Monday, December 18, 2017

How to Install Kodi and Covenant on a RetroPi...

Here is yet another tutorial because I get asked how to do this constantly for people.  Kodi is the media center software.  Covenant is the software specifically for streaming videos.

These instructions assume that you already have a RetroPi operating system running on a Raspberry Pi.  And before you begin, make sure your Pi is connected to both your keyboard and wi-fi.

Steps for installing Kodi:
(based on this tutorial from

1.  Once your RetroPi has launched, navigate to the "RetroPi" option in the carousel menu (the one that's an image of a joystick).

2.  Select "RetroPi Setup".

3.  The screen will go blue.  That's ok.  Select "Manage Packages", then "Manage Optional Packages".

4.  Scroll down and select #308: Kodi.

5.  Select "Install from Binary".

6.  The screen will go black and text will begin scrolling.  Let it run for about 5 minutes.  Kodi is now being downloaded and installed.

7.  When finished, escape back to the RetroPi main menu, and restart Emulation Station.  On the carousel menu, instead of seeing the old "Retropi" graphic with the joystic, you should see a new option labelled "Ports".  That's it.  Kodi is ready to roll.

Steps for installing Covenant:
(based on this tutorial from

1.  Go into "Ports" and open Kodi.  Click the "Settings" icon in the top-left, then select "System Settings".

2.  In the bottom-left, click the "Settings" icon until you get to "Expert" mode.  Then, on the left sidebar, select "Add-ons"  -->  Turn on "Unknown Sources"  -->  then click "Yes" on the popup window.

3.  Escape to the main Kodi menu.  Click the "Settings" icon in the top-left again, then select "File Manager" and "Add Source".

4.  Click where it says "None".  Enter the following URL:

5.  Where it says "Enter a name for this media source", type "xvbmc".  Click "OK".

6.  Go back to the Kodi main menu again.  On the left sidebar select "Add-ons".  Then click the "Package installer" icon in the top-left (looks like a Dropbox icon).

7.  Select "Install from zip file"  -->  scroll down and select "xvbmc"  -->  select "".

8.  Wait for a popup to appear in the top-right that says "xvbmc Repository Installed".

9.   Click "Install from repository"  -->  Click "XvBMC (Add-ons) REPOsitory"  -->  "Video Add-ons"  -->  "Covenant"  -->  "Install".

Give it a few minutes, but you should be all finished.  To actually use Covenant to find and stream videos, it will be located from the Kodi main menu under "Video Add-ons".




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