How to install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi?

Based on popular request, here is the guide to install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi. If you have been following me you may already know that I have been a fan of OpenELEC on Raspberry Pi. Well that changed recently after my latest comparison of Raspbmc and OpenELEC. I quickly started feeling very restricted on OpenELEC and found the ability to install Debian packages on Raspbmc to be fascinating. With slow development in Xbian, one of the other media center OSes that run XBMC (nka Kodi), the choice is limited to Raspbmc and OpenELEC. This guide will show you how to install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi on Windows, Linux, and OSX.

Note (5/25/2015): Raspbmc is now OSMC. Check out our latest guide on how to install OSMC.

Build a Low-Cost Raspberry Pi Media CenterPrice
Raspberry Pi 4B Starter Kit with case, power adapter, and heat sinks~$82.00
Sandisk Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card 98 MB/s~$8.00
SANOXY Wireless USB PC Remote Control Mouse for PC~$8.00

Before you proceed ensure that you have all the Raspberry Pi compatible accessories, including a good Class 10 SD Card like the one listed above. You also need a good internet connection. [Read: 7 Raspberry Pi accessories to build a XBMC media center]

Raspbmc Installer - Windows

Raspbmc Windows installation is easy. Just download Raspbmc. Choose the installer for Windows environment and let the Raspbmc download to complete. Extract the downloaded zip file and run installer.exe. Ensure that you have a compatible SD card inserted (note that everything on the card will be erased during installation).

Install Raspbmc On Sd Card On Windows
Install Raspbmc On Sd Card On Windows

Let the Raspbmc installation complete and you are done, for now.

Raspbmc Installer - Linux / Mac

Linux or Mac installation require some commandline work. Don't worry though, it is a cakewalk. Open your favorite terminal client. To download Raspbmc on Linux use the following command:


On Mac use the following download command:

curl -O

Then, make the Raspbmc Linux / OSX installer executable using the following command:

chmod +x

Then install Raspbmc installer image using the following command (running it as root is critical):

sudo python
Install Raspbmc On Raspberry Pi On Linux Or Mac
Raspbmc Linux / Mac Installation

Install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi

After you install Raspbmc installer to SD card, insert it into your RPi and power it up. The latest Raspbmc image will be downloaded and installed. You do not have to anything here to install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi. Just let the installation continue. As it says, it might be a good idea to grab a coffee now as the installation can take about 45 minutes.

Raspbmc Download And Install
Raspbmc Download And Install

Once the Raspbmc installer completes, your Raspberry Pi should automatically reboot to XBMC.

Raspbmc Alternate Installation on Windows

If you are feeling lazy currently, you may also install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi using NOOBs (New Out of Box Software). [Read: 10 Tweaks to improve XBMC performance on Raspberry Pi]

So there you go, go ahead install Raspbmc on Raspberry Pi and enjoy your new entertainment center. If you liked this Raspbmc install guide, consider following as more Raspbmc and Raspberry Pi guides are on the way.

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Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, hopeless tinkerer (if it ain't broke, fix it), a part-time blogger, and a Scientist during the day. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs.