How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

r00t August 9, 2018

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04. We will also install and configure its prerequisites. Kodi, formerly known as XBMC Is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform media player feels quite natural to use from the sofa and is the ideal solution for your home theater. Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, which means you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the home or directly on the internet using practically any protocol accessible. Utilize your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disc or image file, almost all popular archive formats in the hard disk, and also files within ZIP and RAR archives. It is going to also scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library, complete with box covers, descriptions, and fan art. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and lots of audio visualizations.

I recommend to use a minimal Ubuntu server setup as a basis for the tutorial, that can be a virtual or a root server image with an Ubuntu 18.04 minimal install from a web hosting company or you use our minimal server tutorial to install a server from scratch.

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

Step 1. First, ensure your system and apt package lists are fully up-to-date by running the following:

apt-get update -y
apt-get upgrade -y

Step 2. Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver.

Method 1. Install Kodi from PPA:

First, Add the PPA to your package list with the command:

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

With the package list updated you can in install Kodi with the command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

Method 2. Install Kodi from command line:

sudo apt install kodi

Finally, once Kodi is installed you can run the application through the Unity Dash menu or by typing kodi into the terminal:


Congratulation’s! You have successfully install and configured Kodi on your Ubuntu 18.04 LTS server. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) system.

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