Kodi is an excellent tool for Raspberry Pi, it allows you to use it as a media center (video, music, images and games).
However, it’s not always easy to find the add-on you want to use to view your favorite streaming service.
Today I will show you how to install Netflix and other add-ons on Kodi.
How do I look at Netflix on Cody?
There are many expansion modules for Kodi, for viewing Netflix and other streaming services.
After installation you need to log in and all content of Netflix will be available on Raspberry Pi.
In this article I introduce you to Kodi and OSMC and explain how to install them on your Raspberry Pi.
And finally, how to add to the main streaming providers (Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, …).
If you already have Kodi installed, you can use the table of contents below to go directly to the section you are interested in.
I strongly advise you to use a VPN immediately after the installation of Kodi. It protects your data and identity, but also gives you access to films that are not available in your current country. Here you can read my instructions for installing the NordVPN with Kodi.
Let’s start with an introduction about the context, what Kodi is and how it is used in Raspberry Pi.
Kodi is a media center software that turns your old TV into a smart TV, reads local files and allows you to watch streaming services.
This interface gives you access to your movies, photos, music and games
The standard shell on the OSMC is.
If you don’t like these, there are a lot of other skins.
Basically, Cody turns your TV into a smart TV with Raspberry Pi.
And even if you already own a Smart TV, it goes even further with all the extras available.
We will see how to install the basic modules later in this article.
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What is the CMHO?
OSMC is an operating system designed to run Kodi.
This is the easiest way to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi.
You can use other distributions (e.g. LibreElec) or even install Kodi on Raspbian, but if you only want to use your Pi Raspberry for Smart TV, you get this special distribution.
I’ll show you how to install OSMC so Cody can be seen on your TV.
Crimson Pi 4 / 400
Currently the CMOS is not available for Pi 4 and 400 purple.
If you have one of these models, you have two options:
- Install Kodi on Raspberry Pi OS Desktop: it’s available in the default repository, so there’s nothing complicated and you can use the commands I’ll give you later.
- Installing LibreElec : This is an alternative distribution for the OSMC. Once installed it should be similar to what I explained to the OSMC.
You can find all information about the installation of LibreElec in this video:
SDmemory card preparation
To get Kodi on your Raspberry Pi, I recommend you install the OSMC on it.
- Download images of the CMHO on the official website.
Select Raspberry Pi and then click the Disk Images button.
Click on the latest version of Raspberry Pi:
- Insert a new SD card into your computer.
If you do not have an SD card reader on your computer, use an adapter similar to Amazon.
- Use the Etcher software to add flash to the image on the SD card.
If you are not familiar with Etcher, here is a tool that allows you to easily empty SD memory cards.
- Select the downloaded OSMC image by clicking the left button.
Then select an SD card.
And finally, click on Flash! to start creating an SD card.
- Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
Then insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi slot and proceed to the next section.
Start with the raspberry beer and wait a few minutes for the installation to finish.
For the time being you don’t have to do anything, the installation process is automated.
The first time you start the program, a welcome menu will appear where you can select the default settings:
- Select the default language
- Then select your time zone from the list
- Now that a hostname is requested, you can leave it as default.
- Leave SSH enabled as we will use it later
- Read and accept the license agreement
- Choose your favourite theme (there are only two available for new installations).
- Finally, I would like to know if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter or not.
- Exit the welcome menu
You will now see the OSMC main menu.
We just need to update everything before we move on.
Update of code
We now need to update the system and eventually the Kodi version.
The procedure for updating the system is almost the same as for the Raspbian :
- Connecting Raspberry Beer with SSH :
- Update the cache of the repository : Update
- Updating the basic packages:
sudo apt full update
- Restart system :
Restarting the gardens
This should be done quickly if you have just installed the latest available version, especially if it is the latest version, but just in case.
Upgrade to the latest version of Kodi
The OSMC is often a bit late with Kodi versions.
I wrote the first version of this article in 2018, and Kodi 18 is not yet installed there. As long as I update it, it’s the same problem with Cody 19.
So, whatever year you’re in, you’ll probably have to do a manual update if you want to get the latest version (this is not mandatory by the way).
Check your current version
You don’t have to change anything if you’re already on the latest version.
To check, go to Settings > System information.
In the lower left corner you should see something like the Kodi XX.X..
If this is not the latest version available on the Kodi website, you can try to update it.
To update Kodi, we need to add a new version repository for apt and then do another update (change the version to the latest available version) :
- Edit apt source file:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
- Add this line:
deb http://download.osmc.tv/dev/gmc-19 gmc-19 main
- Install the repository key to download the packages:
wget -qO – http://download.osmc.tv/dev/gmc-19/public/pubkey.asc | sudo apt-key add –
- Then update your system again:
sudo apt update
sudo apt completely inverted
You can now view it again under Settings > System information.
But you should see something like Cody 19.X.
We did a Kodi installation, now we can add your favorite plugins to watch Netflix and other streaming services.
The first service provider I want to show you how to install is Netflix.
Netflix is a paid service. To use it on Cody, like on any computer, you need to have an active account.
The Netflix add-on has certain requirements before
is installed. We will use the zjoasan Netflix installation script to do this quickly:
- Connect to your raspberry ppi with SSH
- Download the script:
- Add direct version with xmode:
xmode +x netflix_prep_install.sh
- Run the script:
- This sets the Python requirements, you don’t have to do anything, just wait
- At the end you will receive the following message:.
- Press OK and the system will restart.
After the restart we have to install Netflix on Kodi:
- Go back to Cody’s interface and go to the main menu.
- Click Settings > Browser extensions.
- Select Set from
zip file You will get a security warning the first time you use it, change the settings to allow unknown sources.
- Select a folder
- Then navigate to the Addons folder.
