I have installed latest version of Kodi in my Raspberry Pi OS. When I try to start Kodi either by trying to execute from the terminal or from the application menu, the system hangs, seems frizzed. I need to reboot the device to get to the normal state again.

Here's a snapshot of hanged state

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Please suggest me, what am I missing?

update: I have found this on Kodi forum that Kodi needs the Fake GL driver, and then I set it, still not working. Here's the take from the forum topic,

Kodi on the Raspberry Pi 4 will only function if you are using the Open Source drivers! This is the "GL (Fake KMS) OpenGL desktop driver with fake KMS" on raspi-config, which is currently the default on the Raspbian images for the RPi 4. If you select the Broadcom/Legacy driver, it won't work!

  • Which Pi, I had the same problem on my Pi4, it's OK with a Pi3
    – Bra1n
    Aug 27, 2020 at 8:01
  • Pi 4, yes. One with the 4GB RAM.
    – Hasan
    Aug 27, 2020 at 8:02
  • Have you tried using the LibreELEC cut down OS that's the recommended route for the Pi4 and will be my next step when some new parts arrive
    – Bra1n
    Aug 27, 2020 at 8:08
  • Didn't try, no. Tried with Raspberry Pi OS only. Okay, I will look into it.
    – Hasan
    Aug 27, 2020 at 8:27
  • You're connected to the pi via VNC, does it do the same when looking at the pi via a monitor/tv? Some applications will only/or by default output via the hdmi connection which would explain why the vnc session seems to hang.
    – rohtua
    Aug 27, 2020 at 13:01

2 Answers 2


I can confirm that installing Kodi using the LibreELEC cutdown OS works just fine on the Pi4 as I've just done it, mine was the 2gb memory version. I used the guide here LibrELEC Wiki

  • Please note that I am using VNC to view Kodi, I am not using HDMI. What did you use? I can go with LibreELEC but I am afraid maybe that's not the issue here.
    – Hasan
    Aug 28, 2020 at 19:41
  • HDMI I've no idea if I could install a vnc server with LibreELEC
    – Bra1n
    Aug 28, 2020 at 20:14
  • Alright, I will let you know if I have any update.
    – Hasan
    Aug 28, 2020 at 20:23
  • A quick Google indicates a kodi vnc add on is available so it should work
    – Bra1n
    Aug 29, 2020 at 7:34
  • Can you please tell me the plugin name? I looked into apt-cache but couldn't find anything related to vnc with Kodi
    – Hasan
    Aug 30, 2020 at 8:57

Connecting a monitor or TV using HDMI helps. Like people mentioned in the comments, I was using VNC, so kodi was unable to start. No issues with HDMI.

  • This also resolved my issue. Connecting through VNC and running KODI will freeze the os. Dec 5, 2020 at 21:09

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