How To Install KODI On a Raspberry Pi 3

By | November 29, 2016

How To Install KODI On a Raspberry Pi 3

 
Installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi 3 is a easy task with the right tools. It is also one of the more fun and useful projects for the Pi 3.
 
The Pi 3 handles Kodi very well and is something many can do for a cheap Kodi setup. If you have setup a Pi 2 with Kodi than the installation is the same.
 




 
There are two main install packages to install Kodi to a RasPi 3, OSMC and OpenELEC.
 
Which one is used is a preference, OSMC has a installer that make it easier while OpenELEC needs image writing software. There is free image writing software so both are free to download and install.
 
Below are the steps to install Kodi to a Raspberry Pi 3 using OSMC or OpenELEC.
 
Things Needed:
Raspberry Pi 3
HDMI Cable
Power Supply
A controller such as a USB mouse or keyboard.
Compatible Micro SD Card 8GB or Bigger. (32GB Max)
 
If you already have all the extra components such as a HDMI cable, SD-Card, and power supply than the only the RasPi 3 board will be needed.
 
If you don’t have all the extras than a whole kit can be bought.
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – 32 GB Edition

 
A SD-Card writer will be needed. If your computers are like mine and dont have a Micro-SD Card Writer than there are cheap USB to Micro-SD card writers.
 
I bought this SD-Card Writer from Amazon and it is cheap and works good.
IOGEAR SD/MicroSD/MMC Card Reader/Writer, GFR204SD

 
How To Install KODI On a Raspberry Pi 3 Using OSMC
 
1…
OSMC can be downloaded as a image file or with a installer program. Using the installer program is quick and easy, simply download the right installer for what you will be writing to the SD-Card with. For example if your writing the files with Windows than download the Windows installer.
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Download the latest OSMC Raspberry Pi build here https://osmc.tv/download/
 
2…
Insert a SD-Card to write to, and run the OSMC Installer
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3…
Select the language to be used and Raspberry Pi 2/3 from the drop down box.
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4…
Select the build version. Choosing the newest Build is best.
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5…
Select the media to write the package to. Here a SD-card is being used but a USB flash drive can also be used.
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6…
There is a option to setup the wireless.
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7…
Check the drive the package will be written to is correct and click it.
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8…
Accept the term agreement
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9… It will download the package to install
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10… The OSMC Kodi package will than be written to the SD-Card.
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11… When its done writing the package it will say Congratulations, and the SD-Card ready to be installed into the RasPi.
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12… Insert the SD-Card into the Raspberry Pi
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13…
Plug in the all the cables. The HDMI goes to a TV or Monitor. Here a Ethernet cable is plugged in from the router for internet, WiFi can also be used. A way to control it is needed such as a old USB keyboard and mouse.
osmc-raspi-setup-plugin-cables
Once the cables are setup plug in the power and it will boot up.
 
14… It will start the setup and finish the install
osmc-installing-file
 
15… It will ask some basic setup questions such as language and skin. The OSMC skin can be used or the default Kodi Confluence skin for the standard Kodi interface.
osmc-kodi-setup-done-11
 
Kodi will now be installed to your Raspberry Pi, the next step is to setup add-ons which give it functionality.
 
Read Here for How To Install Add-ons and Stream Movie and TV Shows.
 




 
How To Install KODI On a Raspberry Pi 3 Using OpenELEC
 
1…
A Pre-built Kodi Image file is needed to be written to the SD-Card.
 
Download OpenELEC Image file here. http://openelec.tv/get-openelec
 
They keep changing the layout of the download page, simply look for Raspberry Pi2 and Raspberry Pi3 Image files. RasPi 2 Builds work fine on the RasPi 3.
 
2…
After downloading the Image file it needs to be extracted. The file will be in a .GZ file format.
 
A Window based computer does not come with a built-in way to extract a.GZ file.
 
WinRAR or similar is needed to extract the file.
 
WinRAR can be downloaded here. http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm
How To Install KODI On a  New Raspberry Pi 3 For a Fun Project
 
 
3…
Once the file is unzipped than it is ready to be written to the SD-Card.
 
I use Win32 Disk Imager to write files if you already have Image writing software then use it.
 
Here is the download to Win32 Disk Imager. https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/
 
Insert your SD-Card into a SD-Card writer slot and open Win32 Disk Imager.
 
Click the folder icon and point it to were the OpenELEC Image file was extracted.
How To Install KODI On a  New Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial  Step by Step
 
Be sure the correct drive is selected to write as Win32 Disk Imager will write to what ever it is set to!!
 
Once everything is set correctly click the write button and Win32 Disk Imager will write the Image file to the SD-Card.
Install KODI On a  New Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial  Step by Step
 
4…
Once the Image is written than the SD-card can be inserted into the Pi 3.
Install KODI On a  New Raspberry Pi 3 Tutorial  Step by Step With Pictures
 
5…
Plug in all the connections to a TV with a mouse, keyboard or other controller.
Kodi Pi 3 Install
 
6…
The first time it boots the WiFi or Ethernet need to be setup. I used the built-in WiFi with good results. Using a Ethernet connection maybe necessary for those in a crowded wireless environment or far from the router.
Pi 3 Kodi WiFi Setup
 
 
Summary
The Raspberry Pi 3 works very well with Kodi. The built in WiFi while not the best works well enough and streamed movies fine.
 
