How to install KodiMedia Center 19.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04

Kodi Media Center 19.0 can now be installed via the official Ubuntu PPA.

Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” is a new major release of open source home theater software. Although not officially announced at the time of writing, the PPA package has been updated to be available on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20.x and its derivatives.

What’s new in Kodi 19.0:

There are many new features in this release. And here are some big changes:

  • Support for AV1 codec.
  • Ability to change the new color and opacity of subtitles.
  • Support for static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR.
  • Migrate to Python 3 for add-ons.
  • New features of PVR.

How to install KodiMedia Center 19.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04

How to install Kodi19.0 via PPA:

Open a terminal from the System App Launcher or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard. Once open, run the following commands one at a time to get the new release package.

1. Add KodiPPA.

To add Official Kodi PPA, Execute the command in the terminal.

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

When prompted, enter your user password without asterisk feedback and press Enter to continue.

How to install KodiMedia Center 19.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04

2. Install / update Kodi.

The Software Updater utility requires you to perform a “partial upgrade” because the dependency package has switched from Python 2 to Python 3. Therefore, we recommend that you run terminal commands to install or upgrade Kodi.

First, if you are using Ubuntu 18.04, use the following command to update the system package cache.

sudo apt update

Then use the command to install Kodi.

sudo apt install kodi

How to install KodiMedia Center 19.0 on Ubuntu 20.04 / 18.04

If you’re upgrading Kodi, it’s a good idea to run it as the previous command may not update your add-ons. apt upgrade instead of:

sudo apt upgrade

How to downgrade:

You can remove the Ubuntu PPA or downgrade Kodi to the stock version available in the Ubuntu main repository. To do this, run the following command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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