kodi official support for i.MX6

Hi all,

With a little delay, I share with you this great news : The PR5202 I issued to add official i.MX6 support in Kodi was merged a month ago.
It is a major milestone that happens more than one year after I began to work on this support and I would like to thank warmly people who helped for the development (Jan, Chris, Rudi, Thomas…), distro which provided early support (Geexbox, archlinux arm, openelec…), companies who sent to me free samples (compulab, solid-run, udoo, tbsdtv) and all users who have praised or blamed this work !
It is not the end : I am very happy to announce that kodi team has welcomed me as a core team member so that i will continue to support that code upstream.
Regarding the xbmc-imx6 repository, it remains active for now because I will maintain its master branch which is based on Gotham at least as long as helix is not a stable release.
Of course, all helix stuff will directly be subject to PR in official xbmc repo which is now the place where main development happens.


16 thoughts on “kodi official support for i.MX6

  1. Dear Stéphan

    Can you publish a new image of your utilite-xbmc-image? for the ssd model, meaning the bz2 image? I can’t find an working (nit buggy!) xbmc release from compulab and they don’t answer mny questions about a new release. I’ve seen that you progressed your work i can’t find a bz2 image. And i need this because i damaged my sd-card slot.

    Thanks a lot for your work and congratulations!

  2. I second the request for a new utilite-xbmc-image for the SSD model!

    Thank you again for your work on this effort.

  3. Does pull request #5202 being merged also mean that Kodi for Android will also get hardware assisted video decoding on Freescale i.MX 6 SoC series soon too?

    This pull request have now been merged Kodi for Linux and added support VPU decoding for Freescale i.MX6 on Linux, but what about Android?

    I think that was what happened for Amlogic in XBMC, first you added support for hardware video decoding on Linux and then it was ported to Android, right?

    I know that Freescale iMX 6 series is a very popular platform, especially among developers due to its versatility, but most seem to focus on Linux support.

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  6. (asked on kodi.tv forum, but no reply so far)
    Hi Stephan. What’s the current status of deinterlacing live tv on kodi+i.mx6? There is an issue https://github.com/xbmc-imx6/xbmc/issues/70, but I don’t know if it’s still relevant, however on current OpenElec builds (based on Gotham, kernel is 3.14.20) I experience the same problems (jerky picture) with interlaced H.264 streams as well as MPEG-2 streams.

  7. Not sure if here is the place, but I’m trying to get kodi running on i.mx6q (wandbaord) and was hoping for some help. I have the fsl gplay binary working, it can play the blender foundation videos very well. But kodi segfaults when trying to start, it dies here :

    #0 0x75d36e58 in gcoHAL_QueryChipCount (Hal=Hal@entry=0x0, Count=Count@entry=0x21860a4) at gc_hal_user_query.c:1726

    Just wondered if that is familiar, have seen others say this happens if fsl libs and kernel are mismatched, but cant find where there is any list of working combinations, and the fact gplay works seems to suggest the libs/kernel are matched ok.

    my kernel is 3.10.17-1.0.0-wandboard-02482-gbe8d687
    the fsl bsp version is fsl_bsp_3.10.17_1.0.0_ga.

    I built this system based on a linaro 14.04 debootstrap.


    • ha, sussed it, had some old versions of the libs hanging about in /usr/local/lib, scrubbed those and it starts up 🙂

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