How To Install Kodi 14 (XBMC) In Ubuntu 14.04 & Linux Mint 17

How To Install Kodi 14 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Kodi, formerly and popularly known as XBMC, has released its latest version 14 which is code named Helix. It is fairly easy to install Kodi 14 in Ubuntu 14.04 thanks to the official PPA provided by XBMC.

For those who do not know already, Kodi is a media center application available for all major platforms like Windows, Linux, Mac, Android etc. It turns your device in to a full screen media center where you can manage all your music and videos, either on local or on network drive, watch You Tube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other streaming services.

Install XBMC 14 Kodi Helix in Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and Linux Mint 17

Thanks to the official PPA, you can easily install Kodi 14 in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 17, Pinguy OS 14.04, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu based Linux distributions. Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi

The download size would be around 100 MB, which is not huge in my opinion. To install some encode addons, use the command below:

sudo apt-get install kodi-audioencoder-* kodi-pvr-*

Remove Kodi 14 from Ubuntu

To uninstall Kodi 14 from your system, use the command below:

sudo apt-get remove kodi

You should also remove the PPA from the software sources:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

I hope this quick post helped you to install Kodi 14 in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and other Linux. How do you find Kodi 14 Helix? Do you use some other media center as an alternative to XBMC? Do share your views in the comment section.


  1. I followed the instruction to load Kodi 14 onto my Linux 17.1 machine. Everything was OK and Kodi appeared in Audio&Video menu but… Kodi launch starts and ends with black blank screen… that is it.
    Please advise if something wrong?

  2. Unfortunatley its not as polished as Plex. Plex is also available for Linux. Kodi isn’t doing the :scraping: thing that gets movie artwork and descriptions. Any idea how to make it do that?

    • Sure you can! just download a movie db add-on such as “the movie database” or “iMDB” via the add-on section in settings (use Kodi add-on repository) and go to movie information/film information in the menu. Choose the add-on you would like to use (e.g. “The Movie Database”), open it and click on “install”.

      After that, you can assign the scraper add-on to a folder of movies, then everytime the folder is updated, the movies will get information/fanart/posters…

      It’s all there as in Plex and in some cases maybe more, the only difference is that here you have to tweak it for yourself to your liking as it is open source and intended for anyone to contribute and improve.


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