Installing OpenELEC (on a Raspberry Pi)

After a recent update broke my OpenELEC installation (or was it a problem with the SD card?) I thought I better write down all the steps to get it up and running again, in case I need to reinstall it again in the future.

These steps are specific to the way I use Openelec (NAS, passwords, …). Generic advice can be found at

Download disk image

Download disk image from

Write the disk image to the memory card

Write the disk image to the memory card, see


Boot Raspberry Pi with SD card.

Resizing storage seems to have happened automatically.

SSH default user is root, default password is openelec.

Set up IP address in router.

Audio channels

Change to fit: System / System / Audio Output / Number of channels

Accessing password protected shared folders

Edit Userdata/sources.xml so that Openelec can access my password protected smb shared folders from the NAS, see


 <default pathversion="1"></default>
   <name>Music (Bullfinch)</name>
   <name>Music (local)</name>
   <path pathversion="1">/storage/music/</path>

Add to the library

Music Files, choose source, long press, scan source to library.

Video Files, choose course, long press, choose what kind of content it is (movies, TV series).




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