25 Best Working Kodi Addons for Movies and TV (Tested 2020)

Last Updated by Chase Williams on July 01, 2020

I love using Kodi to stream movies and TV shows, but it’s not easy to find working Kodi add-ons. I often think I’ve found the perfect add-on, only to realize the link is broken or the streaming quality is unwatchable.

Even worse, some add-ons are filled with malware and can expose your sensitive data (like banking transactions and passwords). Many Kodi add-ons also contain pirated or copyrighted content, which can get you into legal trouble.

You should also know that not all popular add-ons are available worldwide, so you may be frustrated to find you’re blocked from watching certain content. But don’t stress, there’s an easy fix to access the streams you want — just use a VPN. A VPN makes it appear like you’re physically in the country of the streaming service, unlocking thousands of extra movies, TV series, and more for you to watch!

After testing over 50 add-ons to save you time on your search, I have shortlisted the 25 best Kodi add-ons in July 2020 for streaming movies and TV shows. Every add-on is fast, reliable, and compatible with Kodi Leia 18 and earlier versions.

Warning! Your Kodi streaming activity is visible to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), copyright authorities, and even hackers! I strongly advise using a VPN to protect your internet traffic and privacy on Kodi. My top choice is ExpressVPN — it’s fast, secure, and you can try it without risk using its 30-day money-back guarantee.

Stream safely on Kodi with a VPN!

Haven’t Got Time? Here’s a Quick Guide to Top Kodi Addons

I’ve sorted the best 25 Kodi add-ons into the categories below to make it easy for you to find the content you want to watch. As I mentioned, some of these add-ons are only available in certain countries — but you can easily unlock their content by using a VPN.

  • Films and TV Series — Watch popular Hollywood shows and movies in one place with add-ons for Netflix, Exodus, Venom, and more.
  • Live TV and News — Stay up to date with local and international current affairs by streaming USTVNOW, XUMO.TV, and Deutsche Welle.
  • Sports — Watch the biggest live sports games with friends on DAZN and ESPN3.
  • Videos — Quickly stream your favorite YouTubers direct to your Kodi device, completely commercial-free.
  • Cartoons and Anime — Easily watch Japanese shows with English subtitles or audio on Crunchyroll and FunimationNOW.
  • Documentaries — Bring the world into your home with National Geographic and others.
  • Bollywood, Indian and Hindi Movies — Check out the latest Bollywood movies and more with Disney+ Hotstar on your Kodi device!

Unlock all the add-ons with a VPN!

Best Kodi Addons for Films and TV Series

Netflix

You can watch the entire Netflix library with the CastagnaIT add-on (Netflix is yet to launch an official Kodi add-on). I successfully used this third-party Kodi add-on to stream Netflix US, UK, Australia, and Japan with ExpressVPN. In every country, I could watch TV shows and movies in HD quality with minimal buffering.

While there’s many unofficial Kodi add-ons for Netflix available, I like the CastagnaIT add-on as the developer is well-established and trusted within the Kodi community. The add-on also has strong security measures — it encrypts your personal Netflix login details and connects you to the official Netflix website using the secure HTTPS internet protocol. When you log out, your credentials are permanently deleted.

screenshot of Modern Family streaming on the Netflix add-on for Kodi
The Netflix add-on is one of my favorite add-ons for streaming TV shows and movies on Kodi

Repository name: CastagnaIT
Source URL: https://fusion.tvaddons.co/
Available countries: Worldwide

Disney+

You can download an unofficial Disney+ add-on from the SlyGuy repository, which is another highly-trusted and regularly maintained Kodi repository. I tested the SlyGuy Disney+ add-on, and it works perfectly and streams in HD. I particularly liked the “Search” feature, which made it much easier to navigate between TV shows and movies.

Screenshot of Disney Plus streaming on Kodi while connected to an ExpressVPN server in the United Kingdom
I watched Disney+ on Kodi by connecting to ExpressVPN’s server in the UK

This Kodi add-on only works in countries where Disney+ is available, which includes the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. I used ExpressVPN to test if I could use the Disney+ while connected to the US and Australia, and am happy to report it worked perfectly.

Repository name: SlyGuy
Source URL: https://k.slyguy.xyz/
Available countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Channel Islands, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, UK, and US.

