How to install a Kodi repoThere are two ways to install a Kodi repo. One of the best ways is to use your web browser to find the source files and then download the installation files to your hard drive. The other way is to use Kodi to download the file instead.
If you use a PC or laptop to run Kodi, the first way is the best way. But if you use a Kodi box to run Kodi, you’ll have to use the second approach.
If you have a laptop/desktop PCPlease note that these are generic installation instructions. Specific instructions for each repository will follow further down the article.
Open up your web browser and Google the name of the repo that you want to install. Find the download link for the repo, and download the zip to your hard drive. I personally prefer to download to my desktop, but you can choose any folder you want.
Once you have the repo zip file, navigate to install from zip from within Kodi to finish the installation.
If you’re using Kodi 17 (aka Kodi Krypton) all you have to do is choose addons from the main menu and then click the box icon on the top left hand part of the screen.
If you’re using Kodi 16 (aka Kodi Jarvis), you can get to the install from zip menu by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip → desktop.
After a few seconds, a popup message will appear to let you know that the installation is complete. After you see the popup, you can access the repo via install from repository.
If you have a Kodi boxHere’s how to install a Kodi repository if you use an android TV box to watch Kodi streams.
First, set up a file source in Kodi’s file manager by going to system → file manager → add source.
Here’s what your screen should look like when you reach the add source screen if you’re using the latest version of Kodi (Kodi Krypton).
To get to the screen depicted above, click the gear icon from the main menu and then click the file manager icon.
Here’s what the file manager looked like in Kodi Jarvis:
Double click where it says <none> to enter in the URL where the repository file is located. Next, name the file source by clicking the box underneath where it says enter a name for this media source.
After you’ve set up the file source, it will appear when you open up file manager. Just click the file source and choose the addon you want to install.
Working Kodi repositories (Last update: June 23, 2017)Many repositories went offline this month, but the repositories listed below don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Working repo #1: Ares RepositoryThe Ares Repository is operated by the Ares Project community. The Ares Project makes excellent builds and their Ares Wizard program is also quite good.
The popular video addon Exodus stopped working after TVAddons went down. However, you can now download the standalone version of Exodus directly from Ares Wizard.
Only time will tell if the Exodus development team will make the Ares Project repo a permanent home, but for now you can use the Ares Wizard to get the last version of Exodus that came out before the TVAddons crackdown.
- To learn more about Ares Wizard, read: How to Install the Ares Wizard on Kodi.
An excellent place to go for buildsOnce you’ve got Ares Wizard and the Ares Project repository, you can try out Apollo. Apollo is absolutely colossal build. That can be a good thing if you’re on a laptop or desktop. But if you’re using a Kodi box, a smartphone or Raspberry Pi you may want to go with a build that’s a little lighter.
If you want a slick looking Kodi experience without the hassle of having to sort through a ton of different addons, get Cellar Door instead. Cellar Door is currently our #1 favorite build. And because its developers are always pushing out patches, it is nearly always up-to-date.
- Check out our monthly build review for more information about the latest and greatest Kodi builds.
What to do if you get a “missing dependencies” errorWe had no problems installing Kodi addons via the Ares Wizard. However, after attempting to install various addons via the Ares Project repository, we started running into “missing dependencies” installation errors. But after we used Ares Wizard to run “Fresh Start,” everything worked like a charm.
You can find Fresh Start by clicking the “more” tab while in Ares Wizard.
MMA PlanetAres Wizard has some great builds. However, when it comes to addons, the Ares Wizard collection is a bit weak. They do host some good wrestling addons, though.
MMA Planet used to be called UFC Finest. Even though it now has a different name, it still has tons of old and new UFC content, a well-organized menu, high def streams, plus content from other little-known MMA leagues.
Wrestling on DemandWrestling on Demand has reliable live streams of the WWE Network, plus a huge archive of nearly every major WWE event ever broadcast.
Ares Repository file locationYou can install the Ares Project repository using one of the two methods described above. Here is a link to the Ares Project installation file:
Working repo #2: Noobs and NerdsThe Noobs and Nerds team made a name for themselves when they breathed new life into a popular standalone addon called SportsDevil.
The standalone version of SportsDevil was very buggy before Noobs and Nerds took it over because when SportsDevil first came out, it didn’t have an official repository. As a result, many Kodi users ran into issues and errors when using it. The Noobs and Nerds version of SportsDevil cleared up most of those problems.
Noobs and Nerds is small compared to other repositories. However, but we think that there’s a chance that Noobs and Nerds will possibly become bigger and more important in the near future.
SportsDevilAs mentioned above, the SportsDevil addon is available via Noobs and Nerds. SportsDevil isn’t perfect by any means. You’ll run into lots of dead links if you use this addon. However, it does contain some working links as well, and is one of the most popular options for streaming sports via Kodi.
- For more information about SportsDevil, read: SportsDevil Addon for Kodi – How to Install Guide
MetalliqAnother important addon that you can find in the Noobs and Nerds repo is Metalliq. Metalliq is kind of like an addon for addons. When you click a movie or TV show in Metalliq, it’ll look through all your addons to see if it can find whatever it is you want. Metalliq works great with Exodus, Specto, Bob Unrestricted and other video addons.
