I installed Raspbian-lite on my Raspberry Pi 3 and then kodi on top of it. I have my raspberry pi hooked up into my television.

I can successfully ssh into Raspbian through my laptop and I can start kodi remotely as well through the ssh session.

However, although kodi appears in my television, it won't recognize my laptop's keyboard. In other words I can't use my laptop to navigate kodi remotely.

I was wondering if there was a way to control kodi remotely through ssh, using Raspbian as an OS.


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    This isn't supposed to work. Would you consider Android and Apple remote control apps instead ? Like Yatse ?
    – flakeshake
    Mar 5, 2018 at 8:58
  • Let's put it in another way. What's the most efficient way of controlling raspbian-lite + kodi without having to leave my couch and my laptop?
    – mathdummy
    Mar 5, 2018 at 15:27

2 Answers 2


It is possible to redirect a remote computer that can act as a STDIN (keyboard) over the network.

Example uinput-mapper.


  • The link is now dead but there may be something similar around if you search for "linux uinput keyboard network".
    – goldilocks
    Apr 6, 2020 at 16:47

After ssh, run kodi-remote. I will allow you to control Kodi through keyboard

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