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Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center (OpenELEC) is a small, open-source Linux distribution built from scratch as a platform to turn your computer into a complete XBMC media center. Being built from scratch, as opposed to being based on an existing distro, means that this distro can be streamlined for specific hardware, making sure only the exact software that is essential is installed.

This helps to ensure that OpenELEC boots as quickly as possible. Further, the distro aims to makes the installation as effortless as possible.

OpenELEC is designed specifically to run XBMC with as tiny a footprint as possible.

 OpenELEC 5.0.8

Free to download

Varies depending on the Build


OpenELEC (sraue, Gujs, evanrich, saik0, xe, therio, gilphilbert, cowbait, newphreak)


System Requirements

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Features include:

  • Fast start up - ready to use the system in less than 10 seconds
  • Minimal hardware requirements
  • Trivial install onto hard disk, solid state drive, Compact Flash, SD card, pen drive etc
  • Optimized builds for Atom, ION, Intel, Fusion etc
  • Runs on most Intel and AMD 32-bit and 64-bit machines,
  • Supports a diverse array of hardware platforms including low-power NetTops
  • Simple configuration via XBMC
  • Plug and Play external storage
    • Internal and external hard disks keys connecting by IDE, SATA, eSATA and USB
    • Flash-based media including USB keys, Compact Flash and SD Cards
    • EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, FAT32, NTFS, HFS, HFS+, JFS, XFS and ReiserFS filesystems
  • File sharing out of the box
  • OpenELEC Configuration Add-on - configure system settings like networking configuration, update services, and additional hardware features like LCD displays using your remote control
  • Add-ons:
    • PVR functionality (including DVB and IP TV)
    • Entire suite of products for newsgroup downloading
    • BitTorrent support
    • and additional services like rsync

OpenELEC in action

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