Unlock Disney+ with a VPN

Exodus Redux

Exodus Redux is a popular Kodi add-on that you can use to watch the latest films and TV shows for free. This includes programs from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon Prime Video. I spent hours browsing the selection and was really happy with the quality of content and quick streaming.

While Exodus Redux also hosts legal content, I strongly advise you to use a trustworthy Kodi VPN at all times. It’s not always obvious which programs are legal and safe, so a VPN can protect you from any potential copyright issues.

Repository name: Exodus Redux
Source URL: https://i-a-c.github.io/
Available countries: Worldwide

Venom

I was really impressed by Venom’s huge amount of content. You can find and watch thousands of popular movies and TV shows using this addon, even new releases! Even better, Venom makes it really easy to find something to watch. Choosing a category like “Most Popular (IMDb)” will show you the most searched for movies and find streams for you to watch.

However, the majority of links are from illegal streaming websites — which can put you at risk. I always make sure to protect myself with a VPN when using Venom in case I unknowingly click the wrong link. If you don’t have a VPN yet, you can try ExpressVPN risk-free for 30 days. If you decide it’s not right for you it’s simple and quick to get your money back.

Repository name: Venom Repository
Source URL: https://123venom.github.io
Available countries: Worldwide

Protect yourself on Kodi with ExpressVPN

Magic Dragon

Magic Dragon is a popular Kodi add-on for watching documentaries, TV shows, movies, radio, and sports. While there’s a huge selection (including new releases) you will need to look carefully for the legal content.

For that reason, I always make sure to protect myself with a VPN — and I recommend you do too. It’s often difficult to pick out the legal shows and movies to watch, but a reputable VPN can protect you if you unwittingly access the wrong content.

Repository name: Ezzer Macs Wizard
Source URL: https://ezzer-mac.com/repo
Available countries: Worldwide

Stream safely on Kodi with a VPN!

Covenant

Similar to Magic Dragon, Covenant has a fantastic catalog of free TV shows and movies — but you’ll need to carefully research this library to find licensed content. Fortunately, the developers made it easy to find the legal shows and movies with a filtering feature.

I still recommend that you protect yourself with a VPN when streaming this Kodi add-on, in case you access the wrong content and get into legal trouble.

Repository name: Covenant Repository
Source URL: https://covenant01.github.io/zip
Available countries: Worldwide

Gaia

Gaia is perhaps one of the most powerful and advanced Kodi add-ons out there. I was really impressed by its browsing interface — in fact, it’s one of the best of all the Kodi add-ons on this list. The different streaming choices show all the information you need to choose your host: quality, file types, language, and source, reducing the chance of getting a bad link.

But it’s important to know that this add-on is infamous for being difficult to set up because it’s fully-optimized for debrid streaming services like Premiumize and Real Debrid. That means Gaia can let you stream movies in 4K by accessing premium links, but you will need to subscribe to a debrid service first. You’ll find it difficult to find a quality stream without a subscription.

Repository name: GAIA Repository
Source URL: https://repo.gaiakodi.com
Available countries: Worldwide

iPlayer WWW (BBC Player)

The best Kodi add-on for watching the BBC iPlayer is iPlayer WWW. This add-on allows you to stream “Live”, “Catchup TV”, and even “Radio” content directly from the BBC iPlayer website. As this is a UK-based streaming service, you’ll need to use a VPN to unblock BBC iPlayer content like Killing Eve and Doctor Who if you’re based outside the UK.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: UK

Tubi

Tubi is a free US-based streaming service owned by Fox Corporation. Similar to Netflix, Tubi doesn’t offer an official add-on for Kodi. However, you can download a third-party Tubi add-on via the Diamond Wizard Repository, which is one of the most trusted and popular repositories on Kodi today. Best of all, this add-on for Tubi hides all ads during streaming!

You don’t need to create a Tubi account to start streaming on Kodi (unless you want to watch M or R-rated programs). But if you’re outside the US, you’ll need to use a VPN to unblock TV shows and movies on Tubi.

Repository name: Diamond Wizard
Source URL: https://repo.rubyjewelwizard.com/
Available countries: US

Get access to Tubi on Kodi with a VPN!

