January 26, 2022
How to install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04

How To Install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

On this article we will learn how to install Kodi version 19.3 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS operating system.

Introduction

Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. By using Kodi, we can watch movies, TV shows, listen to music and even play games. It allows users to play and view most streaming media, such as videos, music, podcasts, and videos from the Internet, as well as all common digital media files from local and network storage media. Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms. The current stable version is Kodi 19.3 which was released on 25 October 2021. On this article, we will learn how to install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 workstation.

Installing Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04

Kodi installation on Linux Ubuntu will consist of several stages, as follows.

  1. Adding Kodi/xbmc PPA
  2. Updating System
  3. Installing Kodi
  4. Launching Kodi

1. Adding Kodi.XBMC PPA

We will install the current version of Kodi, we need to add an official Kodi PPA. This task can be done by typing command line :

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
rapik@worker2:~$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
 Official Team Kodi stable releases
 More info: https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ubuntu/ppa
Press [ENTER] to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it.

Hit:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net/alexlarsson/flatpak/ubuntu focal InRelease                                                            
Hit:2 http://deb.anydesk.com all InRelease                                                                                           
Hit:3 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease                                                                     
Hit:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal InRelease                                                                            
Get:5 http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu focal InRelease [17.5 kB]
Hit:6 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/kubic:/libcontainers:/stable/xUbuntu_20.04  InRelease
Hit:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease   
Hit:8 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports InRelease      
Hit:9 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntuhandbook1/gimp/ubuntu focal InRelease
Get:10 http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu focal/main i386 Packages [3,544 B]
Get:11 http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu focal/main amd64 Packages [37.0 kB]
Get:12 http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu focal/main Translation-en [10.9 kB]
Fetched 68.9 kB in 4s (19.2 kB/s)                   
Reading package lists... Done

2. Updating System

The next step is to update our Ubuntu system. By updating our Ubuntu 20.04 system, it will refresh the local list of available packages software to the newer stable version. To update system, we will type the command line :

$  sudo apt update
rapik@worker2:~$  sudo apt update
Hit:1 http://ppa.launchpad.net/alexlarsson/flatpak/ubuntu focal InRelease                                                            
Hit:2 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease                                                                     
Hit:3 http://deb.anydesk.com all InRelease                                                                                           
Hit:4 http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/devel:/kubic:/libcontainers:/stable/xUbuntu_20.04  InRelease                         
Hit:5 http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu focal InRelease                                                           
Hit:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal InRelease                
Hit:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease        
Hit:8 http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntuhandbook1/gimp/ubuntu focal InRelease
Hit:9 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports InRelease
Reading package lists... Done

3. Installing Kodi

We will install Kodi application by using APT package manager. We will execute the following command line as shown below :

$ sudo apt install kodi
rapik@worker2:~$ sudo apt install kodi
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  gimp-data libamd2 libaom2 libbabl-0.1-0 libcamd2 libccolamd2 libcholmod3 libdav1d5 libde265-0 libgegl-0.4-0 libgegl-common
  libgimp2.0 libheif1 libmetis5 libmng2 libmypaint-1.5-1 libmypaint-common libsdl2-2.0-0 libumfpack5 libx265-192
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
The following additional packages will be installed:
  kodi-bin kodi-inputstream-adaptive kodi-inputstream-rtmp kodi-peripheral-joystick libass9 libcdio19 libcec4 libcrossguid0
  libfstrcmp0 libiso9660-11 libmariadb3 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5 libshairplay0 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 libudfread0
  libva-wayland2 libwayland-client++0 libwayland-cursor++0 libwayland-egl++0 mariadb-common mesa-utils python3-bluez
  python3-pycryptodome
Suggested packages:
  kodi-pvr-mythtv kodi-pvr-vdr-vnsi kodi-pvr-tvheadend-hts kodi-pvr-dvbviewer kodi-pvr-iptvsimple kodi-audioencoder-vorbis
  kodi-audioencoder-flac kodi-audioencoder-lame
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  kodi kodi-bin kodi-inputstream-adaptive kodi-inputstream-rtmp kodi-peripheral-joystick libass9 libcdio19 libcec4 libcrossguid0
  libfstrcmp0 libiso9660-11 libmariadb3 libmicrohttpd12 libp8-platform2 libpcrecpp0v5 libshairplay0 libtinyxml2.6.2v5 libudfread0
  libva-wayland2 libwayland-client++0 libwayland-cursor++0 libwayland-egl++0 mariadb-common mesa-utils python3-bluez
  python3-pycryptodome
0 upgraded, 26 newly installed, 0 to remove and 351 not upgraded.
Need to get 43.8 MB of archives.
After this operation, 126 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] Y

We just wait the installation process. After all are completed done, then we will verifty Kodi installation by querying its version by texting following command line :

$ kodi --version
rapik@worker2:~$ kodi --version
19.3 (19.3.0) Git:20211024-49a04cd6a7 Media Center Kodi
Copyright (C) 2005-2021 Team Kodi - http://kodi.tv
rapik@worker2:~$ 
Kodi version 19.3
Kodi version 19.3

4. Launching Kodi

After Kodi installation is completed done, the we will launch the Kodi applicaiton. To launch Kodi, we just search from the Application selector.

Launching Kopi application from Ubuntu GUI
Launching Kopi application from Ubuntu GUI
Kodi Main Dashboard
Kodi Main Dashboard

Conclusion

On this article we have shown you how to install Kodi on Ubuntu Linux operating system. I hope this article can be useful. For more information about Kodi, can be discoverd on Kodi official website.

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