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Kodi Linux : The Complete Guide – Part 1

Do you feel your current media center is way too limited for your entertainment needs? Or perhaps your Windows or Mac-based media center is just too shallow and/or insecure?

You can solve both problems with Kodi Linux.

Popularly known as Kodibuntu, Kodi for Linux is increasingly becoming the go-to media center for Linux users. It’s an open-source software that brings tons of entertainment features to your Linux-based device.

Ultimately, Kodibuntu combines the secure and stable nature of Linux with its own entertainment features to deliver a more than reliable media center. How about we look at the best features of Kodi before getting into the nitty-gritty details of how to install it.

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Features of Kodi/Kodi Linux

  • Kodi is an open-source media center software that’s completely free. You don’t need to buy any license or extra hardware (besides your current device; whether it’s a computer, Chromebox, Raspberry or any other Linux-compatible device) for you to use it.
  • It’s a cross-platform software that can install and run on various operating systems, from Windows to MacOS X, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and others. More importantly to our context, it is fully compatible with Linux and even has its own Linux distribution called Kodi Linux or Kodibuntu.
  • Kodi supports a large number of add-ons and repositories which enable you to customize it as much as you like.
  • As an all-in-one media center software, Kodi lets you play audio and video files from your local disks and also stream media (videos and music) from online platforms.
  • Finally, it’s easy to setup and use. It has an intuitive interface and several built-in themes for easy customization of the interface.
So, you see that Kodi is an all-in-all solution for you. Let’s start to install Kodi Linux.

Hardware and Installation Requirements for Kodibunu

As you can see Kodi Linux is not only a convenient and highly customizable entertainment software but also packs all the handy features you need for a complete media center.

But how do you install it on a Linux machine? We’re going to look at the steps shortly, but first below are the system requirements for installing Kodibuntu on a Linux computer:

  • A PC with 1GB of RAM or more
  • A 64-bit processor. Note that Kodi Linux is not compatible with 32-bit PCs
  • Minimum 6GB of HDD storage space. 10GB is recommended for installing additional add-ons
  • Minimum Intel GMA 950 (945G) or ATI Radeon RV710/M92 (HD 4300/4500) graphics card. The recommended graphics cards are either Intel GMA X4500HD (G45) or AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series.
  • A DVD-RW for burning Kodibuntu ISO or a 4GB Pendrive for USB booting. Want to know how to boot your Kodi Linux from a USB? Read this article for a step-by-step guide.
  • A Kodi Linux/Kodibuntu ISO file. You can download the latest stable version by clicking the button below
  • An active internet connection for streaming online media. You won’t need to be connected to the internet during installation.

A Step-By-Step Guide for Installing Kodibuntu on Linux

Difficulty Level: Beginner
Installation Time: 15-20 Minutes

The very first thing you need to do is create a Kodi Linux bootable media device. Your first option is burning the Kodibuntu ISO file on either a DVD-ROM or DVD-RW. There are several applications that can help with that. The most common are Nero Burning Software, Power ISO, Ultra ISO, but you can use any other burning software that you are most comfortable with.

Alternatively, you can use a USB device to create a bootable Pendrive instead of a DVD. Don’t know how to create a bootable Linux USB drive?

Here’s a tutorial.

This is actually the better option because it’s simple, time saving and cost efficient. Plus in this tutorial we boot Kodi Linux using a USB, so you will be more comfortable following the steps.

Step 1

After preparing the Pendrive, boot your Linux PC with the USB device.

  • When booting up your PC,  you should see the following screen:

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  • You can see that it offers a menu with several options for you to choose one. If you are only interested in trying Kodibuntu then choose “Try Kodibuntu without installing”. But that’s not what we are doing. In this case we are doing a full installation, so we will choose “Install Kodibuntu”.

Note: Do not select Fixed DPI installation from here! it! It will automatically adjust the DPI of your graphics and that may affect Kodi’s graphics output leading to poor video quality.

Step 2

  • Once you’ve selected “Install Kodibuntu” the installer will start and send you to the next screen where you will have the option of choosing your preferred language for Kodi Linux. You can view all the available languages on the left side of the screen.
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  • In our case it’s English (you can see it’s highlighted). So pick your language and then click on “Continue” to proceed to the next step.

Step 3

  • Next you will be taken to the configuration page. It will inform you how much storage space is needed for Kodibuntu and whether you currently have an active internet connection.
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  • As you can see in this case it needs a minimum of 5.6GB HDD storage space, which is already available. It also shows that we have an active internet connection.
  • Note: an active internet connection is not a requirement. Even if you are offline you can still install Kodibuntu to completion. So click “Continue” to proceed to the next screen.

Step 4

  • Now select the installation type. Here you have two options. The first is “erase disk and install Ubuntu”. If you choose that option it will completely delete your existing operating system (Windows, Ubuntu, Linux Mint etc.), wipe all your disks clean and install Kodi Linux. It’s not a good option if you have important files on your computer. The second option is “Something else” which allows you to partition your hard disk and install Kodi Linux as an alternative operating system.
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Since we don’t want to erase the disk, we will go with the second option. It makes it possible to have two operating systems, Kodibuntu and a second one. You can use Kodibuntu strictly as a media center software and the second one for any other purpose, e.g. gaming, normal desktop or formal work. So, select “Something Else” and click continue.

