I had Kodi on installed on my Raspbian and some videos didn't work.

I read OpenELEC is optimized for Kodi and indeed, these videos work fine on this distribution.

What are the differences between Raspbian/Kodi and Openelec/Kodi? Why is the behavior different?

  • I believe openelec uses a different video player than the default install of kodi through raspbian. Commented Mar 5, 2017 at 21:43
  • This question makes no sense in its current form. You're looking for the difference between Raspbian and Kodi - Raspbian is an operating system and Kodi is a software application. It's equivalent to asking what the difference is between Windows and Word. Can you edit the question to indicate which things you're trying to compare?
    – goobering
    Commented Mar 6, 2017 at 15:35
  • 1
    My question is edited.
    – Kiva
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 8:15
  • FYI, actual version of Kodi in Raspbian is 15.2-2, while the latest version announced on kodi.tv is 17.1-RC1. Not sure which version is shipped with OpenELEC. Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 15:54
  • 1
    I'll try to increase the gpu mem
    – Kiva
    Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 16:43

1 Answer 1


The following thread on the RPi forums discusses some differences between OpenELEC+Kodi and Raspbian+Kodi.

According to that discussion, a key difference is the memory split in Raspbian. Essentially, this determines how much of your RAM is available for running programs and how much is used by the GPU. If you allocate more RAM to the GPU, your Pi can perform more intensive graphics processing.

I suspect (but am not 100% sure) that to get Raspbian+Kodi working more effectively you'd have to adjust this memory split in order for the GPU to run Kodi at a decent speed. Although you'd probably be better off just running OpenELEC from one SD card and installing Raspbian on a second and switch between the two when you want to watch media or play with an OS respectively.

  • Hope that helps the videos run at a more acceptable pace! Commented Mar 7, 2017 at 20:24
  • it helps also if you need to hack things , i had trouble make the PITFT work without raspbian . Many dependecies problems are solve this way
    – plombix
    Commented Sep 17, 2019 at 12:41

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.