How to Install the Latest Kodi on Ubuntu-based Linux Distributions

Wondering how to install the latest version of Kodi on Ubuntu and Linux Mint? You can do so easily with the official PPA provided by XBMC team.

Kodi, formerly and popularly known as XBMC, is one of the best open source media server software for Linux and other platforms.

Kodi organizes your media file, be it music, videos or photos, beautifully and you can play these files from local and network storage media and the internet. So apart from the local media, you can also watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video etc on Kodi.

You can install Kodi on virtually any device be it Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android or Raspberry Pi. In fact, many people install Kodi on Raspberry Pi specifically for using it as a media center with their TV.

Kodi on various devices
Kodi is available on almost all platforms

It is fairly easy to install Kodi in Ubuntu. Kodi is available in the universe repository of Ubuntu and you can install it using the standard apt-get install command.

However, the Kodi available in the official Ubuntu software repositories is not the latest one. Which means using this version of Kodi will not provide you the latest and greatest features of Kodi.

So what can you do to install the latest version of Kodi on Ubuntu-based Linux distributions? The answer is use PPA.

Installing latest Kodi version on Ubuntu and Linux Mint

The awesome team behind Kodi has created a PPA so that you can easily install the new versions of Kodi on Ubuntu. This method should also work on Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Deepin Linux, LXLE, Linux Lite, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu based Linux distributions.

You can add the official PPA repository of Kodi using this command in a terminal (use Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut in Ubuntu to launch terminal):

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

If you are using Ubuntu 16.04, you should also update your system. You can skip this step if you are using Ubuntu 18.04 or higher versions.

sudo apt update

Now you can install Kodi using this command:

sudo apt install kodi

Do note that if you had an older version of Kodi installed, it will be upgraded to the newer version provided by the official PPA.

The download size would be around 100 MB, which is not huge in my opinion. Once installed, you can go to the menu and start Kodi. You can scan your local library for media files or connect to online streaming services.

Kodi media center running in Ubuntu Linux

To install some encode add-ons, use the command below:

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

Kodi has a huge number of add-ons available, thanks to its open source nature. You can find the add-on on this page here.

Removing Kodi from Ubuntu

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

sudo apt-get remove kodi

You should also delete the PPA from the list of software sources:

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

In the end…

If you are a regular user of Kodi, you should consider supporting Kodi by donating or purchasing a merchandise from their store. This will help the development of this superb open source software.

Oh! and do keep in mind that like Popcorn Time, Kodi has been criticized for promoting privacy. So if you use torrents and other means to get movies and TV shows, at least use a VPN service. You can find some good VPN deals here.

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

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  • I cannot get kodi to be installed on Mint 17.2 in any way or format. – including building from source. PPA hasn’t been available / existing for more than a month now. Downloaded several versions of the binary .deb package, but can’t seem to get past the countless dependencies – of which several wouldn’t install because of their dependencies. The number of ‘uninstallable’ stuff in Linux is growing from the exasperating to the ridiculous. In the 1970’s / 1980’s we ran massive servers on Unix for years without a hitch – now we can’t install a ridiculous little piece of software on a workstation?

    • Linux Mint 17 series has reached end of life which means your version is not supported anymore. This is why you are not able to install new software.

      You must install a new version of Linux Mint.

  • This is wrong. From the official KODI WIKI:
    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install kodi

  • I did the install as in the steps provided.
    Kodi launches fine and I can see all of my content.
    When I try to play any video the program shuts down.

  • Can you please guide how to configure the Kodi Media server so that I can stream media without having to logging in (like Plex).