Setting OSMC on a Raspberry Pi

Introduction: Setting OSMC on a Raspberry Pi

OSMC is an open source media center that can be installed on a Raspberry Pi. With OSMC you can have your movies, music, and pictures all in one source!

Materials needed:

1. Computer

2. Raspberry pi Model B

3. HDMI cable

4. Monitor or TV with an HDMI port

5. Keyboard

6. Mouse

7. SD card Micro USB power connector

8. Ethernet cable

Step 1: Setting Up Your Pi

Set up your Raspberry Pi model as shown above.

Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your monitor or TV. The Pi should have two USB ports. Connect the USB cable from your mouse to one of the USB ports. Take your keyboard’s USB cable and plug it into the second USB port on the Pi.

Check picture 1.1

Connect the micro USB power connector to the Raspberry pi and plug in your Pi.

Make sure it is a micro USB, not a mini USB.

Check picture 1.2

NOTE: It is important the power connector is a regulated power supply of at least 700 mA.

Insufficient power will result in the Pi’s LED power indicator to not light up the power indicator is shown below. The normal status indicator for a normal power feed to your Raspberry Pi will be a red LED as shown below.

Check picture 1.3

Step 2: Downloading and Installing OSMC

Step 2: On your computer, head over to

There you will click on the current operating system of your computer to begin the download of the open source media center. Now you should insert you SD card into your computer.

Again, this part is done on your computer by downloading all the needed installation files to the SD.

On the screen shown in picture 1.4 select the OS (Operating System) you will be using for OSMC setup process.

When the download is complete open the installer by running the (OSMC installer you just downloaded should be located in the folder you selected or the Downloads folder by default).

The installer on windows is shown in picture 1.5

Select your language in the first drop down menu (picture 1.6). In the second drop down menu select Raspberry Pi.

Click the next arrow.

The installer will now ask to choose the version of OSMC, in the drop down menu (picture 1.7) choose the last option which will be the latest and most stable version, then click the next arrow.

Click the next arrow.

Choose "on a SD card" for the device install option (picture 1.8).
You will then see a screen similar to picture 1.9 in which you will choose “wired connection.”

For the device selection choose your SD card that you inserted into your PC by selecting it from the following screen. (picture 2.0)

Accept the license agreement. (picture 2.1)

You operating system may prompt you with a warning message.
The message will say “Are you sure you want to install OSMC on YOURSD?” click yes. You may need administrative privileges to complete the installation. If prompted, enter your password for an administrative account.

The installer will now download the necessary data overall time of download will vary based upon your network speeds. (picture 2.2)

After the installation is complete, eject the SD card from your computer and insert it into the Raspberry Pi SD card slot.

Step 3: Booting Up Your Pi

Plug the Ethernet cable into your internet router and plug the other end into the Ethernet port of your Raspberry Pi.

Plug the power supply into a power source. The LED marked PWR on the Pi should light up and the LED marked OK will blink what seems like random, but it actually blinks after every successful read from the SD card. Allow the Raspberry Pi to boot up, this may take a few minutes.

You should see an OSMC screen and a loading bar, let the formatting (picture 2.3) and installation (picture 2.4) finish.

Step 4: Setting Up OSMC

On the welcome screen after successful installation choose your language (picture 2.5).

You will then be prompted with the terms and services agreement that you must accept to continue. After accepting the terms and service agreement, you will be prompted to set up your internet connection. Choose the Wired connection option. You may need to enter the password for your Internet at this step.

After connecting to the Internet. Go down to the sign up option and choose as to whether you would like to sign up to receive a newsletter, if not select “No Thanks” (picture 2.6)

After which a new option will appear called 'exit', select that option.

Step 5: OSMC Interface Walkthrough

You will now see the actual OSMC interface. Where you have the following resources. (picture 2.7)









Scroll down to My OSMC and select it. In this interface you will see some icon options. If you select the bottom option, (the icon is enlarged in picture 2.8) you will enter the interface to change any network settings.

In this interface you can scroll down to wireless and follow the prompts to configure Wi-Fi capabilities if you choose to do so.

Hit the ESC key on your keyboard to go back to the previous My OSMC menu. Go to the Pi icon on the leftmost side of the icons. In this interface you are able to change the settings and configuration of your raspberry Pi. (picture 2.9)

NOTE: Any changes to the Pi configuration will require a restart.

Step 6: Downloading Your First App

Go back to the OSMC home interface and click the Video tab.

Initially there will be no content available. You have the option to load videos from the local storage (a USB drive for example) or add some neat video applications. Scroll down and select the Video Add-ons. (picture 3.0)

Scroll down and select “Get More”.

You will see a list of Video applications, there are over 290 options.

We will install the YouTube application.

Scroll down to the Y’s (the applications are ordered in alphabetical order).

Select YouTube, then select Install.

Allow the YouTube application to download.

A YouTube app will now be available in your Video Add-ons folder.

Go back to the Video Add-ons folder and select YouTube.

You will be asked prompted to execute the setup wizard. Click Yes.

Select your language and region.

You will now be able to use your YouTube application! (picture 3.1)

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    7 years ago

    OK, so one more ... at the very least, you need an intro that explains what your tutorial will do. (See your classmates' Illinois State University Bundt Cake tutorial for an example.)


    7 years ago

    One other comment: I'd encourage you to include a brief introduction that explains what OSMC is and/or why someone would want to set up OSMC on a Raspberry Pi. Even a couple of sentences to introduce this before the materials list would be a nice addition.


    Reply 7 years ago

    Or, at the very least, use your intro to explain to readers what they will learn to do from your tutorial.


    7 years ago

    Hi all: Great work. It looks like your instructions are already pretty popular on Instructables, which is great. Content-wise I won't be very helpful, but in terms of the writing and formatting of your instructions, I do have a bit of feedback. First of all, you have a lot of steps within each your six steps. You might consider breaking these up into individual steps, however that might be WAY too many. If you like the six major steps with a lot of smaller steps contained within them, can you at least use bullet points or numbers or some other formatting to help make it clear to readers where each sub-step begins? In addition, on some of the pages (like for Steps 1 and 2) it's hard to tell which image goes with which substep. Rather than grouping multiple images together, can you position them throughout the page where they relate to specific content? Or, alternatively, you might do like the "How to do laundry 101" team did and do an image slideshow at the top of pages with multiple images, so at least readers view them in the order you want them to be seen in. (A third option: Just pick one image for each step.) Other than that, my last bit of feedback is you might want to do a bit of editing before your final project is due. There are a few wacky line breaks you'll want to fix, I think. Overall though, nicely done.