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Mark Clarkstone, 2019-02-15 15:41

APT Repositories


Our official repository and packages are provided by Doozer on


(!) 02/15/2018 - armhf builds are stuck, will be kicked ASAP.

Please report any other issues to: #5264

Build Types

Build Type Description Version Repo Component
Stable Latest release and fixes v4.2.7-*~githash stable
Development Development builds v4.3.*-*~githash unstable

(/) Stable is the recommended choice for most people.
(!) Development is for those who want to help develop and test the latest code.

But, where's release?!

We've decided not to offer "frozen" builds anymore, this is so that people get fixes much sooner. Those that are currently using release can modify their apt sources to stable, or continue as they are now, and move when they feel ready.

Supported Distros and Architectures

Distro Code-name Architectures Notes
Debian Stretch 9 stretch amd64, i386 None
Debian Jessie 8 jessie amd64, i386 See footnote 11
Ubuntu Bionic 18.04 bionic amd64, i386 None
Ubuntu Xenial 16.04 xenial amd64, i386, arm64 See footnote 11 - applies to arm64 only
Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 trusty amd64, i386 None
Raspbian Stretch 9 raspbian-stretch armhf See footnote 11
Raspbian Jessie 8 raspbian-jessie armhf See footnote 11

1 Transcoding support is unavailable on these distros.



Here are some copy/paste examples on how to use the repo that should work for most2.

1. Install Required Packages and add the Repository PGP key

sudo apt-get -y install coreutils wget apt-transport-https lsb-release ca-certificates
sudo wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -

2 We assume you have sudo installed. If not, and you're root, you can omit sudo, otherwise please ask your administrator to..

apt-get install sudo; usermod -aG sudo <your account name>


2. Create/Add the Sources List

Raspbian users (and anyone else who can't install/use lsb-release) please see the third footnote3.


sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tvheadend.list'


sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tvheadend.list'

3 Unfortunately you won't be able to use the command, at least not in the way it's shown, you need to replace " $(lsb_release -sc)" with "raspbian-stretch", "raspbian-jessie" or your distros code-name.

3001 Examples..

echo "deb raspbian-jessie main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tvheadend.list
echo "deb raspbian-stretch main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/tvheadend.list

3002 Tip: If you want to use unstable, simply replace stable with unstable.


3. Update Sources and Install

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tvheadend

Tip: On some installs (generally fresh ones) you might be asked to enter some details. If you'd like to reconfigure these details later, you can run..

sudo dpkg-reconfigure tvheadend
and afterwards..
sudo service tvheadend restart

Job done!

Help / Feedback

Please add to issue #5264 or join the IRC channel to report problems/give feedback.


Third-party repositories are provided as-is and supported by the person who manages them, we cannot guarantee that we'll be able to help with issues relating to the use of these packages/repositories. The older official Bintray is exempt from this (Yes we know it's not technically third party ;) ).

In any case we'll try our best to help, or point you to where you can get some!

(Older) Official Bintray

This is our older official Bintray repository, packages are built using Doozer, the repository itself is provided by Bintray via

What Happened to the Bintray Repository?

Unfortunately due to rate-limiting we've decided to phase-out (SLOWLY) the use of Bintray. Don't worry the repository won't be disappearing4, it just won't be updated - sorry about that. :(

You can continue to use Bintray if you like, old instructions can be viewed here.

Tip: You can use both and

4 mpmc's third-party Bintray repository will still be updated regularly, so Raspbian users don't panic - see the link above for usage. :) However, it's now recommended that you use the official repo.



Please tell us here #5264, make sure you mention you're using Bintray. You can also join the IRC channel if you prefer.

Ubuntu PPA

Unofficial PPAs are provided by Michael Marley that provide packages for Artful, Zesty, Yakkety, Xenial and so on for the amd64, arm64, armhf, i386 and ppc64el architectures.


Please see here and here for PPA status.


1. Pick a Build Type

For the stable PPA containing daily builds from the latest stable branch:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mamarley/tvheadend-git-stable

For the unstable PPA containing daily builds from master:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:mamarley/tvheadend-git

2. Update Sources

sudo apt update

3. Install

sudo apt install tvheadend


If you experience issues with this PPA please contact Michael on IRC (mamarley in #hts on Freenode) or Launchpad.

Updated by Mark Clarkstone almost 4 years ago · 126 revisions