OSMC – free and open source media center distribution

OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is an embedded, minimal, self updating Linux distribution which ships a Kodi front-end for a variety of devices including ARM and x86.

Founded in 2014, OSMC lets you play back media from your local network, attached storage and the Internet. OSMC can play all major media formats out there and supports a variety of sharing protocols

OSMC is based on the Debian distribution and the Kodi project. OSMC is not a fork of Kodi but rather a Linux distribution that ships Kodi as the main application.

Features include:

  • Designed to be attractive and simple to use.
  • App Store which lets you customize OSMC.
  • OSMC is in charge of:
    • Keeping your system up to date.
    • Hardware management (handling devices such as remotes, keyboards, WiFi adapters etc).
    • Managing system resources.
  • Supports most TV tuners and WiFi adapters out of the box.
  • Supports a wide variety of remotes. OSMC ships with remote profiles for the most popular remotes and can also learn new remotes. OSMC also supports CEC, which allows you to control OSMC using your TV remote
  • Add-ons that work with Kodi on other platforms work on OSMC.
  • Updated monthly.

Website: osmc.tv
Support:
Developer: Open Source Media Center Team
License: GNU General Public License, version 2

Return to Media Centers Home Page


Popular series
Guide to LinuxNew to Linux? Read our Linux for Starters series. We start right at the basics and teach you everything you need to know to get started with Linux.
Free and Open Source SoftwareThe largest compilation of the best free and open source software in the universe. Each article is supplied with a legendary ratings chart helping you to make informed decisions.
ReviewsHundreds of in-depth reviews offering our unbiased and expert opinion on software. We offer helpful and impartial information.
Alternatives to Proprietary SoftwareReplace proprietary software with open source alternatives: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Autodesk, Oracle, Atlassian, Corel, Cisco, Intuit, and SAS.
DockerGetting Started with Docker helps you master Docker, a set of platform as a service products that delivers software in packages called containers.
System ToolsEssential Linux system tools focuses on small, indispensable utilities, useful for system administrators as well as regular users.
ProductivityLinux utilities to maximise your productivity. Small, indispensable tools, useful for anyone running a Linux machine.
Home ComputersHome computers became commonplace in the 1980s. Emulate home computers including the Commodore 64, Amiga, Atari ST, ZX81, Amstrad CPC, and ZX Spectrum.
Now and ThenNow and Then examines how promising open source software fared over the years. It can be a bumpy ride.
Linux at HomeLinux at Home looks at a range of home activities where Linux can play its part, making the most of our time at home, keeping active and engaged.
Linux CandyLinux Candy reveals the lighter side of Linux. Have some fun and escape from the daily drudgery.
Android AppsBest Free Android Apps. We showcase free Android apps that are definitely worth downloading. There's a strict eligibility criteria for inclusion in this series.
Programming BooksThese best free books accelerate your learning of every programming language. Learn a new language today!
Programming TutorialsThese free tutorials offer the perfect tonic to our free programming books series.
Stars and StripesStars and Stripes is an occasional series looking at the impact of Linux in the USA.
Share this article

Share your Thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.