I am running Xbian1.0Alpha3 on my RaspberryPi model B. I was wondering how to switch to linux console from graphical view, I could not find out. Does anybody know ?

Another issue is SSH, I found on RPi forum that initial credentials are : root/raspberry but this is not working in Xbian. Any ideas ?


You should be able to switch tty using Ctrl+Alt+F1.

Any F key under 6 will work and you can use the F7 or F8 key to get back to the GUI. Although it is possible that this functionality is disabled in XBMC. If that is the case you wont be able to access a console unless there is a console app in the XBMC store.

From the XBian FAQ:

Q: What are the SSH credentials?

A: User: xbian Password: raspberry

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  • Doesn't work on my Xbian-1.0-Alpha4... Strange, I thought this would work on any Linux. I'll try ssh, thanks for user and pasword. – dhill Feb 10 '13 at 13:56
  • As I said, some versions of XBMC disable this functionality :( – Jivings Feb 10 '13 at 17:39

As is noted in this blog post, you have to exit the xbmc application by hitting the shutdown icon and selecting "exit" (or, use the keyboard shortcut "s" then select exit.) Doing this will bring you to tty1 where you can do maintenance tasks to the image (such as updating it.)

For me, on 1.0-Alpha5, it took almost 45 seconds for XBMC to close. You might think it's frozen in the "exit" state, but just give it time.

As Jivings stated, per the Xbian FAQ, the credentials to login are below, tested and verified as of 1.0-alpha5.

Q: What are the SSH credentials?

A: User: xbian Password: raspberry

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  • the link to the FAQ is broken :/ – nc4pk Mar 4 '13 at 23:25
  • @tapped-out thanks for noticing that, I looked it up and corrected it. – Peter Grace Mar 5 '13 at 2:02

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