Install XBMC latest version in Ubuntu in 3 Steps

XBMC or XBOX Media Center is an award winning opensource multimedia application made for Linux, Windows and Mac. XBMC has inspired many other Media Center projects like Boxee, which is based on XBMC and is pitted as the first even Social Media Center. Now let's get started with the 3 step installation of latest version of XBMC, which was XBMC 9.11 Alpha 2 at the time of writing this article.
  • Now let's get started with installation. The 3 steps include adding the GPG key, adding the launchpad team-xbmc repo and finally installing the latest version of XBMC in Ubuntu.
Add GPG Key
  • Goto Applications - Accessories - Terminal and copy-paste the following in Terminal.
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 91E7EE5E

Now Add Launchpad Repo
  • Goto System - Administration - Software Sources and select the Other Software tab. Click on the ADD button. Now depending on the version of Ubuntu you use, copy-paste the following.
For Ubuntu Karmic

deb karmic main

For Ubuntu Jaunty

deb jaunty main

For Ubuntu Hardy

deb hardy main

Now Install XBMC
  • Goto Applications - Accessories - Terminal and copy-paste the following in Terminal.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xbmc
  • Done. Latest XBMC is installed and ready to go in your Ubuntu :-)