How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC?

How to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC? Both Kodi 17 Krypton and Raspberry Pi 3 are extremely customizable. That makes them a perfect match for each other. For its small size, the RasPi 3 has enough power to handle Kodi. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Kodi 17 on Pi 2 or Pi 3. The guide includes all the necessary steps from installing OpenELEC to setting up your first video addon on Raspberry Pi.

How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC?

How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC?

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Things You Need to Install Kodi 17 on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  • The Raspberry Pi
  • SD card
  • Power supply for Pi
  • HDMI Cable

How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC?

If you prefer to use OpenELEC to install Kodi on your Raspberry Pi, use these instructions.

  1. Insert an SD card into your computer’s SD card reader.
  2. Now download the latest OpenELEC installer from the official OpenELEC website.
  3. After you download the image file, you have to extract it using WinRar, 7zip, or similar software.
  4. Once you have unzipped the image file, it’s time to write the file on your SD card. To complete this step, you need image writing software such as Win32 Disk Imager.
  5. Launch Win32 and then click the folder icon and point it to where you have extracted the OpenELEC Image file.
    Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

    Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  6. Choose the SD card drive letter as the device.
  7. Click “Write” and wait until the file transfer is completed.
  8. Once done, eject the SD card from your computer and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.
  9. Launch the Raspberry Pi after you have connected it to your TV via HDMI.
  10. OpenELEC will not finish the setup process.
    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  11. Once Kodi 17 launches on your Pi, you will be asked to setup you location, timezone, and Internet connection. Click ‘Next’.
    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  12. Setup your Internet connection.
    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  13. Make sure you enable SSH as well.
    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

    How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC

  14. The next thing you need to do is install repositories and then setup video addons as explained below.

How to Install Kodi Video Addons on OpenELEC?

Now that you have installed the OpenElec on your Raspberry Pi, it is time to add some video addons to it. The official Kodi addon repository should be your first one given that it comes pre-installed with Kodi. Follow these steps.

  1. Launch your OSMC app and head to ‘Addons’.
  2. Select the Package Installer Icon in the top left corner.
  3. From there, click on ‘Install from Repository’ -> Kodi Add-on Repository -> Video Addons.
  4. Click on Sky News or any other news addon you wish to add -> Install.
  5. Wait until you see Addon Enabled notification.
  6. Now go back to the Kodi homescreen and select the ‘Addons’ tab from the left hand column.
  7. Click on Video Addons.
  8. All the video addons you install will appear here.

Stay Safe – Use VPN with OpenELEC

In certain regions such as USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and Germany you might get a copyright infringement notice from your ISP if you watch or download pirated material online. While we hold no responsibility over such notices, we do encourage you to use VPN in order to keep your online activities to yourself. Below are some of the benefits you get when using VPN with Kodi.

  • Unblock Geo-restricted Kodi Add-ons: There are a lot of Kodi addons that you can only use in certain regions. With VPN you can bypass regional restrictions.
  • Bypass ISP Throttling: Ever noticed that your Internet speed is decent if you are browsing websites but suddenly drops when you are watching videos online? If that is the case, your ISP is probably throttling your Internet speed. Using VPN basically allows you to avoid that from happening.
  • Ultimate Privacy: Neither your ISP nor copyright trolls will be able to see that you are using Exodus, SALTS, Alluc, Phoenix, or similar third-party addons on your Raspberry Pi.
  • VPN Applications: You don’t have to be a tech-freak to setup a VPN connection thanks to user-friendly VPN apps on PC, Mac, Android, iOS, and FireStick.

From personal experience, ExpressVPN is the best VPN service you can use with Kodi. They have optimized their VPN apps to work better with Kodi add-ons and have a no-logs policy. Check out our reviewed list of the best Kodi VPNs in 2018. We have prepared a detailed tutorial on how to add the VPN Manager to OpenELEC here.

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How to Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi via OpenELEC – Conclusion

While the whole process of setting up Kodi on your Raspberry Pi using OpenELEC does take some time and effort, that satisfying feeling you get once everything is done is well worth it. In case you do run into any issues during the installation process, please leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you out.

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