How To Install Kodi on Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint

This tutorial will teach you how to install Kodi on Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, and other similar Linux distros. Kodi is a free, open-source media player software previously known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center) that runs under the GPLv2.

Besides Linux, it can operate on OS X, FreeBSD, Windows, Android, and Apple TV. With Kodi, you can manage all your media from one place.

Kodi’s user interface is so easy to use and control. Kodi can handle Movies, TV Shows, Seasons and Episodes, Music & Audiobooks, Music Videos, Live TV and PVR, Pictures & Comic Books.

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Kodi Devices
Kodi Devices

Here’s how you can install Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, and many other Ubuntu-based distributions like Elementary OS, Pop OS, and many others.

Install Kodi on Debian

Kodi is available in Debian’s repository. Install it by running the following command.

sudo apt-get install kodi

Run the following command to start Kodi


Install Kodi on Ubuntu-based Linux distros via PPA

Kodi is available as an official PPA for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Pop OS, etc. Install it by running the following command.

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

Start Kodi by running the following command in Terminal:

kodi tvshows
kodi games
kodi movies
kodi music
kodi photos
kodi pvr

Kodi Repositories

ppa:team-xbmc/ppaFinal release builds
ppa:team-xbmc/unstableBetas and release candidates
ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightlyNightly builds

Install the repository of choice by replacing the build PPA.

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository -ysP team-xbmc/[build type]
sudo apt install kodi

[build type] should be replaced with the Build Type of your choice in the above command.

Please note that this PPA only provides Ubuntu i386 and Ubuntu amd64 but not Ubuntu armhf, which can run on a Raspberry Pi.

Upgrade Kodi

You can use the following commands in the terminal to update Kodi when a new version is released.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade --with-new-pkgs

Uninstall Kodi

You can remove Kodi from the system by running the following command in a terminal window.

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

Additionally, remove the settings and library folders. No videos or other data will be removed.

rm -r ~/.kodi/

Wrapping Up

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