The developers behind XBMC (XBMC Media Center) has just released version 12.1 with substantial fixes for 12.0 ‘Frodo’ mainline across all platforms. These fixes were added to enhance the program and make it even better. They include support for OSX default output device for audio as well as hardware decoding with Intel GPUs in OSX, full iPhone 5 resolution support, IOS 6 support on Apple TV 2 and more

For more about this release, please check out XMBC’s update page

Below are some of the changes that were added:

  • XBMC does not crash when listed on the AppleTV top shelf
  • Added support for additional Xbox 360 controller types
  • Broader and more intelligent support for CEC devices
  • Fixed problems with several addons due to broken binary read/write in our python interface
  • Language fixes, including 7 new languages: Albanian, Burmese, Malay, Persian (Iran), Tamil (India), Uzbek, Vietnamese
  • AirPlay fixes, including making discovery of XBMC more reliable on OSX
  • Numerous crashing and stability fixes across all platforms
  • Player optimization on the Raspberry Pi, including more efficient playback, better subtitle support, and many crash fixes

This brief tutorial is going to show you how to install XMBC in Ubuntu 12.10 / 13.04 if you haven’t already done so.

To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa



Finally, run the commands below to update your system as well as install XBMC

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install xbmc



After installing, go to Unity Dash and launch the program.


If you wish to completely remove XBMC from Ubuntu, run the commands below to remove its PPA from your system.

sudo add-apt-repository --remove  ppa:team-xbmc/ppa


Next, run the commands below to completely uninstall XBMC.

sudo apt-get purge xbmc && sudo apt-get autoremove