Kodi 18.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

Last updated: January 30, 2019

Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC, released the new stable 18.0 “Leia” a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x, and higher.

Kodi 18.0 is a big release with almost 10,000 commits, 3000 pull-requests. The key features include:

  • Retroplayer gaming and associated game control support
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM) decryption support
  • Music Library – new ways to explore and enjoy your music collection
  • Live TV improvements, support for Zattoo, Teleboy, and Sledovanitv.cz.
  • Full voice functionality on the main Android TV.
  • Improvements to audio and video playback, and Blu-ray support.
  • Mir/Wayland support for Linux

How to Install Kodi 18.0 in Ubuntu:

The Kodi stable PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

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

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Remove old Kodi package as it may prevent the new installation:

sudo apt remove --autoremove kodi kodi-data kodi-bin

3. Finally check updates and install Kodi 18.0:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, you can skip the apt update command.


To remove the Kodi PPA repository, simply open Software & Updates -> Other Software.

To remove Kodi, run command in step 2.


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One response to Kodi 18.0 Released! How to Install it in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04

  1. thx for the info J im