[Solved] How to install KODI (XBMC) Media Center on Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca

It was supposed to be simple, but team-xbmc (or Launchpad, not sure) still doesn’t recognize Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca as a separate linux distribution. So, the regular way described at the KODI website ( with sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa at the terminal) doesn’t really work and you will probably end up with an error like the one below.

Error: could not find a distribution template for LinuxMint/rebecca



[1] What you need to do to fix this, is manually edit your /etc/apt/sources.list file and add the following two lines at the end and save it. (Type sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list to open it and paste.)

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu trusty main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/team-xbmc/ppa/ubuntu trusty main

Wait, you are not done yet, next part is to add the gpg key (its basically telling your computer to trust the sources you just added) otherwise, you’ll get error messages about untrusted packages. To add the gpg key, type exactly the following in the terminal.

gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 91E7EE5E
gpg --export --armor 91E7EE5E | sudo apt-key add -

and you will see the following.


You can now proceed with the regular installation procedure for KODI (XBMC) Media Center.

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties pkg-config
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kodi kodi-bin

[2] Alternate way to add the gpg key:
Visit this link and copy paste everything on a file and save it as “key”

Then open terminal and add the key with
sudo apt-key add ./key


1. Post 2, Post 3 and Post 4 of this thread on Kodi forum.
2. This post on this thread Linux Mint forum.


16 responses to “[Solved] How to install KODI (XBMC) Media Center on Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca

  1. Thanks. One small note: in the install step, specifying kodi-bin is unnecessary as it comes with kodi as a dependency.

      • My comment was about CURRENT state. It is quite possible that it was required to explicitly install kodi-bin (or xbmc-bin). Don’t beat yourself up! (-:

      • I won’t! 🙂
        Seeing your smiley, i remembered a blonde joke, as she posted this,
        ” 3> , how to you invert the 3 ? ”

      • Regarding your blond joke, my wife (not a blond) didn’t think it was funny and …. I’d better stop there!

        Regarding USENET, some people use Nzbdrone (replaced SABnzbdplus) to automatically download TV and Movie videos. There is an associated monthly cost (not huge) and some of the USENET material is tainted. Thought I’d warn you!

      • My wife and I were happy for twenty five years. Then we met. 🙂

        Is there anyway to try USENET before paying for it? Let me research that shit for a while!

  2. Thank You Uglyduck person. You have just saved my favourite distro linux mint 17.1 from the waste bin. Made an old person very happy.

  3. Rebecca flies nicely with kodi 14.0 (Helix).

    Watch out for synchronization bugs with sabnzbdplus if you are scraping USENET groups. Sometimes, kodi freezes up when it is trying to read a file that sabnzbdplus isn’t finished writing [)-:]. Really, they should use a sync technique such as sabnzbdplus writes video data stream with a reserved file name (E.g. file extension=NOT_YET) and then sabnzbdplus would rename the file when completed to the name kodi expects to use. Simple but effective and it is precisely for avoiding synchronization issues.

  4. Will these steps only work for mint 17.1? I have Mint 16 and wondering if I could still follow these steps.

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