Quick Fix: Kodi Add Ons Not Getting Updated – Solve On All Devices

If you too are having troubles updating your kodi addons automatically via the Kodi addons update interface, here’s what you should do.

Updated Nov 26, 2017Quick Fix

A tiny bug in Kodi’s upgrade process may have been the culprit which brought some of your addons to a non-updateable status.

However, lucky for all who suffers from this bug, it can be easily resolved without much need for any technical orientation.

In the following, I’ll demonstrate two methods by which you can fix the bug, both methods accomplish the same goal, yet differ in the way of execution.

Note: addons and specific addons configuration might be reset in the process – use at your own responsibility.

1) Quick Method (Require Access To A File Browser)

If your Kodi is installed on a PC or a similar platform where you have access to a file manager, simply –

Open up your file browser and go inside Kodi’s user-data directory (the same directory we used in How to clear Kodi’s addons cache the manual way).

Tip: if you’re unsure how to get there, use this table for assistance.

From Kodi’s userdata folder, go into Database folder and and there simply delete all the files which ends with a “.db” suffix (database files) except for addons.db.

files with "db" suffix

Restart your Kodi if you had it opened, and enjoy the ability to update once again!

2) Cross Platform Method

Open your Kodi and navigate from the home screen into SYSTEM > File manager > Profile directory > Database.

kodi system

File manager Kodi

Kodi profile directory

Kodi database directory

In here select all the files which ends with a “.db” suffix and delete them one by one except for addons.db.

Kodi delete db files

Restart your Kodi and enjoy the ability to update once again!


If you’ve opened Kodi and discovered that the previously available updates are suddenly gone, don’t sweat it!

Manually get Kodi to check for updates once again by going into SYSTEM > Add-ons and invoking the left sidebar menu, select Check for updates.

Kodi check for updates

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COMMENTS (beta 4)

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L. Lopez 17 days ago
Thank you.. I deleted everything except add-onsdb, and it worked perfectly..
dave 6 mons ago
i get message saying "failed to delete one file. Check log-how do i check the log?
Ty 7 mons ago
I just did this and now have none of the add ons I use. 
Kevin D 8 mons ago
I have the KODI Krypton 17.3 and have followed this method to the T, and after doing do so, the whole KODI app reverts back to standard platform status as if it's a new install (if a build like Durex is installed and running) and I had to reinstall Fusion Repo to then run Indigo to reset the way I had before doing this and my update issue still persist.

I put back my Kodi the way I like it several times (Very Time Consuming) and each time I did this fix, it would just wipe clean the app as new again and the db files would also be back as if never taken out.

HELP! I want my BAMF TV Back! (In the Oblivion Repo) :-(
Mel 9 mons ago
Tried this and does not work. Have Krypton 17.1.
Joe 9 mons ago
This absolutely doesn't work. I have tried this twice thus far. If you delete addons.db everything is gone. 
Guest 6 mons ago Joe
It wiped out everything I had. I wish I read this comment before hand 
Guest 4 mons ago Joe
Same here,  everything is gone. Now I have to reinstall again. Ass
Guest 2 mons ago Guest
Omg same here I frigging lost everything grrr... Damn you. Why didn't I read these comments first. Your instructions were meant for Kodi destruction.. screw this I'm uninstalling. Not wasting any more time on this BS