OpenELEC (Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a small Linux based Just Enough Operating System (JeOS) built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a Kodi media center .

Movie Organizer and Player

Organize your movie collections. Play your videos and scrape relevant info, subtitles and fanart. All video info is shown via themes you like.

TV Show Management

Manage your TV series and keep track of your favorite episodes. Descriptions, actors and other info available via online scrapers.

Picture Browser

Watch all your photos with OpenELEC manually or use a handy slide show. Zoom and/or rotate your pictures for the best presentation.

Music and Audiobook Player

Audio files in many different formats can be listened to via the Music section. Artists photos & album covers are available as Kodi fanart.

TV and Personal Video Recorder

Watch your favourite TV channels. Browse through the TV listings and record your favorite TV broadcasts. Watch recordings when you like.

Easy expandable with Addons

OpenELEC can be enhanced via numerous addons, which cover a wide range of areas such as skins, tools and also even domotica.


OpenELEC won the Swiss Opensource Award in 2014


What is OpenELEC?

Home Theatre PCs are known to be hard to install and configure, and it can take a massive amount of time to keep them running. OpenELEC, on the other hand, is designed to be as lightweight as possible in terms of size and complexity, meaning your HTPC becomes no harder to configure than your satellite box or DVD player. With its small footprint, OpenELEC is also ideal for today's small form factor systems, so you won't need a big desktop computer in your living room!

What hardware does OpenELEC run on?

As it is designed to be lightweight, OpenELEC uses very little system resources for processor or memory. With support for Intel's HD Graphics, NVIDIA's GeForce & ION platform, AMD's Radeon & Fusion platform as well as Broadcom's Crystal HD chip, OpenELEC can support high definition content on machines with low-powered processors by offloading video content to the supported graphics cards and decoders.

OpenELEC supports a wide range of graphics cards, making it possible to convert your new and not-so-new computers into full featured home theater systems. This means you can now build (or buy) small, silent, even fanless machines to be effectively used as your media center.

If you don't have any suitable hardware or you'd just like to buy a pre-built system, look no further. We have a list of online shops, who sell prebuilt systems and suitable hardware to run OpenELEC - just head over to the Buy A System page.

What makes OpenELEC different?

You could install Windows or your favourite Linux distribution on your computer and then Kodi on top - and it would work - but it wouldn't be as fast or as easy as OpenELEC. OpenELEC is built from the ground up specifically for one task, to run Kodi. Other operating systems are designed to be multi-purpose, so they include all kinds of software to run services and programs that won't be used. OpenELEC, however, only includes software required to run Kodi. Because of that it is tiny (roughly 150MB), it installs literally in minutes, and, it can boot extremely quickly in 5-20 seconds, depending on the hardware type used.

Unlike other Kodi solutions, OpenELEC is not based on Ubuntu. In fact, it's not based on any Linux distribution; OpenELEC has been built from scratch specifically to act as a media center. That means it doesn't include drivers for things that just won't be used like 3G cards and graphics tablets, for example.

In addition, OpenELEC is designed to be managed as an appliance: it can automatically update itself and can be managed entirely from within the graphical interface. Even though it runs on Linux, you will never need to see a management console, command terminal or have Linux knowledge to use it.

Sounds too good to be true? It's not!

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How can I help?

If you want to contribute to the OpenELEC project, you can make a donation using PayPal, Flattr or Bitcoin. Donating is easy, takes only a few minutes. You do not need a PayPal account to make a PayPal donation. We have not set up our PayPal donation page to suggest a donation amount; please just donate what you feel comfortable with.


Be social, join our community now!

We invite everyone to actively participate in the OpenELEC community. In a short time we have become a bustling project with many keen users of all skill levels helping out daily. OpenELEC is for everyone and following us on social media not only keeps you up to date but helps the project by letting more people know about us.