OpenELEC short for ‘Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center’ is a Linux based software suite that helps convert your computer into a Kodi media center. It is a lightweight, fast-boosting software that boosts from flash memory for use on set top boxes or other like devices that are based on Intel x86 processor and graphics. OpenELEC is completely free and pretty similar to XMBC live although it is considerably smaller in size as OpenELEC gets rid of the Linux distribution underneath and only takes up about 100MB on installation. It is based on JeOS and provides a pre-configured version of Kodi and various third party add-ons for your Home Theatre PCs.
Features of OpenELEC:
- Movie Organizer And Media Player
OpenELEC helps you organize your movie collection in a systematic way. With this media center you can play your videos as well as scrape relevant info like fan art and subtitles.
- TV Show Management
You can keep track of your favorite TV shows and episodes. The online scrapers gathers all the descriptions, cast list and all related information available online.
- Picture Browser
This media suite also lets you browse your pictures manually or by a slideshow. You can also zoom in and zoom out and rotate your pictures as per your required presentation.
- Music and Audiobook Player
You can listen to music and audiobooks in different audio formats via the music section and the artist’s photos and the album covers are available in the form of Kodi fan art.
- TV and Video Recorder
You can browse through the listings and record your favorite shows so that you can watch them later whenever you like.
- Expandable With Add-ons
OpenELEC features can be enhanced with the help of other third-party add-ons covering a wide range such as tools and skins and even home domotics.
What Hardware Does OpenELEC Run On:
OpenELEC has support for Intel’s HD Graphics, AMD’s Radeon and Fusion Platform and Broadcom’s Crystal HD chip. It is compatible with a wide range of graphic cards so that it can support HD contents on machine that have low powered processors by offloading media contents to the supported graphic cards or decoders.
How to Install OpenELEC- Full Installation Guide:
To install OpenELEC on your device you would need an USB device, ImageWriter SUSE and a computer that supports USB booting. Follow these steps to install OpenELEC on your computer:
- Download ImageWriter SUSE from Google searches and download the disk image version of OpenELEC on your computer and extract it on your desktop.
- Next we have to write image in an USB stick. Now open ImageWriter and select the USB device that you want to write the image to and click on the Select button.
- In the window that pops up type Open ELEC in the search box and select and then click Open. All you have to do now is click on Copy. It will prompt you to override everything on your disk. Click Yes. You may have to wait while it is written to the disk.
- Now connect the USB stick to the computer you want to install OpenELEC on and once it has booted from USB click on “Quick Install of OpenELEC” and then select the device on which Open ELEC is running on then select “Ok” and hit Enter. Now it will ask to enable SSH on start. You can enable it later and for now click on “No”.
- If you don’t have an UEFI capable system, the boot menu that you get after booting from the USB might look a little different. Just select the “Install Open ELEC” option there.
- Now it will ask you if you want to wipe the disk, click on “Yes”. OpenELEC will start installing on your computer.
- Now go to the bottom of the boot menu and select “Reboot” and press Enter.
- After rebooting a new boot menu will pop up. From there select the boot device and OpenELEC will start up.
- You will be greeted with an welcome screen. Select your Regional Settings and click Next.
- Now select a hostname or use the default hostname and click Next.
- Now you can see all the available networks. Slect your network and click Next.
- Now configure services. You can use SSH for remote access and Samba for file sharing. Now click Next.
- Once it is setup click Next. There you go, OpenELEC is installed and you can start running your media.