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-eventclients kodi-firewalld kodi-peripheral-joystick kodi-inputstream-adaptive

Breakdown of some packages installed:

  • kodi is self-explanatory; this is the main Kodi package
  • 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 the network
  • kodi-peripheral-joystick allows Kodi to be controlled with joysticks, over USB or Bluetooth
  • kodi-inputstream-adaptive is required for some plugins which stream video data to your Kodi

Allow Kodi to be accessed by network

There are many remote apps that you can install on 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

Control via Bluetooth

See [Wirelessly connecting your Sony PS3 Controller to a CentOS/RHEL Linux system] for connecting your joystick to Linux.
This will allow you to control Kodi using the gamepad. Provided that the kodi-peripheral-joystick package is installed.

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