How to install XBMC on ubuntu 11.04 using PPA

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows. Created in 2003 by a group of like minded programmers, XBMC is a non-profit project run and developed by volunteers located around the world. More than 50 software developers have contributed to XBMC, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages.

While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.

Install XBMC on ubuntu 11.04

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install xbmc

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11 Responses

  1. Bart Burroughs says:

    Crashes on Kubuntu 64bit every time I start a video. Boxee works fine as well as vlc so it’s an issue with xbmc.

  2. Josh Fox says:

    You can also get the stable version by adding the stable PPA and changing it to “Maverick” in Software Sources > Third Party Software. There’s no stable version for Jaunty and I’ve found the unstable branch to be just that… unstable. This method works fairly well though.

  3. dangmc says:

    This is unuseable! video choppy if higher resolution-HD causes freeze/crash. Ubuntu 11.04_amd64. I might try stable version later.

  4. droneman says:

    very cool. XMBC is da shyt.

  5. dangmc says:

    I found a bug report (xbmc forum #11825) which is very similar to my problem. This is after installing stable version from maverick repo. Exact same problem as outlined earlier. Looks like no stable version for natty. I also tried to compile from source-encountered dependency hell!

  6. Leo says:

    I am using 64 bit Ubuntu 11.04.

    Tried both the ways mentioned above.

    Unstable is ………unstable. Crashing.

    Stable (maverick) runs, but every time I shut down down it, it leaves me with a dark idle screen. I have to force restart my computer.

  7. pinguy says:

    XBMC-PVR edition seems the best version for 11.04 at the moment.–1504

  8. danrgmc says:

    Well, I’ve tried every suggestion I could find, including the ones here with no luck. I’m using xbmc-pvr right now; every version does the same thing: music video will play audio component fine for between 30-60 seconds. Jerky video throughout then audio starts to skip also. I updated mplayer, set vdpau as default. I used to use xbmc last year in Maverick w/o any real problems. I hope somebody can come up with the solution. Thank You

  9. danrgmc says:

    Well I finally solved my problem. I’ve been running an ‘expermental nvidia driver (nouveau). I removed all nvidia components in synaptic, reinstalled nvidia-current (270.41.06), rebooted and xbmc now works great!

  10. danrgmc says:

    I just updated to the latest from Nvidia (280.13) for those who have GeForce 6-9* graphics cards- works much better than anything I’ve found so far for Natty x86_64. Just install this into synaptic,(, sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get install nvidia-current, sudo apt-get install nvidia-settings AFTER first removing anything to do with nvidia from synaptic. Xbmc rocks!

  11. revrapidvagabond says:

    No need to -y in between apt-get and install for me.

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