If you want to use the Kodi media center on your Raspberry Pi, there are a few options. You can install it on your chosen Linux distribution, like Raspbian, or run it independently, using OSMC. To install OSMC, there are two options. You can download the OSMC disk image and flash it yourself using software, such as balenaEtcher, or you can use the flash tool and download OSMC all in one available for Windows and macOS users.
OSMC gives you a Kodi experience on the Pi without having to boot into a separate operating system first. Once OSMC is installed, you can further configure with custom add-ons and themes
Windows and Mac users can download the OSMC installer and follow the instructions below to start the installation process.
If you use Linux, download the latest OSMC disk image and extract the img.gz file, then flash it to the SD card. Open a terminal
gzip -dc OSMC_FILE.img.gz
Replace “OSMC_File” with the name of the OSMC disk image
Flash OSMC to SD card on Windows, macOS
After downloading the OSMC installer on Windows, macOS, open it to get started. At the initial setup screen, select the language and OSMC device. In this case, select the Raspberry Pi model
The new Raspberry Pi 4 model is currently not listed in the OSMC installer. If you installed OSMC on a Raspberry Pi 4, choose Raspberry Pi 3
Click the arrow buttons to continue. You will choose the OSMC version to install in the next menu. Revised versions, select the latest release, then click the forward arrow button to move to the next menu.
Choose where you want to install OSMC. Make sure the “From an SD card” option is selected. Click the forward arrow to proceed.
The next menu will allow you to configure the Raspberry Pi network settings. Use a wired Ethernet connection, select “Wired connection”. If you are connecting the Raspberry Pi to a WiFi network, select “Wireless connection”.
If you select “Wireless connection”, then you will need to provide the WiFi network SSID. You will also need to provide the encryption type as well as the password. Enter these details, double-check them, then click the forward arrow to continue
Confirm the exact location where you want to install OSMC in the next menu, then click the arrow
Confirm that you agree with the OSMC license agreement by checking the checkbox. Click the forward arrow to start flashing OSMC to the SD card
Once the OSMC “all-in-one” installer is complete, remove the SD card safely and place it on the Raspberry Pi. Turn on the Raspberry Pi and OSMC is ready to use
Flash OSMC to SD card with Linux
On Linux, the easiest way to flash an OSMC disk image is to use the dd command. Please specify the Linux drive letter for the SD card (for example, “/ dev / sdb /”).
Find the Linux drive letter
sudo fdisk -l
Once you have the drive letter, enter the following information to start flashing OSMC to the SD card
sudo dd if=OSMC-File.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M conv=fdatasync
Wait for dd to finish flashing the OSMC image file to the SD card. When done, remove the SD card from the PC and place it in the Raspberry Pi