How to install Kodi on CentOS/RHEL 8

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Kodi (ex. XBMC) is the greatest open-source media center that runs virtually anywhere.

With our repository in place, you can easily install it on CentOS/RHEL 8:

sudo dnf -y install
sudo dnf -y install kodi kodi-common \
  kodi-eventclients kodi-firewalld kodi-peripheral-joystick \
  kodi-wayland kodi-x11

Breakdown of some packages installed:

  • kodi and kodi-common are self-explanatory; those are main Kodi packages
  • kodi-eventclients allows your Kodi to be controlled via, e.g. Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) Blu-ray Remote
  • kodi-firewalld allows Kodi to be accessed over network
  • kodi-peripheral-joystick allows Kodi to be controlled with joysticks.

Allow Kodi to be accessed by network

There are many remote apps that you can install your phone to control media playback in Kodi.
For them to work, you have to allow network connections to Kodiю

Make sure you have configured your home network properly first, then:

sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=home --add-service=kodi-eventserver 
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=home --add-service=kodi-http
sudo firewall-cmd --permanent --zone=home --add-service=kodi-jsonrpc
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

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