Crackle

You can watch Hollywood movies and TV shows for free with the Crackle add-on, which is an ad-supported streaming service from Sony. You don’t need to create an account either — just download the Crackle add-on from the Official Kodi Add-on repository and you can start streaming immediately. While Crackle is only available if you’re in the US, you can get a Kodi VPN to access the complete Crackle library from anywhere.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: US

Popcornflix

The Popcornflix Kodi add-on offers a huge selection of popular movies and TV shows, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. This is an official Kodi add-on, so you can download it directly from the Kodi repository. The only downside is that this add-on only works in the US and Canada — although you can use a VPN to unblock Popcornflix and stream the add-on from any country.

Screenshot of TMNT playing via Popcornflix on Kodi
I streamed the Popcornflix Kodi add-on from the Netherlands with ExpressVPN

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Canada and US

Unblock Popcornflix on Kodi risk-free!

Cypher Media

This is an all-in-one add-on for Kodi with a massive selection of TV shows and movies. Cypher Media also gives you access to anime, IPTV, and a TV Calendar so you can watch brand new episodes of shows like The Tonight Show as they air.

During my tests, Cypher Media only had a few seconds of buffering before playing the stream flawlessly. Unfortunately, like Venom, some streams on this add-on are from illegal websites. Make sure to take precautions by using a quality VPN when using Cypher Media.

Repository name: Cypher Locker Repository
Source URL: https://cyphermediagit.github.io/
Available countries: Worldwide

Luxray Video

Luxray is a much-hyped add-on in the Kodi community. I found the add-on really easy to use, and Luxray’s selection is sorted into categories like movies, TV shows, animations, superheroes, crime, etc. Streaming speeds were fast too — I could watch full episodes of Rick and Morty with no buffer time.

You may find the standard selection on Luxray is a little limited, but (like GAIA) you can easily find a bigger selection by connecting to a Real Debrid account. However, a warning: Luxray does include some torrenting links, so make sure to protect your personal information and IP address with a reputable VPN.

Repository name: Stream Digital Repository
Source URL: http://sdwteam.com/wiz/
Available countries: Worldwide

Stream Luxray safely with ExpressVPN

Top Kodi Addons for Live TV and News

USTVNow

You can watch live TV in the US with the USTVNow Kodi add-on. The free version includes ABC, CW, CBS, PBS, and My Network TV. If you get the paid plan, you can also access Comedy Central, Animal Planet, Bravo, ESPN, and more. As USTVNow was originally launched for US military and expatriates abroad, the Kodi add-on works globally (including in the US).

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

XUMO.TV

The XUMO.TV add-on gives you access to over 190 channels worldwide, which are all free to watch. Although there are some channels from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK — most networks are US-based and only available if you’re in the US. To take full advantage of the US programming, I recommend you get a VPN to unblock US broadcasters like ABC News Live and NBC News NOW.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK, and US

Access US TV on Kodi with a VPN!

Deutsche Welle

The Deutsche Welle Kodi add-on streams international news and current affairs programs, such as Close Up, The 77 Percent, and DocFilm. You can change the language of the add-on from English to either German, Spanish, or Arabic. Best of all, the add-on is completely free and works in any country.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

Popular Kodi Addons for Sports

The Crew

If you want to be able to stream the NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, FIFA, and many more, The Crew add-on is a must-have. But be careful — the majority of these streams are not legal, so make sure to protect yourself with a VPN.

While this is the most complete sports add-on I could find during my testing, it is a little frustrating to install. Many Kodi users also have the Indigo add-on installed, but Indigo stops The Crew from working. It’s pretty easy to fix — just disable the Indigo add-on and any other dependencies.

Repository name: The Crew Repository
Source URL: https://team-crew.github.io/
Available countries: Worldwide

Safely stream live sports on Kodi now!

DAZN

You can download DAZN’s official Kodi add-on to stream live sports. This is one of the most user-friendly Kodi add-ons I’ve tested, and it’s easy to navigate between the UFC, tennis, basketball, NFL, and more.

