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How to install XBMC in Ubuntu 12.04/11.10

XBMC is a free and open source media player – more precisely a Media Center Application with a bunch of cool and exciting features, which can be easily extended using freely available plugins. It’s a cross-platform application – available not only for Ubuntu or other GNU/Linux distributions (including Linux Mint, Fedora, ArchLinux etc) but also for Windows and Mac OS X.

The fancy & cool UI (user interface) and ease of use made it an award winning Application – an complete Entertainment Hub; so it’s perfect for Home Theater Experience. XBMC supports all kinds of popular media formats and it can play from anywhere i.e either remote files or local files from your hard-disk (but it must be mounted, e.g if you’ve some media files on a partition that is not mounted on startup then obviously you have to mount those partitions manually before trying to access those partitions from XBMC Media Center).


Install XBMC on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS / 11.10

Open a terminal and execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:nathan-renniewaldock/xbmc-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc

In Ubuntu there are already great media players available – the default one, VLC, etc but XBMC is some what different! If you’re running Ubuntu 11.10/12.04, then you must give it a try!

Here is few random snapshots of XBMC running on Ubuntu 12.04 (right now, i’m using Beta version, but stable will be out within a couple of months)

Installing Cool Add Ons in XBMC Media Center –

TV Guide – it’s a simple add-ons which will give you an overview about current TV programs.


Playing a mp3 song – from my music collection (Hard-disk)


Browsing Pictures in XBMC –


XBMC Settings


Recommended Reading(s)

  • XBMC.ORG – Visit official site for more goodies like – XBMC skins, plugins and scrips to customize it for complete Fun! 🙂

How to Install XBMC Media Center in Ubuntu 10.04

how to install xbmc media center in ubuntu 10.04

If you are one of the users who just migrated from the window7 or vista then probably you are searching some softwares which will act as a substitute for corresponding windows application and Media Center is surely on of them.In fact there is good substitutes available for almost all the windows application in Ubuntu 10.04 and of course for media center.XBMC is a great application which is just equivalent to the windows media center.So you can install XBMC on your ubuntu 10.04 in few steps.XBMC is an open source and free media player with excellent design and interface.XBMC is a cross platform application i.e available for all the major operating system like Linux,MacOS and windows.It supports all the popular video and audio format.It can also play CD,DVD or Image files or even compressed file(ZIP and RAR formats are well supported).It is very simple to use and allow you to organize the media collections and library in efficient way.

steps for installing xbmc media center in ubuntu 10.04

Install XBMC from Synaptic Package Manager

To install xbmc from Synaptic package manager first you have to add some repository related to xbmc.Then you can install it in normal ways.Follow these steps to install it from Synaptic Manager :
step1: Open Synaptic Package Manager(System->Administration->Synaptic Package Manager).
step2: Click on settings and then on repository.Now click on other software,next on +add(Left Bottom) to add extra repository i.e software package source.
step3: A small window will come then in address place put ppa:team-xbmc .
step4: Now click on reload to refresh the package information.Next,search for xbmc.
step5: Check the xbmc box to install and click on apply changes to begin the installation process.
step6: XBMC installation will complete within few minutes.Run XBMC from Application->Sound & Video->XBMC.

Install XBMC from Command Line

Actually it is just similar to the above method.We will do the same work from linux shell.Open terminal(Type CTRL+ALT+T in Ubuntu 10.04).Then type the following commands –
1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc to add the repository.
2. sudo apt-get update to update the package information and softwares list.
3. sudo apt-get install xbmc to install the xbmc media center on your computer.
4. That’s All..
I think you have successfully installed XBMC on your Ubuntu 10.04 LTS(Lucid Lynx)…if any problem occurs let me know through comments.