HOW-TO compile Kodi for Linux on Arch/Manjaro

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This guide will show you how to compile Kodi on Arch or Manjaro linux.

1 Getting the source code

First, we are going to install git, which is needed to download the Kodi source-code. Enter the following into the command line.

sudo pacman -S git

Once git is installed, we can now get the Kodi source-code

cd $HOME
git clone git:// kodi

2 Installing the required packages

Kodi needs several third party packages, most of them can be installed from the official Arch/Manjaro repository

sudo pacman -S autoconf automake cmake curl jre8-openjdk gawk gperf libao alsa-lib libass avahi bluez-libs libbluray \
bzip2 libcap libcdio libcec curl dbus fontconfig freetype2 fribidi giflib mesa glu libjpeg-turbo libltdl lzo libmicrohttpd \
libmpcdec libnfs pcre libplist libpng libpulse shairplay smbclient sqlite libssh openssl ffmpeg taglib tinyxml libtool \
libsystemd libusb libva libvdpau libxml2 libxmu libxrandr libxslt libxt lsb-release rapidjson nasm python2 python2-pillow \
swig yasm zlib libmariadbclient libcrossguid

In addition to those, Kodi needs two packages that are currently unavailable in the official repo, but they can be installed from the AUR (Arch User Repo).

We need the yaourt package in order to install packages from the AUR, so let's install it first

sudo pacman -S yaourt

Once yaourt is installed, we can now get the last two packages Kodi needs

sudo yaourt -S cwiid fmt

Optional: For developers and anyone else who compiles frequently it is recommended to use ccache

sudo pacman -S ccache

3 How to compile

To create the Kodi executable manually perform these steps:

  • By adding -j<number> to the 'cmake --build' command, you describe how many concurrent jobs will be used. So for dualcore the command is: make -j2
  • You may need to run the 'make install' command with sudo if your user doesn't have write permissions to the prefix you have provided.
cd $HOME/kodi/
mkdir kodi-build
cd kodi-build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local
cmake --build . -- VERBOSE=1 -j4
sudo make install

This will install Kodi in the prefix provided (/usr/local).

4 How to run

How to run xbmc depends on the type of installation you have done. If you chose to install Kodi using the '/usr' or '/usr/local' prefix, you can just issue 'kodi' in a teminal session.


You can also simply run from the application menu ofcourse.

In case you've overridden the prefix to install Kodi into some non-standard location, you will have to run kodi from a terminal, specifying the full path


5 Uninstalling

If you ever need to uninstall Kodi, you can use the following command

cd $HOME/kodi/kodi-build
sudo make uninstall

6 See also