However, you will need a subscription and most likely a VPN. Not only is DAZN restricted to certain countries, but each country also has exclusive access to different sports. You can use a VPN to unblock every game, match, or fight on DAZN.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and US

ESPN3

The ESPN3 Kodi add-on has live sports, highlights, and replays of college football, basketball, tennis, golf, soccer, cricket, and more global sports events. While a subscription offers complete access to every game, you can still watch dozens of short clips from ESPN3 and ACCExtra.

Screenshot of streaming football on ESPN3 with Kodi
You can watch the latest clips and commentary on US and worldwide sports

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

Top Kodi Addon for Watching Videos

YouTube

I love using the YouTube Kodi add-on to stream music, videos, and clips from my favorite YouTubers — especially since there are zero commercials. You won’t even see any ads on the side banners or in the video suggestions.

Only the installation process is slightly tricky. Due to a recent update, you now need to supply your own API Keys. I had no idea how to do this, so I simply followed the on-screen instructions when installing the add-on. The steps were easy and I could stream YouTube on Kodi successfully afterward.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

Favorite Kodi Addons for Cartoons and Anime

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll has the world’s largest collection of Japanese anime with English subtitles, as well as exclusive original programming. However, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription to use the Kodi add-on.

I also suggest you use a VPN to stream Crunchyroll. During my tests, I found the US library had at least 100 more shows than countries in Europe. This is because most anime titles are only licensed for specific regions.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: https://github.com/MrKrabat/plugin.video.crunchyroll (click “Clone or download” button on the right-hand side, and then “Download ZIP”).
Available countries: Worldwide

Watch anime on Kodi with a VPN

FunimationNOW

FunimationNOW is another popular Kodi add-on for streaming anime, especially if you prefer English-dubbed anime instead of the original Japanese audio. As a bonus, the Kodi add-on is incredibly user-friendly. I found it really easy to browse anime with the quality images, filter options, and preview screens.

Screenshot of available FunimationNOW content on Kodi
The FunimationNOW add-on’s interface made it easy to browse and discover anime

While there’s a free version on desktop and mobile, you’ll need to get a paid subscription to use the Kodi add-on. You might also need to use a VPN with FunimationNOW as it’s only available in the US, UK, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, and US

Best Kodi Addons for Documentaries

National Geographic

National Geographic’s Kodi add-on has thousands of clips to stream for free. Unfortunately, you can’t watch full episodes and the library isn’t easy to navigate — there are so many clips that it takes a long time to search through every option. Overall, I still like this add-on as I can watch quality content at zero cost.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

Seeker

Seeker has a huge catalog of science, technology, and culture shows. The channel is from the same company that owns the Discovery Channel, so the content is high-quality and original. However, this add-on only pulls content from Seeker’s YouTube channel. If you’re already using the YouTube add-on you may prefer to stream Seeker from there.

Repository name: Official Kodi Add-on repository
Source URL: None
Available countries: Worldwide

Best Kodi Addon for Bollywood, Indian and Hindi Movies

Disney+ Hotstar

If you want to watch Bollywood, Indian and Hindi movies, this Indian subscription streaming service should be at the top of your list. As you would suspect by the name, Disney+ Hotstar includes the full Disney+ catalog — but as an added bonus, it has lots of other content, including HBO series like Silicon Valley and Chernobyl.

However, you will need a quality VPN to access the full amount of content available, because some movies and TV shows are blocked outside of India. I used ExpressVPN with an Indian server to unblock all the content and could watch in HD with zero lag.

Repository name: BotAllen Kodi
Source URL: https://kodi.botallen.com
Available countries: India

Unlock Disney+ Hotstar with ExpressVPN

Warning! Don’t Download These Kodi Addons and Repositories

Based on my tests, I can confirm these add-ons don’t work anymore: Amazon VOD, Einthusan, Elementum, Genesis and Genesis Reborn, Mobdro, Planet MMA, SnagFilms, and UKTurk. You should also avoid the following broken repositories: KodilRepo, Maverick TV, SuperRepo, and XLordKC Repository.

You’ll find many review sites still promote the above add-on and repositories — but unfortunately, you’ll just be wasting your time.

Do You Need a VPN for Kodi?

