OSMC is a free and open-source media center based on Debian Linux! OSMC features Kodi as its main frontend software package and is designed to run on a Raspberry Pi. OSMC adds a layer of simplicity to Kodi by managing system resources and hardware (remotes, keyboards, etc.), as well as keeping everything up to date.
That being said, the first thing we’ll do is download the OSMC installer from the osmc.tv downloads page. Be sure to download the correct installer for your operating system.
While the installer is downloading, insert your SD card into your computer and ensure it is recognized. An SD card of at least 8GB is required, but I recommend using a larger one, such as this 64GB one, if you plan on storing media files on the system (which you probably will!)
After the download completes, go ahead and run the installer. This will run you through all of the steps required to configure OSMC and install the image on your SD card. If you plan on using a wireless connection, you’ll need to have your Wi-Fi network name and password available.
Note for Mac users:
You may see a message stating “qt_host_installer.app” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. This is because OSMC is not registered as a developer with Apple.
If you get this message, close it and then navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General and click the "Open Anyway" button.
Insert the SD card into your Raspberry Pi, connect the HDMI cable to your TV, and power on the Raspberry Pi to boot OSMC!
If you're interested in seeing how OSMC works under the hood, check out the OSMC Github repository.
If you're interested in participating in the active development of OSMC, check out the OSMC Development Overview section in the official OSMC Wiki.
Fortunately, if you’re using iOS or Android, you can control Kodi from your phone. While many Jodi remotes are available for your iPhone or Android device, the free apps below are the official Kodi apps maintained by the Kodi development community. Thus, they will work best.
iOS Kodi Remote
For iOS, download to app Official Kodi Remote.
Android Kodi Remote
For Android, download the app Kore, Official Remote for Kodi.
Alternatively, you can use a USB keyboard to control Kodi. For this option, you’ll need to refer to the wiki on Kodi keyboard shortcuts.