- Select a single file in it (Netflix repo zip).
- This adds the CastagnaIT repository.
- You can now go to Install from the repository and select this repository
- Click on Video Add-ons and install Netflix and all its dependencies.
- After installation, double-click ESC to return to the main menu.
Netflix is now installed on your system as follows:
- From Cody’s main menu, go to Video > Video Additions.
- Please enter your Netflix account email address and password to log in.
- Select your profile from the list
- You can now watch your favorite Netflix movies with Kodi
- If you are watching a movie for the first time, you may need to install additional modules such as Widevine.
Accept them, but be aware of the extra memory requirements.
For example, to download Widevine, you need more than 2GB of free space on your SD card.
That’s it, Netflix is now available on your raspberry beer.
The YouTube extension is easier to install because the package is available in the standard repository.
Installation on YouTube
Follow these steps to install YouTube on the OSMC:
- Go to Cody’s main menu.
- Select Settings > Advanced Browser.
- Then install from the warehouse
- Open the Video Options menu.
- Search YouTube in the list and select
(use the up arrow to go to the end of the list faster).
- Choose Install and accept all dependencies.
That’s all, you have YouTube installed and you can use it as explained in the next section.
If you want to change the default language and country, you can start the installation wizard, otherwise you don’t have to.
Use of YouTube
YouTube is available in the same menu as Netflix :
- Select Video from Cody’s main menu.
- Then the full video
- And finally YouTube
- Go inside to access the back.
Pay attention: API keys are now required to use YouTube on Kodi. Soon I will write a special manual, but for now you can follow this example.
- You can then watch your videos on YouTube:
Amazon Prime Video Supplement
Amazon Prime Video is a premium streaming service from Amazon
. If you have an account, you can also use it with the CMOS.
You can also click here for a free 30 day trial and try OSMC
. Please note that this plugin only works for U.S. citizens (or at least for Premium users of Amazon.com).
The installation is not easy because Amazon does not have the package available in the Kodi repository.
To install it, you need to download and install the new repository:
- Connecting to your Pi Framboise via SSH
- Go to the home directory (if not already done)
- Download the XLordKX zip file to add a
wget repository https://github.com/XLordKX/kodi/raw/master/zip/repository.xlordkx/repository.xlordkx-1.0.0.zip
If you don’t trust me, the GitHub main page is available here.
It’s the only way to install Amazon Prime Video I could find for Kodi 18.
- Back to Codys interface
- 1. From the Home screen, touch Settings > Browser Extensions.
- Select Install in Zip file.
- Click on a folder
- Then select the zip file we just downloaded and install it.
- When you return to the add-on browser, choose Install in repository.
- Press the XLordKX Repo button.
- Go to the Video Additions section of this repository.
- Finally, select Amazon Prime Instant Video from the
list (this is the only video available).
- Click on the Setup button and accept all dependencies.
Using Amazon video
Once you’ve read the whole article, you should already know how to use them.
- Select Video from Cody’s main menu.
- Then the full video
- And now the Amazon Prime list:
- Starting and configuring application settings
That’s it, Amazon Video is also available in your new media center.
Tics, plexus, popcorn flix and others
These are many streaming providers that are directly available on Kodi
. To install these providers, you can follow the same procedure as for YouTube :
To install them, see the list of plug-ins in the Kodi repository :
- Addon browser
- Installation from a depot
- Cody Depot
- And select the plugin you want to install from this huge list.
- After installation you can see it in the Video > Video add-on menu on the Kodi home screen.
Setting the current twitch set from dePlex to the osmcPlex OSMC connection screen
Use of VPN oncodes
Before finishing this guide, I would advise you to look for a VPN if you use Kodi.
Remember that VPN is an encryption technology that allows you to remain anonymous and protect data on the Internet.
Another advantage is that you can often use it to watch films or series that are not available in your country, as well as services.
It’s optional, but it’s a great addition to enhance your Kodi experience.
If you want to give it a try, I have a detailed manual for installing NordVPN on Raspberry Pi OS or Kodi, which explains step by step how to register and configure everything.
Recently I switched to a cheaper solution with Ivacy VPN.
It works very well, you can check your latest offer by clicking here.
Very soon I will give you instructions for installation on your Raspberry Pi.
Whatever the solution, there is a 30-day money back guarantee, so you won’t risk trying one now:
How do I remove add-ons on Cody? If you have installed an illegal add-on, or if it simply does not work as intended, you can remove it from the Settings > Add-on Browser > My Add-on menu. Select a plugin category and click on it. A control menu appears (configuration, update, delete, …).
Do I need a VPN to use Cody? No, not really. If you only use free items or pay bills, you don’t need them. People often add a VPN to the codes to hide their identity (illegal actions) or change region to access content that is blocked in their country (also prohibited). So make sure your use is safe, do only what you can do on your computer and don’t try to circumvent the rules.
Is it possible to install a Cody on the ruins? Yes, if you’re still using Raspbian on Raspberry and want to try Kodi, you can install it right away. It is available via the apt repository (sudo apt install kodi). You should also be aware that the OSMC is Raspbian-based, so you can migrate your current services to the OSMC (there are small changes, but not too big).
That’s it, you know how to watch the big streaming providers on Raspberry Pi, with OSMC and Kodi.
The OSMC and Kodi are good tools if you know how to use and adapt them.
Be careful when using Kodi, although some repositories and additional plug-ins allow you to watch movies for free, it is not legal.
While you can watch the box office hit on Raspberry Pi for free, there are some big changes that you can’t watch legally.
If you like the OSMC, let me know in the comments so I can write more tutorials about using Raspberry Pi as a media center.
There are a lot of tips to do things right.
Anyway, you can always read my Cody beginner’s guide to learn more.