If you want to get the most out of Kodi, a VPN will give you the best experience. I’m always frustrated when I think I’ve found a great add-on, only to find that it’s blocked in my country. But when you use a VPN your true location is hidden and it appears as if you’re in a different region. Using Kodi with a VPN is an easy and safe way to unlock the content you want to watch.

On the topic of safety, a VPN does more than just unblock content. It also protects your data and privacy. Kodi add-ons are downloaded from the web, and some can contain malicious code that can install malware, viruses, or steal your data (like login credentials!). Others stream copyrighted films from questionable websites, which could put you at risk of a fine, or even prison time.

While a VPN can’t stop viruses, a good VPN has advanced security features (like military level encryption) to keep your internet traffic and browsing history private. Some even include features that can identify malicious websites to keep you safe!

But with so many options, choosing a VPN for Kodi can be a huge task. To make your life easier, I’ve rigorously tested all the top VPNs for their ability to unblock worldwide content, access the fastest streaming speeds, and for top-of-the-line security features — here are the top 3 VPNs to use with Kodi for the ultimate streaming experience.

3 Best Kodi VPNs in July 2020 (100% Fast and Secure)

1. ExpressVPN — Get Access to Global Kodi Addons With Zero Buffering

Key Features:

  • 3,000+ servers can get you access to streaming content from 94 countries
  • Military-grade encryption and first-class security features protect your identity
  • Strict zero-logs policy keeps your viewing private
  • Unlimited bandwidth offers blazing fast speeds for streaming movies and TV shows
  • Use on up to 5 devices with just one account

I hate being stopped from streaming on Kodi by annoying location blocking, so I’m happy that ExpressVPN can outsmart even the most advanced VPN blocks. I’m in the Netherlands, so I tested streaming Netflix, Crackle, and BBC iPlayer with ExpressVPN on Kodi — and was impressed that they streamed flawlessly. If you want to get access to global content, ExpressVPN is the top choice.

screenshot of Ant-man vs Wasp on Netflix US through Kodi

I watched Ant-Man vs Wasp on American Netflix with no lag using ExpressVPN

I’m also pleased to report that this VPN lives up to its name with blazing fast speeds. There’s nothing worse than using a VPN for Kodi only to be stopped by slow load speeds or buffering — but that wasn’t an issue when I connected with ExpressVPN. I used the Smart Location feature to measure latency, speed, and distance and find the fastest possible server for streaming. The only time I experienced a little lag was while using the Covenant add-on. Thankfully it wasn’t enough to stop the stream, so you will be able to safely watch without interruptions.

Speaking of safety, my research shows ExpressVPN has some of the best security of all the VPNs I tested. It uses the same encryption standard as the US government, and my DNS leak test proved it kept my true IP address hidden. It’s also the only VPN on this list that uses TrustedServer technology to wipe your data from its servers’ RAM every time the server reboots. That means your ISP or hackers can’t track your streaming or internet activity because your browsing history doesn’t exist.

screenshot of successful DNS leak test using ExpressVPN for Kodi
A DNS leak test proved my true location was completely hidden

Kodi isn’t always the most user-friendly experience when it comes to accessibility, so I’m glad that ExpressVPN also has an app for virtually every device you can think of. I could even download the app onto my Amazon Fire Stick and launch Kodi knowing my browsing was completely protected.

Overall, out of the 27 VPNs I tested for speed, accessibility, and ability to unblock overseas video content, ExpressVPN was the best by far. But don’t take my word for it — ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can test their speeds and security features for yourself.

Try ExpressVPN free for 30 days!

2. NordVPN — Military-Level Security Keeps Your Kodi Activity Private

Key Features:

  • 5,500+ servers in 60 countries give you access to worldwide content
  • Protect your Kodi activity data with 256-bit AES encryption
  • Stay safe across all your devices with up to 6 simultaneous connections
  • Stream Kodi video add-ons fast with no bandwidth restrictions
  • Your data is never stored thanks to a strict no-log policy

Protecting my personal information while using Kodi is of vital importance to me, considering hackers sometimes target websites that some Kodi add-ons take streams from. NordVPN is my second-best choice for a VPN for Kodi thanks to its excellent security features. I particularly liked its CyberSec feature that blocks blacklisted websites known for hosting malware or malicious phishing scams. Meanwhile, every NordVPN server is secured by the company’s military-grade encryption, which ensures no one can spy on your Kodi streaming activity. In fact, not even NordVPN knows which Kodi add-ons you’re using!

