Install Kodi and add-ons on our Linux distro


Media centers were in fashion, and I say they were because now with SmartTVs and other options such as tablets and other devices that we have at home, it seems that fever of multimedia room equipment has gone out of fashion. However, we must not forget that we have powerful open source software for this purpose and that it can help us create our fun center.

We've already talked a lot about Kodi, it is a fantastic software to implement our multimedia center on any computer, including our PC and Raspberry Pi. Furthermore, Kodi has numerous addons to extend its capabilities beyond the ordinary. Now with the arrival of the F1 and MotoGP season, Kodi has become especially important for many who cannot pay the Movistar fee to watch these sports in 2016 or are located in an area where the service is not available. 

Kodi Interface - main menu

Well, as you should already know, there are addons to watch these sports, in addition to football thematic channels, documentaries, series, movies, adults, etc. Come on, to spend hours and hours having fun with the options of images, video, sound and Internet access that Kodi offers. And if you have the opportunity to connect your equipment with an HDMI cable to your TV, you will also be able to see it on a large screen and with quality.

But for that we are going to guide you so that you learn, if you do not know, how to install Kodi on your Linux distro and its add-ons or Addons. The first thing is to install Kodi and for this, you must follow this tutorial step by step on any Linux distro (you can choose to install it directly from the source code), although we will explain how to do it from a Debian / Ubuntu / Derivatives distribution (including Raspbian for Raspberry Pi), which are the most abundant:

  • We download the Kodi package of the latest stable version and install it:
<p class="de1">sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi</p>
  • We wait for the process to complete and once it is finished, we will have Kodi on our Linux distro. If you want you can enter to see how the program is, also the first time you can dedicate yourself to making some adjustments, such as put Kodi in Spanish. To do this, go to the System section, then Settings. A new window will open and select Apparence in the left column. Click on International and then on Language. Finally choose your language ...
  • The next step, in addition to familiarizing yourself with its simple and intuitive interface, would be to make other modifications or configurations if you see it appropriate for your case. But in general it is all good for any user. Therefore, what remains is install the addons we want.
  • The first thing to do to install an Addons is to go to System, then to Settings and then click on Complements or Addons. You will see that there is a search engine to be able to locate certain addons and select them from that list to install them. But generally, not all of them are there and third-party addons are often needed.
  • Go to the download website of your addonsFor example, if you want to install Adryanlist, use Google to find a download area. Normally a ZIP is downloaded with the addons. You don't have to unzip or anything.
  • Just go to System, Add-ons and then select the option Install from ZIP file. With this option we can locate the downloaded addons and it will be installed automatically when you press OK.
  • Once installed a message of «addons activated«, You have to wait a little while, some addons take longer than others ...
  • Now go to main menu and the corresponding section where the addons has been installed, for example, Adryanlist is a list of TV channels, so we locate it in Video, and Addons. And now you can make use of it, with the list of channels that it provides in this case.

If you have any comment, doubt or contribution, it will be very welcome in this blog. As always, we are interested in having feedback with readers in order to improve. I insist, constructive criticism is also well received, sometimes there are little «didactic» comments, not to say something worse ...

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  1.   danielp said

    Very good Kodi, I use it in KaOS and it works perfect

  2.   Hunter said

    The article goes well until it seems that you ran out of time and everything is very general xx, in arch for example its installation is a bit complicated, there are versions of the dependencies that do not work and you have to use development or legacy, etc, Especially in content in English it is great.

    I have it installed and used it for iptv but whoever has the iptv server makes changes and puff, to get access again, so for now I have it but I don't use it, -.-.

  3.   arangoiti said

    Do you know addons that are worth putting in kodi apart from the one mentioned?

  4.   soby said

    Hello Arangoiti, you have to try the «digital light project», you can download it from its forum, it is quite complete

  5.   Nicolas Castro said

    How do I install it in Canaima?