This tutorial will show users how to install a Repository/3rd Party add-on for the new XBMC/Kodi Krypton v17 release. If you’re new to Kodi, this tutorial is for you. If you’re an experienced user to previous versions of Kodi, take note as the interface has changed. Much of what was common practice in previous versions may not appear as obvious right out of the gate. There is a minor learning curve involved but have no fear, it’s pretty straight forward once you get the hang of the new layout. This tutorial already assumes you have downloaded and installed the latest Kodi Krypton v17 release from Kodi.tv.
Note: If you have not installed Krypton, I recommend you refrain until the official release is ready. I have been using Krypton and I find it’s very unstable. Video streaming, in particular live television stutters constantly with lots of dropped frames. Audio will appear out of sync. Further, Krypton does not remember your preferences. But that’s just my experience.
Without further delay, let’s dive into this tutorial
From your home screen, select the System icon at the top of your screen
This is your System menu window with a much different look from previous xbmc/kodi versions. From the 11 menu items to choose from, locate and select the folder that says
- File Manager
On the Right Panel scroll down and select the menu item that says
- Add Source
This will open your Add File Source Window. Go ahead and select where is says < None >
You will now be asked to Enter the paths of browse for the media locations. For the purpose of this tutorial, I chose the Made In Canada Repository/3rd Party Add-on and entered the following path in the field provided
- When you’re finished entering your path, select OK to the right of your screen
You will now need to name your media source. Click in the blank field underneath the Enter a name for this media source heading
Step 7 A:
I went ahead and named this Repository/3rd Party add-on
- Select OK to the right of your screen when you’re done naming your media source
Step 7 B:
With your path entered and your media source named, go ahead and select OK to close this window
We now need to enable downloading form an unknown source. Go back to your System window/menu once again and select the following
- System settings
From the menu on the left, scroll down and select the Add-ons menu item
Step 10 A:
The add-ons Unknown sources is disabled by default. We want to turn it on. You can do this by selecting the Unknown sources field.
Step 10 B:
Once the Unknown Sources is enabled, a pop up window will open warning you of the hazards of 3rd part add-ons
Note: The developers of Kodi are posting this warning here as they do not endorse or support any 3rd party add-ons themselves. Kodi is an open source media player and anyone with the know how can post information/media sources to it. All the source links used by 3rd part add-ons are available online. The developers of these 3rd party add-ons are just pointing the media to this shared source link. I myself have never had any issues with malware or cyber attacks via kodi. I always recommend using a VPN for your internet security and do your best to research any 3rd party add-ons you wish to install. At least I do. I visit multiple forums to see what other users are saying about the add-on before I recommend it to anyone using my site. I hope this helps! Now select Yes if you wish to continue and let’s move on
Head back to your home screen and select the following
Look for the icon that looks like an open box (probably located near the top of your screen). This is the Add-ons browser icon. Select it
From the menu to the right of your screen, locate and select
- Install from zip file
The install from zip file window will open. Look for the media source you named and select it
Each Repository/3rd party add-on is going to have its own, unique set of files contained within the zip file. For each tutorial I post regarding installing Repositories/3rd party add-ons, I will indicate what file(s) to select. For the purpose of this tutorial, please select
If your install was successful, you will be given an add-on update/enabled upper third icon in the top right corner of your screen
The next step you will want to do is select the Install From Repository menu item.
Note: this will not always be the case. Some Repositories/3rd party add-ons do not require this step. In each tutorial I provide, I will indicate if this step is necessary.
With the Install from repository window open, you would then look for the Repository/3rd party add-on you just installed. For the purpose of this tutorial, look for .KodiTips.com Repository and select it.
Look for and select from the right side of your screen
- Video Add-ons
Step 20 A:
Once you’ve select Video Add-ons, all the 3rd part add-ons available within the selected Repository will populate in the main window to the right of the screen. All you need do from here is select the add-on you are after.
The install window will appear. Select Install from the list of options at the bottom and would should be good to go!
Once installed, head back to the Add-ons screen and select
- Video Add-ons
All that’s left for you to do is locate the add-on you just installed and select it to ensure it’s up and running. The steps used here for installing Repositories/3rd party add-ons are the same for all XBMC/Kodi Repositories/3rd party add-ons. I hope this made sense and you were able to follow along. If you have any questions, you can contact me via my facebook page. All the best!