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Developer OpenELEC Team
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2009 (2009)
Latest release 4.2.1 / 4 October 2014 (2014-10-04)
Update method Automatic
Platforms ARM, IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Linux
Default user interface XBMC
License GNU GPL
Official website .tvopenelec

OpenELEC (short for Open Embedded Linux Entertainment Center) is a Linux distribution designed for home theater PCs and based on the XBMC media player.

OpenELEC applies the "just enough operating system" principle. It is designed to consume relatively few resources and to boot quickly from flash memory.[1][2][3][4][5] An OpenELEC disc image for the Raspberry Pi is also available.[6][7]

The OpenELEC team released OpenELEC 4.0 on the 5th of May 2014, and this version features updated XBMC 13.0 with further updated important parts of the operating system as well as the Linux kernel updated to version 3.14 and additional device drivers.[8] OpenELEC 4.0 also switched its init system to systemd.[9]


  • Description 1
  • History 2
  • Systems 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


OpenELEC provides a complete media center software suite that comes with a pre-configured version of XBMC and third-party addons with retro video game console emulators and DVR plugins. OpenELEC is an extremely small and very fast booting Linux based distribution, primarily designed to be booted from flash memory card such as CompactFlash or a solid-state drive, similar to that of the XBMCbuntu (formerly XBMC Live) distribution but specifically targeted to a minimum set-top box hardware setup based on an ARM SoCs or Intel x86 processor and graphics.[1][2][3][4][5][10]


The OpenELEC team usually releases a new major version every year since 2011, following the XBMC release schedule.

In version 3, the team has updated XBMC to latest XBMC Frodo and fixed some issues found in their first Release Candidate and further updated some important parts of the operating system to fix issues and add additional drivers.[11][12]

Since 2014, specifics builds supporting a set of Graphics/GPU chipsets (ION, Fusion, Intel,...) are deprecated. Builds are currently available for x86 and x86-64 systems (as 'Generic Build'), Raspberry Pi and the first generation Apple TV.

Version Release date XBMC version Kernel version
1.0 20 October 2011 10.1 (Dharma)
2.0 16 October 2012 11.0 (Eden) 3.2.31
3.0.0 24 March 2013 12.1 (Frodo)
3.0.6 15 June 2013 12.1 (Frodo)
3.2 13 September 2013 12.2 (Frodo) 3.10
3.2.4 28 November 2013 12.2 (Frodo) 3.10.20
4.0 5 May 2014 13.0 (Gotham) 3.14
4.0.7 9 July 2014 13.1 Final (Gotham) 3.14.11[13]
4.2 26 September 2014 13.2 (Gotham) 3.16[14]


On 5 February 2013, OpenELEC announced that they had jointly developed, with ARCTIC, a manufacturer of Computer cooling systems based in Switzerland, a passively cooled Entertainment system - the MC001 media centre, based on the XBMC 12 (OpenELEC 3.0) platform. They also announced plans to provide further builds for the ARCTIC MC001 systems on their next release.[15][16][17][18][19]

Pulse-Eight sells both custom and off the shelf hardware products primarily designed for XBMC, such as remote controls, HTPC systems and accessories, including a HTPC PVR set-top-box pre-installed with XBMC that they call "PulseBox"[20] Pulse-Eight also offers free performance tuned embedded versions of XBMC that they call "Pulse" which is based on OpenELEC and a custom PVR-build of XBMC that is meant to run on your dedicated HTPC system.[21]

Xtreamer Ultra and Xtreamer Ultra 2, manufactured by the South Korean company Unicorn Information Systems, are nettops based on Nvidia graphics and Intel Atom processors which comes with OpenELEC and XBMC software pre-installed. The first-generation Xtreamer Ultra uses Nvidia Ion chipset with a 1.80 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom D525 CPU, while the Xtreamer Ultra 2 uses discrete GeForce GT 520M graphics with a 2.13 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom D2700 CPU.[22][23]

See also


  1. ^ a b "OpenELEC Is a Fast-Booting, Self-Updating Version of XBMC for Home Theater PCs". Lifehacker. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "XBMC-Focused OpenELEC 1.0 Released". 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b OpenELEC 1.0 released 26 October 2011 natethomas (26 October 2011). "OpenELEC 1.0 released". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Official Website
  5. ^ a b "OpenELEC Media Center Software on Launchpad". 
  6. ^ Building and Installing OpenELEC for Raspberry Pi
  7. ^ Raspberry Pi lands MPEG-2 and VC-1 decoding through personal licenses, H.264 encoding and CEC tag along
  8. ^ OpenELEC 4 offers simple XBMC install for standalone devices
  9. ^ OpenELEC 4.0 released, 2014-06-10 
  10. ^ Thursday, 20 October 2011 04:18 (20 October 2011). "OpenELEC 1.0 Released". Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "OpenELEC 3.0 RC2 released". 26 Jan 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "OpenELEC 3.0 RC2 Is Based on Linux Kernel 3.7.3". 26 Jan 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  13. ^
  14. ^
  15. ^ "ARCTIC announces passive cooled Systems with OpenELEC installed". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "ARCTIC MC001 Fanless low cost HTPC". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Arctic Introduces OpenELEC-based MC001-XBMC HTPC". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "ARCTIC MC001-XBMC Media Center Now Available w/ XMBC 12". 6 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "ARCTIC Bundles OpenELEC with Lower Priced MC001-XBMC". 5 February 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "PulseBox out 10th October". 22 September 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Pulse-Eight Packages
  22. ^ "XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC". 21 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  23. ^ XBMC-based embedded Linux distro debuts on HTPC mini-PC - News - Linux for Devices. (2011-10-21). Retrieved on 2013-07-24.

External links

  • Official website
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