See below for some short instructions on how to upgrade your existing XBMC Live installation to the latest SVN version. These instructions should also work for regular XBMC Linux users as well. It is particularly important to update your XBMC to the latest SVN version if you plan on using some of the latest and greatest plugins and skins. For example, after I installed the Aeon65 skin I noticed that the skin would crash when I would go to certain views... many of the people on the forums recommended upgrading to the latest XBMC build so I did exactly that...

Installing from the PPA builds can be risky, so it's highly recommended that you back up any critical information. If you accidentally break something during the ppa upgrade, keep in mind you can always re-install from one of the official builds. That being said, I recently upgraded to the Dharma Beta1 install in under 5 minutes with these commands:

Updated Instructions


Run the below commands via shell / terminal and your box should install the updates and reboot with the new version of XBMC installed.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc-svn/ppa
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
sudo reboot

Original Instructions


These are the original instructions that used to be on this blog post. They use a more manual method of adding the PPA repositories which is confusing for some people. They also explicitly identify with the Ubuntu 'Jaunty' build and are generally just confusing for most people. I've left them here for the time being for reference purposes, but may archive them into another post in the future.

Add the repositories -- first open a nano editor for the third party sources list:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

Then copy and paste the following respository entries:

deb jaunty main 
deb-src jaunty main

Import the key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 64234534

Update your repository list

sudo apt-get update

Then do the recommended upgrades:

sudo apt-get upgrade

Now install the latest XBMC:

sudo apt-get install xbmc

And reboot your system:

sudo reboot

I should note that after the installation / upgrade, I started getting an error message about needing OpenGL rendering enabled. A simple reinstall of the NVIDIA drivers will get you back up and running. The first time I ran into this problem I was pulling my hair out trying to get it fixed -- just read this post and you'll be back up and running in no time.

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  • FreeMan

    Found my way here from your update post on the XBMC forums...

    I got the 'command not found' response to add-apt-repository, so I did:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

    it reported that python-software-properties was already up to date and set to manual install. A reboot didn't seem to make any difference. Do I need to manually install this? if so how?


  • Veri good post!Thanks

  • JKosh

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing your expertize. Keep it up!;-)


  • jawad

    I decided to read this post thinking it would be a good reference even though it's months old. But it looks like you just updated it yesterday! Great stuff.

  • John

    Thanks for these instructions. I think they worked but it has the side effect of making XBMC not recognising my external USB hard drives any more. Did you have this problem?

  • Server kaufen

    Thanks alot, ive been searching allover for an easy way to update my live install,'now I'm finally able to run the aeon65 skin without crashes

  • XBMC Lover

    thanx for this xbmx article!!

  • Kristen Stewart

    Been bookmarking your blog for a while now to keep my XBMC up to date. Great articles. I was just about to upgrade to Dharma so I decided to read this post thinking it would be a good reference even though it's months old. But it looks like you just updated it yesterday! Great stuff.

  • Gadget

    Hey Josh.

    Sorry if this seems like a stupid question, but is there a way just to update the XBMC only, as I don't want to upgrade the ubuntu version because I have a Mini-ITX board with built in GPU/CPU and it really seems to "Over Tax" the cpu and gpu if I install one of the stable release "XBMCUbuntu" versions. I am not 100% sure if this is what your description here does because being the "Noob" of all Linux noobs, I can't quite figure out whether it upgrades just the XBMC part or the entire installation.

  • @Gadget-
    Yes, the instructions listed above will update only XBMC. Note that the instructions above will specifically grab the update from the SVN (Subversion Source Control) which can occasionally be an unstable build. The command which tells it to start grabbing XBMC from SVN is:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc-svn/ppa if you don't want the SVN version, don't run that command.

    Also note that some instructions will tell you to run a apt-get upgrade command. Be cautious of this as it will try to update all features of the system which may not be what you want.

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