How to install-update Kodibuntu

I have browsed the nets quite a bit and there really is not any solid procedure on how to install or update Kodibuntu. It’s very short and unexplained for people that are not tech savvy. And even if they are a little it’s not enough to understand what’s needed to do so.
The downloadable ISO is 14.0 and requires a manual update.
It is not like a Windows based Kodi Media setup in any way. You don’t just download the Kodi.exe double click it install and be done with it.
And Windows does allow for plug and play and the installing of recent video games if that’s your thing. It also has Windows Media Center from Windows Vista to Windows 7 which is great for PVR setup.
Kodibuntu does not require the horse power that is needed to run a Windows/Kodi based setup.
Although with HD video you will want at least 4gb of system memory and a 2.8ghz dual core CPU or better.

If you already have Kodibuntu installed and just want to get latest version of Kodi updated just jump to bottom of page where it says=Updating KODI

How to install Kodibuntu:

First you will need to download Kodibuntu here. You will see Kodi 16.0 under that you will see Kodibuntu x64 although download is showing under 16.0 it will be version 14.0.
If you need x86 Kodibuntu download here. This is also version 14.0 it is from my Dropbox account. I have used this myself and is virus free. But still make sure to scan it with your antivirus.

You can burn the .iso to a CD-R or make a bootable USB thumb drive or called a flash drive to install Kodibuntu.
I will be doing this procedure using the .iso burned to a CD-R.
If you are interested in using a thumb drive follow procedure here.”I will not help or answer questions regarding thumb drive install.”

After downloading the Koibuntu.iso  you can burn it to CD using free software called IMGBURN.
Download latest IMGBURN here. Install IMGBURN.
Run IMGBURN place blank CD-R in your Bluray/DVD/CDR burner.
Click on Write image file to disc at top you will see Source and under that will say please select a file.. click on the folder with the magnifying glass on the right of it.
select the kodibuntu.iso will be in location where you downloaded it to.
set burn speed to 4x and click the image to disc icon on bottom wait for burn to complete. If you can burn at 2x then do it. Slow burning is best don’t go over 4x burn speed.

Once burn is complete it’s install time.
insert burnt kodibuntu CD you created with IMGBURN into your computers CD/DVD/Bluray burner.
Make sure your HTPC is connected to internet by hardline. Don’t use wireless this will just cause other possible issues with connectivity.

You will want to boot from DVD/CD drive
At Kodibuntu install screen:
You will highlight 2nd option Install KODIbuntu and hit enter.

After you hit enter you may see garbled screen just wait you will see text start to appear in the mess. It’ll take 2-4 minutes before seeing the Welcome screen:
Select your preferred language and click on continue on the bottom left corner.
Next window:
click in box Download updates while installing. Click continue.
Next Window:
The computer I installed this on had Windows 7 installed previously so I selected Replace Windows 7 with Ubuntu.
If you have a clean hard drive NO previous operating system installed on it then you would select install Ubuntu only to hard drive.
Next Window-TimeZone:
Very simple select the time zone you are in and click on continue. If you don’t know your time zone use google to figure this out. Or just ask someone near by.
Next Window Keyboard layout:
I’m in the good ole USA so I use English (US) if your not sure what to use then click on Detect Keyboard layout at bottom right. Click continue.
Next Window Login info:
Can name your computer whatever you like but keep your password short and simple or make sure it’s one you will always remember. It’s very important you remember this info or updating Kodi to latest version will NOT happen!
Select login automatically then click continue.
Now you will see this window:
Kick back watch install to verify it goes without error.

Once install is complete reboot and you will notice that it’s an older version of Kodi version 14.0.
Once you are in and Kodi has loaded up it’s default Confluence skin you will see a pop-up that will say Version check 14.0 to 15.2 stable. Click okay but this will not update Kodi.

Updating KODI:

In KODI go to the Power icon on the bottom left. When the box pops up you will see 5-6 options EXIT, Power Off System, Custom Shutdown Timer, Suspend, Hibernate & Reboot.
You will click on EXIT.
After clicking EXIT you will be at a login screen.
This is where that username and password will be very important!
At top right select what you see in the picture I post under this “Select Lubuntu”:
Put your password in and login.
You will be brought to the desktop.
On the bottom left corner you will click on the far left Start icon.
Click on it and go to System tools then over to XTerm.
Picture below will show exactly where these options are:
Then click on Xterm and a command box will pop up on screen.
In the command box first command will be sudo apt-get update then hit enter on the keyboard
It will stop periodically and ask you to select Yes or No or “I” always select “Y” when it’s asks you to select yes or no just type “y” hit enter.
Important that commands are exactly as I listed minus the bolding of the letters:-)
After entering command you will be prompted for your administrator password. It is the one you created and I said to be sure and remember what it was. Enter the password hit Enter. Note: when entering your password in xterm it will not show up in the box it will be blank.
Wait for the packages to finish installing you will know it’s complete when you see your username and PC name like you first see when you start up Xterm.
Mine is at top of box and says aceofspades@HTPC3:”$

Now that the first command is complete you will now enter sudo apt-get upgrade
This package takes quite a bit of time to complete but you must sit with it and watch because it will stop 3-4x and ask you to select Yes or No or “I” again same as before always type “y” Hit enter.
Will know it’s complete when you see your username and PC name at bottom.
Once it has completed restart computer.
When it starts back up you will again login to the Ubuntu desktop and go into Xterm again.
Once command box is up type in sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
Again will be asked Yes or No to continue select “y” hit enter.
Then a window will pop up for TVHeadEnd to create a username do so create a easy to remember user name.
Window will look like this:
Create your username then use your keyboard arrows to highlight OK and hit enter>
Another stop will ask Yes or no to continue select “y” then hit enter on keyboard.
Another TVheadEnd box will pop up:
Use your keyboard arrows to highlight OK hit enter on keyboard soon after or right after this it should be complete.
Restart PC when login screen pops up select logout and go to top right corner and select Kodi instead of Linbuntu put in your password and login.
Will now boot into Latest Kodi version.

Repeat this process whenever latest stable version of Kodi is released:-)
Good Luck! Hope this helps many people out there not so sure on how updating Kodibuntu works.

And now I go list one of my recently built Kodibuntu HTPC boxes on EBay:-) Which happens to be the same one I used for this fine installation/Update procedure.






3 thoughts on “How to install-update Kodibuntu

  1. Hi there, just found your post and try it on my kodibuntu 14.0 and upgrade to 17.6 for my 64bit kodibuntu & 17.5 for my 32bit kodibuntu. But after upgrade can’t display viceo , blank , audio ok dolby atmos is detect.
    Is there any solution for this iissue ? have tried 3 times to reinstall no error message all installation works fine.
    Thanks’ before….


    1. First if possible get into Bios and verify it is set to defaults or optimized settings.
      When you say blank screen is the monitor on? light is green and just blank? Or does the monitor go into standby/off?
      This could indicate a few different things but I would stat with a clean install again and when doing the upgrade make sure you did not miss any prompts or clicked on something that could have caused install issues.


      1. Thanks for your reply, the pc is working fine, already booting display the kodi , but when i choose to play the movie, only audio n subtitle is working, kodi play the file but not display the picture of the movie, while we still can pause, ffwd or the control menu is there …especially if we play the HD or FullHD movies, sound can detect DTS , Dolby Atmos etc…tried many times clean install 32 bit /64 bit same result, hv tried install using lubuntu 17.10 version, and upgrade to kodi 17.6 working fine but audio can’t play DtSHD, dolbyhd n dilby atmos…only play as stereo…audio only can play dts n dolby…maybe u hv ant advice..thanks


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