Kodi is everyone's favorite multimedia streaming solution and the Raspberry Pi is the playing field for geeks of many interesting projects. You can always buy a dedicated Kodi box (which in itself is not very different from an Android TV box), but obviously it does not satisfy the geek in you. In addition, you can use a Raspberry Pi to carry out several other projects, in addition to installing Kodi. Having said that, if you are looking for a simpler and user-friendly solution, better buy a Kodi box. However, if you love tinkering and don't mind learning a little bit about the process, then you're ready for a party. Today I will show you how to install Kodi on Raspberry P the 3 using OSMC:
Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3
Things you will need
- A Raspberry Pi with power supply
- microSD card with USB adapter / unit
- USB keyboard
- HDMI cable
- Raspberry Pi case (Although not absolutely necessary, I highly recommend getting one.)
Install OSMC on a microSD card
Download the OSMC installer for your operating system. OSMC a Debian-based operating system with Kodi installed and the installer available for Windows, macOS and Linux.
- The first time you open the OSMC installer, you should be greeted with a welcome message. To select English (there are no other languages listed!) E Raspberry Pi 2/3 in the next box and click the next arrow.
- Select the version of OSMC you want to download. " 2017.02-2 "the latest version at the time of writing, but if an update is available, download it instead by all means. Click on the next arrow to continue. The installer will attempt to download the version selected from the Internet in the next step. Alternatively, you can first download the disk image from their website and tick "Use a local build on my computer".
- Connect the card reader with a microSD card in the USB port of your laptop / desktop. Select the " On an SD card "when asked where to install OSMC and click the next arrow.
- In this step, select the type of network connection . If you use Ethernet, select "Wired connection" and if you use Wi-Fi, select "Wireless". Click on the next arrow to continue.
- If you activate the "Wireless" mode, enter the WiFi name and password credentials and click on the next arrow.
- Select the device that appears and click on the next arrow. Note that the installation of OSMC format the microSD card, then make sure to backup all important files. In the rare case that you cannot see any devices, make sure that the card reader with a MicroSD card is connected to the laptop / desktop and formatted correctly.
- (Read!) And accept the license agreement and go to the next screen.
- The download ( ~ 175 MB ) will begin and should be completed in minutes, depending on your network connection. When you're done, you're ready for the show! (or at least he should say it, at least!)
At this point, you have successfully completed the software installation process. Now let's move on to the hardware part.
Make the required hardware connections
- Insert the microSD card into the Raspberry Pi card slot. Connect the USB keyboard and the power supply to the Raspberry Pi.
- Connect the HDMI cable to an external display / TV and turn on the power. You should now see the OSMC window and initialization should be complete in seconds.
- On the first boot you should see one startup wizard quite simple . Use the keyboard to navigate the interface and select things. Just select your preferred language, time zone, device name and other similar things.
You have the choice between two pre-installed themes: the new Kodi's Krypton default theme, estuary or OSMC skin. Of course, you can download and apply several other themes later on.
So so! You have successfully installed Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 3.
As you can see, installing Kodi on the Raspberry Pi using OSMC is quite simple. If for some reason, you are looking for an alternative to OSMC, you can also try OpenELEC.
Using Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 3
In my limited tests, I was able to get it working impeccable Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 3. The 1.2 GHz CPU of Pi and 1 GB of RAM for a smooth experience on Kodi. I was able to connect to WiFi and look for add-ons. The Pi also has an Ethernet port, so you can also do this with wired internet connection. During the' execution of a high quality video may occur occasional shots in the interface, but I found minimal or nonexistent frame rate losses. While I do not have noticed any abnormal increase in temperature, some people in the community certainly have. You can always monitor the Pi temperature by going to the Kodi settings. In addition, make sure you have a case that does not obstruct air circulation. If nothing helps, you can also try using a heat sink.
If you're new to Kodi, you can check out our detailed article on how to use it to get started.
Install and use Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 easily
Installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi offers a powerful multimedia streaming solution at an affordable price. Well, if you have a Raspberry Pi 3 or any other version with you and you use Kodi a lot, it should be a good idea to create your Kodi box using Raspberry Pi. So, have you tried installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi 3? If yes, I'd like to know your experience in the comments section below.