I was surprised that with all those security features, my streaming speeds never slowed down. During my tests, when I connected to servers in the US from my location in the Netherlands, I could stream in 4K Ultra HD on YouTube with only 4 seconds of buffering. I thought when I connected to a server in India, 7,100 kilometers away, I would experience a speed drop — but I was wrong. I could watch Boardwalk Empire on Disney+ Hotstar on Kodi with zero lag.

Screenshot of Avengers Infinity War on YouTube in 4K playing via NordVPN
I could stream Ultra HD trailers on YouTube in just a few seconds when connected to NordVPN

NordVPN’s 5,500+ servers in 60 countries offer good opportunities to unblock content. Regardless, I had no issues accessing iPlayer WWW from the UK and PopcornFlix in the US. I could even access Netflix US! I watched hours of Parks and Recreation with no lag or connection errors.

To find out if this provider is the right VPN for you, I recommend you test out NordVPN with its 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll be able to safely stream the best Kodi add-ons for 30 days. If you don’t like it, the NordVPN team is quick to issue a refund — I tested this and got my refund in just 4 days.

Try NordVPN free for 30-days!

July 2020 Update: NordVPN has dropped prices for a limited time to a crazy $3.49 per month for the 2-year plan (you can save up to 70%)! This is a limited offer so be sure to grab it now before it's gone. See more information on this offer here.

3. CyberGhost — Servers Optimized for Kodi Streaming at a Budget Price

Key Features:

  • Stream content from more than 89 countries with 6,300+ servers
  • Military-grade 256-bit AES encryption protects your Kodi streaming data
  • Protect up to 7 devices at the same time
  • Zero bandwidth throttling keeps streaming speeds high
  • Strict no-logs policy keeps your Kodi activity private

CyberGhost is not only budget friendly, but also has an entire list of servers that are optimized specifically for different streaming providers. I tested its Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video servers and found I could stream on Kodi instantly, without waiting for any annoying buffering.

CyberGhost is safely located in Romania, so your data is out of sight from the 5, 9, and 14 Eyes countries who can spy on your activities and share them with others. Meanwhile, while many VPN companies do log your data for their own purposes, CyberGhost has a strict no-logs policy.

You can install CyberGhost on 7 different devices simultaneously, so you can even share it with family or friends. It also has one of the longest money-back guarantees I’ve seen for a VPN — you can get full access to all its features for 45 days so you can find out if it’s right for you.

Try CyberGhost free for 45 days!

July 2020 Update: CyberGhost has dropped prices for a limited time to a crazy $2.75 per month + get an extra 2 months free with the 3-year plan! This is a limited offer so be sure to grab it now before it’s gone. See more information on this offer here.

Installation Guides: Download and Stream Kodi Addons Easily

Make sure to protect yourself with a reputable VPN when downloading and streaming Kodi add-ons. This will ensure your identity and Kodi activities remain hidden from spying third parties, including hackers, ISPs, and copyright authorities.

How to Download Kodi Addons From the Official Kodi Add-On Repository

Here’s a step-by-step guide to installing add-ons from the official Kodi add-on repository.

1. Get a Kodi VPN. I recommend ExpressVPN for its powerful security features and HD streaming quality on Kodi.

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2. Open Kodi and click the “Add-ons” button on the left-hand side.

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3. Click on the package icon.

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4. Choose the “Install from repository” option.

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5. Find and select the “Kodi Add-on repository.”

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6. Scroll and select the “Video add-ons” option.

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7. Find and click the add-on you want to install.

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8. Click “Install” at the bottom of the screen.

