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Installing Prebuilt XMBC Packages

Instructions for building XMBC from source are below, but they will take over 12 hours to compile on the Pi. If this doesn't interest you and you just want a working, binary XBMC package, one is being built and provided by Michael Gorven. It can be installed by following the instructions in his blog post.

Building XBMC

The following instructions were derived from instructions passed to me from Obsy on the #raspbian IRC channel. These instructions document the steps necessary to build XBMC in Raspbian. These steps are not optimal and need to be refined, but they do result in a working build of XBMC that seems to work well within Raspbian.

Build and Install XBMC

  1. Start with a Pisces or similar image of Raspbian.

    • Build and installation is done under the 'raspbian' user account.
    • Sudo is used as needed to perform certain operations as root.
  2. Make sure we have maximum memory for building.
        sudo cp /boot/arm224_start.elf /boot/start.elf
  3. Update kernel & firmware and reboot

        sudo rpi-update
        sudo reboot
  4. Install/upgrade build tools and dependencies.
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get upgrade
        sudo apt-get install build-essential autoconf ccache gawk gperf mesa-utils zip unzip
        sudo apt-get install autotools-dev comerr-dev dpkg-dev libalsaplayer-dev \
        libapt-pkg-dev:armhf libasound2-dev:armhf libass-dev:armhf libatk1.0-dev \
        libavahi-client-dev libavahi-common-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev \
        libavutil-dev libbison-dev:armhf libbluray-dev:armhf libboost1.49-dev \
        libbz2-dev:armhf libc-dev-bin libc6-dev:armhf libcaca-dev libcairo2-dev \
        libcdio-dev libclalsadrv-dev libcrypto++-dev libcups2-dev libcurl3-gnutls-dev \
        libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libdirectfb-dev libdrm-dev libegl1-mesa-dev \
        libelf-dev libenca-dev libept-dev libevent-dev libexpat1-dev libflac-dev:armhf \
        libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libfribidi-dev libgconf2-dev \
        libgcrypt11-dev libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libgles2-mesa-dev \
        libglew-dev:armhf libglewmx-dev:armhf libglib2.0-dev libglu1-mesa-dev \
        libgnome-keyring-dev libgnutls-dev libgpg-error-dev libgtk2.0-dev libhal-dev \
        libhunspell-dev:armhf libice-dev:armhf libicu-dev libidn11-dev libiso9660-dev \
        libjasper-dev libjbig-dev:armhf libjconv-dev libjpeg8-dev:armhf libkrb5-dev \
        libldap2-dev:armhf libltdl-dev:armhf liblzo2-dev libmad0-dev libmicrohttpd-dev \
        libmodplug-dev libmp3lame-dev:armhf libmpeg2-4-dev libmysqlclient-dev \
        libncurses5-dev libnspr4-dev libnss3-dev libogg-dev:armhf libopenal-dev:armhf \
        libp11-kit-dev libpam0g-dev:armhf libpango1.0-dev libpcre++-dev libpcre3-dev \
        libpixman-1-dev libpng12-dev libprotobuf-dev libpthread-stubs0-dev:armhf \
        libpulse-dev:armhf librtmp-dev libsamplerate0-dev:armhf \
        libsdl-image1.2-dev:armhf libsdl1.2-dev libslang2-dev:armhf \
        libsm-dev:armhf libsmbclient-dev:armhf libspeex-dev:armhf \
        libsqlite3-dev libssh-dev libssh2-1-dev libssl-dev libstdc++6-4.6-dev \
        libtagcoll2-dev libtasn1-3-dev libtiff4-dev libtinfo-dev:armhf libtinyxml-dev \
        libts-dev:armhf libudev-dev libv8-dev libva-dev:armhf libvdpau-dev:armhf \
        libvorbis-dev:armhf libvpx-dev:armhf libwebp-dev:armhf libwibble-dev \
        libx11-dev:armhf libx11-xcb-dev libxapian-dev libxau-dev:armhf \
        libxcb-glx0-dev:armhf libxcb-render0-dev:armhf libxcb-shm0-dev:armhf \
        libxcb1-dev:armhf libxcomposite-dev libxcursor-dev:armhf libxdamage-dev \
        libxdmcp-dev:armhf libxext-dev:armhf libxfixes-dev libxft-dev libxi-dev \
        libxinerama-dev:armhf libxml2-dev:armhf libxmu-dev:armhf libxrandr-dev \
        libxrender-dev:armhf libxslt1-dev libxss-dev:armhf libxt-dev:armhf \
        libxtst-dev:armhf libxxf86vm-dev libyajl-dev libzip-dev linux-libc-dev:armhf \
        lzma-dev mesa-common-dev python-dev python2.7-dev x11proto-composite-dev \
        x11proto-core-dev x11proto-damage-dev x11proto-dri2-dev x11proto-fixes-dev \
        x11proto-gl-dev x11proto-input-dev x11proto-kb-dev x11proto-randr-dev \
        x11proto-record-dev x11proto-render-dev x11proto-scrnsaver-dev \
        x11proto-xext-dev x11proto-xf86vidmode-dev x11proto-xinerama-dev xtrans-dev \
        sudo apt-get clean
  5. Copy /opt/vc/include to /usr/include.
        sudo cp -R /opt/vc/include/* /usr/include
        sudo cp /opt/vc/include/interface/vcos/pthreads/* /usr/include/interface/vcos
