In terms of functionalities, Kodi provides an interface that allows easy access to all your video, image or audio files stored on a storage device or through a local network or the Internet. To focus on the subject, if you want, you can find here everything you need to know about Kodi.
In this post we will see how to download and install Kodi on Ubuntu 16.04. In addition, we will also explain in detail the basic configuration that you should apply.
How to Download and Install Kodi on Linux
Assuming you have already updated Ubuntu to version 16.04, here are the commands that you must run in the Linux terminal to install Kodi:
# sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
# sudo add-apt-repository ppa: team-xbmc / ppa
# sudo apt-get update
# sudo apt-get install kodi
If all goes well, the latest stable version of Kodi will be installed on your operating system. At the time this guide was written, the last one was version 16.1. If it is another, this guide is also perfectly valid. Let's confirm that everything went well with this series of commands:
# kodi --version
16.1 Git: b717c63 Media Center Kodi
Copyright (C) 2005-2016 Team Kodi - http://kodi.tv
Once the Kodi installation is complete, go to the Unity desktop and run Kodi. Once the upload is complete, you will see the start screen. Here you will see a horizontal menu that shows several options or categories, such as videos, music, images, applications and more.
Once Kodi is configured correctly, the videos section will allow you to browse and play all the videos that this application detects in your system, as well as for music or images.
How to add your local content to Kodi
To make your local content available in Kodi, click on the corresponding option. Simply follow the steps shown on the screen and you can see all the content in the player interface. For example, click on videos and then click on the "Files" option. Then you must go to "Add videos" / "Add videos" , depending on the language of your player
Then, you should look for the routes or directories where the videos you want to add are located.
Keep adding more sources for your videos until you're done.
To play a video file, simply click on it and playback will start. Okay, yes, it's very obvious, but this guide will be read by people of a certain age. In the player interface you can change some options such as subtitles, although if the file does not have them, you have to add them.
Now we know how to make your local videos visible to Kodi. You can do the same for music as well as for images. For content stored online, we have to make use of the Kodi Addons, so let's see how to install them.
Installation of accessories
We are going to focus on an example where we will explain how to navigate YouTube videos from Kodi . The first step is to click on "Add-ons" within the video section of the main Kodi interface. If we assume that it is the first time you use Kodi, surely you have none installed, so only one option will be shown to get more add-ons. Click on it.
You will see a list of available add-ons. Scroll through this list and select "YouTube . "
By clicking on "YouTube" , the add-on will be installed. However, in order to use it, you need to accept authorization for Kodi to access your YouTube account.
And ready; Now you can access YouTube content from Kodi. You can also install other add-ons available to access Internet content.
We recommend you follow these little tips:
- Kodi needs you to name your files following some particular conventions so that you can identify some data, such as the year of creation of the video or the movie.
- Make sure your videos, music and photos are saved in separate directories. This will help you avoid unnecessary problems when you ask Kodi to scan the directories of your system.
- While it is possible to access the basic settings from System-> Settings on the home screen, the configuration files are located in the "$ HOME / .kodi /" folder on your system. It is recommended not to make changes to this folder until you know what you are doing.
And that's all. I hope you have been useful.