In this guide, you will learn to install the Shadow addon on Kodi. You can stream with this addon on FireStick, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and all other Kodi devices.
Shadow is an on-demand addon for Kodi that lets you watch Movies and TV Shows. This addon works only with premium-hoster services like Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All-Debrid.
The addon displays tons of high-quality links through the premium-hosting services. It also seems faster than many other Kodi addons I have used. Shadow Kodi addon also features a big collection of movies and shows. For all these reasons, Shadow has been added to our collection of Best Addons for Kodi.
Additionally, Shadow addon offers one-click playback as well. You need to manually enable the one-click option. I have provided the steps later in the guide.
Attention, Kodi Users!
Kodi Addons and builds offer unlimited streaming content, but could also get you into legal trouble if caught streaming free movies, TV shows, or sports. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. Kodi users are strongly advised to always connect a VPN while streaming online. A good Kodi VPN hides your identity, bypasses government surveillance, geo-blocked content, and ISP throttling (which also helps in buffer-free streaming).
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.
How to install Shadow addon on Kodi
Addons installed from the Kodi Add-ons Repository are the official addons. Add-ons downloaded from third-party sources are called third-party addons.
Shadow is a third-party Kodi addon. For such an add-on, you need to change one Kodi setting before installation.
Follow these steps:
1. Go to the home screen of Kodi. Navigate to the top-right corner. Click the cog/gear icon in order to open Kodi Settings
2. Now, select and open the System tile
3. On the left part, go ahead and highlight Add-ons in the menu bar
4. In the right area, check the status of the option Unknown Sources
If it is switched off, click the switch and enable it
5. When prompted, click Yes to confirm your action
Shadow Kodi addon installation steps
You may now install this addon on Kodi. Follow the detailed, yet simple steps below:
1. Go to the Settings window one more time
Choose the option File manager
2. Here, you can see the Add source option on both the sides
You can click either of them (on a computer you need to double click it)
3. Kodi now displays the following window
Go ahead and click where you see the option <None>
4. Now we need to type the source URL in the text field on this window
Type this URL carefully to avoid any mistakes
5. To continue, you need to provide the source name in the marked text field
You are free to choose any name you like
Let’s go with magnetic
Click OK when you are ready
6. Press the back button once and go back to the Kodi Settings window again (or navigate to this window from the home screen)
Open the Add-ons tile
7. Go ahead and open Install from zip file
8. On this window, you will see the media source name you picked earlier. Click the source name here.
I am going to click magnetic – the name I chose for this guide
9. When you see the zip file repository.Magnetic-x.x.x.zip click it to install the repository
Note: The version number of the file in the image below may have changed at the time when you install the Shadow Kodi addon
10. After about 30 seconds, a notification appears in the top-right corner saying Magnetic Repo Add-on installed
11. Now, we click Install from repository
12. Open the Magnetic Repo you installed just now
13. Go ahead and click Video add-ons
14. You will find the Shadow Kodi addon on this window after scrolling down a little bit
Click this addon
15. Click the Install button in the bottom-right section of this window
16. A window with additional add-ons appears. You just need to click OK here
17. The addon usually takes 1-2 minutes to install
Shadow Add-on installed notification will confirm it
That’s it. This is how you install the Shadow addon on Kodi.
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.
How to use the Shadow addon on Kodi
First, we learn how to access the Shadow addon on Kodi. If you know how to do it, you may skip this part.
Go to the Kodi home screen and highlight Add-ons on the left. You can access the addon from the Video add-ons heading on the right
Alternately, click the Add-ons option on the home screen. Now, select Video add-ons on the next window. Shadow Kodi addon appears on the right. You can click the addon tile to open it. However, before you open it, check the next part.
Real Debrid Sign In
Shadow is a Real-Debrid based add-on. Therefore, before we start using it, we need to set up Real Debrid
Note: You can also use Premiumize or All-Debrid with Shadow Kodi addon. However, Real Debrid is the best hands down.
On a computer, right-click the addon. On FireStick, select the addon and either long-press it or press the menu key on the remote. If you are using Kodi on an Android TV, again long-press will do. Long-press also works on touch devices (mobiles & tablets).
The following popup menu appears. Click Settings
Click Debrid on the left
Choose the service you want to sign in with from the Debrid Service option. I am choosing RD as I am signing in with Real Debrid.
Click Re auth.RD
The following popup is displayed. It contains the Real Debrid authorization code.
Visit https://real-debrid.com/device and enter the code (login to the Real Debrid account if required)
Once you are signed in, you can start using the addon. This is how the main window looks like.
The interface is simple. Just choose the category and start browsing the content.
How to enable one-click play
Shadow Kodi addon supports one-click playback. However, one-click is disabled by default; you need to enable it manually.
One-click playback automatically plays the title or episode without displaying multiple links to choose from. The addon picks what it considers the best streaming link for you on its own. If that’s what you want, here is how you can enable this option:
Open the addon and click Options in the bottom-left corner
Click Add-on settings on this menu
Select One click play on this dialog box and enable One Click for movies and/or TV shows.
Shadow is definitely one of the best Kodi addons I have come across recently. It is a premium hoster only addon. Therefore, you need to sign in with either Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All-Debrid. That’s precisely the reason why it offers high-quality streaming. If you have one of the premium services, try the Shadow Kodi addon.
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