Guide to installing XBMC on Linux

If you have a Linux system and would like to install XBMC on it, here's where to find out how. Installing XBMC on a linux system is quite easy, first choose your flavour of linux from the list below.


Execute the following lines at the command prompt:

  • sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
  • sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install xbmc



As stable xbmc releases are already available through the community repository, please make sure you have it enabled in your /etc/pacman.conf. After that it's as simple as using pacman to install the most recent version of xbmc in the repository along with all of its dependencies:

  • pacman -Sy xbmc



xbmc is in official repositories and can be installed by running:

  • sudo conary update xbmc



xbmc is in the official portage tree as media-tv/xbmc. Install with:

  • sudo emerge --autounmask xbmc



PVR-enabled XBMC is available in the official repositories. You can install it with the graphical package manager or with the following command:
  • urpmi xbmc


Mageia 2 ships with XBMC 11.0 (Eden); Mageia 1 ships with XBMC 10.1 (Dharma). Both have opdenkamp's PVR support added.



XBMC 10.1 (Dharma) with PVR support is available in contrib/updates of Mandriva 2010.1. You can install it with

  • urpmi xbmc


Mandriva 2009.1 and 2010.0 have older versions of XBMC that can be installed by running:

  • urpmi --searchmedia Backports xbmc


Of course, you can install from contrib/backports or from contrib/release using the GUI tool rpmdrake. Note that all these methods are most easily used if you have the full software sources enabled