Install XBMC in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

I’m going to make this as simple as possible. I’ll even stay away from the “command line” until it makes sense to use it.

First, add the repository to your software sources file. The repository can be found at Launchpad, I found it by searching for PPA XBMC jaunty from the site’s search function. The two XBMC repositories for Jaunty are

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

But we’re mostly interested in that first one (repository). Highlight and copy the first line so we can add it to our repositories. Open up the Sources manager

System > Administration > Software Sources

Then click the Third-Party Software tab. Click Add at the bottom left of the window and paste in the repository that you copied previously.

Next we need to Authenticate the repository so that it shows up in the system’s list of software that we can install. To do this, click the Authentication tab in that software sources window.

In order to authenticate, we need to import the XBMC key file for Jaunty. The public key, like the link to the repository itself, can be found on Launchpad. You might notice on the XBMC-Jaunty launchpad page the following line:

This repository is signed with 1024R/9317790E OpenPGP key.

The public key is found by first clicking that link. You’ll be presented with another link on a line like the following:

sig  sig3  9317790E 2009-04-04 ...

Click the first link to be taken to the repository’s public key. You need to copy everything below the heading. Everything includes


and the block of characters in the middle, all the way to the end of


After that has been copied, create a file and paste the block into it. The name of the file doesn’t matter as you only need the file for another minute.

After the key has been pasted into the file, go back to Authentication tab of the Software Sources window. At the bottom left of the window is the Import Key File… button. Click it. Navigate to and select the key file you just created. Click OK.

You should now see the XBMC key information in the Trusted software providers window. That’s it for setting up the repository. Just click Close and you’ll be prompted to update the system’s available software listing.

To install, just go through the steps you would regularly to install software. Personally, I prefer to run the command from a shell.

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install xbmc

If you haven’t already done so, you can now delete the XBMC launchpad key.

Note: If you are using an ATI video card, you may need to install the ATI video card drivers from the ATI site. This is evident when you go to run XBMC and a window flashes and disappears.
It appears now that, in the updates leading up to but not necessarily including today, ATI video cards will now work properly with XBMC and no longer cause it to crash.

6 Responses to “Install XBMC in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope”

  1. luke says:

    thanks – this is what i was looking for.
    will try it as soon as i get 9.04 up and running.

  2. kdnewton says:

    I just tested XBMC again, without ever updating the ATI drivers, and everything appears to be working fine now. I’m uncertain if that is even important to you (perhaps you’re using nVidia). Regardless, I’ve updated the note at the end of the tutorial.

  3. noob says:

    Trying this right now. Smooth thus far @ 92%





    It was a long trip so there is a lot of unpacking…

    Nice. Very easy for a linux newbie (although many years in PCs and Macs).

    Nice product. Now, on to skins…


  4. Thankful Ubuntu User says:

    Thanks for the easy to understand guide.
    Now i can finally use one of the best free media center solutions on my Ubuntu powered laptop. 🙂

  5. quetel says:

    Thanks for your helping instructions.
    At the point “sudo aptitude update” it was asking for my offical KEY at (NO_PUBKEY 9F10E6A…)
    So it seems to be neccesary to register there at first.

    and also

  6. quetel says:

    In addition to my last comment, when running the above I got the following error:
    GPG error: jaunty Release:
    The following signatures could not be verified,
    because your public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 9F10E6AE931ABCDE

    So the next steps were the solution for me (use your own messaged NO_PUBKEY…):

    Open a Terminal from the menu Applications → Accessories → Terminal
    and type or better copy and paste a row a time then press enter:

    copy and paste into terminal and press enter…
    gpg –keyserver –recv 9F10E6AE931ABCDE

    and then copy and paste into terminal and press enter…
    gpg –export –armor 9F10E6AE931ABCDE | sudo apt-key add –

    Then type: (when the system ask you a password give your user password,
    you will not see nothing when you type it, then press enter)

    sudo apt-get update
    may continued by
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    to update your system.

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