How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is your personal home theatre. It is a free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub, available for most of the operating systems including Linux, OSx, Windows, iOS, and Android.

You can use it on television with remote control as it supports a 10-foot user interface.

Kodi Features,

  • Not only Media Player, but it is also ultimate entertainment center software
  • Cross-platform available for all operating system
  • Plays almost every kind of videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet
  • Good interface

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04

There multiple ways to install software on Ubuntu. You can install Kodi using apt-get command and Ubuntu Software manager.

Let’s see each method in detail, but you should use either.

Note: These instructions should work for Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 or other Debian based Linux distros.

Install using apt-get

You need Admin or Sudo privilege for installation. Login to Ubuntu and open terminal by pressing CTRL + ALT + T and run below commands.

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

$ sudo apt-get update

Run below command to install Kodi.

$ sudo apt-get install kodi

Kodi PPA

Kodi team provides PPA for installation. These repositories are,

Final release builds – This is the stable version.

(ppa:team-xbmc/ppa) – https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ppa

Betas and release candidates –

ppa:team-xbmc/unstable – https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/unstable

Nightly builds –

ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly – https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/xbmc-nightly

Note: that this PPA only provides builds 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 below commands.

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 do a general system/package or use the following commands in the terminal to update Kodi latest version .

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Uninstalling Kodi

If you need to remove and purge an application and finally removing/purging also the application configurations files, do so by using the following commands:

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

Then remove the settings folder to remove all settings and library data. This will not delete any videos or music, but just the settings and library data itself:

rm -r ~/.kodi/

Installation Using Ubuntu Software

If you are not comfortable with commands, then you can use Ubuntu Software for installation.

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

It should get installed in some time. You can see button Launch and Remove in Ubuntu software which you can use to launch or remove Kodi.

This is how it looks.

kodi interface

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