HOW-TO:Install XBMC for Linux
|HOW-TO:Install XBMC for Linux|
These are instructions for people who already have a Linux-based OS set up. If you have not installed a Linux-based OS yet, you might wish to try out XBMCbuntu which will install both the OS and XBMC with an easy installer.
1 Official Team Kodi/XBMC repositories
- Simple Install Instructions
Use the command line terminal and enter the following commands. Follow the prompts as you would any other software installation.
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xbmc
The XBMC repositories are as follows:
||Final release builds|
||Betas and release candidates|
To update XBMC/Kodi when a new version is released, just do a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal (or via SSH):
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xbmc
XBMCbuntu is a combination XBMC/operating system for use on PCs that are mainly just running XBMC. It is an alternative to installing Windows or a larger (and sometimes more complicated) Linux-based OS.
1.1.3 Installing a development build
To install a beta/unstable version of XBMC you must first add the unstable repository, then install XBMC:
ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly for nightly builds and
ppa:team-xbmc/unstable for beta builds.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xbmc
Follow the prompts to add the repository, then to add the updates, and finally install the new version of XBMC.
1.1.4 Going back to a stable version from a development version
To return to a stable release:
Find the current PPA you are using:
sudo apt-cache policy
Remove the unstable or nightly PPA where it says PPAHERE:
sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:PPAHERE
Then restore the stable version with the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get remove xbmc sudo apt-get install xbmc
If you need to remove and purge an application and finally removing/purging also the application configurations files, do so by using the following commands:
sudo apt-get remove xbmc*
sudo apt-get purge xbmc*
Then remove the settings folder to remove all settings and library data. This will not delete any videos or music, but just the settings and library data itself:
2 Other repositories
Unofficial Linux binaries that are un/semi supported by Team XBMC. These use internal ffmpeg libraries rather than system ffmpeg or libav, which is recommended for XBMC.
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 XBMC and third-party add-ons with retro video game console emulators and PVR plugins.
3 Installation from source
If distribution packages are not available, or you need a newer version, or specific features enabled, then you will most likely need to compile from source. While compiling from source does not differ very much between distributions (except for installation of build dependencies), a few different guides are available in this wiki.
- HOW-TO compile XBMC for Linux from source code
- HOW-TO compile XBMC for Linux on Debian/Ubuntu - This is a tutorial on how to compile and install XBMC on Debian and Ubuntu.