In this tutorial, I will show you how to install any addon on Kodi. The method outlined can be used on FireStick, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV, Android Boxes, Android Mobiles, and all other Kodi supported devices.
We have recently revamped our Best Kodi Addons list and added dozens of new and working Kodi addons to it. Sadly, a lot of existing addons on this list do not work. But, the good news is the new ones are even better than some of the popular, yet non-functional old addons.
I will be publishing the separate installation guides for each addon. That might take a little while though. In the meantime, if you wish to install any addon from our list, you can refer to this generic guide. The installation steps are largely the same across all addons. To make things simpler, we have provided the name of the repository and the hyperlink of the source with every addon.
Attention, Kodi Users!
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I personally use ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon FireStick. You get 3-months free and save 49% on its annual plans. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you can always ask for a refund.
Most Kodi addons are sourced from the third-parties. Kodi has an internal security setting that doesn’t let you install such addons. You need to change the setting first in order to install your favorite addons on any device. Here are the steps:
1. Open Kodi and then open Settings from the home screen.
2. Click System.
3. Next, select Add-ons on the left of the screen.
4. Now, find the option Unknown Sources on the right. If it’s disabled, select it to enable it.
5. When prompted, click Yes.
How to Install Any Addon on Kodi
Any add-on installation is primarily a 3-part process as follows:
- Add the Source
- Install the Repository
- Install the Add-on
I will cover these 3 parts in the following steps. In this guide, I am using the Exodus Redux addon as an example. Please note that Exodus Redux only works with Kodi 18.
The process below remains the same for all other video addons.
Part 1: Add the Source
1. Run Kodi and open Settings.
2. Click File manager.
3. Click Add Source.
4. When you see the following window, click <None>.
5. Enter the source URL in the designated field at the top and click OK.
Note: We have provided the source URL for each addon in our best add-ons list. You need to type the exact URL in the box as shown in the image below.
For example, this is the source URL for the Exodus Redux addon: https://i-a-c.github.io
6. Next, type the name of the source in the field Enter a name for this media source and click OK.
Note: You may choose any name you like. The idea is to make the name identifiable with the source. For example, I chose redux for the Exodus Redux source that I’m using as an example.
You have successfully added the source, so Part 1 is complete. Let’s move to the next part, where we will install the repository.
Part 2: Install the Repository
1. Now go back to the Kodi home-screen and click Add-ons.
2. Click the open-box icon on the top-left (also referred to as Package Installer).
3. Click Install from zip file.
4. Now you need to click the name you chose for the source earlier in Step 6.
Note: Remember that for the Exodus Redux example, I chose the name redux, so that’s what I will select now.
5. On the following screen, you should see the zip file for the repository. I have provided the name of the repository with each addon in my best Kodi addons list so that you know which repository you are looking for. Some sources contain multiple repositories.
Note: You may not find the repository zip file when you click the source name. Some repositories are contained inside the folders within the source. Since you know the name of the repository, finding it inside the folders should not be difficult. The zip files usually use the following naming convention: repository.repositoryname-x.x.x.zip
This is how it looks for the Exodus Redux example.
6. Now, wait for the Add-on installed notification. It appears on the top-right of the window.
You have successfully installed the repository and completed Part 2. We’ll now move to the third and final part where we’ll install the add-on from the repository.
Part 3: Install the Add-on
1. Click Install from repository.
2. Click the repository you have installed (Exodus Redux Repo in the example).
3. Click Video add-ons.
4. Next, click the addon you wish to install from the repository (Exodus Redux in the example).
5. Click Install.
Note: When installing an addon in Kodi 18, you will see an additional popup at this point. Click OK when you do.
6. Wait for the Add-on installed notification to appear in the top-right corner of the window.
That’s it! You have successfully installed the addon of your choice. Now, go ahead and access it from the Kodi Home-screen > Add-ons > Video Add-ons.
Before you start streaming with Kodi Addons or Builds, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, live TV, and Sports) might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Kodi. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and devices.
NOTE: We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on Kodi, here's how to get VPN protection in 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Get the ExpressVPN subscription HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Click HERE to download and install the ExpressVPN app on your streaming device. If you are using a FireStick, I have given the exact steps starting with Step 4 below.
Step 3: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That's all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for Kodi.
The following are the steps to install Kodi VPN on your Fire TV devices. If you have other streaming devices, follow Step 1-3 above.
Step 4: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE (if not subscribed already).
Step 5: Go to Fire TV Stick home screen. Click Find followed by Search option (see image below).
Step 6: Type Expressvpn in the search bar and select when it shows up.
Step 7: Click Download.
Step 8: Open the ExpressVPN app and Sign in using the email ID and password that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription.
Step 9: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your FireStick is now secured with the fastest VPN.
I showed you exactly how to install any addon on Kodi. The installation procedure is essentially the same for all addons, with the main difference being the source URL for the repository containing the addon you want. Should you run into any difficulties, let me know via the comments section below and I will guide you through the exact steps.
Alternatively, you can use the search function on this site to find an individual tutorial for any of the best Kodi add-ons. If you can’t find the tutorial for an addon that you want to install, let me know and I’ll write it for you!
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