A General guide to installing Kodi addons

Jan 3, 2021How To's
Kodi general addon install guide

There are basically 3 ways to install a Kodi addon:

  1. Installing directly from zip – apply to all cases.
  2. Installing from a repository – apply to all cases except very rare occasions.
  3. Adding source – apply to some cases only.

Each of these methods has its own pros and cons, below you’ll find detailed instructions.

Install Directly from ZIP file

To install an addon directly from zip file

  1. Download the addon.
  2. Open up Kodi and navigate into Add-ons.
  3. Click the open box icon (above the side-menu).
  4. Select Install from zip file.
    • If this is the first addon you install, Kodi will warn you about installing addons from “unknown sources” for security reasons – it’s your call.
    • In any case, Kodi will warn you, you may not get auto-updates.
  5. Navigate into the location where you’ve downloaded the addon to and select it to Install.

The advantage of this method is it’s quick, direct and lightweight.

Install from a Repository

To install an addon from a repository (first make sure you have the repository installed)

  1. Open up Kodi and navigate into Add-ons.
  2. Click the open box icon (above the side-menu).
  3. Select Install from repository.
    • If you have at least one repository (besides the default) installed:
      Select the repository you wish to install from.
  4. Select the category the addon belongs to, in this case it should be video.
  5. Select the addon.
  6. Click Install.

The advantage of this method is it syncs the addon you installed with the one found in the repository, if the maintainer updates the addon – you’ll get the update automatically (unless you’ve disabled that feature).

Install by Adding a Source

To install an addon by adding a source, you’ll need to know the address of the source. This method is very specific and has mentioned only apply to some cases. Basically, you do it so

  1. Open up Kodi and click the cog (above the side-menu).
  2. Select File manager.
  3. Select Add source (you may need to double click it).
  4. Click the line that says <None> (a keyboard will appear) and enter the address of source.
  5. Enter a name for that source below it and click OK.
  6. The new source will now appear in the file manager, enter it, select Install from zip file.
  7. Navigate into the new source you’ve just added and from there into the addon you wish to install. Select it to Install.

The advantage of this method is it can all be done through one device, in case the machine you run Kodi on doesn’t have a web browser or a dedicated tool to download zip files.

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