Asus Chromebox – OpenELEC to LibreELEC Kodi Update

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.

LibreELEC USB-SD Creator

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.



7 thoughts on “Asus Chromebox – OpenELEC to LibreELEC Kodi Update

  1. Nice write up, but you don’t mention which folder or directory on your computer or USB you’re supposed to select in step#2 of the LiberELEC app after you click “download”.
    The application opens a dialogue and asks you to select a location

    1. Hi Omar, if I recall correctly I clicked the download button to download the image and then used the file select button to browse to my download folder to select the image. You can download the image to wherever you would like.

  2. This is great, but how do I do a fresh re-install of a newer LibreELEC if it is already installed, and it boots directly to LibreELEC because the Chrome OS doesn’t exist anymore? Will I have to restore the zchrome OS first?

  3. I am trying to do this exact update on my Asus chromebox. I can’t boot to USB. Do I need to enable the developer mode or crack it open and take write protect off again…?

    1. It sounds to me like you need to access the BIOS / Boot order menu so that you can boot from USB. I had issues with different keyboards working with my Chromebox during boot and this was an issue that I had too. I got it to work eventually but this was one of the reasons that I happily went with different hardware when my Chromebox died.

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