The Pi 3 is a big improvement over the Pi 2. The Pi 2 also will run Kodi but does freeze at times.
 
To get the most out of Kodi a repository needs to be added which will contain all the popular add-ons.
 
The install for repository and add-ons will be the same across all hardware platforms including the Raspberry Pi 3.
 
Here are tutorials for how to install add-ons into Kodi
 
Step by Step Kodi Jarvis and Exodus Install
 
A Guide To Kodi and Watching Free Movies and TV Shows: Updated 2016


 




 

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36 thoughts on “How To Install KODI On a Raspberry Pi 3

  1. Jason

    I am a beginner.
    After I flash the raspberry OS to an SD card and install it, does that SD have to remain in the unit? Or is the OS now installed on the actual raspberry? Same question for the Kodi software.
    Much thanks in advance, Jason

    Reply
  2. Cora Saunders

    Please could you let me know how to download movies onto a hard drive. At the moment we are waisting a lot of data as we get an additional 36G from 12 to 4am so would like to be able to download movies with that data.

    Reply
  3. Laurens

    Hi,
    I installed the openELEC image using win32diskImager on a 16GB MicroSD card. In Windows I see the image created a 512MB disk on the SD card. So more than 14GB is unallocated! Is this unallocated space available in Kodi / openELEC?

    Reply
    1. Laurens

      Okay, I got it figured out. The unallocated space will be used by Kodi to install all kind of settings. So the 512MB image is the operating system and the unallocated space can be used to store stuff and is used by Kodi.

      Reply
  4. Jip

    I would like to create a mediaserver on RPI3B using OpenELEC and KODI.
    Via the suggested link in above document (http://openelec.tv/get-openelec) I am unable to locate OpenElec for RPI3B (1GB).
    I do see “Raspberry Pi 2 and Pi3 [Model B+ 512MB]”.
    Is this one usable also or not adviced?

    Reply
    1. Wirelesshack

      Yes it is usable, there is also OSMC, and LibreELEC that can be used to install Kodi.

      Reply
  5. George

    Good grief! Why the complications? I run the Pi 2+ with a 32GB SD card, Logitech wireless keyboard, WiFi dongle, 2Amp power supply and $5 HDMI cable. I installed KODI from the command line directly to the SD card. Also recently upgraded the OS (Raspbian) to the latest release running Pixel. It all runs from the Pixel menus. KODI loads and using a thumb drive I can run movies, music or whatever from the thumb drive, download to the SD card oer stream from the Internet. There are no issues loading or exiting KODI and you can run the new chrome browser as well. The Pi 2+ makes a perfect media manager, streams 1080p, just sits there and hums away.

    Reply
  6. John P

    I bought my first Raspberry Pi 3 from Fry’s Electronics for $65.00 It was the kit that included the plastic case, Linux SD card, HDMI cable and power supply.

    Even though it has 4 usb slots, I tried a 4-port USB hub with a mouse and keyboard and it worked.

    The only limitation of the Pi is that when you want to use Linux, you have to swap 16G SD cards with the 16G SD card you have Kodi installed on.

    Reply
  7. Gaz

    I want to connect my Ethernet cable to enable a tethered connection and am assuming this will improve the performance without as much buffering. Once I’ve enabled tethered connection what do I need to do next?

    Reply
  8. Bass

    Can anybody tell me the difference between the Pi3 running Kodi, and the Fire stick running Kodi? Any noticeable choppyness compared to the 2? I am going to set up a Pi3 later but for $20 less I can make these on a Fire stick with a remote.

    Reply
    1. Dave

      Bass, stay with the firestick if all you want to do is run Kodi. They do a bang up job and are dirt cheap. Kodi starts up noticeably faster on the the Pi (and fire tv box) but as far as video playback, there is no difference.

      Reply
    2. John P

      OK…..
      The Firestick works ok/ good but not for 1080P the box of the Pi says it plays 1080P but not that great.
      The best device you can own is the Nvidia Shield for $200.

      On the stick you can install more than one program:
      Kodi, SPMC, Modbro, Movies HD, Terrium ect. apk files Why two instances of Kodi/SPMC? One can have
      just addons and another you can install a build to show off.

      On the Pi 3, you can only have Kodi and you have to switch SD cards if you want to web browse.
      On the Pi3 you can’t use openload video files because you can’t go their website and pair your device.

      The remote of the Fire TV Stick is arrgggg… but it works. There is a free apk file that give the stick a
      virtual mouse that works but not as fast as a real use/wireless mouse that you can use on the Pi 3

      Installing Kodi apk files is easy using an android smartphone and apk called Fire Installer. Once you insert
      the ip address of the device, you just send the files over.

      If the question is which is better? Neither. It’s best to own both and learn how to install and use both
      devices, since they are around the same price.

