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How to install Kodi 17.3 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.04 & Linux Mint

Kodi 17.3 (Krypton) recently released, is a free open source media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. It runs on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, as well as smartphones (iOS and Android). This latest release addresses a serious malicious bug found in the kodi subtitles service. Before we proceed on how to install kodi 17 on Ubuntu, lets take a quick look at its features and release update.

Install Kodi 17

Kodi Features

  • It can play all your music types including mp3, flac, wav and wma formats. It has cue sheet, tag reading support and smart playlists for ultimate control of your music collection
  • Supports various video formats including streaming online media, import, browse and play movie collection
  • It also supports TV Shows episode and season with posters or banners, watched tags, descriptions and actors
  • You can import pictures into a library and browse the different views, start a slideshow, sort or filter them all using your remote control
  • It allows you to watch and record live TV programs. Hence it works with a number of popular backends including MediaPortal, MythTV, NextPVR, Tvheadend and many more
  • Provides you ability to change the whole appearance of the interface with skins
  • The real power of Kodi comes from the vast selection of user created Add-ons. Therefore, there are Add-Ons for popular web services, applications and scripts
  • Kodi interacts with its JSON-RPC based remote interface. This brings a host of possibilities for remote controls, web browsers and 3rd party tools
  • Comes with support for hundreds of remote controls, CEC-compatible TVs, or Smartphone and Tablet Apps
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Kodi 17.3 Changelog

This release fixes a bug in Kodi 17.2 where some services such as PVR, visualization, and inputstream (critical for Kodi live streams) were not packaged with the download. In addition to this, it comes with a fix to a malicious security error where potential hackers can take over your system by using the subtitles service.

  • Fixed missing binary add-ons on release time, as well as crash on older distros like Ubuntu 14.04 with GCC 4.8 compiler
  • Fix selection after channelgroup switching in PVR guide window
  • Fix handling of gaps that caused eradic behaviour in EPG grid
  • Allow backing out of fullscreen pictures by mapping longpress guesture
  • Quick fix for wake up command not being called in PVR power management
  • Use alternative method to check if platform updates have been installed on Windows
  • Set the minimum version in the code which is currently OSX 10.8
  • Fix possible security flaw which could abused .zip files which try to traverse to a parent directory
  • Use the correct ttc font from the video file for subtitles on Windows
  • Detect as well as delete zero-byte database files which causes crashes

See release notes for more info

How to install Kodi 17.3 “Krypton” on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install kodi

How to uninstall Kodi 17 from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove kodi*

How to Install Kodi 17.3 “Krypton” on CentOS 7, RHEL

su -c 'yum localinstall --nogpgcheck http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/el/updates/6/i386/rpmfusion-free-release-6-1.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/el/updates/6/i386/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-6-1.noarch.rpm'

sudo yum update && sudo yum install kodi

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11 Comments on "How to install Kodi 17.3 on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.04 & Linux Mint"

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installs but just disappears with out opening on ubuntu 17.04


Hi when you say it disappears, what disappears?

Do you see kodi in Dash or when you run “kodi” in terminal does it work?

Barkha baba
Barkha baba

You need to look into CentOS instruction. It installs kodi 14 on CentOS 7 and not Kodi 17.


Thanks for the observation. Yes currently it install kodi 14 and not kodi 17. The topic was meant for Linux Mint and and not centOS.

Barkha baba
Barkha baba

You should remove CentOS from title and subsection as it is misleading.


Oh sure already done that – Thanks 🙂

Barkha baba
Barkha baba

in continuation from my previous comment, both the repositories which you mentioned don’t have kodi. Kodi 14 came from nux repo.

Hence I again tried after disabling all other repos and only from rpmfusion

# yum –disablerepo=”*” –enablerepo=”rpmfusion*” install kodi
No package kodi available.


Have tried to install Kodi 17.3 “Krypton” on Ubuntu 17.04 following your instructions above, but get the following error. Any ideas? thanks

dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/kodi_2%3a17.3+git20170525.0741-final-0xenial_all.deb (–unpack):
trying to overwrite ‘/usr/share/kodi/userdata/ModeLines_template.xml’, which is also in package kodi-data 15.2+dfsg1-3ubuntu1
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


Hi Ubuntu 17.04 is zesty but I see in your errors reference to xenial so not sure if you have a xenial repo in your listing. Can you check and remove it.

As seen in screenshot – that is kodi running fine on Ubuntu 17.04

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sudo apt-get purge kodi && sudo apt-get purge kodi-data && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install kodi


no mint instructions as stated