A few years ago I wrote a blog post detailing how to install the OpenELEC Kodi media center on an Asus Chromebox.
Recently though The Movie Database plug-in on my OpenELEC installation has become broken and will no longer retrieve movie metadata, posters and fanart.
After troubleshooting the issue a little and waiting to see if it would be fixed I decided to move on and discovered LibreELEC – a fork of OpenELEC.
While I always liked OpenELEC I have to say that LibreELEC has already impressed me more since installing it. In my opinion the GUI and menus are much improved – everything is visually appealing and better organized.
I have encountered two minor issues though:
- Close to 200 of the movies that were scraped upon adding their sources have the incorrect year of 1969 as their date. This can be fixed manually by refreshing the meta-data but is still a little annoying.
- I created a 2nd profile for kids content and could not see the add network location option when selecting a content source. The fix for me was to toggle the unlock sources switch to on under the view settings.
Installing LibreELEC was very straightforward. While I believe that you can update an existing OpenELEC installation to LibreELEC I opted to simply install LibreELEC over it. If you are starting from scratch with a new Chromebox please refer to the first half of my original blog post here. Otherwise I would recommend an Intel NUC over the Chromebox because of the ease of installation. A NUC can much more easily be re-purposed should the need arise.
To install LibreELEC visit the download page and grab the USB-SD Creator for your PC, Mac or Linux box.
For a Chromebox installation:
- Select Generic AMD/Intel/NVIDIA (x86) from the select version drop down menu.
- Click the Download button.
- Select your USB drive from the drop down menu and then click the Write button.
This will erase your USB drive and create a bootable LibreELEC installation.
From here simply put your USB drive in your Chromebox and boot from USB. To do this press the Escape key on your keyboard while your Chromebox boots and then select option 2 to boot from USB.
Follow the prompts and LibreELEC will very soon be up and running!
Remove your USB drive once LibreELEC is installed.