Create your media-center with your Raspberry Pi and OSMC [Full Guide]


Also at the bottom of Raspberry Pi I propose today to see how you can set transform Raspberry Pi media player for TV in your living room There are many methods and tools to achieve this goal. the one I described below will take you no more than 30 to 40 minutes to set up ( as soon as you have all the accessories and equipment available ).

Step 0 – Equipment and Accessories

Before going further, I suggest you do an inventory of what you’ll need:

Raspberry Pi

  • Raspberry Pi 1 2 (I use the model B) – You can find a very complete kit on Amazon via this URL
    • HDMI Cable

    • Ethernet cable (or WiFi adapter – but prefer the wired method if your room allows you)

    • Cable power

  • box for your Raspberry Pi (optional but recommended)

  • Micro SD and adapter to be able to connect to your computer (depending on the number of movies / TV series to drop it (and quality), I recommend 32 GB minimum). Personally, I use the Samsung brand SD cards that suit me so much in price that their performance.

  • A keyboard and / or USB mouse (for a few steps configuration)

Carte SD

Step 1 -. Installing the operating system on the SD card

If you have any what you need, we will now begin installing the operating system on our Micro SD card Raspberry Pi. As I said earlier, there are several software solutions that can act as a media-player / media -center. Personally, I chose OSMC .

Connect the Micro SD card via the adapter to your computer and visit the site OSMC by following this link:


Sélectionnez Raspberry Pi then your operating system on which you will perform the installation. In the next catch, I’ll be on Windows, so I selected the corresponding logo .

Double-click the installer OSMC-installer.exe ( if Windows SmartScreen launches since the application is not signed – you will need to allow execution )

Select the language. English and the type of device where you will install the media-center Raspberry Pi 2


Select the drop down menu the latest available version. OSMC .


In the next window, select is an SD Card .


then specify how your Raspberry Pi will be connected to the network (via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi). As I mentioned earlier this article, I recommend the wireframe – Wired connection.


Pour info, in case you have chosen wireless, the wizard you will be simply asked to indicate the SSID name of your Internet box and the code to connect to it automatically.

It remains for you to indicate on which storage medium OSMC the solution installed. By default, your SD card must be detected automatically. Check that the storage volume, device ID or Label correspond to your SD card (not another external hard drive or other) because the software will format the device will begin with everything in it!


Finally, confirm your choice by accepting the terms of use … and wait until the installation is completed.


the time depends directly:

  1. Your internet connection : because the application will recover directly on the servers OSMC latest media-center;

  2. your SD card : then will then copy the data on your card SD.




L’opération is finished, it’ll just insert your SD card into your Raspberry Pi and connect it to the network, as well as HDMI to your TV

Step 2 -. Starting and configuring OSMC

Your Raspberry Pi is now configured and started. I you recommends connecting a keyboard and / or USB mouse to your Raspberry Pi for the configuration steps that follow.


Indeed, although I was not able to take pictures with my phone all the steps, you will be prompted to:

  • Select language system,

  • the region and countries

  • your system name (hostname)

  • the graphics ( theme).

This is why a keyboard will be more useful to to move through the menus with the directional pad .

By default, the SSH server will be activated. I invite you to leave it on because it will be very useful to send / receive multimedia files directly on your network (from your computer or other).

Once these few configured items, you arrive on a page similar to the above (according to the theme you have chosen).


There you will find different menus which should allow you to navigate between your different collections of objects (music, videos, images, etc.). By default, OSMC sees nothing and each section is empty. So we define those places that OSMC is able to view / access / play . It may for example a network mount point , a Local folder (hence the Micro SD card of our Raspberry Pi) of disk . hard your Internet box , … and many other

I propose two scenarios that we’ll set up:

  • Allow access to ‘OSMC to internal hard drive of our Freebox

  • Allow OSMC of access to local files on the SD card of the Raspberry Pi .

To do this, follow the steps below, visit the keyboard in the videos and select Add videos .


In the next window, select Parcourir.


Vous then arrive in a new window where you will be able to choose from a list of access points you need to configure to allow for OSMC reads the contents stored therein.


for example:

  1. personal folder correspond to adding a folder of the SD card of your Raspberry Pi, the content will be shown and playable by OSMC. For example, I have authorized the following location / home / OSMC / Movies. So all I file in this folder (which I connect through SSH or SFTP) will be visible on OSMC

  2. Windows Network (SMB) . You will ride a mount point . type Windows Samba and view content directly into OSMC

  3. Add network path: allows you for example to display the contents of the internal hard drive of your Freebox (including the network path is by default following the \ HDD).

I leave you to discover the other options that may fit you better. If credentials are needed to access files, you will need to enter the OSMC.


Once completed, you will see that I then new following access points:

  1. Films_Freebox corresponding to the following mount point: \ hard Disk films

  2. Movies_PI corresponding to the following folder on the Raspberry Pi: / home / OSMC / Movies

And once you click. link, you then access your files ( no catch to this part since I have to hide all the content or replace files with full open-source distributions, which is of no interest ). 😉

Step 3 – To go further

Some tips bulk for those who want to go further:

  1. If you do not want to leave connect a USB keyboard to your Raspberry Pi , I recommend you invest in a wireless remote control or keyboard to fit your needs. Remember to check compatibility with your Raspberry Pi. I use for my part this Rii Mini i25 Wireless I am very happy and has a QWERTY keyboard.

  2. The SSH server we have previously enabled, you can also connect to your Raspberry Pi to deposit potential file (use it FileZilla using the SFTP connection mode, the internal IP Raspberry on your network and login / password by default. OSMC / OSMC )

  3. side Netflix impossible to have natively this service directly into OSMC without pay since the codecs and the module are paying. So for Netflix, you will need to find another solution. Remember, most SmartTV and consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox) will give you access to Netflix (or via Chromecast).

  4. Last, the advantage of this solution is it is based on a Linux system (Raspbian) … so you can consider automating the recovery or sync your video files … and much more! 🙂

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