- To learn more about Metalliq, read: Metalliq Kodi Addon – How to Install Metalliq on Kodi
Bob UnrestrictedAfter Exodus went down with TVAddons, many former Exodus fans switched over to Bob Unrestricted. Bob Unrestricted offers up a large library of full season TV shows as well as music videos and full-length HD movies.
Bob is new compared to Exodus and Specto. So, hopefully it will continue to get better as time goes on.
Noobs and Nerds Repo file locationYou can install the Noobs and Nerds repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the Noobs and Nerds installation file:
Working repo #3: SuperRepoSuperRepo is a huge collection of weird and little-known addons. Super Repo is a massive repository, but unfortunately a large percentage of SuperRepo’s addons are broken. Still, there are a few important addons that have a home on SuperRepo. And now that TVAddons is gone, more developers may eventually decide to host their addons there.
SuperRepo has so many addons that the administrators of SuperRepo had to divide their catalogue into several different sub-repositories. That’s why you have to install the specific addon sub-category that you want to look at after you install the main repo.
For example, if you want to check out SuperRepo’s video addons, you have double click SuperRepo Category Video and then select install.
DramaGoA few hidden gems can found in SuperRepo’s video addons sub-repo. Dknight’s DramaGo, for example, is probably the best addon for Asian drama out there right now.
Many of the addons you’ll find in SuperRepo were crafted by solitary developers that were either unwilling or unable to launch a website to promote their Kodi project. As a result, SuperRepo contains a lot of specialized addons built to appeal to niche groups of Kodi users.
SuperRepo installation fileYou can install the SuperRepo repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Working repo #4: Mucky DuckRumor has it that an important addon may soon becoming to Mucky Duck: iStream. Before the XunityTalk repository went down, iStream was one of the best video addons out there.
According to KodiTips, iStream is already in the Mucky Duck repository.
But when we checked Mucky Duck to verify, we weren’t able to find iStream.
However, it does indeed seem like Mucky Duck may be in the process of joining forces with XunityTalk.
“if i was ever to join a team it would be @xunitytalk not some fly by night group that is looking to take advantage of a bad situation” – Mucky Duck via TwitterAnd here’s another clue that iStream could eventually move over to Mucky Duck:
Most of Mucky Duck’s addons are brokenThere aren’t many interesting addons in the Mucky Duck repository right now. Gorilla Streams and Moviepool, Pubfilm and LuckyTV all have flashy logos and artwork, but they don’t seem to work at all.
Still, this repository is worth installing. If Mucky Duck does indeed pickup iStream, the Mucky Duck repo could become relevant. Also, Mucky Duck’s Twitter feed seems to indicate that he’s working on several new Kodi addons.
Mucky Duck installation fileYou can install the Mucky Duck repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Working repository #5: Kodil (Kodi Israel Group)The Kodil repository hasn’t been updated since 2015. However, it contains a ton of popular addons that can’t be found anywhere else. It has an old but working version of Exodus. It also has the very best sports addon around– Pro Sport.
Kodi installation fileYou can install the Kodil repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Dead Kodi repositoriesThe repositories listed here no longer work. If you see references to any of these repositories while looking for information about addons online, you may as well stop reading and try to Google a more up-to-date guide.
Dead Kodi repo #1: Fusion (aka TVAddons)Before it shut down abruptly in the first week of June 2017, the TVAddons repository had one of the largest collections of 3rd party Kodi addons.
Delete these TVAddons/Fusion addons if you still have themThe TVAddons/Fusion repository was connected to an addon installer called Indigo. If you have Indigo on your system, you may want to delete it. If you keep Indigo on your system, you’ll run into errors every time you use Kodi.
Another TVAddons/Fusion addon that you may want to get rid of is Phoenix. Phoenix was already in pretty bad shape before its creators shut it down in the first week of June. In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix,” – Phoenix developer Cosmix You can still use Phoenix if you can find the standalone version, but we recommend that you just remove it and get a better, more up-to-date video addon like Specto or Bob.
Dead Kodi repo #2: Echo (aka Orion) RepositorySeveral months ago, the developer known as Echo Coder took over the Kodi repository known as the TBD Repo. He rebranded TBD Repo with a new name and started pushing out some excellent Kodi software.
For example, Echo Coding was behind the popular but now defunct cable TV guide emulator called Echo TV guide and the Echo Wizard addon installer. Echo Coding produced some good quality builds as well.
But a few weeks ago Echo Coding quit Kodi and deleted all his social media accounts. However, according to the tweets depicted below Echo Coding may have briefly reemerged as @Orion_thebelt.
For now, all the social media accounts connect to Orion/Echo Coding now seem to have disappeared.
Dead repo #3: Torrent Streaming RepoThe Torrent Streaming Repo used to rely on Offshoregit for hosting. But now that Offshoregit is gone, this home for torrent addons is no more.
Here is what the Torrent Streaming Repo used to look like:
Dead repo #4: XunityTalk RepositoryIn addition to TVAddons, Echo and TSR, the XunityTalk repository also seems to have been pulled offline.
However, as mentioned above some believe that the Xunitytalk team may be planning to make a comeback.
According to a recent article from KodiTips, XunityTalk’s most important addon– a video addon called iStream– is now available via the Mucky Duck repository. But when we checked Mucky Duck to see if iStream was indeed there, we didn’t see it.