What hardware does OpenELEC run on?

As it is designed to be lightweight, OpenELEC uses very little system resources for processor or memory. With support for Intel's HD Graphics, NVIDIA's GeForce & ION platform, AMD's Radeon & Fusion platform as well as Broadcom's Crystal HD chip, OpenELEC can support high definition content on machines with low-powered processors by offloading video content to the supported graphics cards and decoders. OpenELEC supports a wide range of graphics cards, making it possible to convert your new and not-so-new computers into full featured home theater systems. This means you can now build (or buy) small, silent, even fanless machines to be effectively used as your media center.

OpenELEC has reduced its number of builds since OpenELEC 4.x ("Gotham"), starting with a 'catch-all' build for all Intel/AMD based hardware. Next to the regular installer downloads, we also provide diskimages for Generic and Raspberry systems. Available builds for the following platforms are:

  • Generic (64 & 32bit): Intel HD/GMA graphics, NVIDIA Geforce / ION / ION2, AMD Radeon / Fusion
  • Raspberry Pi: A and B(+)
  • RaspberryPi-2: Cortex-A7 ARM
  • Freescale iMX6 ARM

Legacy builds are still available for OpenELEC 3.x ("Frodo") and 4.x ("Gotham"):

  • Intel GMA HD chipsets
  • AMD Fusion
  • Apple TV 1 (using Broadcom Crystal HD)
  • Raspberry Pi

If you don't have any suitable hardware or you'd just like to buy a pre-built system, look no further. We have a list of online shops, who sell prebuilt systems and suitable hardware to run OpenELEC - just head over to the Buy A System page.

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