Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Ubuntu 8.04

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Submitted by falko (Contact Author) (Forums) on Sun, 2008-10-05 18:06. :: Ubuntu | Desktop

Installing Xbox Media Center (XBMC) On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Falko Timme <ft [at] falkotimme [dot] com>
Last edited 09/30/2008

The Xbox Media Center (XBMC) is a media center application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that allows you to manage/watch/listen to/view your videos, music, and pictures. It has a nice interface, can be controlled from the desktop or a remote control or via its built-in web interface, and it can be extended by custom scripts. This guide shows how you can install XBMC on an Ubuntu 8.04 desktop.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing XBMC

First, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

Open /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and add the following repositories to it:

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main


sudo apt-get update

afterwards to update the package database.

Afterwards, you can install XBMC as follows:

sudo apt-get install xbmc

(Optional) To install additional skins, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-skin-*

(Optional) To add support for more remote controls, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-eventclients-*

(Optional) To install a scripting example, run

sudo apt-get install xbmc-scripts-example

You can now start XBMC by going to Applications > Sound & Video > XBMC Media Center:

To learn how to use XBMC (especially how to use custom scripts, use remote controls, etc.), take a look at the XBMC online manual.

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Submitted by Anonymous (not registered) on Thu, 2009-05-14 18:53.

When adding the sources to the list  DO NOT add the

(...) before and after the sources phrase