Kodi can now be installed directly on a Raspbian distro so you can get the best of both worlds thanks to Michael Gorven. Many people use Raspmbc and OSMC which is great if all you want to use it for is a media center only. However, if you want an HTPC combo device that can act as a hybrid NAS media center and download from torrents or usenet, Raspbmc and OSMC are less optimal choices. I have used Minibian as a base for this guide and my image with all of my initial setup configurations so it will work out of the box. The guide works on both Raspberry Pi B+ and the Pi 2, the image I tested works on both devices as well. All of my usenet and torrent software guides will work on this image because of the unaltered Minibian debian base.
If you are trying to figure out which hardware would work best for you, consider reading the Pi benchmarks.
|Raspberry Pi 3
|Raspberry Pi 2
|Banana Pi Pro
Install Kodi on Minibian for Raspberry Pi
This guide was entirely adapted from Michael Gorven's site, I only adjusted things to make it copy and paste friendly.
Add Michael's Raspberry Pi Kodi repo and gpg key, change wheezy to jessie if you are on Raspbian or Minibian jessie
echo "deb http://archive.mene.za.net/raspbian wheezy contrib" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mene.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED
Update repository list
sudo apt-get update
Install Kodi XBMC on Raspberry Pi
sudo apt-get install kodi -y
Add the user group input
sudo addgroup --system input
Add the kodi user to all of the necessary groups
sudo usermod -a -G audio,video,input,dialout,plugdev,tty kodi
Open the input group's permissions
sudo nano /etc/udev/rules.d/99-input.rules
Create some permissions for the input group
SUBSYSTEM=="input", GROUP="input", MODE="0660"
KERNEL=="tty[0-9]*", GROUP="tty", MODE="0660"
Open the Kodi default configuration
sudo nano /etc/default/kodi
Enable Kodi to boot on startup by changing
ENABLED to 1
# Set this to 1 to enable startup
Enable GPU memory, 128 MB should play back HD video
Open the Raspberry Pi's configuration file
sudo nano /boot/config.txt
Increase the memory by changing
gpu_mem to 128
Reboot to test
When you reboot for the first time you may just see a black screen, SSH in and reboot again, for me Kodi popped up then
You can update Kodi on the Raspberry Pi easily now (applies to the image as well) with these commands
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade -y
Here is the image based on my Minibian customized image. SSH login is root and pi both with password htpcguides. Reveal the link by sharing this page. Michael also has an image prepared on his site which I haven't tested as I'm very happy with Minibian for media server purposes.
After you burn the image use raspi-config to expand the SD card. The image is designed to be used with a nice stable ethernet connection because WiFi is less stable and slower. WiFi tools are installed though so you should be able to configure your wireless dongle, you may need to get additional drivers for it, however.