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Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi

Kodi is a free media player that you can install on an extensive list of devices. With Kodi, you can both stream remotely, and play locally downloaded media Learn how to install Kodi on your Raspberry Pi below!

Disclaimer: Everything in this article is intended purely for educational purposes. I do not condone Piracy; it is not a victimless crime. Please do not steal content that you do not own.

What is Kodi?

Kodi (formerly called XBMC) is an open source software media center. With Kodi you can play a vast array of content, such movies, TV shows, music, and live TV. You can also play games and view pictures in Kodi. Kodi can download metadata for your media, such as descriptions, cover images, cast members, and subtitles. Kodi is very similar to Plex in that aspect.

Why Would You Want to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi?

When you hear the word “Kodi”, it is typically followed closely by either “Amazon Firestick” or “Nvidia Shield.” Now, these devices are great, but do you own them? If you already own a Nvidia Shield, then install Kodi on that. However, if you don’t own a Shield, installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi is a great alternative. If you have a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4, it will run Kodi even better than a Firestick. 


Kodi is fantastic because if you don’t have the resources to, or just don’t want to torrent, you can still stream almost anything you want. This is good because it doesn’t take up space on your device. It’s also a lot easier to find things you want to watch. 


At one time, you only needed to have a membership with “The Big Three”; Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. In 2021, this is no longer the case. There are over 200 different streaming services to choose from. That’s a lot of money to watch what you want to watch! Luckily, with Kodi you can install “add-ons” that allow you to connect to third party content hosts and stream whatever media you’re looking for. It’s also 100% free!

How to Download Kodi on Raspberry Pi

If you think Kodi sounds like something you’re interested in, stay tuned and I’ll show you how to get it installed. Keep in mind that there are two different ways to install Kodi. You can see both ways below!

What You'll Need Before Getting Started

Everything you need

  • Raspberry Pi 4GB
  • On/Off Switch
  • Power Supply
  • Aluminum Heatsinks

Get it here!

How to Install Kodi OS on Raspberry Pi

If you’re planning to ONLY use your Raspberry Pi for Kodi, then you should install Kodi OS. This will install an operating system to your Pi that will have significantly better performance than running Kodi as a software on Raspberry Pi OS. To install Kodi OS, follow the below steps.

  1. Download Rpi-Imager
  2. Open Rpi-Imager
  3. Insert Micro SD Card Into Your Computer
  4. Under “Operating System” Select “Choose OS”
  5. Select “Media Player – Kodi OS”
  6. Select “LibreELEC”
  7. Select the LibreELEC Version Corresponding to Your Pi Model 4
  8. Under “Storage” select “Choose Storage”
  9. Select Your Micro SD Card
  10. Click the “Write” Button
  11. Click “OK”
  12. Click “Continue” After LibreELEC is Installed
  13. Eject the Micro SD Card

Once you’re done with all the above steps, insert your Micro SD Card into your Raspberry Pi. Turn it on and follow the on-screen prompts to get your new operating system setup. After LibreELEC runs its installation procedure, your Raspberry Pi should reboot and Kodi should open automatically.

How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi with Terminal

If you plan to use your Raspberry Pi for more than Kodi, you’ll want to download and install Kodi through the terminal. This will allow you to use Kodi when you want too, but it also allows you to use your Raspberry Pi for anything else that you decide.

  1. Open Terminal on your Raspberry Pi
  2. Input the following commands
					sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade
sudo apt install kodi

You have successfully installed Kodi to your Pi using Terminal. Now, you can either open Kodi by following Step 4, or you can simply navigate to Kodi in your Raspberry Pi’s navigation menu.

I Have Kodi Installed, What Now?

You have successfully installed Kodi. From this point on, you can do whatever you’d like with it. I would suggest looking at installing add ons in Kodi and installing a VPN on Raspberry Pi.

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