Another popular fork of Kodi for the Raspberry Pi is OSMC. It is developed by Sam Nazarko, who has been involved with making Kodi run on the Raspberry Pi since the device came out. OSMC works very well and can be installed to the Raspberry Pi in minutes using their installer app that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. OSMC also runs on the Apple TV 1 and their own device called Vero.
OSMC is fairly similar to other Kodi forks for Raspberry Pi, except it doesn’t use the default Kodi skin. This means that OSMC won’t look the same way as the Kodi you’re used to, unless you go into your settings and change the skin back to the Kodi default. If you’re looking to tinker with your Raspberry Pi device, you could always give OSMC a shot and see how it goes.
Download the OSMC Installer
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 OSMC Installer package that you just downloaded, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 2: Select your desired language (only English is available for now), then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 3: Select Raspberry Pi 2/3 or Raspberry Pi 1/Zero as your desired platform, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 4: Select the latest OSMC version (2016.12-1 is currently the latest version), then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 5: Select the on an SD card option, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 6: Select your type of network connection.
Step 7: If you’re using a wireless connection, input your wireless network details.
Step 8: Select your SD Card from the list, then press the forward arrow to continue.
Step 9: Click on the I access the End User Agreement field.
Step 10: Wait a few minutes for OSMC to downoad.
Step 11: Click on the Yes button to proceed with the OSMC bootable SD card installation.
Step 12: Wait a few minutes for OSMC to install to your SD card.
Step 13: The difficult part of the process over, click on the quit button to exit the installer, then unplug the SD card from your computer.
Step 14: You’re done! Just plug the Raspberry Pi with SD card into your television and follow the on-screen instructions to finalize your OSMC configuration.
OSMC runs pretty well on all Raspberry Pi models, although the Raspberry Pi is certainly not the ideal home theater appliance.