How to install Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04 2021

Kodi 18 install on Ubuntu 2019

Kodi (formerly XBMC) is a free and open source cross-platform media player and entertainment hub that allows you to organize and play streaming media, such as videos, podcasts, music, from the Internet and local and network storage.

You can improve Kodi functionality by installing new add-ons and skins from the official Kodi repository and unofficial third-party repositories.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through installing Kodi on Ubuntu 18.04. The same instructions apply to Ubuntu 16.04 and any other Ubuntu-based distribution, including Kubuntu, Linux Mint, and Elementary OS.


Make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo rights before continuing with this tutorial.

Install Kodi on Ubuntu

The version of Kodi included in the Ubuntu repositories always lags behind the latest Kodi realization. At the time of writing this article, the latest stable version of Kodi is version 17 Krypton.

We will install Kodi 17 from their official repositories. It does not require any technical knowledge and does not take more than 10 minutes to install and configure the media server.

Follow the steps below to install the Kodi on your Ubuntu system:

  1. Start by updating the package list and install the dependencies by typing:

    sudo apt update sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https

    Add the Kodi APT repository to your system’s software repository list by:

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

    When prompted, press Enterto continue:

    Official Team Kodi stable releases More info: Press to continue or Ctrl-c to cancel adding it

    Once the Kodi repository is enabled, aptupdate the package list and install the latest version of Kodi with:

    sudo apt update sudo apt install kodi

That is it! At this point, you have successfully installed Kodi on your Ubuntu 18.04 system.

Start Kodi

Now that Kodi is installed on your Ubuntu system, you can start it from the command line by kodityping or clicking the Kodi icon ( Activities -> Kodi):

From here you can start customizing your Kodi instance by installing new add-ons and adding media libraries.

To exit Kodi, click the “Disable” button in the top left or press CTRL+END.

Update Kodi

When a new version is released, you can update the Kodi package through your standard desktop software update tool or by running the following commands in your terminal:

sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade

Remove Kodi

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

Then delete the Kodi configuration folder by typing:

rm -r ~/.kodi/


You have learned how to install Kodi Media Server on your Ubuntu 18.04 machine. Now go to the official Kodi Wiki page and learn how to configure and manage your Kodi installation.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.

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