XBMC for Raspberry Pi

This page describes how to install XBMC on a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian. You can either install packages on an existing Raspbian installation, or you can download a prebuilt image and flash it to an SD card.

Installing packages on an existing installation

I've published a Debian archive containing packages for Kodi/XBMC and some dependencies which it requires. This can be setup on an existing Raspbian installation (including the foundation image).


The easiest way to install the package is to add my archive to your system. To do this, store the following in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mene.list:

deb http://archive.mene.za.net/raspbian wheezy contrib

and import the archive signing key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED

Then update the package lists:

sudo apt-get update

You can then install it as you would with any other package, for example, with apt-get:

sudo apt-get install kodi

The user which you're going to run Kodi as needs to be a member of the following groups:

audio video input dialout plugdev tty

If the input group doesn't exist, you need to create it:

addgroup --system input

and setup some udev rules to grant it ownership of input devices (otherwise the keyboard won't work in Kodi), by placing the following in /etc/udev/rules.d/99-input.rules:

SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0660"
KERNEL=="tty[0-9]*", GROUP="tty", MODE="0660"

The GPU needs at least 96M of RAM in order for XBMC to run. To configure this add or change this line in /boot/config.txt:


You will need to reboot if you changed this value.


To run XBMC, run kodi-standalone from a VT (i.e. not under X). XBMC accesses the display directly and not via Xorg.

If you want Kodi to automatically start when the system boots, edit /etc/default/kodi and change ENABLED to 1:


Run sudo service kodi start to test this.

Release history

  • 14.1-1: Helix 14.1 release
  • 14.0-1: Helix 14.0 release.
  • 13.1-2: Link to libshairplay for better AirPlay support.
  • 13.1-1: Gotham 13.1 release.
  • 12.3-1: Frodo 12.3 release.
  • 12.2-1: Frodo 12.2 release.
  • 12.1-1: Frodo 12.1 release. Requires newer libcec (also in my archive).
  • 12.0-1: Frodo 12.0 release. This build requires newer firmware than the raspberrypi.org archive or image contains. Either install the packages from the raspberrypi.org untested archive, the twolife archive or use rpi-update. (Not necessary as of 2013/02/11.)

Flashing an SD card with a prebuilt image

I've built an image containing a Raspbian system with the XBMC packages which you can download and flash to an SD card. You'll need a 1G SD card (which will be completely wiped).


Decompress the image using unx:

% unxz raspbian-xbmc-20121029.img.xz

And then copy the image to the SD card device (make sure that you pick the correct device name!)

% sudo cp xbmc-20121029-1.img /dev/sdb


The image uses the same credentials as the foundation image, username "pi" and password "raspberry". You can use the raspi-config tool to expand the root filesystem, enable overclocking, and various other configuration tasks.


Both Raspbian and Kodi can be updated using normal Debian mechanisms such as apt-get:

# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Release history

Unstable versions

I've started building packages for the upcoming Helix release. These are in the new unstable section of the archive. To install these packages update your source list to look like this:

deb http://archive.mene.za.net/raspbian wheezy contrib unstable

Release history

  • 14.0-1: Helix 14.0 release.
  • 14.0~git20141203.35b4f38-1: Helix 14.0 RC 2
  • 14.0~git20141130.ea20b83-1: Helix 14.0 RC 1
  • 14.0~git20141125.4465fbf-1: Helix 14.0 Beta 5
  • 14.0~git20141124.ec361ca-1: Helix 14.0 Beta 4
  • 14.0~git20141116.88a9a44-1: Helix 14.0 Beta 3
  • 14.0~git20141103.d6947be-1: Helix 14.0 Beta 1. This requires firmware as of 2014/10/06 and libcec 2.2.0 (both included in the archive). There are also builds for Jessie but I haven't tested them. PVR addons are also updated.
  • 14.0~git20141002.d2a4ee9-1: Helix 14.0 Alpha 4

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Open-source this

Hi Michael,

Great work with this! I imagine it's troublesome to maintain the repository up to date. Would you consider creating a github project where you would maintain the build script? You could then integrate suggestions from the community, reducing the required time you would have to spend working on this. I believe it would benefit us all!

