How To: Install Hyperion on a Raspberry Pi running OSMC

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  • salvador

    thanks for the updated, is it possible that your share your hyperion.config.json file? I am having some troubles to make it run

    • brendan

      What issues are you having? Any errors? Have you previously had it working with Raspbmc?

      My config file is here:

      But bear in mind you’ll need to configure to your LED set up. From memory, it’s something like 6 on the bottom, 12 on the sides and 20 on top.

      • salvador

        Sysytem is not lighting at all after OSMC alpha 4 (it was working with
        Raspbmc), I have made a fresh install with OSMC RC, I had some problems
        when I was doing the editing with nano /boot/config.txt, did not let me to make the saving due to rights to save the file (any idea how to add the dtparam=spi=on line)

        I am having some problems with my .json configuration, I think file was damaged
        with OSMC A-4 installation, furtunatelly I have same configuration as
        you with my leds, i spect yours can fit in my configuration.
        Thankk again for your help, this page is a good reference in order to have the ambient lighting running properly.

        • brendan

          Sorry, to edit config.txt you need sudo.
          I’ve updated that line above.

          As for the json config, I’d leave it with the default one for the time being and once it’s working, then switch to my one or a custom one.

          • salvador

            thanks Brendan, no it is working, just the leds configuration is not properly done, How can I create my own .json configuration? thanks in advance for pointing me out to a solution and sorry bothering you many times..

          • brendan

            To create your own config you can use this java app here:


          • salvador

            Done, I have created my file according your instructions, ready to be tested..

            I ran it in CMD DOS mode with the command “java -jar HyperCon.jar”.


  • Ben Watson

    Thank You for this information, appreciated it and helped me through a whole day of headaches!

  • laurent granseigne

    Thanks for this ! Hyperion is working. Any idea how to turn Hyperion on/off using your TV remote with OSMC ? Can’t find hyperion command in /sbin/initctl

    • Davy Uittenbogerd

      same here…

      • brendan

        I’m not sure, I haven’t set that up yet.
        I will give it a try and let you know if I get it working.

  • Davy Uittenbogerd

    It is working, but stil illuminated when in ‘menu’. It is set to false…
    I have RBP B(1)

    • brendan

      Hmm, I don’t use this setting so haven’t noticed that.

      If I remember correctly, hyperion connects to the xbmc/kodi web interface to determine what xbmc/kodi is doing (e.g playing video, audio, menu screen etc).

      So it looks like hyperion isnt connecting, check the hyperion config file and see if you have the correct user/pass and port.

      • Davy Uittenbogerd

        It is set to this settings. Port is okay and webserver is enabled with te same settings. user and pass are not used.

        “xbmcVideoChecker” :


        “xbmcAddress” : “”,

        “xbmcTcpPort” : 8080,

        “grabVideo” : true,

        “grabPictures” : true,

        “grabAudio” : true,

        “grabMenu” : false,

        “grabScreensaver” : true,

        “enable3DDetection” : true

  • Davy Uittenbogerd

    all comments gone?

    • brendan

      I’ve just switched hosts, so it seems something has gone missing, although other posts seem ok…

  • nick samaras

    how do you replace your hyperion.config.json file VIA windows

    • brendan

      Use FileZilla to connect to the pi via SFTP