The RetroPie, as the name implies, is a classic/retro gaming machine. Emulated on the Raspberry Pi OS, this popular project builds upon RetroArch, EmulationStation, and Raspbian for gamers to enjoy some of the most famous home-console and Arcade games. It even supports other third party programs like Kodi – one of our favorite media-center applications.
You do not need RetroPie to install Kodi, of course. However, many users of the gaming machine want to leverage non-stop entertainment with the OS. After all, who would not want to use Kodi on the most versatile gaming platform? If you are one of those people too, this guide is for YOU. We will show you how to install Kodi on RetroPie in the easiest way possible:
RetroPie 4.1 on Kodi Box
Learning how to install Kodi on RetroPie 4.1 is no rocket-science. The entire process will take place in the OS menu system. All you need to ensure smooth installation is get a fast internet connection.
How to Install Kodi Krypton Version 17 and Higher on RetroPie 4.1
Follow these simple steps to enjoy using Kodi V17 (Krypton) on RetroPie 4.1:
- Open your Raspberry PI system and start RetroPie
- Go to the main menu by clicking on the RetroPie Logo with a red joystick
- Scroll down to the “RETROPIE Setup” in the main menu
- You will receive a gray box on a blue screen
- From the different setup options, select “Manage Packages”
- This will display another menu that lists package-related options
- Since Kodi is optional on RetroPie, select the “Manage Optional Packages”
- Find and select Kodi and hit the download button
- Wait for completion and then click on “Install from Binary”
- This will display a bunch of text on your screen, indicating installation
- Once completed, restart RetroPie for process completion
- The Kodi will be available when you boot up the system
- Visit the “Ports” section. Select Kodi. Enjoy non-stop entertainment!
How to Install Kodi Jarvis Version 16 or Below on RetroPie 4.1
The installation process for Kodi V16 (Jarvis) is the same as above. You have to visit the RetroPie setup screen, go to the optional packages inventory, and select Kodi V16. The installation process will take about 5 to 10 minutes. Once completed, you can access Kodi from the Ports section on RetroPie. However, since the OS does not install PVRs, you will have to run the following commands in a terminal:
If you want to search for the available PVRs, simple enter this code: apt-cache search kodi-pvr. For users who just want to install one PVR, in this case the IPTV Simple Client for watching movies/TV shows, use the following code: sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr-iptvsimple. If you are a person who wants it all, there is a code for installing all PVRs too. Simply enter sudo apt-get install kodi-pvr* into the terminal.
RetroPie 4.2 on Kodi XBMC
There have been many improvements with the newer RetroPie 4.2 version. The developers have managed to fix the white screen of death and added EmulationStation video support. It also includes the latest RetroArch v1.5.0, along with Kodi 17 (optional installation). The process is more or less the same as above, but for this guide we will install Kodi from SSH.
How to Install Kodi Krypton Version 17 and Higher on RetroPie 4.2
Follow the steps below to install Kodi V17 (Krypton) on RetroPie 4.2 via command line:
- Start RetroPie and go to the Setup directory
- Launch the RetroPie setup script
- cd /home/pi/RetroPie-Setup/
- sudo ./retropie_setup.sh
- From the menu, select “Manage Packages”
- Click on “Manage optionally packages”
- Locate Kodi, hit enter, wait for installation
- Visit Ports and enjoy using Kodi for watching TV shows/movies!
How to Install Kodi Jarvis Version 16 or Below On RetroPie 4.2
The process of installing Kodi V16 (Jarvis) on RetroPie can be done using both the methods mentioned above. However, the only difference is that when in the “Manage Optionally Packages” menu, you will have to conduct a Kodi search to find what versions are available. You can do so by performing a sudo apt-cache policy on the entertainment service, then use the install command with the package you want.
Retropie Kodi Dual Boot
Entering into a dual boot of RetroPie and Kodi may seem like a very difficult task. However, users of Raspberry PI with good knowledge about how to install and configure problems know its an easy task. Below are streamlined steps on getting RetroPie and Kodi to Dual Boot:
- Install PINN Lite on RetroPie
- Power on the OS and wait for PINN to load
- You will receive a list of OS to install
- Select any combination of systems you like
- For Kodi, it is advised to use OSMC or LibreELEC
- Now select RetroPie and click on the install button
- PINN will download and install the chosen systems
- Manually install the NOOBS Companion Add-on in Kodi
- Go to the Kodi main menu and select Kodi Add-ons
- Choose “NOOBS Companion”
- Move to RetroPie and open context menu
- Select “Install Boot-Back”
- Enjoy using Retro Kodi Dual Boot!
This brings us to the end of a rather lengthy guide. Thank you for taking the time out to read, we hope the steps above prove useful in installing Kodi V16/V17 on both: RetroPie 4.1 and 4.2. Questions and comments are always encouraged and welcomed. Have a nice day geeks!