Keep up the good work! :) Tiago

gpu mem

hi is it possible to add value for gpu mem for 256 or higher? im using raspberry pi 2..thanks


[...] בהתקנה של kodi על גבי מערכת ההפעלה הלינוקסאית של המחשב, ימצא בהוראות ההתקנה כיצד להעלות את ה- kodi אוטמטית כשהמכונה [...]

Love to see a 14.2 if possible!

thanks :)

+1 :-)

+1 :-)



E: Unable to locate package kodi

After sudo apt-get install kodi I get E: Unable to locate package kodi

kodi on raspbian

I am having trouble with pi@raspberrypi ~ $ sudo apt-get install kodi

after this... After this operation, 115 MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y

I get a load of errors, similar to this...

Err http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ wheezy/main libmicrohttpd10 armhf 0.9.20-1+deb7u1 404 Not Found

every single archive is not found.

Please advise what I might be doing wrong?

Many thanks

I think I solved it. Kodi

I think I solved it. Kodi seems to be working fine as a separate app on raspbian now.

I used this... http://drcobra.co.uk/?p=25

basically same as here but with sudo apt-get install xbmc instead of kodi

Keyboard Fix

There's a post on the Raspberry Pi forums under the Raspbian section that adds a few steps to the install process that fixes the issue with the keyboard working everywhere in Kodi. You might want to add those steps to your page as it's easier to find your page than a posting that bounces around depending on whether posts have been added or not. There was also some good information on a fix for Kodi exiting properly. I'm not sure if you made that fix part of the last update or not.

With the keyboard fix, I see no reason (for me at least) to run anything other than Kodi installed right into Raspbian. It makes things much simpler than setting up a dual boot in NOOBS and having to reboot every time I want a browser.

Thanks for putting this all together.

raspberrypi.org /forums/

raspberrypi.org /forums/ viewtopic. php?f=91&t=96151&p=668943

can you post a link here for

can you post a link here for us?

Apparently not

Apparently, I can't post the link on here without triggering the spam filter. Go to the raspberry pi forums and find the section with all the different operating system distributions and click on Raspbian. It shouldn't take long then to find a post with the topic Kodi on Raspbian in that section. It was on page 3 last I looked, but it's going to move around as posts are added.

It really would make the whole install experience much better if that information were just part of this guide though.

Need to replug mouse and keyboard

Hi Michael!

When i exiting Kodi i need to replug mouse & keyboard too, only operate agai after this.

Please help!

Best regards!

Need help running modi

I've followed the instructions here and install onto Raspbian with no issues. I'm not sure to to expect when I run kodi-standalone. I'm running "headless" so either I have a putty terminal session or a TightVNC desktop session. In either case, I run kodi-standalone from terminal command line as root ... I don't know what to expect after that. There's no output generated, is there a log file anywhere? I don't get back to my command-line prompt unless a ctrl-c the script. All I see are these 3 process: root 7142 6948 0 18:54 pts/2 00:00:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/kodi-standalone root 7150 7142 0 18:54 pts/2 00:00:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/kodi --standalone root 7153 7150 13 18:54 pts/2 00:00:50 /usr/lib/kodi/kodi.bin --standalone

I meant I need help running

I meant I need help running kodi

I added my user to group tty and everything seems to work.

Yeah.... I was previously asking about a lot of bad things that were not acting right with my pi and kodi. Well, I tried OpenElec and Raspbmc as well, but they were not acting correctly either. So I decided to try Raspbian again but this time I followed your instructions exactly. Before when I got to the section where it talks about adding your user to the group tty, because I didn't know how to add my user to the group I figured I would come back to it if nothing was working. This time I looked at the man page to figure out how to do it. I figured it outd that and my user was already a member of every group except tty. After the user was added everything in Kodi seemed to work. Michael, I think you need to tell people how to add the user to the groups instead of telling people to add their user to the group. try:

sudo usermod -a -Gaudio,video,input,dialout,plugdev,tty pi

The original comment I am referring to is:

'Problem that wasn't reported on the first page'

kodi-bin_14.2 in incoming damaged

The package kodi-bin_14.2~git20150311.e7ba06f-1wheezy_armhf.deb in incoming is damaged and impossible to install. I know that packages in the incoming folder are unstable, you probably already know of the file, its just to let you know.


