How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 (Guide)

Kodi is everyone’s favourite media streaming solution and the Raspberry Pi is the geek’s playground for making several cool projects. You can always purchase a dedicated Kodi box (which itself is not much different from an Android TV box), but of course, it doesn’t satisfy the geek within you. Moreover, you can use a Raspberry Pi to make several other projects, besides just installing Kodi. Having said that, if you’re looking for a simpler, more user-friendly solution, you’re better off purchasing a Kodi box. However, if you love tinkering around and don’t mind learning a bit in the process, then you’re in for a treat. Today, I’ll show you how to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 using OSMC:

Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3

Things You Will Need

Install OSMC on a microSD card

Download OSMC installer for your operating system. OSMC is a Debian-based OS with Kodi installed and the installer is available for Windows, macOS and Linux.

At this point, you’ve successfully completed the software installation process. Now, let’s move on to the hardware part.

Make the Required Hardware Connections

You have the option to select between two pre-installed themes: Kodi’s Krypton’s new default theme, Estuary or OSMC skin. Of course, you can download and apply several other themes later.

So that is it! You’ve successfully installed Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 3.

As you can see, installing Kodi on Raspberry Pi using OSMC is quite easy. If for some reason, you’re looking for an alternative to OSMC, you can also try OpenELEC.

Using Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 3

In my limited testing, I was able to get Kodi working flawlessly on the Raspberry Pi 3. The Pi’s 1.2 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM made for a smooth experience on Kodi. I was able to connect to the WiFi and browse for add-ons. The Pi also has an Ethernet port, so you can do with wired Internet connection, too. There might be occasional stutter in the interface when you’re trying to play a high-quality video, but I experienced little to no frame rate drops. While I didn’t notice any abnormal temperature rise, some people in the community certainly have. You can always monitor the Pi’s temperature by going into Kodi’s settings. Also, make sure to have a case that doesn’t obstruct the air circulation. If nothing helps, you may as well try using a heat sink.

If you are new to Kodi, you can check out our detailed article on how to use it to get started with it.

SEE ALSO: 10 Best Raspberry Pi 3 Alternatives You Can Buy

Install and Use Kodi on Raspberry Pi 3 Easily

Installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi gives you a powerful media streaming solution at an affordable price. Well, if you have a Raspberry Pi 3 or any other version with you and you use Kodi a lot, it should be a good idea to create your very own Kodi box using Raspberry Pi. So, have you tried installing Kodi on a Raspberry Pi 3? If yes, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section below.

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