How To Install OSMC and Kodi on Raspberry Pi

The newest version of the home theatre software, Kodi 17, is available now and has been released for your Raspberry Pi. The released software should work just fine on your Pi Zero 1,2 and 3. However, in this guide, we will focus on Pi 3 although the basic process remains the same for all of them.

What You Need:

  1. Raspberry Pi

  2. Micro SD Card (16GB+)

  3. Micro SD Card Adaptor

  4. Latest version of OSMC on your computer whether you are using mac or windows or linux

  5. One HDMI Cable

  6. USB Keyboard or remote control with wireless dongle.

    kodi and osmc on Raspberry Pi

    Raspberry Pi


How to install Kodi 17 on your Raspberry Pi 3

First, you would want to assemble your Pi device and your box and have the bluetooth dongle inserted if you are using a bluetooth keyboard so it is ready for use. If you want to format your SD card you can do so by inserting the SD card on a SD card Adaptor and then you can format it via the computer.


Go to the OSMC Download site where you will find the OSMC applicable for your Pi. Once you have downloaded the installer, open it and select your preferred language and the type of device you are installing the Kodi on. After these are done, click on the Continue arrow. The next window will require you to choose the latest version. Once that is done click on Continue again. Click on the option indicating SD Card as we are using an SD card for the install, and then click on Continue. In the next window, you can choose from Wi-Fi/Ethernet/Manual Networking and you should choose based on what way you are connected to the internet – if you are using Wi-Fi, choose Wireless. For ethernet, select Wired and if you want  to set up manually then select Configure Network Manually and then click on the Continue arrow .


If you select Wifi, you will asked to enter your network encryption, SSID and password. If you happen to select Wired, then then it will take you to the screen after screen where you need to click on Continue to proceed. If you are doing the setup manually, then you will be asked to enter GW, IP, Mask, DNS and then click on the Continue arrow. The next window will ask you where you want to install the OSMC – you should select your SD card and click on the Continue arrow.

Next, click on Accept for the End User License Agreement, which will then propel the OSMC to start to download. Once that is completed, it will begin to install. Before the install begins though, you will be asked “Are you sure you want to install the OSMC…” and you should click on Yes. This will cause the OSMC to start to install on your SD card. When the install finishes, click on Quit and eject your SD card. Next you need to plug your Pi box in and in the SD card slot you need to insert the SD card. This will cause the OSMC to install on your PI.


It will take a little while for the process to finish please wait for it, and when it does, you will be asked to choose a preferred language and time zone for the program and you just need to follow those instructions. Next, you will asked to give the device a name. If you plan on using just the one OSMC device on the network, you can skip this step but not if you have another device that has Kodi. Keep the SSH service enabled (enabled by default) – this will be useful when you will use your terminal to SSH into your device, and select Accept. Click on Continue when the licence blurb appears, and then choose appearances from the next screen. Finally, you will be directed to the Kodi homepage, and the download and install is finished on your OSMC device.


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