  6. Create symbolic links for libEGL and libGLESv2 from /opt/vc/lib to /usr/lib and /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libEGL.so /usr/lib/libEGL.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libEGL.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libEGL.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libEGL.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libEGL.so.1
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libEGL_static.a /usr/lib/libEGL_static.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libEGL_static.a /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libEGL_static.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2.so /usr/lib/libGLESv2.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libGLESv2.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libGLESv2.so.2
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2_static.a /usr/lib/libGLESv2_static.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libGLESv2_static.a /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libGLESv2_static.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libbcm_host.so /usr/lib/libbcm_host.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libbcm_host.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libbcm_host.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvchiq_arm.a /usr/lib/libvchiq_arm.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvchiq_arm.a /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libvchiq_arm.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvchiq_arm.so /usr/lib/libvchiq_arm.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvchiq_arm.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libvchiq_arm.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvcos.a /usr/lib/libvcos.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvcos.a /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libvcos.a
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvcos.so /usr/lib/libvcos.so
        sudo ln -fs /opt/vc/lib/libvcos.so /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/libvcos.so
  7. Get the latest XBMC from git.
        git clone --depth 1 git://github.com/xbmc/xbmc-rbp.git
  8. Prepare the XBMC code for compilation.
        cd xbmc-rbp/
        sed -i 's/USE_BUILDROOT=1/USE_BUILDROOT=0/' tools/rbp/setup-sdk.sh
        sed -i 's/TOOLCHAIN=\/usr\/local\/bcm-gcc/TOOLCHAIN=\/usr/' tools/rbp/setup-sdk.sh
        sudo sh tools/rbp/setup-sdk.sh
        sed -i 's/cd $(SOURCE); $(CONFIGURE)/#cd $(SOURCE); $(CONFIGURE)/' tools/rbp/depends/xbmc/Makefile
  9. Build the XMBC build tools.
        make -C tools/rbp/depends/xbmc/
  10. Configure XBMC.
        ./configure --prefix=/usr --build=arm-linux-gnueabihf --host=arm-linux-gnueabihf \
        --localstatedir=/var/lib --with-platform=raspberry-pi --disable-gl --enable-gles \
        --disable-x11 --disable-sdl --enable-ccache --enable-optimizations \
        --enable-external-libraries --disable-goom --disable-hal --disable-pulse \
        --disable-vaapi --disable-vdpau --disable-xrandr --disable-airplay \
        --disable-alsa --enable-avahi --disable-libbluray --disable-dvdcss \
        --disable-debug --disable-joystick --enable-mid --disable-nfs --disable-profiling \
        --disable-projectm --enable-rsxs --enable-rtmp --disable-vaapi \
        --disable-vdadecoder --disable-external-ffmpeg  --disable-optical-drive
  11. Fix up some of the make files.
        sed -i 's/-msse2//' lib/libsquish/Makefile
        sed -i 's/-DSQUISH_USE_SSE=2//' lib/libsquish/Makefile
  12. Make XBMC.
  13. Install XBMC as root.
        sudo make install

Prepare to Run XBMC

  1. Comment out the swap line in /etc/fstab by prepending a '#' character.

        #/dev/mmcblk0p2  none            swap    sw              0       0
  2. Remove non-essential services not needed by XBMC. Others can be removed as well.
        sudo apt-get purge exim4 exim4-base exim4-config exim4-daemon-light
  3. Run XBMC using the GPU 128MB memory scheme.
        sudo cp /boot/arm128_start.elf /boot/start.elf
  4. Edit the config.txt as needed. Mine just contains the following:
    • Note: Setting 24 or 32 bit frame buffer depths seems to cause problems such as black frames appearing from time to time in the playback of media. Leaving the default 16 bit depth seems to work best.
  5. Reboot.
        sudo reboot
  6. Login and run XBMC as root.
        clear ; sudo /usr/lib/xbmc/xbmc.bin

XBMC Configuration Output

The following is output from the XBMC configuration command. It may be useful for comparison purposes and to see what features are enabled and disabled.