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Kodi (formerly XBMC) is an open source home theater application.


USE flags

USE flags for media-tv/kodi A free and open source media-player and entertainment hub

X Add support for X11
airplay enable AirPlay support
alsa Add support for media-libs/alsa-lib (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)
bluetooth Enable Bluetooth Support
bluray Enable playback of Blu-ray filesystems
caps Use Linux capabilities library to control privilege
cec Enable support for HDMI-CEC devices via libcec
css Enable reading of encrypted DVDs
dbus Enable dbus support for anything that needs it (gpsd, gnomemeeting, etc)
dvd Enable optical (CD/DVD drive) support
gbm Use the Graphics Buffer Manager for EGL on KMS.
gles Enable support for GLES
lcms Add lcms support (color management engine)
libressl Use dev-libs/libressl instead of dev-libs/openssl when applicable (see also the ssl useflag)
libusb Use virtual/libusb for usb device hotplug support. This flag should only be enabled if you're running a non-Linux kernel or you don't want to use sys-fs/udev.
lirc Enable support for controlling Totem with a remote control using app-misc/lirc
mariadb Add MariaDB support
mysql Add mySQL Database support
nfs Enable NFS client support
opengl Add support for OpenGL (3D graphics)
pulseaudio Add support for PulseAudio sound server
raspberry-pi Enable support for the Raspberry Pi
samba Add support for SAMBA (Windows File and Printer sharing)
system-ffmpeg Use system ffmpeg instead of the bundled one
systemd Enable use of systemd-specific libraries and features like socket activation or session tracking
test Enable dependencies and/or preparations necessary to run tests (usually controlled by FEATURES=test but can be toggled independently)
udev Use sys-fs/udev rules to handle devices' permissions and hotplug support. Unless you know what you're doing do not disable this flag on Linux kernels. This is provided as an option for completeness.
udf Enable UDF support. Required for playing blurays.
udisks Enable storage management support (automounting, volume monitoring, etc)
upnp Enable UPnP port mapping support
upower Enable power management support
vaapi Enable Video Acceleration API for hardware decoding
vdpau Enable the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix acceleration interface
wayland Enable dev-libs/wayland backend
webserver Enable internal webserver
xslt Enable XSLT support using dev-libs/libxslt
zeroconf Support for DNS Service Discovery (DNS-SD)


root #emerge --ask media-tv/kodi


Create user

First create the kodi user:

root #useradd -m -G audio,cdrom,video,cdrw,usb,users kodi

To add support for HDMI CEC:

root #gpasswd --add kodi dialout


Using lightdm


root #emerge --ask x11-misc/lightdm


FILE /etc/conf.d/xdm
FILE /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf



Add dbus and xdm to the default runlevel if it needs to be started automatically:

root #rc-update add dbus default
root #rc-update add xdm default
root #rc-service dbus start
root #rc-service xdm start
root #systemctl enable lightdm
root #systemctl start lightdm

Using inittab

First create the kodi user (see above). This is based on the way the MythTV ebuilds enable the autostart of the MythTV frontend.

Define an .xinitrc file in kodi's home:

FILE /home/kodi/.xinitrc
[ -x /usr/bin/nvidia-settings ] && /usr/bin/nvidia-settings -l
/usr/bin/xset s noblank
/usr/bin/xset s off
/usr/bin/xset -dpms
/usr/bin/evilwm &
exec /usr/bin/kodi

Then create the login scripts:

FILE /home/kodi/.bash_profile
case "`tty`" in
        *tty9) startx; logout ;;

Finally append an inittab entry which does the autologin:

FILE /etc/inittab
# Start Kodi
c9:2345:respawn:/sbin/mingetty --autologin kodi tty9

Gentoo Hardened

Running Kodi on a Hardened Gentoo installation is possible. To avoid grsecurity interfering with network connectivity, the CONFIG_GRKERNSEC_PROC_USER kernel option must not be enabled.

Should you require a restricted /proc filesystem, use CONFIG_GRKERNSEC_PROC_USERGROUP and set GRKERNSEC_PROC_GID to the ID of a group that the user running Kodi is a member of.



Allow the kodi user to issue an shutdown via polkit, resulting in a shutdown option in the Kodi menu:

FILE /etc/polkit-1/rules.d/60-kodi.rules
polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
        if (( (action.id.indexOf("org.freedesktop.udisks.") == 0) || (action.id.indexOf("org.freedesktop.upower.")== 0) || (action.id.indexOf("org.freedesktop.consolekit.")== 0) ) &&
        subject.user=="kodi") {
        return polkit.Result.YES;
Ensure the udev USE flag is set for shutdown to work.

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