Last Christmas I got a RPI2. I have recently started up OpenElec and need to get access to the terminal.

The reason I won't use the Rpi's offical os is because I can't enable wifi.

There is no exit option on the power menu and I have tried pressing escape on the OpenElec splash (I can't remember if it was OSMC or OpenElec)

So, how do I get access to the terminal on Kodi with RPI2?

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    On the main menu there should be a "power button" to the bottom left. It contains some options, one reads "Exit" which exits to the shell.
    – Ghanima
    Jun 19, 2016 at 20:22
  • Yeah, There is no "exit" button. Just "Shutdown timer" "reboot" and "shutdown" Jun 19, 2016 at 20:26
  • In this case I leave the stage for OpenElec experts...
    – Ghanima
    Jun 19, 2016 at 20:36

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To the best of my knowledge there is no terminal access in OpenELEC. There is, per Ghanima's comment above, an Exit option and terminal access in vanilla Kodi on Raspbian, but not in OpenELEC.

The instructions on the OpenELEC homepage recommend using Putty to create an SSH session from a remote machine, with the default username root and the password openelec.

  • Sadly there is no "exit" button. As I said only "shutdown timer", "reboot", and "shutdown" Jun 19, 2016 at 23:08
  • Yep. That's what I wrote. Plain, non-OpenELEC, Kodi has an Exit button. OpenELEC doesn't have an Exit button. You need to use SSH to access the machine remotely.
    – goobering
    Jun 19, 2016 at 23:11
  • Ssh-ing doesn't fit my needs. I need a package manager to do what I want 🙁 Jun 19, 2016 at 23:17
  • Unfortunately OpenELEC isn't going to work for you. It just doesn't have a terminal. You might want to take a look at OSMC, which definitely has terminal access.
    – goobering
    Jun 19, 2016 at 23:20
  • Okay 🙁 OSMC won't work for me so I will try to figure out the wifi problem! Thanks! Jun 19, 2016 at 23:25

type CTRL-ALT-F3 to bring up a terminal window. to exit it, it's CTRL-ALT-F1 (I believe, try others if that doesnt work)

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    This does not work in LibreELEC/KODI in 2019.
    – Bugfinger
    Nov 10, 2019 at 13:28

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