Any chance we can get another

Any chance we can get another build of this, or another release build? It seems like there was some pvr problems fixed recently.


Hi guys,

First of all, a big thanks to Michael, for making this package, it was indeed easy to install it on my brand new Raspberry Pi 2 config.

I have a question though: Everything works perfectly, but my remote control. The navigation buttons work, but nothing else (Ok, back, etc.) I also have OpenElec installed, and there the same remote works by default without any problem.

Could anybody give some some advice?

Thanks in advance! Elod

Stopping kodi


I'd like to add a shortcut in Kodi (with Advanced launcher) to run a script that would stop kodi, then run emulationstation, and when I close ES it runs kodi again. What's the best way to stop and restart kodi from a bash script ?

Thanks a lot for the repos Michael :)

remove sudo password /media dir.

Hi Micheal, Thanks for creating an wheezy image with Kodi installed on it. I'm new to Linux and i've run into a little problem with this 'Distro' that i haven't encountered on others (OpenElec, OSMC)and i hope you, or everybody else reading this, can help me out, i've been struggling for days now.

When i try opening a folder in /media i can't access it with my SSH-client. I've always used a windows machine with total commander and SSH plugin to access all my pi's to edit and copy files and that has never been a problem. I think i know what the problem is, but not how to solve it: when i open an directory in /media using the commandline i need to re-enter the sudo password to gain access. My ssh client doesn't allow me to re-enter a password. All other all other distros don't need that second verification, so my guess is that it can be 'turned off'. I hope you can help me out here.

Best regards,


XBMC Server Key

I am having problems receiving the server key.

I have added the mene.list in /etc/apt/sources.list.d and have tried running the command sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED and as root but I am getting

Executing: gpg --ignore-time-conflict --no-options --no-default-keyring --secret-keyring /tmp/tmp.Z3ddl4Rlbi --trustdb-name /etc/apt//trustdb.gpg --keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --primary-keyring /etc/apt/trusted.gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED gpg: requesting key 5243CDED from hkp server keyserver.ubuntu.com gpg: keyserver timed out gpg: keyserver receive failed: keyserver error

Is it still available?

Thanks Nick

Problem that wasn't reported on the first page

Great job at getting Kodi on the Pi, Michael. I do have a problem though. The fix for the black screen seems to just rerun kodi and the fix for the keyboard didn't do a thing to fix it. Another issue which I have not seen reported that I am having is that in 1channel when I press the stop button it presents me with a transparent selection box. Then I have to right click of to the side (to get to to the selection screen we are first presented with upon start) then click video-add ons, I get the trasparent selection box, I right click to the side, then I select videos and then all the selections from there to the tv show I want to watch. Another issue is the mouse scroll-wheel doesn't work. Other than that it is great. I had kodi on a NUC and the image on the pi is sharper and brighter on the Pi.


[...] XBMC for Raspberry Pi [...]

Great work.....!

A question. Can you add SDL support to control Kodi with gamepads?

Install Fails for Kodi on RPi2

I am new at this, but have tried to carefully follow the above instructions for installing Kodi on my mew (first) RPi2. After the command sudo apt-get install koi I get Unable to locate package kodi

Any suggestions? Am I the only one seeing this?

Bill K.

I had the same problem

my solution was to put his source in /etc/apt/sources.list


Did you add Michael's repository? sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mene.list

enter the following and save it: deb http://archive.mene.za.net/raspbian wheezy contrib

Add Michael's key: sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED

Then install: sudo apt-get install kodi

Same. Sudo apt-cache search


Sudo apt-cache search kodi Returns nothing


Live TV!!!!!

Finally have Raspbian boots to desktop with Kodi as an application and Live TV with ability to record! Tomorrow I'll get EPG sorted out. Thank you Michael!

Exit black screen bug solved on latest sources

It's been solved on this commit: https://github.com/xbmc/xbmc/commit/0e4577a2d704e72653f441080499d8925c5b...

Can you compile a new version with this fix, please? I would, but I don't know how to do it.

in with directory can i find the files on my pi ?

i mean the complete path ! i can't find them on my pi. or do i need to build and install kodi from source ? and how can i do that !

It would be great

It would be great if you can apply this fix in a 14.2 build since it seems to enter only on Kodi 15 Isengard.

