How to Install Kodi on Linux

Install Kodi Linux

Kodi is a free and open source cross-platform media streaming application, that was developed by Xbox Media Center (XBMC). It provides media content in an appealing and user-friendly format and allows users to provide their own content from a local or remote location.

It's a very customizable media hub that brings all your entertainment in one place. This article will take you through installing Kodi on various Linux platforms

1. Ubuntu 18.04
2. Debian 9
3. Fedora 27
4. ArchLinux

1) Installing Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

This command installation procedure works on earlier versions of Ubuntu as well. All commands run on the root terminal but you can use your account as well.

Download and install via the terminal with the following command

# sudo apt-get install kodi -y

Once the installation is complete update the system using the following command

# sudo apt-get update

All Kodi packages will be updated.

Alternatively, Kodi can be installed by adding the repositories as shown below

# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

Install the software repository

# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

Adding the installation repository

# sudo apt-get update

Updating the system

# sudo apt-get install kodi

Launching Kodi

To launch Kodi run the command below on the terminal

kodi

installing kodi

Kodi comes with a myriad of features like TV, Radio and video streaming. To enjoy these features, you have to configure add-ons to support their functionality.

installing kodi

 

2) Installing Kodi on Debian 9

To install Kodi on Debian 9, update the system first

apt update

Next, install Kodi

apt install kodi

Output

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
fonts-noto-hinted fonts-roboto-hinted kodi-bin kodi-data
kodi-visualization-spectrum libcec4 libcrossguid0 libjs-iscroll
libmariadbclient18 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5
libtinyxml2.6.2v5 mysql-common python-imaging python-pil
Suggested packages:
python-pil-doc python-pil-dbg
The following NEW packages will be installed:
fonts-noto-hinted fonts-roboto-hinted kodi kodi-bin kodi-data
kodi-visualization-spectrum libcec4 libcrossguid0 libjs-iscroll
libmariadbclient18 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5
libtinyxml2.6.2v5 mysql-common python-imaging python-pil
0 upgraded, 17 newly installed, 0 to remove and 133 not upgraded.
Need to get 34.1 MB of archives.
After this operation, 87.8 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

3) Installing Kodi on Arch Linux

To install Kodi on the latest ArchLinux OS, run

pacman -Sy xbmc

Output

resolving dependencies...
looking for conflicting packages...

Packages (6) libmariadbclient-10.1.34-1 libmicrohttpd-0.9.59-1
python2-pillow-5.2.0-1 python2-simplejson-3.16.0-1
tinyxml-2.6.2-6 kodi-17.6-7

Total Download Size: 32.32 MiB
Total Installed Size: 101.48 MiB

:: Proceed with installation? [Y/n]

4) Installing Kodi on Fedora 27

To install Kodi on Fedora 27, you must first enable the RPMFusion repository

sudo dnf install --nogpgcheck https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm

Output

Dependencies resolved.
================================================================================
Package Arch Version Repository Size
================================================================================
Installing:
rpmfusion-free-release noarch 21-1 @commandline 19 k

Transaction Summary
================================================================================
Install 1 Package

Total size: 19 k
Installed size: 9.7 k
Is this ok [y/N]: y

Next, set SELinux mode to permissive

setenforce 0

Output

setenforce: SELinux is disabled

Finally, Install Kodi

dnf install kodi

Read Also:

Kodi is an intuitive and user-friendly media theater software application that allows users to view and play videos, podcasts, Radio,  TV shows and other media files like photos. Note that Kodi only allows users to provide their own content or point to third-party online services. It's not a media content provider. Give it a try and see it for yourself!

 

 

Winnie Ondara 12:05 am

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  1. I get error when i install kodi, ubuntu 18.04

    Errors were encountered while processing:
    /var/cache/apt/archives/kodi_2%3a17.6+git20180430.1623-final-0bionic_all.deb
    /var/cache/apt/archives/kodi-bin_2%3a17.6+git20180430.1623-final-0bionic_amd64.deb