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Stop hand.png Warning: Kodi does not recommend the use of OpenElec as it is no longer actively maintaned. We recommend LibreELEC [1]
  • OpenELEC 8.0.4 was released in June 2017
  • OpenELEC 8.0.4 is based on Kodi 17.3 when the last Kodi 17.x release is Kodi 17.6
  • OpenELEC 8.0.4 has no Raspberry Pi3+ support - this popular hardware was released in March 2018
  • There have been no public commits to the OpenELEC development Github repository since May 2017
  • Nobody is replying to posts on the OpenELEC forum - the only posts are from spammers
  • The sole remaining OpenELEC developer is nowhere to be seen


The only conclusion that can reasonably be drawn from all of this is that OpenELEC is now abandoned.

OpenELEC (short for "Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center") is a free and open source, small and very fast booting, embedded operating system. OpenELEC is a complete media center software suite that comes with a pre-configured version of Kodi and third-party add-ons with retro video game console emulators and PVR plugins.

Note: OpenELEC is lacking critical updates which have broken many functions of Kodi. We recommend switching to LibreElec


OpenELEC is also designed to be used with flash based drives, like compact flash, USB drives, or SSDs.

OpenELEC works on most computers you can install Kodi on, even the Raspberry Pi and the Apple TV 1 (silver only).


1 Main features

OpenELEC includes all features that Kodi has to offer.

2 Installing OpenELEC

A detailed guide about installing OpenELEC can be found at their wiki page: Installation

3 Updating OpenELEC

A detailed guide about updating OpenELEC can be found at their wiki page: Updating

4 Back Up Configuration/settings

5 Further reading

6 See also

  • https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=333495&pid=2749875#pid2749875
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