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As I can't find a decent one-page overview of how to get XBMC working on the Raspberry Pi without resorting to downloading a dedicated image, this page should give everyone a hand getting set up (that is, if I am successful...)

The goal is to be able to run XBMC either standalone or under LXDE from the Foundation's Raspbian image.

This guide combines e.g.

Ways of installing XBMC

  • Use a dedicated image raspbmc or openelec
  • Getting XBMC from the repos (doesn't work in Wheezy)
  • Adding a 3rd party apt source (none available yet)
  • Installing a .deb nIerSify
  • Building XBMC on the raspi (takes a long time)
  • Building XBMC on a x86 machine (Qemu or cross compile)

Building XBMC from source using Qemu

Since it is unbelievably slow to build XBMC on the Raspberry Pi, I used a Windows machine with Qemu to do the build. Ubuntu cross-compile should work to0, but I didn't try it yet...


After installing OpenVPN follow this guide to create (remember it's name and make sure there's no spaces in it) a network TAP interface http://linuxclues.blogspot.com/2007/06/installing-qemu-on-windows-vista.html

On Windows, create folder structure like so:

D:\Qemu (holding the Qemu-1.2.0-rc0-windows.zip contents)
D:\Qemu\Raspbian (holding the 'kernel-qemu' file and the Raspbian image)

First you need to use qemu-img to resize the img file:

Usage is: qemu-img resize filename size

It helps to temporarily move the wheezy image into D:\Qemu

3.7G seems to be the max you can resize to.

Open comandline and navigate to D:\Qemu

Example: qemu-img resize 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img 3.7G

Then create a .bat file under D:\Qemu, containing the following launch string:

qemu-system-armw.exe -M versatilepb -cpu arm1136 -m 1024 -kernel raspbian\kernel-qemu -hda raspbian\2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian.img -net nic -net tap,ifname=TAP0 -append "root=/dev/sda2 panic=1" -serial stdio

Note: Replace TAP0 with whatever your Tap interface is named. I would suggest renaming it to something without spaces. ie. Tap0

Resize the Raspbian rootfs:

Fix raspi-config resize issue with Qemu:

cp /usr/bin/raspi-config ~
sed -i 's/mmcblk0p2/sda2/' ~/raspi-config                                                                              
sed -i 's/mmcblk0/sda/' ~/raspi-config
sudo ~/raspi-config