      Reply
  9. waz

    Looking to find which install to use (Openelec or Librelec) when wanting to set up/use a VPN – without any hassles, like having to use a command line. I have Librelec but it appears that the OpenVPN add-on will not work with it. I have the most recent update for Librelec… should I use Openelec instead? BTW – running a RPi Model 2 1GB (B+)

    Reply
  10. Emery

    Please help!!! I get no signal when connecting rasberry to tv. I followed all the steps to get the needed file on the sd card. Connected power cord, ethernet cord, hdmi cord, loaded bluetooth sub for Ip 8. I connected hdmi to my input 3 which was my roku which worked before I switched it to be rasberry pi 3. I see power lights for power and ethernet. Not sure what’s wrong. I appreciates any help.

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  11. Ged

    I could not get Pi2 cards to work in Pi3 so downloaded new image and did sudo apt-get update/upgrade.
    Easiest way to get KODI on to Pi3 with Raspbian is sudo apt-get install kodi- good point about the power supply as well- I got one specifically for Pi3 from RS components

    Reply
    1. Matt

      It works great on the PI3. After you get a good remote. I’m using a lync right now that works ok. Still getting to learn it.

      Reply
  12. Jfazny

    Is there a minimum size SD card recommended to house Openelec image plus Kodi’s image per the above linked repo download? Trying a 2GB next just unsure if that may create problems later? Not looking to add anything much else as all I’m doing is streaming and the above instLl works great in 3 days of testing so far! Nice job!

    Reply
  13. Gar4

    I downloaded openelec on my rpi3 and it will restart randomly? Kind of lost on what to do

    Reply
    1. WirelessHack

      The Pi 3 needs a good power supply around 2.5 amps or strange problems can happen.

      Reply
    2. snklkjlqqe

      I installed kodi on top of rasbian and configured /etc/rc.local to start kodi automatically. The overhead of rasbian does not seem to be a problem. I also overclocked my Pi3 slightly to 1400Mhz. This was my work around since the noobs version of openlec didn’t seem to support wifi.

      Anyway, all above + kodi remote for ios and also I reserved an IP for the wifi adapter and it basically functions like a hackable roku, performance is great.

      add to bottom of /etc/rc.local

      su – pi -c “kodi-standalone”

      Reply
  14. Joseph

    Hi I have a problem. I just did all things like in video but after I connect Raspberry Pi3 to my TV happens really nothing. I’ve tried to change the source on HDMI and everything but it doesn’t work. I have only wireless mouse and no keyboard. Is it possible that it doesn’t work because of missing keyboard or some mouse driver?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. WirelessHack

      A mouse or keyboard wont effect the video output. Most likley there is a problem with the image file or bad SD-Card although it could be many other things such as a bad HDMI cable or power supply. Can you run another package such as Noobs to see if you get video?

      Reply
    2. John P

      If you didn’t install the open elect or liber elect correctly, just the red light on the Pi 3 will light up.
      When you have a working Kodi install on your 16G SD card, there will be another green light, as well
      as the red one. This will boot the system.

      Reply
  15. Ton

    Hey Guys and Girls, I have a question, “How can you install Kodi after you install an image that you already have?” For example I have installed a tft screen and I am using there image, but now I want to install kodi next. Can somebody guide me to the correct steps.

    Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  16. Ol

    I currently have Kodi running on B+ model of Pi but plan to purchase upgrade to Pi model 3. Is it possible to simply swap the SD card or the images are not cross-compatible? If I need to make a new image – any tips of backing up settings/favorites/repositories/add-ons or do I have to start reconfiguring from scratch?

    Reply
    1. WirelessHack

      I haven’t tried swapping the SD-card from a PI 2 but it should work since the packages are the same. Let us know how it goes.

      Reply
  17. LM

    Hi , I have just recently bought a Pi3 , I’ve got all the mentioned above as I bought the beginner’s kit. Except for a keyboard. Now , if you don’t mind teaching me (if possible) how to get the Kodi set up? from the very beginning , as I have not set up/install the Pi3 as well. Sorry as I am really not good in this , bought this solely to set up a media centre

    Reply
    1. WirelessHack

      The steps above should have you up and running. The video may be easier to follow. Once Kodi is installed repositories need to be added to enable the add-ons.

      Reply
  18. BH

    I was able to repartition with Gparted. All worked/works GREAT! Thanks for getting me through it all!

    Reply
  19. BH

    Fantastic! Thanks. I did end up finding it myself 4/10 and as you say, it does work great!
    Thanks for all your hard work. The next question I have is that I put in a 32gb card, and Kodi isn’t using much of it. I’d like to at least let it use what it wants. I’ll be looking for information on that now. Do you have any thoughts?

    Reply
  20. BH

    Great Video. Thanks! I am interested in having the bluetooth function (keyboard or mouse) of the Pi 3 work while using Kodi, as does my Firestick. Any thoughts on getting both to work?

    Reply
      1. Jimmy McCrillis

        I cant the Bluetooth to work. Once. I have a Bluetooth keyboard and it found it with no problem. But if I turn off the keyboard or the system hibernates, I have to remove the keyboard then search and add it back again. I’ve tried to have the system reconnect, but that works rarely.

        Any pointers? It is a Logiteck K480.

        Thanks

        Reply

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