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The OpenELEC team is proud to announce OpenELEC 4.2.1.

This release includes some bugfixes, security fixes and improvements since OpenELEC-4.2.0. Besides the usual bugfixes and package updates we fixed the following reported issues:



  • WLAN not working (using Aetheros HTC based WLAN sticks)
  • double keypresses with remotes
  • showing Xorg mouse cursor in various situations, like after wakeup from dpms/standby...
  • no or corrupt ASS/SSA subtitles
  • non working cpu temperature output on some systems
  • "stuttering" while playing videos on systems with Intel GPU

We also added support for ICE1712 Audio devices and PantherLord Gamecontroller devices.

Preinstalled SD cards for RaspberryPi are available from The Pi Hut.*

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OpenELEC-4.2 is the next stable release, which is a feature release and the successor of OpenELEC-4.0.

Since OpenELEC 4.0 we have reworked many parts of the underlying OS. This release is the result of 6 months of development and testing and will be the basis for the upcoming OpenELEC-5.0 release series which is planned to release with Kodi-14 later this year.

  • OpenELEC-4.2 is now based on Kernel linux-3.16Mesa-10.3llvm-3.5 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-216, our Connectionmanager to connman-1.25 and XBMC to XBMC Gotham 13.2.
  • We switched our libc from eglibc to glibc, upgraded to glibc-2.20 and binutils-2.24.
  • We added support for nss-mdns, support to perform filesystem checks on every boot for our both default system partitions and ffmpeg-2.4 to our x86 builds. With switching to ffmpeg-2.4 on our x86 builds we now support h265(HEVC) and Dolby Atmos.
  • OpenELEC 4.2 includes a new MMC/SDCard driver for RaspberryPiThis is now the default sdcard driver. It should avoid some of the issues of the old driver, like polling with interrupts disabled, and could improve performance and avoid interfering with other drivers (e.g. USB or LIRC).
  • OpenELEC now uses the PSTATE CPU scaling driver for Intel Systems and includes drivers for more hardware like DVB devices and WLAN adapters.

OpenELEC is not affected by the shellshock Bash bug because we haven't used Bash for 1.5 years. :-)

Help Supporting OpenELEC

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 4.2 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) since OpenELEC 4.2.0

  • update to bcm2835-bootloader-f2275b9
  • update to bcm2835-driver-f2275b9
  • update to xf86-video-ati-7.5.0
  • update to pcre-8.36
  • update to libtirpc-0.2.5
  • update to libva-intel-driver-1.4.0
  • update to libva-1.4.0
  • update to wlan-firmware-0.0.24
  • update to hdparm-9.45
  • update to libdrm-2.4.58
  • update to dvb-firmware-0.0.45
  • projects/RPi/patches/linux: update RPi support patch
  • downgrade to xf86-video-intel-2.99.911, this solves stuttering while playing movies and hangs and stuttering in the XBMC Gui
  • alsa-utils: unmute Nvidia CK804 IEC958 devices
  • projects/*/linux: add Pantherlord game controller support, this fixes #3518
  • projects/*/linux: enable CONFIG_SND_ICE1712
  • projects/RPi/patches/xbmc: add FM support patch from 4.0.7 back
  • linux: add patch to fix ath9k_htc driver, see this fixes #3519
  • v4l-utils: remove at-visions remote patch, this must be done different, let us think about this
  • xbmc: add backported patches to fix ASS/SSA subtitles with ffmpeg-2.4, this fixes non working or corrupted subtitles
  • busybox: enable CONFIG_NC_SERVER, closes #3495
  • xbmc: add part of PR5310, this should fix some, most or with luck all issues with showing the xorg mousecursor after wakeup from dpms, showing pictures via airplay etc...
  • xbmc: add a more general check for cpu temperature found on some newer systems


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 4.2.1 on the downloads page