There are different versions of Kodi available for Raspberry Pi devices, but right now the version that we’re recommending is LibreELEC. It was created by many of the developers who were originally behind OpenELEC, another popular fork of Kodi for Raspberry Pi. LibreELEC is widely considered to be the most stable of Kodi forks for Raspberry Pi and can also be easily installed to an SD card through their apps for Windows, Mac or Linux.
LibreELEC is definitely the go-to fork of Kodi for the Raspberry Pi, at least for now. Over the years there have been several Kodi forks who’ve held the top spot amongst Raspberry Pi users, including OpenELEC and OSMC. While the Raspberry Pi might not be the simplest Kodi device, those of you who have one will definitely enjoy what LibreELEC and Kodi have to offer. Turn your Raspberry Pi into a media center with LibreELEC and Kodi today!
LibreELEC for Raspberry Pi
Mac Users: Please note that if your computer says it can’t open apps from unknown developers, you should navigate to your computer’s System Preferences menu, then click on the Security & Privacy icon, and finally press the Open Anyway button.
Step 1: Launch the LibreELEC Installer that you just downloaded.
Step 2: Select the LibreELEC version for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3 or Raspberry Pi Zero and 1 from the dropdown list.
Step 3: Click on the Download button.
Step 4: Select a temporary download location on your computer for the installer setup files.
Step 5: Wait a few minutes for the installer setup files to download.
Step 6: Select your SD card from the dropdown list, then press the Write button to proceed.
Step 7: Press the Yes button to confirm that you wish to proceed with the installation.
Step 8: Wait a couple of minutes for LibreELEC to install to your SD card.
Step 9: Once you see the Writing done notice displayed at the bottom, you may eject the SD card from your SD card reader.
Step 10: You’re done! Just plug the Raspberry Pi and SD card into your television and follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your LibreELEC configuration.
That wasn’t too difficult, was it? It shouldn’t take too long to get comfortable with the Raspberry Pi. We suggest playing around with it a bit as well as trying different accessories such as a remote control.