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How to Install/Update to Latest Kodi 17.1 “Krypton” on Raspberry Pi 3 & 2

Note: Kodi 17.1 is now available via the repo used below!

Good news for Kodi hardcore fans, there are builds for latest Kodi version Krypton 17 available for Raspberry Pi.

While these builds are not in the official Raspbian repos, they are in a repo we have already used before to get Jarvis 16, it has currently RC for Kryption 17.1 and we should get the latest version 17.1 soon.

So here are the steps to get the latest version of Kodi on your Raspberry Pi:

  1. Add the repo to your list of sources
    echo 'deb /' | sudo tee --append /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pipplware_jessie.list
  2. Add the repository’s key
    wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Update your list of available packages
    sudo apt-get update
  4. Install Kodi (if you don’t already have it installed)
    sudo apt-get install kodi
  5. Or, update Kodi to latest version provided by the repo we added
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  6. Run Kodi and verify updated version by checking installed version at:
    Settings (gear icon) > System Info

I personally tested these steps by installing Kodi 17.1 on fresh up-to-date Raspbian installation on both Raspberry Pi 2 and 3, i also tested all cases mentioned in the comments on the past update guide and found none, so things should be good to go!

That includes as well using wireless keyboard without any extra effort required.

If you are upgrading, not installing fresh copy of Kodi, then make sure to check this section from the official Wiki.

Enjoy your up-to-date media center, and don’t forget to check awesome projects you can do with you Raspberry Pi in your car at Everything You Need To Know To Integrate Your Raspberry Pi Into Your Car.

If you have comments to share, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment 🙂


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  2. Rfb

    Thanks for the guide, I’ll try that on a pi zero over the weekend. I’ve got hihole running on a pi zero and will install kodi to it. Hopefully the zero can handle it.
    Have you tried with a pi zero?

    • I don’t have a Pi Zero unfortunately, but it would be great if you can give it a try and let us know your feedback so i can update the post too and include the Zero as a possible device for running this version of Kodi too.

      • rfb

        I tried it last night. It works thought it got really slow when I tried to install an ares build. I would say go with librelec or openelec if using a pizero.

  3. hanksterman00

    Any idea when the released, not rc of 17.1 will be available. I use nolimits builds on my rp3 and it warns for optimal performance, released version should be used .

  4. hanksterman00

    Thank You. The update from the 17.1RC to 17.1 was successful. I did experience one issue though. For what ever reason the file lists did not update on my RP3’s, I have three. When the sudo apt-get update command was issued, it reported that there where no updates. I had to remove two entries from /var/lib/apt/lists location and then reissue sudo apt-get update command to get the correct file list. The entries were

    Using OS.
    Raspbian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie) (kernal: Linux 4.4.50-v7+)

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