HOW TO UPDATE KODI TO LATEST VERSION ON LINUX /MINT / UBUNTU
This tutorial will show you how to update Kodi to latest version on Linux OS Devices. This guide will work on any device that is running Linux. Kodi for Linux was originally built forUbuntu-based distributions, but depending on your distribution, you can also build Kodi from source if required.
If you would like to build Kodi from source code, please read this guide. The below guide will also work on Ubuntu/Mint.
If you are currently running Kodi which which was downloaded and installed directly from Kodi Official – you will be able to update to a higher version without uninstalling the current version. Kodi official sign their apps, so if your current version of Kodi was installed from a third party, you may need to uninstall your current version first.
At the time of writing this tutorial, the current official release for Kodi is version 17.6 Krypton. Kodi version 18.0 Leia is currently available, but is still in a release candidate state (RC) – at the time of writing this post, which means it is likely to contain bugs.
We recommend to always update to official releases.
Please note, this tutorial is for Android TV/Android Smartphone and Android Tablets only. Please use the below links for alternative devices.
HOW TO UPDATE KODI TO LATEST VERSION ON LINUX / UBUNTU / MINT – EASY METHOD (UPDATE KODI TO 17.6 OR 18 LEIA ON LINUX)
Follow the below, step by step, which will guide you on how to update Kodi on Linux, Ubuntu and Linux mint.
Use the command line terminal and enter the following commands, making sure to follow their prompts.
- In terminal, enter the command: sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
- The next command you enter is dependant on which Kodi repository you want to use. The three versions are: the final release build, the beta build, and the nightly builds. Enter which one you want to install.
- Final release build: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
- Development build: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable
- Nightly builds: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
- Enter the command: sudo apt-get update
- Enter the command: sudo apt-get install kodi
- Continue to confirm and finish installation
- Open Kodi
HOW TO UPDATE KODI TO LATEST VERSION ON LINUX FROM SOURCE CODE
- Install Git to download Kodi. For the stable branch, type into the terminal: sudo apt-get install git
- Get the source code for Kodi. For the stable branch, you’ll need to explicitly name the version of Kodi you want. In this case, you’ll want Krypton: git clone -b Krypton git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc.git
- Go to Software & Updates in your settings and check to see that Source Code has been selected.
- Install the required packages and dependencies, by entering the following: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get build-dep kodi
- Configure your Kodi by entering: cd xbmc
- Configure your Kodi by entering: ./bootstrap
- Configure your Kodi by entering: ./configure
- If you want to use supported system libraries, just enter: ./configure
- There may be errors that come up during this stage. Kodi now requires crossguid for example, which is not available in Ubuntu repositories. You’ll need to supply a Makefile in tools/depends/target/crossguid, so enter: Make -C tools/depends/target/crossguid PREFIX=/usr/local
- Build your Kodi by entering: make
- With everything compiled and built, you can now install Kodi: make install or sudo make install
- Once Kodi has installed, launch Kodi either on your terminal or from your search bar.
HOW TO UPDATE KODI TO LATEST VERSION ON UBUNTU BASED DISTRIBUTIONS
To check which version of Kodi you have, go to Settings > System information and you’ll find the version number at the bottom.
- To update your Kodi, simply open up your terminal and type:
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get upgrade
- If you’re missing additional packages and the update doesn’t work, type: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
HOW TO DOWNGRADE TO STABLE KODI ON LINUX
If you’re on a development build and want to switch to a stable build, here’s what to do.
- Locate the PPA you’re currently using by entering: sudo apt-cache policy | grep team-xbmc
- Remove the unstable PPA where it says ppa:PPAHERE, like so: sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:PPAHERE
- Now you can build a stable version of Kodi by entering the following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove kodi kodi-bin
sudo apt-get install kodi
HOW TO UNINSTALL KODI ON LINUX/UBUNTU
To uninstall Kodi on Linux or Ubuntu, enter the following on the terminal:
- Sudo apt-get update
- Sudo apt-get remove kodi*
- Sudo apt-get purge kodi*
- To remove settings and library data (not including videos and music) enter: rm -r ~/.kodi/
- Or for a version of Kodi that’s older than 14.0: rm -r ~/.xbmc/
HOW TO INSTALL KODI ON ARCH
Installing Kodi on Arch is very simple – just type:
- pacman -S kodi
- And confirm installation.
- Once it’s installed, type kodi to launch.
HOW TO UNINSTALL KODI ON ARCH
- To uninstall Kodi from Arch simply type: pacman -R kodi
- To uninstall dependencies, type: sudo pacman -R libmariadbclient libmicrohttpd libxslt python2-pillow kodi
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