Step 5

  • At this stage you can create, configure and/or delete partitions depending on how many local disks you want to create from the available space.
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  • You can see from the image that ours has no partition, so we will create a new primary partition and swap drive. Head over to where it’s written “New Partition Table” and click to continue.
  • When you click on that button you will see a dialog box that looks like this:
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There isn’t much there, just a notification informing you that the new partition will remove all current partitions. Click “Continue” to proceed.

Step 6

  • On this page you will see that your storage has now partitioned. Even so, it still won’t be able to install Kodi Linux because you need to create a separate drive for Kodibuntu and another one for swap drive.
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To do that, click on “Free space” and then click the “+” button to create a new partition.

Step 7

  • At this point another dialog box will appear and let you configure things like partition size, partition type, users, and mount point. It should resemble the screenshot below:
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  • In the “Create Partition” dialog box, choose “Ext4” as the file system and “/” as the mount point, otherwise your Kodi Linux will not boot. Once you’ve configured the partition click on “Ok” to proceed. You will be able to see how much free space is still remaining.

Step 8

  • So far we have created the desired drive that will harbor Kodi. Now what we need is a swap drive. To create it select “Free space” and then click the “+” button.
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  • You will be presented with a dialogue box where you can choose the configurations of your new drive.
  • Since it’s a swap drive, you have to choose “Swap area” as the file system. Remember to choose the size of the partition (this depends on how much space you still have) and pick “Logical” as the “Type of new partition”. Click “OK” to create the swap drive.
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Step 9

  • Now we are ready for installation. Select the drive that will harbor Kodi (typically the first partition, not the swap drive)
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  • Click “Install Now” to start installation.

Step 10

Along the way you will be required to configure your Kodi. Below are the steps and screenshots of the process:

  • Select the Time Zone and Click “Continue
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  • Choose your desired keyboard and click “Continue
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  • Enter your personal information such as username, password, computer’s name and click “Continue
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  • Kodi will lead you to the installation page. It looks like this:
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  • Wait until the installation is complete and then restart your PC
  • After your PC has restarted, you can find the Kodi Linux interface right there on the desktop
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Now you’re ready to enjoy top-drawer entertainment with your new Kubuntu media center OS. Remember that this is just the first part of this tutorial. Keep reading ‘How to Use Linux’ and we will update you when we post the next part of the tutorial.

It will cover everything you need to know about configuring Kodi Linux and how to solve internet connection problems, ways of installing add-ons (Genesis, Super Repo, YouTube, Pandora, Soundcloud etc.) and so much more.

Thanks Everyone


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Anne J. Williams
Anne J. Williams

Great guide about Kodibuntu.but, I have faced a problem about connecting the internet on Kodibuntu/Kodi Linux.How to do that?

Asaduzzaman Abir

Thanks for your comment Anne.You can find all of these solution on the next part of Kodi Linux.keep watching on How To User Linux.


YES! I thought I was the only one with this problem. If you boot from USB, it goes straight to Kodibuntu, where you are unable to connect to your home network because there’s no UI to enter your password. If you quit Kodibuntu, you are logged out with no way to log in and type your password. The Lubuntu and Lubuntu Netbook users will not log in with no password or with kodi, xbmc, or the username. All you can do is login as kodi with kodi as a password, where you can do nothing. 🙁 My recommendation is to… Read more »

Lillian Smith
Lillian Smith

I have a question about setting the desktop dpi on Kodi.There are tons of information online, but none of it has worked yet. Please bear with me a moment as I explain.I know xrandr can set scaling, etc which seems to work, but Kodi apparently doesn’t like it. I want to scale everything say 125% of normal. Windows has this option easily found, but I use Linux Mint 17.3 Mate. I know I can change font sizes and the size of the panel, but I want a simple dpi setting the works for everything. I thought I had found it… Read more »

Asaduzzaman Abir

Thanks for your comment Lillian Smith.I don’t have any ideas about your problem.But, I will try to add this solution to the next part of Kodi Linux.

Federico Romani
Federico Romani

Hi, Can you tell me which platform runs Kodi better
Android or Linux?

Asaduzzaman Abir

Thanks for your comment Federico Romani.Android or Linux, anything you have use it will run better.


where is the next part

Asaduzzaman Abir

Thanks For Your Comment Faith.The Next Part Will Published Soon.


I have a login loop right after install.


Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged


Hi, my english is not very well, but i hope you understand it… 😉
I will install Kodibuntu on a AspireOne. But there are some problems…
The Installation will start, but after some times i can only a blue screen see and the Installation stops…
(For your information: The Persitens mode will work!)
Have anyone have an idea?
THX, Norbert

Anton Nieuwenhuizen
Anton Nieuwenhuizen

Hi. Just a heads-up: the ‘link’ to the USB installation help/guide is not there…