and apply a patch because a non standard libdir ( ) on ubuntu (the only one supported)

create a text file called for example "missing-cflags.patch" a paste inside it the following lines:

than put it in your folder and type the following:

$ cd $HOME/xbmc
$ mv ../missing-cflags.patch .
$ patch -p1 < missing-cflags.patch
$ CFLAGS="-I/usr/lib64/dbus-1.0/include -I/usr/lib64/glib-2.0/include"
$ export CFLAGS
$ ./configure --enable-mid --disable-debug --disable-pulse --prefix=/usr
$ CFLAGS="-I/usr/lib64/dbus-1.0/include -I/usr/lib64/glib-2.0/include" make
$ sudo make install

3 Run it

Open a shell and type
to launch it.

Continue with How to Add Content (Media Sources) to your XBMC.

Have fun Anubisg1