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How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, and OpenSUSE

Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, is a very polished, powerful, and versatile open source application that offers all sorts of options to make a PC an amazing Home Theater PC in conjunction with a Big Screen TV Hi-Fi audio system.

It provides a fluid user interface with lots of add-ons used to extend the capability and functionality in a wide range of variety. It can play all the collection of music files, including MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, or OGG. You can also play all the video collection by Kodi, including AVI, MP4, DivX, XviD, DVD-Video, MKV, and much more.

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How to install Kodi on Ubuntu and Ubuntu-based distros

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

Run the following command to install audio codecs and other Add-ons

sudo apt-get install --install-suggests kodi

Update any addons like PVR clients

sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr-mythtv

Upgrading the Kodi Package

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

If anyone wants to downgrade the Kodi to the stock version, just purge the nightly ppa.

Install ppa-purge and purge ppa via

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly

Uninstall the Kodi

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove kodi*
sudo apt-get purge kodi*

Remove the settings folder to remove all settings and library data.

rm ~/.kodi/

The installation instructions should work on Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, and other Ubuntu derivative systems.

How to install Kodi on Debian

Edit “/etc/apt/sources.list” file to Enable Jessie backports repository.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

Add this line at the end of the file.

deb https://http.debian.net/debian jessie-backports main

Save and close the file. Then update the local package index and install Kodi.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

Run the following command to start Kodi

kodi

How to install Kodi on Arch Linux

Kodi is available in the Arch Linux community repository, so you can easily install Kodi using Pacman.

sudo pacman -S kodi

How to install Kodi on OpenSUSE

Kodi is also available in the Packman repository, so first, enable packman on OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 with the following command:

sudo zypper ar -f -n packman https://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/openSUSE_Leap_42.1/ packman

Then install Kodi with zypper

sudo zypper install kodi

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