Raspberry Pi Kodi Media Center

We, at BehindTheSciences, are great fans of the Raspberry Pi. We are also frequent users of Kodi. However we never actually tried running Kodi on the Pi. This post is how we went about to get Kodi running on the Pi. Feel free to comment and/or provide suggestions. 🙂

There are various linux images out there that have Kodi already built-in. The two most popular ones are OSMC and OpenELEC. As a start, we decided to try OSMC and the followings give a brief description of the steps to installing and configuring OSMC.

List of the required hardware/Software:

  • Raspberry pi B+
  • Micro-USB power supply 5V, 1.2A
  • A SDHC memory card (8Gb in our case)
  • An image of OSMC
  • HDMI cable
  • Ethernet connection
  • Win32DiskImager software
  • Keyboard/mouse

Download the latest OSMC release from https://osmc.tv/download/

Select the correct image for your Raspberry Pi. Download it and extract the image from the archive.

With Win32DiskImager, write the img file to the SD card.

This might take a few minutes to complete.
Connect the Pi to a monitor or TV using the HDMI connection, ethernet, keyboard/mouse and Insert the SD card in the Pi. Power the Pi and the following sequence of screen will appear.
After those 2 initial screen, you will have to configure basic things such as languages, country, the Default Skin and so on. Personally, we prefer the classic Kodi skin as opposed to the OSMC. Make sure that SSH is set to enabled as this helps to install add-ons and for troubleshooting.
That’s pretty much it for installing and running Kodi on the Pi, fairly straightforward.

Video Add-ons

As a start, we decided to install the popular SALTS video add-on. The link to the plugin is: https://github.com/tknorris/tknorris-beta-repo/tree/master/zips Download the latest release.
Using Filezilla, establish a SSH connection to the Pi, with the Host address being the IP address of the Pi. The user and Password for OSMC is osmc.
Click on Connect and transfer the downloaded Zip to the Pi. We chose to transfer it to the movie folder. Any other folder is OK as well.
On Kodi, go to SYSTEM->SETTINGS->Add-ons->Install from zip file. Select the zip transferred in the movie folder. The add-on will take a few minutes to install. Once installed, go back to the Home screen and then to video. And Voila! SALTS should be listed in the menu. Here is our attempt to watch an episode of The Big Bang Theory:
Please note that the tutorial is for educational purposes only. Streaming paid content without a subscription is illegal. We are not responsible for any misuse of information provided here.

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