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9. Check additional add-ons and then click “OK”

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10. A notification will appear when the add-on has installed

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11. Find and launch your add-on from the add-ons screen

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How to Install Kodi Addons From Third-Party or Unofficial Repositories

  1. Download a VPN to keep your activity online private. If you want ultra-fast speeds and military-strength security features try ExpressVPN risk-free.
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  2. Select the gear icon from the Kodi homescreen
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  3. Click the “System” box
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  4. In the “Add-ons” tab, switch “Unknown sources” to “On”
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  5. Choose “File manager”
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  6. Double-click “Add source” (on either side)
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  7. Double-click “None”
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  8. Enter the Source URL of the repository then click “OK”
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  9. Double-click the box underneath
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  10. Enter a name for the repository then click “OK”
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  11. Click “OK”
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  12. Return to the Kodi home screen and select “Add-ons”
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  13. Click the package icon on the top-left of the screen
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  14. Choose “Install from zip file”
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  15. Find and select the repository you created
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  16. Click the zip file to open
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  17. Return to the previous screen and choose the “Install from repository” option
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  18. Check and approve any additional add-ons required
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  19. Find and select the repository you just installed
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  20. Select “Video add-ons”
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  21. Find your desired add-on from the list
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  22. Click “Install”
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  23. Find your new add-on in your library
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Help! Why Aren’t My Kodi Addons Working?

Many Kodi add-ons are created by casual developers, so they’re not always kept up-to-date or bug-free. While I’ve personally tested that all of the add-ons on this list work perfectly, some Kodi add-ons can conflict with each other — or with future Kodi updates. Here are some of the most common Kodi add-on problems and how to fix them.

Stop Kodi Addons From Freezing or Buffering

Add-on conflicts are the most common causes of freezing and buffering issues. If your Kodi add-on is freezing, ask yourself: did you install a new add-on? Did an add-on update?

If you’re unable to identify an issue from an add-on, the next step is to disable your hardware acceleration. That might sound complex, but it’s actually very simple.

  1. To disable your hardware acceleration:
  2. Click the gear icon on your home screen.
  3. Click “Player Settings.”
  4. Click “Basic” three times to turn it to “Expert.”
  5. Select the “Video” tab.
  6. Disable “Allow hardware acceleration VTBDecoder.”

If you’re still experiencing issues with your Kodi add-on, sometimes a fresh install of Kodi is necessary. While it sounds drastic, it makes sure you’re running the newest update of Kodi and your Kodi add-ons. This should stop any freezing issues.

Avoid the “Failed to Install a Dependency” Error Message

Most Kodi add-ons rely on other files and programs to work properly. These are listed when you try to install an add-on and normally install automatically — but can sometimes cause errors. Luckily, they’re easily fixed.

To troubleshoot your error, begin by clearing your Kodi cache. The easiest way to do this is with the Indigo add-on.

  1. To clear your cache:
  2. Install the Fusion repository from http://fusion.tvaddons.co/.
  3. Install the Indigo add-on.
  4. Open the Indigo add-on.
  5. Click “Maintenance Tools.”
  6. Click “Clear Cache” and confirm.

Fix the “Unable to Connect” Error Message When Adding Sources

You’ll get this error when a repository has been shut down. Jump to see why Kodi add-ons disappear.

Before you give up on an add-on, you should try these troubleshooting tips:

  • Double-check the repository URL is input correctly.
  • Check your internet is working well.
  • Use a trustworthy VPN to make sure you’re not being blocked by your ISP. You can access the content you want completely risk-free if you take advantage of ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Look for an alternate link to the repository, or see if your add-on is included in a different repository.

Resolve the “Check Log for More Information” Error Message

The quickest way to view your log is with the Log Viewer for Kodi add-on from the Official Kodi Add-on repository.

To view your Kodi log:

  • From Kodi’s home screen click “Add-ons.”
  • Click the open box icon on the sidebar.
  • Click “Install from repository.”
  • Choose “Kodi Add-on Repository.”
  • Click “Program Add-ons.”
  • Click “Log Viewer for Kodi” and then click “Install.”
  • Open the add-on from the “Program add-ons” category on the Kodi homepage.
  • Read the log file and follow the directions to fix the error.
  • If the log doesn’t contain clear directions, try to clear the cache (jump to find out how).

If you’ve tried the above instructions and are still receiving the error message, you’re likely either trying to access region-locked content, or your ISP is blocking you from access. If that’s true, the easiest solution is to use a VPN to unlock the content and shield your activity from your ISP.

I’ve been using ExpressVPN for years and have always been able to access the content I want. But don’t take my word for it — you can try out ExpressVPN yourself with their 30-day money-back guarantee.

