Kodi has become probably the largest media center application in use today across a broad range of devices. I remember first using Kodi when it was called XBMC for Xbox Media Center.
An old friend of mine about a decade ago installed it onto his original Xbox with a new Hard Drive, and loaded it with Emulators for Playstation, N64 etc. Nowadays, Kodi is used mostly for streaming, as a way to access your favourite internet TV stations and streaming sites all in one place (besides a browser.)
Granted, Kodi is often used to use pirate video sources to stream movies and shows illegally; I won’t be instructing on how to install said things.
Installing Kodi on Ubuntu
Installation of Kodi on Ubuntu / Ubuntu based systems is incredibly easy thanks to the use of the official Kodi PPA.
To install Kodi, we need to add the PPA, and then install the program.
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install kodi
Note: Kodi maintains three repositories:
Final release builds: ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
Betas and release candidates: ppa:team-xbmc/unstable
Nightly candidates: ppa:team-xbmc/xbmc-nightly
Voila! You now have Kodi. However, your Kodi is going to be mostly empty, unless you have a collection of media all ready to use, or you add some addons.
For now, let’s just add some addons from the Official Kodi repositories, rather than third party; you know, for legal sake.
Open Kodi, and on the main menu to the left, select “Add-ons.” From there, you’ll want to click the “Install from Repository” button at the top, where you can select from seemingly countless amounts of different add-ons, including “Video Add-ons” which is where you get the idea of internet TV channels . streaming.
Browse through the giant lists, and see what you might find you like! Do keep in mind that while all of the official add-ons are legal, if you intend to add new sources/repositories and install third party add-ons, check with the legality in your country first…And invest in a good VPN.
If you want to remove Kodi again, for instance to start anew or because you don’t use, you may run the following commands .
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get remove kodi*
sudo apt-get purge kodi*
Then run the following command to remove all settings and library data. This won’t delete media but the settings only.
rm -r ~/.kodi/