How to Install Kodi Media Center 18.2 via PPA in Ubuntu

Last updated: April 23, 2019

Kodi “Leia” 18.2 was released a day ago with numerous bug-fixes and performance improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

Kodi 18.2 is a bug fix release with no real new functionality. Release highlights include:

  • Fix performance and dependency regressions in GLES rendering path.
  • Fixes to the AML platform
  • VAAPI on Intel improvements.
  • Fixes and improvements across all aspects of PVR
  • Music experience improvements.
  • Huge number of improvements for the Android platform

How to Install Kodi 18.2 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. Then refresh system package cache and install Kodi 18.2 via command:

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:

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


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