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How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

Kodi (previously known as XBMC) is your home theatre. It is a free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment center, accessible for most operating systems, including Linux, OSx, Windows, iOS, and Android.

You may use it on television with remote control since it offers a 10-foot user interface.

Kodi Features

  • Not only Media Player, but it is also the ultimate entertainment center software.
  • Cross-platform accessible for every operating system
  • Plays practically every sort of film, music, podcasts, and other digital media file from local and network storage media and the internet
  • Good interface

How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

There are various methods to install applications on Ubuntu. You may install Kodi using the apt-get command and Ubuntu Software manager.

Let’s explore each approach in detail, although you should utilize any.

Note: These methods should work for Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.04, or other Debian-based Linux distros.

Install with apt-get

You need Admin or Sudo privilege for installation. Login to Ubuntu and open the terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T and performing the following instructions.

First, update the source list using the apt-get update command.

$ Sudo apt-get update

Run the following command to install Kodi.

$ Sudo apt-get install Kodi

Kodi PPA

Kodi team offers PPA for installation. These repositories are,

Final release builds — This is the stable version.

(ppa:team-xbmc/ppa) –

Betas and release candidates –

ppa:team-xbmc/unstable –

Nightly builds –

ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly –

Note: that this PPA only offers versions for Ubuntu i386 and Ubuntu amd64 but not for Ubuntu armhf, which can run on a Raspberry Pi.

We are going to install a stable version. So use the following instructions.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

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

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install Kodi

Update Kodi

Just perform a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal to upgrade Kodi's newest version.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

Uninstalling Kodi

If you need to delete and purge a program and eventually remove/purging also the application settings files, do so by using the following commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get uninstall Kodi*

sudo apt-get purge kodi*

Then delete the settings folder to erase all settings and library data. This will not erase any films or music, but simply the settings and library data itself:

rm -r ~/.kodi/

Installation Using Ubuntu Software

If you are not familiar with commands, you may utilize Ubuntu Software for installation.

Click on Application and open Ubuntu Software. Search for Kodi and click the Install button.

It should be installed in some time. You can notice the button Run and Delete in Ubuntu software which you may use to launch or remove Kodi.

About the author:
Pradeep has expertise in Linux, Go, Nginx, Apache, CyberSecurity, AppSec and various other technical areas. He has contributed to numerous publications and websites, providing his readers with insightful and informative content.