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The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 4.1.3.

The OpenELEC 4.1 release series are test releases (beta) for OpenELEC-4.2.
OpenELEC-4.2 will be the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-4.0.

This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.1.2. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we updated XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2 beta 3, FFmpeg to ffmpeg-2.3.1, kernel to linux-3.16 and Mesa to Mesa 10.2.5 . We updated the RaspberryPi firmware to include the last fixes and features.

Since OpenELEC 4.0 we have some parts of the underlying OS reworked. OpenELEC 4.1/4.2 is now based on Kernel linux-3.16, Mesa-10.2 and Xorg-1.16. We updated the Nvidia Graphic drivers in the 64-bit image to 340.x (32-bit remains on 304.123), Systemd to systemd-215, our Connectionmanager to connman-1.24 and XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2. We switched our libc from eglibc to glibc. We added support for nss-mdns, support to perform filesystem checks on every boot for our both default system partitions and ffmpeg-2.3 to our x86 builds. With switching to ffmpeg-2.3 on our x86 builds we now support h265(HEVC)

You should only upgrade from OpenELEC-4.0 to OpenELEC 4.1.1 for testing purposes. If you are going to update to one of our beta releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data.


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If you would like to contribute to the OpenELEC project, there are lots of ways you can help. We are always looking for people to help with documentation, testing and reporting bugs. If you enjoy using OpenELEC and would like to make a donation to support the project, you can do this using PayPal. Donating is easy and takes only a few minutes, and you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. We can also accept donations by other means (bitcoin, flattr, etc…). You can find out more about donating here.

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How To Upgrade To OpenELEC 4.1 Release

If you are going to update from one of our older releases, we STRONGLY advise that you make a backup of your XBMC data and do a manual update . You can use our OpenELEC Settings addon if you are using OpenELEC-3.2 or later to backup your data. For more details, please visit is hosted and sponsored by


Updated core Components (summary)

  • update to yajl-2.1.0
  • update to linux-3.16
  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.43
  • update to libva-intel-driver-82d2ed8
  • update to xbmc-13-6066a54 (XBMC Gotham 13.2 beta3)
  • update to parted-3.2
  • update to Mesa-10.2.5
  • update to libxcb-1.11
  • update to xcb-proto-1.11
  • update to xrandr-1.4.3
  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-a6fe297
  • update to bcm2835-driver-a6fe297
  • update to gdb-7.8
  • update to ffmpeg-2.3.1
  • update to libdrm-2.4.56
  • update to libnfs-1.9.5
  • update to xf86-video-intel-2.99.914
  • update to libdrm-2.4.55
  • update to libXext-1.3.3
  • update to util-linux-2.25
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • projects/RPi/patches/xbmc: update RPi support patch
  • libva-intel-driver: add patch to fix FD81447
  • projects/*/options: disable AFP support for now, its buggy and we will see who needs this
  • util-linux:init: build static
  • xbmc: remove unused fonts
  • systemd: simplify userconfig.service
  • bluez: dont compile
  • openssh: add patch to specify seperate keydir, remove 'sshd_config' script and create ALL supported keys
  • gcc: add patch to fix GCC-61801 (and GCC-61904)
  • xorg-server: isable acpi/apm
  • busybox: remove support for initramfs.conf, disable SYSTEM-to-RAM support for RPi
  • ntfs-3g_ntfsprogs: disable crypto support

For a full changelog on what's new, follow the link below:


Testing and Reporting

There has been many months of development and testing in the run-up to this releases, but like any major update there are a lot of changes. Unfortunately, we are unable to test every scenario on all hardware, so it’s possible you might pick up on an issue we may have missed (this is why we do beta tests). We would like anyone brave enough to test this release and report issues that they find either with OpenELEC or XBMC.

Please report any issues you encounter to our issue tracker on github and/or forum. Please follow our guidelines for submitting issues outlined here:


Supported Platform Changes

The number of builds supported has simplified. As of OpenELEC 4.x, images will be provided for AppleTV, Generic (i386 and x86_64) and Raspberry Pi’s.
We have also recently added support for Solid-Run Cubox-I devices to OpenELEC. However, this support is still under active development. Given the fact that this code base is not yet stable, we will not be providing an image for Cubox-i devices with OpenELEC-4.x. Hopefully this will change in the future as support for the platform matures.


Thank You!

We would like to thank our users, team members and partners for testing, reporting and fixing issues, creating how-to documents, developing new features, and their donations of hardware and funds to the project. We appreciate your continued support, without it we would not be able to continue.


Questions & Feedback

If you have any questions about OpenELEC, sponsoring the project, or think you might be able to offer another service that will be useful to us, then please drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There is always someone that is able to answer your questions in the #openelec irc on freenode.

You can find the new release of OpenELEC 4.1.3 on the downloads page