How to Install the Latest Kodi Release on Ubuntu

Kodi is easily one of the most popular media center applications out there, and it has a multitude of uses. While Ubuntu does have Kodi in its main repositories, it’s ususally an outdated version. There is, however, an official PPA available that’s continually updated with the latest releases.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to Enable the Kodi PPA
  • How to Install Kodi on Ubuntu

Kodi on Ubuntu

Kodi on Ubuntu.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Ubuntu
Software Kodi
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

    Install the Latest Kodi Release on Ubuntu step by step instructions

  1. Enable the Kodi PPA

    The first thing you’re going to need to get the latest Kodi releases on your Ubuntu system is the Kodi PPA. This is an official PPA maintained by the Kodi developers, and it includes the latest packages for all current versions of Ubuntu.

    Because this is a PPA, you can add it to your system easily by running the following command in a terminal window.

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

    Then, update your system’s Apt sources.

    $ sudo apt update

    Once that’s done, you’re ready to install Kodi

  2. Install Kodi on Ubuntu

    With the Kodi PPA on your system, you can install Kodi just as easily as you would any other package. Because the version in the PPA will almost always be newer than the Kodi release in your default repositories, Apt will choose it when you run the command to install Kodi.

    $ sudo apt install --install-recommends kodi

    The --install-recommends part is there to pull in any extra components that may help with additional functions and features in Kodi.

    Once that’s done, Kodi will be installed on your system and ready to use. Launch it like any other program from the applications menu.


The Kodi PPA is continually updated with the latest releases. As long as it’s enabled on your system, you’ll receive regular updates straight from the Kodi team as you keep your Ubuntu PC updated.