If you’re new to Kodi and have been drawn to it via the promise of cutting your cable bill, my Kodi for Beginners tutorial will show you how, with one simple install, you can access all your favourite television shows and movies. The process will take approx 10 min to complete. I will show you step by step how it’s done and do my best to explain it along the way.
Please note, what I’m about to show you involves installing a 3rd party add-on which does not have authorization from the copyright holders. You should familiarize yourself with the copyright laws in your country before proceeding. I would also suggest a good VPN which will allow you to send and receive data anonymously. In this day and age, if you’re online you really should have one to help protect your identity. I personally use Private Internet Access. It’s inexpensive, easy to set up and easy to use.
Without further delay, let’s get into it!
Assuming you’ve downloaded the current program release from Kodi.tv, go ahead and start the program. From you’re home screen navigate to;
- File manager
From the menu on the left; A Root Directory locate Add source and select it. This will open your Add Files source window
With the Add Files source window open, locate the field that says <None> and select it.
Enter the following path exactly as you see it here in the field provided:
- select done when complete
In the Kodi universe, the path you have entered leads to what is called a Repository. A Kodi Repository is the container/delivery mechanisms for add-ons within Kodi (the media sources). Some Repositories contain multiple add-ons. Others, just one or two. Some are fully authorized by the copyright holders. Others, such as the one above, is commonly referred to as a 3rd party add-on which usually provides content without the copyright holders consent.
In the field marked Enter a name for this media source name this path;
- select OK when completed
You should be at the File Manager window and your A Root Directory on the left should look like this;
- Profile directory
- Add source
Now, select the Home icon located in the bottom middle of your screen to return to the home page.
From the home screen, select;
From the list, select Add-ons
You may or may not get a first run window. Just select OK if you do.
From the Add-ons directory locate and select Install from zip file
You should be at the Install from zip file window. Locate and select the file you labelled;
From the list of files, select the folder that says;
Locate and select the file that says;
What you are installing is a build wizard that contains all the best add-ons and program maintenance add-ons in one simple step. There are many different builds out there, this just happens to be the most popular and in my opinion, the easiest for newbies to follow. The more you familiarize yourself with Kodi and the various Repositories, Add-ons and Builds out there, the more informed you will be about the choices you make regarding what you install to fine tune and tailor your Kodi experience to suit your needs and personality.
If your install is successful, you will receive a notification in the bottom right corner of your screen
Locate the Home icon in the bottom right corner of your screen and select it to return to your home screen
From your home screen, select;
Locate Config Wizard and select it
To complete the installation of the Config Wizard, you will need to select the operating system for the device you’re using. For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m using a windows PC. If you’re using an Android device,MAC computer, a jail broken Apple TV or Raspberry Pi (Linux), select it.
This will open a dialog window requesting permission to customize your add-on selection. Select YES
The Config Wizard will begin its set up
Once competed, a dialog window will open informing you of the completed installation. Select OK to move on
You will notice your screen has taken on a different look. You can customize this later on when you are more familiar with navigating your way around Kodi. I have posted several tutorials on the subject which you can find under the How Do I section of this website. In the mean time from your home screen select;
- Video Add-ons
You will likely be presented with a File List View. Let’s change this to an Icon view. Locate the tab on the middle, left of your screen. When you hover over it, it will automatically open up
Scroll up to the top and select View. Click on this until it reads;
- View: Thumbnail
You are now presented with a list of Add-ons. These are added features, not unlike tv channels, nested within the Kodi Repositories that enhance the Kodi Media Centre. Typically each add-on offers a wide range of content ranging from live television to Movies, Documentaries and TV Programs past and present from around the globe. You can even learn a language (visit Phoenix->One242415->Languages 101). Add-ons are created by the many developers within the Kodi community, often with little to no monetization. Some are created by members of Team Kodi, while others are created by the previously mentioned 3rd Party vendors who do not have authorization from the copy right holders. New users should be aware of this before installing any of the Repositories and add-ons. If you’ve made it this far, I will let your own moral compass be your guide. Locate and select the EXODUS add-on
EXODUS, created by a developer who goes by the name of Lambda, is one of the most popular add-ons for the latest in Movies and Television shows. The add-on is organized by;
- TV Shows
- My Movies – this is for users with a trakt account
- My TV Shows – this is for users with a trakt account
- New Movies
- News TV Shows
Go ahead and select New Movies
Here are some of the latest movie offerings.
You’ll find the quality of the links will range from 1080p HD to a CAM. The link will generally tell you what the quality of the stream is like. Users take note: HD can sometimes mean HD CAM. You will know it the minute the film starts.
To get out of here, select the back button on your remote or scroll up to the three dots @ the top of the page and select them. This will take you back one screen at a time, depending on how far down the rabbit hole you have gone.
Let’s go back to our main menu and select one of my all time favourite add-ons Phoenix
Phoenix is a unique add-on as it’s maintained by multiple developers. It’s like having multiple add-ons within this one add-on, all offering streaming content. Everything from live TV, to movies, television shows past and present, instructional content, the list goes on. This add-on is a serious rabbit hole and I recommend you take the time to navigate through it.
I think I’ve given you enough to get your feet wet. I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Please check out some of the other tutorials I’ve posted to help you familiarize yourself with how Kodi works. All the best!