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

Note: The below steps allow you to get current latest version of kodi “Krypton” too, as described in my new blog post.

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?

    • Fink

      Sort of yes, but I have used both 2 B and 3 Pi’S. I have same difficulties and loved using OSMC_RPi2 & LibreElec_RPi2. All wizards and builds I used (built many, many triple boot streamers and sold them) all have the same problems when trying to run them on Isengaard 15.2. NOTHING WORKS. Now that noobs has altered their offerings I searched and am trying to get my BerryBoot Kodi from 15.2 to 16.1 via Raspbian and not having much success. Is there no way to update Kodi from within a build?

  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

  13. John

    My Rpi2s cpu is running at 100% constantly.

    Though this is not affecting the use of Kodi, it is rising the temp to about 65c/145f. Any had this happening. Is it normal for this build?

  14. Athena

    Hello Mahmoud,

    Thank you for this great instructions to update Kodi. My Kodi (15.2) with OpenElec (6.03) is running on my RP2-2 very successfully. System boots directly to Kodi, but I certainly SSH to it. My questions to you are:
    1. Can I update my system to Kodi 16.02 with your instructions?
    2. Will this update OpenElec as well? Or do I have to update this separately?
    3. Will the update overwrite my settings?

    Thanks you again.

  15. Kazakh

    The repository has been updated. Kodi 17 is available. How to force an update to Kodi 16.1 (ignore 17)? My favorite Kodi Add-on doesnt’t work with Kodi 17.

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  17. Tyler Johnson

    Hi mahmoud. Thanks for your hard work.
    The 17.2 RC (dirty) currently in this repository is really flaky. I want to downgrade to the stable build but am unable to find the command to do so.
    Can you help?
    It seems we can only update or update-dist but there is no way to go back if you are having issues.
    Is there a way to have a repository to 16.1 or 2 or 17 instead of the latest unstable build?

    • Hi Tyler, since we are installing using regular apt-get, i found this and hope it helps

      Also, can you please share why you found this build to be not stable as you expected?

      I am in the process of trying to build 17.1 myself but there is no straight forward complete tutorial about this, if it works i’ll post about it and may be publish a repo myself and keep it updated.

      • Tyler Johnson

        The kodi app works for awhile on first turn on. I find after watching 2 shows, it either freezes or goes into a state where it seems to hang then stutters. Its hard to describe its like the mouse or keyboard input just keeps repeating in an endless loop. I eventually have to restart.
        Often, ill be in the middle of a show and kodi will just die. No warning.
        15 was laggy but for the most part i could watch all day.
        The 17 version is hard to use. When its up the interface changes are nice but you just never know when its going to quit on you.
        Last thing, it seems kodi tells me there is a stable version in a message and i should downgrade. Which is what started this thread. 🙂

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