KODI Black Screen Exit Fix

My working script. I start KODI from this script:


kodi -fs && sleep 1 && sudo service lightdm restart


Hi Michael,

Thanks for this - it's super useful.

Any idea why PVR addons aren't available? I was hoping to integrate with my MythTV backend.



Hi Michael, Maybe you should add to the instructions how to install the pvr addons? As you can see, not everybody remembers to do a "apt-cache search kodi" to find out which packages are there for the pvr.

Dear anonymous, in your case I think you'll need to do "sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr-mythtv" from a command line on your raspberry.



[...] La façon le plus simple de faire est d’installer les packages mis à disposition de Michael Gorven. Pour cela, on crée le fichier /etc/apt/sources.list.d/kodi.list : deb [...]

keyboard , mouse doest work

hey, install it on my volumio system

kodi started but cant control it with keyboard or mouse

please help here : )

Black screen on exit & need to replug mouse and keyboard

Hi Michael!

I have 2 problems. (Raspbian) First: When i exiting Kodi, i found black screen only. I need to start X from ssh (startx), then break them (ctrl+c), then i come back the original X desktop. Secondly: When i use Kodi, and i leave it, i need to replug my keyboard and my mouse too. Only operate again after this.

I updated always everything. (sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo rpi-update)

What is the problem?

Sorry for my english.

Best Regards,


Kodi exit fix

Hi here is a fix for black screen on exit http://tiny.cc/5c39tx

Kodi exit fix

Hi here is a fix for black screen on exit http://tiny.cc/5c39tx

Everthing is OK but Library is not working

Hello michael,

Thanks for great work. I have installed kodi on raspberry pi 2 and latest raspbian.

Everything seems good including CEC. Performance is good etc.

But video library is not working. I gave 2 ntfs external hard disks connected and also I have added some 1channel movies and shows to the library. But nothing happens at the library.. Note: I can browse files in disks.

I have looked over log files. but there is no any error.

How can I track this issue? Any clue? I'm good at linux and python but my first experience with kodi.

some parts from log.

... 20:12:03 T:1961799680 NOTICE: UpdateLibraries: Starting video library startup scan ... ... 20:12:04 T:1798304784 WARNING: CPythonInvoker(2): Script invoked without an addon. Adding all addon modules installed to python path as fallback. This behaviour will be removed in future version. 20:12:04 T:1836053520 NOTICE: VideoInfoScanner: Starting scan .. 20:12:04 T:1836053520 NOTICE: VideoInfoScanner: Finished scan. Scanning for video info took 00:00 ...

Ther is no "Add Videos..." button


Beside my previous issue, I have just realized that the "add videos..." button in Videos also is missing. Bu in music page there is a add musics button.

workes fine until shutdown or hard reset

I installed XMBC on a raspberry pi 2 running wheezy several times now. It worked good until I shut down XBMC. This is destroying the file system on the SD card - and I have to install again. Interrupting the power supply leads to the same result. I do not know what the reason is, but it seems to be related to XBMC. Shutting down or interrupting the power supply with only raspbian running workes well. With XMBC file system crashes repeatable. By the way: If only openelec is installed the system shows the same error.

I prefer the solution based on raspbian to have a real OS- not just a media player.

Any ideas?

best regards Thomas


All, I have to correct my statement from above. The behavior is diffrent between shutting down and interrupting power supply. Shut down seems to to be related to the "black screen" topic. Switching of power supply destroys the file system. I haven't fixed it yet. Maybe I have a typo somewhere in the scripts described in the linked fix. But it seems to be the right track.

Michael can you fix the long standing errror

Kodi does not exit. I and everybody are getting "Exception SystemExit in ignored Exception SystemExit in ignored"

CEC & Sound Problems

Hi and thanks for a great resource here! I'm having problems getting CEC working with my Samsung UA55H7000 TV. Despite the TV telling me it is connected to Kodi with CEC, there is no response from any buttons. Is anyone else experiencing this? Also, I've noticed some glitches & stuttering with the sound at times with some files.

Could these issues stem from this particular build or are they more likely to be kodi general issues?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice you can provide!

my too

I have the same problem here, whith my Samsung ua40h7000