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Quick Tip: How to Update to Latest Kodi 16 “Jarvis” on Raspberry Pi

For those of you who want the latest Kodi but don’t want to use the likes of OSMC or OpenELEC, to be able to harness the power of Raspbian, i have a bad news, and a good news.

The bad news is, according to, the Raspbian repositories only have Kodi up to version 15.2, although -currently- the latest Kodi version is Jarvis 16.1 released on April 24th 2016.

The good news is, the good folks at the Raspberry Pi Forums found a repository that offers Kodi built for Raspbian, 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:
    System > System Info

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.


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  1. James Hurley

    Just tried this on my Raspberry Pi 3 but every time I select ‘Y’ during step 5 (something like using 16MB more disc space) it aborts. I have a 32GB card, and System Info says I’m using 16%.

    I have 15.2 already, but even tried re-installing Kodi (step 4), but no luck.

    Any ideas?

    • Ronald Garcia

      Hi James Hurley, same happened to me.
      It’s because when you get to the Step 5 (kodi update step) you are copy-pasting this:
      sudo apt-get upgrade
      sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

      Just copy paste each line separate and then when you select ‘Y’ it will load, PROVEN. You owe me a beer xD


  2. Pander

    Because of dependencies, better leave upgrading to the package manager of Debian/Raspbian/Ubuntu. In order to get updates sooner, simply file repackage requests at Debian and Ubunte and chase those with several users.

    • The trouble is, packages depending on Debian/Ubuntu and the likes to be updated are almost always out-of-date, so people prefer using PPAs to get faster updates and more up-to-date versions, and that’s why systems like Arch shine.

      • Coleten

        Hmm it seems it’s still booting Kodi 14.2 and I’m getting the error:

        11:46:38 T:1961320448 ERROR: failed to load requested skin ‘skin.confluence’
        11:46:38 T:1961320448 ERROR: Previous line repeats 1 times.
        11:46:38 T:1961320448 ERROR: Default skin ‘skin.confluence’ not found! Terminating..

      • Coleten

        I tried removing kodi and attempting to install it again after adding the key and I get this:

        The following packages have unmet dependencies:
        kodi : Depends: kodi-bin (>= 2:16.1-2~jessie) but it is not going to be installed
        Depends: kodi-bin (< 2:16.1-2~jessie.1~) but it is not going to be installed
        Depends: libshairplay0 but it is not going to be installed
        Depends: libcec3 but it is not going to be installed
        Recommends: libva-intel-vaapi-driver but it is not going to be installed

        • Did you run `apt-get update` ?
          Remove kodi and make sure it is removed then attempt a fresh install.

          If all else fails, i’d recommend just googling the errors in your comment, i did so and found many solutions so it seems that this error could result from more than one reason so cross-reference that with your system details.

          • Coleten

            I tried removing kodi and attempting to install again but I get the same error. Is there anything else I need to remove besides the key we get in step 2 and kodi?

  3. Eduvirgens

    Hello friends. I also have a raspberry pi3 with raspbian. I got install kodi Jarvis 16.1 with how-to, but my keyboard wireless don’t work. I tried several how-tos, but no success. Only the mouse wireless work on kodi. Do you have any idea to help me?

  4. Eduvirgens

    The mouse and keyboard are 4Tech. It’s possible that problem happened because I installed kodi 16 on kodi 15. Then I’ll do a clean installation of raspbian and I’ll try again the kodi 16. I hope that solves the problem.

  5. Liam

    Can you please instruct me on The exact command I need to run to install a new repo? I don’t understand lol do I just run the echo deb command or just command deb….. Please I’m a noob

  6. jurjen

    dear all,

    I’m trying to get an full package to write to my rapbery and to get it running again.
    do you guys know a location where a full package can be downloaded so I can use win32diskimager to copy it to a sd card and then use it.

    i might be searching in the wrong way but can’t find anything 15.2 or 16.0

    if someone has a link It would be apreciated

  7. Abdul

    Hi I’m really new to this. I have just installed raspberian on my raspberry pi 3. Im currently using a mac to do my installations. The steps you provided do i type them all into terminal while my cd card is plugged in? or do i use terminal on the raspberry pi?


  8. firegate

    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following packages have been kept back:
    chromium-browser-l10n kodi kodi-bin libbluray1 libcec3
    libpulseeight-platform1 librtmp-dev libshairplay0 omxplayer
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 9 not upgraded.

    cannot update…

    • Chang Won JEONG

      Sorry for spam..i have another issiu. After apt- get update, rvery command not work and display this messages:
      sudo:error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object files:input/output error

      Even cant me..

  9. wolfman

    I suspect the files from pipplware are infected with a win32 worm. I just installed kodi 16.1 yesterday as a port in RetroPie 3.7, using the retropie-setup menu. Since then I have been finding win32 worm-related files (Photo.scr, IMG0001.exe and appear on my network drive that RetroPie connects to. They first appeared after opening kodi for first time. I manually deleted all copies that I could find. Next time I launched kodi those files reappeared. I have been dual booting (berryboot) with openelec+kodi 15.2 for months and never encountered this. Has anyone else experienced this?

      • wolfman

        Thank you for the reply. I did that this weekend – uninstalled it with all of its dependencies and deleted ~/.kodi. After that I ran Retropie a bit and my drive stayed clean. I then found and installed a 15.2 version of kodi from the repository I use for my other Pi running Raspbian. I ran it for a while, adding some plugins, setting the paths and playing some media. Everything is fine using 15.2.
        Thank you for your guide. Following your steps I now have Retropie and Kodi together, can switch between without dual booting 🙂

        • wolfman

          Retropie is a little different and includes the repository for 16.1. I should clarify, I followed your steps to setup the repository that I used to install 15.2. I am happy with 15.2 working perfectly. Thanks again

  10. chris_85

    I followed the procedure and restarted my Pi afterwards. Raspbian doesn’t start anymore, the only thing I can do is to enter the recovery menu. Is there a way to undo the updates/upgrades?

  11. Scott

    I’ve tried every combination I can think of and just won’t work on raspberry pi 3.
    I am able to get libreelec to work on my pi, but, after about 10 minutes, it crashes and hoses the sdcard. Lost 2 cards that way. I then downloaded raspian from march, may, and sept, apt-get install kodi and all 3 have same issue… no video. I followed steps above and got 16.1… same issue, no video. I tried every combination of hardware acceleration and rebooted the pi after each change to make sure it stuck… nothing. Every acceleration mode is the same … won’t play anything except for OMX where it plays but no sound or video. I’m curious if anyone has gotten this to work on raspberry pi 3?

  12. Deepak Jhurani

    Hi Mahmoud Tantawy,

    On my RPi3 device (Raspbian os) I updated KODI from 15.2 to 16.1 following your instructions… KODI is successfully updated but I have strange issue after this…. I’m not getting any sound for the videos I stream within browser (I’m using Chromium). Also when I exit KODI I get black screen it doesn’t take me to Rasbian desktop.
    Please help. Thanks

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