Kodi 17 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 16.10, 16.04

Last updated: February 6, 2017


Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, finally reached the new stable 17.0 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Kodi 17.0, code-name “Krypton”, brings updated default UI, better organisation of settings, and many under-the-hood changes on Video Player, Music Library, PVR, audio on Android, and thousands of small bug-fixes and improvements to stability.

Kodi 17.0 features:

  • New default skins “Estuary” for TV, and “Estouchy” for touchscreen devices.
  • New default web interface
  • New inputstream add-ons with more protocols support.
  • hardware-accelerated DVD playback
  • Numerous improvements to Live TV and PVR functionality
  • Android implementation, and a wide variety of other changes.

Kodi Media Center 17

How to Install Kodi 17 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The Kodi Team announced that the official PPA will be updated soon with the new packages, available for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 & 18.

At that time, you can follow the step below to install Kodi 17:

1. Open terminal from app launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key, when it opens, run command:

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

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

kodi ppa

2. Then you can upgrade Kodi Media Center from an existing version, by launching Software Updater:

upgrade Kodi

Or install it via following commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

Once installed, you can either launch Kodi from app launcher or log with Kodi session when you’re in login screen.


To uninstall Kodi 17 and restore to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:team-xbmc/ppa


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17 responses to Kodi 17 Released! How to Install in Ubuntu 16.10, 16.04

  1. Great article. Any idea of exactly when the Ubuntu repositories are going to approve this Latest Kodi 17 Krypton stable release. I am currently updating our Peach TV distro and I consider the availability of the stable release of Kodi 17 Krypton mission critical to Peach TV’s updates and upgrades. I do understand Ubuntu’s need to fully vet this Kodi release but I for one have already used it and am anxious to get it out to the rest of our users.

  2. Have you tested this? Version 17 is not in stable repo.
    I could not find it.

  3. Same here, no Kodi 17 in the repo (I’m using Ubuntu 14.04).

  4. PPA is still version 16.1,
    Dont write how to’s if they don’t currently work….

  5. This is total nonsense. Kodi 17 is not (yet!) available in the Team-XBMC PPA repo.

  6. The result of this installation is Jarvis not Krypton…on nightly build the result is Kodi 18 or Leia … I don’t know where the Krypton now :)

  7. I am using ubuntu Mate 16.04

    I completely uninstalled Kodi 16 installed 17 using the code below and still end up with 16. Wha amI doing wrong?
    sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install kodi

  8. This installs Kodi 18 in which the PVR is broken. Any updates when that will work for Ubuntu 16.04?

  9. I did some digging…This Method works and the PVR works too!
    In the Terminal….
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wsnipex/kodi-git
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Enjoy Kodi 17!

  10. Thanks for article.
    I have tried Kodi 17 on Ubuntu 16.
    It is not stable Kodi release yet and I have to say that after one hour I downgrade to stable version of Kodi.

  11. Completely unistalled previous kodi installs, installed ppa as shown, sudo apt-get install kodi, running 17.1 Krypton.

    If there were issues earlier, they are fixed now.

  12. Installed new 17.1 on two different Laptops, and both CRASH. One has 1GB Ram (probably not enough) the other is Dual Core w/4GB Ram. Can’t get anything to play, as program shuts down immediately upon attempt to play.

    Have the older version 16.1 Jarvis on my UbuntuStudio, AMD 8core, 32Gb Ram and plays perfectly as of end of March 2017. Afraid to upgrade from Jarvis to Krypton because it has failed on the two laptops.

  13. FRANCOIS LAVOIE April 16, 2017 at 12:31 am

    This procedure does not work presently. Many elements were missing in my installation amonst none the less adoons in the main menu.

    Please use the official kodi procedure:

    Personnally, I went for the nightly built development version

    • Amateur Ubuntu Kodi installer — but looked little farther May 19, 2017 at 5:21 am

      Funny except for the starting
      “sudo apt-get install software-properties-common”
      this is the official Kodi method.

      And of course if you previously install another version of Kodi you can skip repeating this step.

      So I guess the repo was not yet ready. Quite understandable since Kodi team said they were concentrating on compiles from source code using the new GIT location.

  14. Working nicely…. from latest Ubuntu release. Thank you