How to setup Kodi Add-ons
Add-ons are at the heart of Kodi. In fact, many people would argue that without third-party developers creating add-ons and adding extra functionality, Kodi would be nowhere near as popular as it is today.
Kodi includes an Official Kodi Repository filled with hundreds of add-ons which are supplied and supported either by members of Team Kodi, or by developers they trust. You can find an add-on for just about anything you want – skins, streaming services, sports, live TV…the list goes on.
If that’s not enough for you, there are tons of unofficial repositories on the Internet that you can download add-ons from. Many of these add-ons are of questionable quality and even more questionable legality, so they’re not something I’ll cover in this Kodi setup guide. If you Google a particular add-on, I’m quite sure that somebody out there has covered. For more on this topic, check out my article Kodi is legal, but the way you’re using it probably isn’t.
Still, I’d advise caution installing anything that’s not official. I’m not here to judge, but I am here to look out for you.
How to install Kodi Add-ons
The easiest way to install Kodi add-ons is to scroll down to the Add-ons menu and then Enter Add-on Browser.
The Kodi Add-on Browser
Once you open the Add-on browser, you’ll find a couple of different options.
- My Add-Ons: This will pull up a list of all of the add-ons, broken down by category, and whether they are enabled or disabled on this Kodi installation.
- Install from Repository: This is all of the add-ons available for installation in the official Kodi repository. We’ll go through the process for installing from here below.
- Install from Zip File: If you’re installing an add-on that’s not in the official list, this is how you’ll do it.You’ll have to download a zip file to your device and browse for it using this option. It’s a little more cumbersome, but it will let you install anything you want to.
- Search: If you know what add-on you’re looking for, or just have a general idea of the topic, you can enter it here and see the results.
- Recently Updated: This will show add-ons that have been updated recently.
For our purposes, we’re going to be installing one of the official video add-ons, so click on Install from Repository.
The Add-ons are broken down into several different categories like Context menus, Program add-ons, and Look and Feel add-ons. We’re going to be installing a Video add-on.
In this example, we’ll install the HD HomeRun tuner addon. You can find out more about HDHomeRun in this article.
Once you select the addon you want to install, you’ll be taken to a screen with a brief description and some additional options. Since we haven’t installed the add-on yet, most of those options aren’t available to us.
Click Install to continue.
Once you decide to Install an add-on, you’ll be taken back to the Add-on Browser and the installation will begin. You’ll receive a notification when the add-on installation has finished.
Once that happens, click back into the addon and all of those options that were greyed out in the description page will now be available.
The one you’ll probably use most often is the Configure button. This is where you’ll find any options that the programmers of the addon have enabled. Many add-ons won’t have anything available in this screen, so don’t be too surprised if its empty.
One final note: Kodi now gives you the option of configuring each add-on to either automatically update on it’s own, or never update. Generally, I set my add-ons to automatically update Kodi because I want to be sure that I have the latest version with new features or bug-fixes. Occasionally though, updating an add-on will cause it to break, so this enables you to find a version that works and keep it indefinitely.