How To Install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Kodi (formerly XBMC Media Center) is an open-source and very powerful project that provides all the necessary tools for transforming your regular PC into a bona fide HTPC, which is used in conjunction with a big screen TV and a Hi-Fi audio system, will transform your living room into a veritable home theatre. Currently, Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of Kodi in Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Method 1. Install Kodi from the default Ubuntu repository.

Run the following commands to install Kodi:

sudo apt install kodi
  • Method 2. Install Kodi from the PPA repository.

First, install the dependencies:

sudo apt install python-software-properties pkg-config software-properties-common

Next, add the official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

After that, Install Kodi using the following command:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install kodi

Step 3. Accessing Kodi Media Player.

You can start Kodi from command by entering executing the following Linux command:


Or, log out and select log in with the Kodi session. Or launch the media center from the Dash (may need restart).

Install Kodi on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Kodi. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Kodi media player on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Kodi website.

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