OpenELEC and Raspberry PI, another lightweight media center for RPI Zero W


Apart from OSMC, which has been showed in my previous article (see Raspberry PI OSMC setup tutorial), a second one can be OpenELEC. I was curious to give it a try on my PI Zero W because it is well-reviewed by internet users.

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What do you need


  • Raspberry PI zero W kit (including at least also case, USB adapater and power supply)
  • 1 micro SD card (at least 8 GB, preferrably class 10) with an SD adapter
  • 1 HDMI cable (be aware that PI Zero has a mini HDMI port!)
  • a USB/wireless keyboard

As usual, I suggest adding from now to your favourite e-commerce shopping cart all the needed hardware, so that at the end you will be able to evaluate overall costs and decide if continue with the project or remove them from the shopping cart. So, hardware will be only:

Check hardware prices with following links:

Amazon raspberry pi boards box
Amazon raspberry pi Zero W box
Amazon Micro SD box
Amazon Raspberry PI Power Supply box


  • OpenELEC disk image (you can download it from OpenELEC download page, go to Raspberry PI Builds –> [Stable] OpenELEC 8.0.4 (arm) (or newer)-> Disk Image)
  • an image flashing software like, for example, Etcher

Step-by-step guide

Download and install in your PC Etcher.
Download OpenELEC disk image in a local folder.
Insert your SD card in your PC/SD card reader.
Run Etcher in you PC.
Click over Select Image and select OpenELEC disk image previously downloaded. Now Etcher should also have recognised your SD card. Otherwise, click change and select correct SD card.
etcher_openELEC_disk image selected
Click on “Flash! button and wait for operation to be completed
Now reassemble your Raspberry PI Zero W as showed in my previous article (see here) and connect your Raspberry to your TV ad power on. The system will reboot after start and ask you for configuration at this screen:
press NEXT. Then you can choose what hostname to use for your network. I will leave OpenELEC but you can change it as you prefer:
Press NEXT. Now it’s time to connect internet:
Click on your connection (in my case “Voyager-3), press “Connect” and insert your WiFi password (if any). Once back to prevoius screen, press NEXT.
Then we will be asked to configure services. In my case, I will prefer to use both SSH for remote connection and Samba for NAS files exploring. If this is also your favourite configuration, Samba is on by default and SSH needs to be switched on manually by clicking the related button:
Once done, press NEXT. This will end your setup process will a greeting message:
Dafault ssh login:
user: root
password: openelec
That’s all.


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