Setting up OpenElec on Pi

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June 26, 2013 by aubreykloppers


Step 1 : Download all the needed files

You will need the following

A copy of SDFormatter (

The binary version of win32diskimager from this location:

An image of openELEC (Download the latest image file at the bottom) or official images here;O=D (thank’s Chris for the link)

Step 2 : Format the Memory Card

First thing to do is to format the memory card. Open up the SDformatter and run the install/setup.

Install SDFormatter

Once installed, run SDformatter (start > all programs > SDFormatter). Select the drive that your Raspberry Pi memory card is inserted in, then click ‘format’. Please note this will swipe your memory card so if you want to keep what’s on it, we suggest using a different memory card.

Sdformatter Raspberry Pi

You will be asked to confirm the format. Click OK to continue.

Raspberry pi XBMC

Next you will be informed not to remove the memory card during format. Click OK.

Raspberry Pi XBMC

Once the format is complete, click OK and close SDformatter by clicking Exit.

Sd Formatyter Complete

Step 3 : Install openELEC to the SD Card

Open Win32 Disk Imager and click the browse button then select the openELEC img file you downloaded earlier.

Win32 Disk imager OpenELEC XBMC

Next thing to do is put the image onto the card. Make sure the drive your memory card is in is selected in the ‘device’ dropdown, then click the ‘Write’ button.

Write openELEC xbmc to sd card

You will be asked to confirm the write, click OK or Yes to continue.

Openelec Raspberry pi Confirm Write

OpenELEC XBMC will now install on your SD Card.

XBMC Raspberry Pi

Finally once the writing is complete you will see a ‘Write Successful’ box. Click OK to finish.

XBMC Install complete

That’s it. Pop your memory card into your Raspberry Pi, hook it up to the TV and enjoy your new media center.

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