How To Make Home Theater Using Raspberry Pi?

Going to the cinema an hour before the showtime and buying the tickets is indeed a very hectic job. When you have your home theater there is no need to find a parking place or wait in a long queue for buying tickets. In a dedicated home theater, the gaming experience is very much enjoyable, video games become more immersive. The big screen in front of you and the surrounding sound will have you feeling like you are present in the stadium. Mostly the basement of the house is considered when we are searching for a suitable place for creating a home theater because they are dark and quiet. So, we will create a home theater using a handheld mobile sized gadget known as Raspberry Pi. After completion of this project, you will be able to watch a movie, browse the internet and play games on your TV screen by sitting on a couch.

Home Theater System Using Raspberry Pi

How To Setup All The Necessary Peripherals With Raspberry Pi?

Firstly, we will gather all the components which are the backbone of this project and then we will set up all those step by step to make the final home theater.

Step 1: Components Required.

Step 2: Selecting the Raspberry Pi Model

Several models of raspberry pi are available in the market. Except for raspberry pi zero, any model can be preferred. This is because on Pi zero setting up a network is a very tiring job. The latest models like 3A+, 3B+ or 4 can be purchased. The new Raspberry Pi 3 is the quickest and most dominant gadget the Raspberry Pi Foundation has released to date. So, in this project, we will use the Raspberry Pi 3B+.

Raspberry Pi 3B+

Step 3: Choosing The Operating System

Firstly, we will need an SD card with an appropriate operating system. When picking the OS, nowadays there are various alternatives, from “conventional” Raspbian to devoted media working frameworks, and even Windows 10 IoT. There is no need for lots of applications hence, we should leave the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and Random Access Memory (RAM) as much as we can for the media streaming application. One problem is that Arch Linux is recommended for people who have quite a lot of Linux knowledge. They’re very front line and we’re bound to keep running into issues when introducing third-party applications and libraries. Thus, if this is your first establishment of a home theater, we suggest picking Raspbian Lite. It’s command-line driven, and can without much of a stretch designed to keep running in “headless” mode, i.e. accessed entirely remotely over the system with no requirement for a console or screen.

Raspbian Lite

Step 4: Make Sure That Raspberry Pi Is Up To Date

Keep the sources of your Pi up to date otherwise, the outdated software will cause some problems. Enable the Virtual Network Computing (VNC) viewer on your Pi, then connect your Raspberry Pi with the VNC viewer. The link is provided below for downloading VNC and then connecting it with Pi.

VNC Viewer

Now, open the terminal and run the following command :

sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get upgrade

Numerous packages will be installed and if asked press Y and then Enter to install them properly.

Step 5: Login To Raspberry Pi

The default username of the Raspberry Pi is pi and the default password is raspberry. These are the default login details and on your first login use these details to log in to pi. You can change these details too whenever you want.

Login To Raspberry Pi

Step 6: Install Kodi On Raspbian

Kodi is one of the most mainstream media focus applications on earth. It makes it easy to organize local files and watch streaming media on a wide variety of devices, all with the same highly customizable interface and user-friendly features.

Installation of Kodi is a simple task, after logging in to raspberry pi type the following commands:

sudo apt-get update


sudo apt-get install kodi
Installation Of Kodi

Step 7: Connect All The Peripherals

Now, connect all the peripherals according to the figure below and the following points can be made under consideration while doing the connections:

  1. Connect output audio jack in raspberry pi to the input speaker
  2. Connect the raspberry pi to television through an HDMI cable
  3. Power your raspberry pi, television, speaker
Connecting The Peripherals

Step 8: Doing Some Configurations

Now we will configure Kodi so that we can control our home theatre through our mobile phone or tablet. Just do the configurations step by step to set your home theater.

  1. Turn the power ON so that speaker, raspberry pi and television could startup.
  2. Raspberry will boot and the Television will look like this:
    Raspbian After Booting Up
  3. When the raspberry is booted go to the top-left corner of the screen and click on the Raspberry icon. A list will appear and hover to the “Sound And Video”–> Kodi Media Center.
  4. Then, the Kodi Multimedia player will change the display of the whole screen.
  5. After that go through the “System” –> “Settings”.
  6. Go to the “Remote Control” menu –> Enable the second option, it states that “Allow remote control by programs on the other systems”.
  7. Next, go to “Web Server” menu –> and do the following configuration of Port, username, and Password:

Port: 8080, Username: kodi, Password: kodi1234

Step 9: Setting Up Mobile Phone

Now, grab your handset and open the browser and type the IP static and port. After that input the username and password. As you have done that go to Remote Menu and it will appear the remote control.


Now, as we have done all the configurations we can play videos, music or show many pictures in the gallery. If you like entertaining and inviting family and friends over, your home theater will certainly lure them in.  Game days to movie nights, slumber parties to special events, your home will be the go-to spot for all things entertainment.


Hamza Iqbal

Hey! I am Hamza. I am an Electrical Engineer who has a very innovative approach towards daily life stuff. I tend to make life easier by making circuits and designs to automate things around me. I mainly work with printed circuit boards on proteus to bring life to my inventions.