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raspbmc 2013-11-01
openelec 2013-10-17
xbian 2013-11-17
nIerSify 2012-12-26 19:12:29
tomaz 2012-07-29 08:40:32
memetic 2012-07-15 14:46:43
TheQuestor ?

Installing XBMC on the raspberrypi

Dedicated image

Main apt repository

  • Not available for Debian wheezy yet

3rd party apt source


   sudo echo "deb http://archive.mene.za.net/raspbian wheezy contrib" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mene.list
   sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-key 5243CDED
   sudo apt-get update
   sudo apt-get install xbmc

Installing from a .deb

maintaner Latest build
nIerSify 2012-12-26 19:12:29
tomaz 2012-07-29 08:40:32
memetic 2012-07-15 14:46:43


sudo su
apt-get update
apt-get -y upgrade
apt-get install libplist1 libmicrohttpd10 libtinyxml2.6.2 libyajl2 libssh-4 libmysqlclient18 liblzo2-2 libfribidi0 libcurl3-gnutls liblockdev1 libpcrecpp0
cd /opt/
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/selfprogramming/XBMC.deb/xbmc_20121004-1_armhf.deb?r=&ts=1350246473&use_mirror=voxel -O xbmc_selfprogramming.deb
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/selfprogramming/libs/taglib_20121005-1_armhf.deb?r=http%3A%2F%2Fselfprogramming.bplaced.net%2Findex.php%2F2012%2F10%2F05%2Fnew-xbmcdeb-mainline-tree-for-raspberry-pi%2Fcomments%2F&ts=1350248927&use_mirror=iweb -O taglib_20121005-1_armhf.deb
wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/selfprogramming/libs/libshairport_1-1202030-1_armhf.deb?r=http%3A%2F%2Fselfprogramming.bplaced.net%2Findex.php%2F2012%2F10%2F05%2Fnew-xbmcdeb-mainline-tree-for-raspberry-pi%2Fcomments%2F&ts=1350248928&use_mirror=iweb -O libshairport_1-1202030-1_armhf.deb
dpkg -i taglib_20121005-1_armhf.deb
dpkg -i libshairport_1-1202030-1_armhf.deb
cd /usr/local/lib/
ln -s libtag.so.1.12.0 libtag.so.1
ln -s libtag.so.1 libtag.so
cd /usr/lib/
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libtag.so.1.12.0 libtag.so.1
ln -s /usr/local/lib/libcec.so.1 ./libcec.so.1
cd /opt
dpkg -i xbmc_selfprogramming.deb
mv /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libtag.so.1.7.2 /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libtag.so.1.7.2.old
mv /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libtag.so.1 /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libtag.so.1.old
cp /boot/arm128_start.elf /boot/start.elf
shutdown -r now

Building on the raspberrypi

(takes a long time)

Building on a x86

(more complicated then building on the raspberrypi)



After installing OpenVPN follow this guide to create (remember it's name and make sure there's no spaces in it) a network TAP interface http://linuxclues.blogspot.com/2007/06/installing-qemu-on-windows-vista.html On Windows, create folder structure like so:

D:\Qemu (holding the Qemu-1.2.0-rc0-windows.zip contents)
D:\Qemu\Raspbian (holding the 'kernel-qemu' file and the Raspbian image)

First you need to use qemu-img to resize the img file: Usage is: qemu-img resize filename size It helps to temporarily move the wheezy image into D:\Qemu 3.7G seems to be the max you can resize to. Open comandline and navigate to D:\Qemu Example: qemu-img resize 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img 3.7G Then create a .bat file under D:\Qemu, containing the following launch string:

qemu-system-armw.exe -M versatilepb -cpu arm1136 -m 1024 -kernel raspbian\kernel-qemu -hda raspbian\2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img -net nic -net tap,ifname=TAP0 -append "root=/dev/sda2 panic=1" -serial stdio

Note: Replace TAP0 with whatever your Tap interface is named. I would suggest renaming it to something without spaces. ie. Tap0. Resize the Raspbian rootfs. Fix raspi-config resize issue with Qemu:

cp /usr/bin/raspi-config ~
sed -i 's/mmcblk0p2/sda2/' ~/raspi-config                                                                              
sed -i 's/mmcblk0/sda/' ~/raspi-config
sudo ~/raspi-config


  • TODO

Cross compile


  • TODO


  • TODO