FAQs: Kodi Addons and VPNs

❓ Are Kodi addons safe?

Kodi add-ons are open-source files, which means anyone can create them. There are two main types of Kodi addons:

Official Kodi Repository Add-Ons: these add-ons are easy to install, and are maintained by the team behind Kodi. The selection is a bit more limited, but the add-ons typically work well.

Third-Party Kodi Add-Ons: these can be downloaded from GitHub and direct URL links. They’re able to access all sorts of content, but some of them stream illegal or pirated material. I recommend using a VPN to make sure you’re protected.

The majority of third-party add-ons are installed through zip files, so it can be easy to hide malware. Even worse, some access illegal websites with pirated material, putting you at risk of legal trouble with the authorities.

I’ve personally tested all the add-ons on this list, so I know they’re safe if you use them responsibly. But no matter what, I always use a VPN when using Kodi. A good quality VPN has a feature to warn you before your device accesses a dangerous or malware-infected site.

But not all VPNs are equal and will protect you. That’s why after extensively testing 27 VPNs, I recommend ExpressVPN when streaming on Kodi. This service has the strongest security features without compromising on speed, so you can stream quickly and safely. Even better, you can try streaming with ExpressVPN completely risk-free with its 30-day money-back guarantee.

⚠️ Is it illegal to use Kodi addons?

It’s perfectly legal to use Kodi add-ons — unless the add-on hosts illegal content. This is a common issue with unofficial third-party Kodi add-ons, which often contain pirated or copyrighted material. Even if you only stream movies and shows on Kodi that are legal, you could still be fined or prosecuted just for using the add-on.

The best way to avoid legal issues is to download a VPN for Kodi. As a safety precaution, I always launch ExpressVPN before I start streaming Kodi add-ons. This means my Kodi activities are private and can’t be traced back to me.

Keep your traffic secure with a VPN!

⛔️ Can Kodi addons contain viruses?

Kodi add-ons can contain viruses, so you should always be cautious when using your device. A Man-In-The-Middle attack can occur at any time data is being transmitted — like while you’re streaming a movie. While add-ons from the Official Kodi Add-on repository are inspected for viruses, unofficial add-ons can have password sniffers, cryptojackers, or malware hidden deep in their code. Meanwhile, clever hackers can sneak past firewalls and virus scanners undetected.

If you don’t want your personal information to be exposed, I recommend installing a trustworthy VPN. A VPN encrypts your internet traffic and reroutes it through an additional server. This hides the content of your activity and its destination. That means while you’re streaming your favorite TV show, no one knows what you’re watching or can hijack your connection. ExpressVPN is my number one choice for streaming movies and television on Kodi because it offers military-grade security (like blocking blacklisted websites) without sacrificing streaming speed.

🔎 Why do Kodi addons disappear or stop working?

Many well-known Kodi add-ons were shut down by authorities in recent years during a major crackdown on streaming services that hosted pirated content. Popular repos like Genesis and Cloud TV stopped working for good.

Additionally, many Kodi add-ons are made by unofficial developers. If Kodi releases a new update, the add-on may stop working unless the developers update it too. Don’t stress though — I regularly test every Kodi add-on on this list to make sure it’s updated and still works.

💡 Why is Kodi better with a VPN?

If you want to be able to watch movies, television shows, and documentaries from around the world, you’ll need a VPN. Many streaming providers block their content from people in other countries. However, a fast and robust VPN can disguise your true location, unlocking thousands of hours of content for you to enjoy.

Even more importantly, using Kodi without a VPN can put you at risk. Many add-ons are unregulated, so you may not even know if you watch illegal content. You could face a hefty fine or even prison. But with a VPN, your streaming on Kodi is untraceable so you can watch without worry.

However, not all VPNs can get you access to the content you want, or keep your data safe. Some are easily detected by streaming providers, and others will sell your browsing data to third-parties. I’ve undertaken extensive testing on all the top VPNs and can confidently say that ExpressVPN is my number one choice to use with Kodi.

💰 Can I use a free VPN with Kodi?

You can install a free VPN for Kodi, but if you want to stream movies and TV shows you might run into some major issues. The majority of free VPNs heavily restrict the bandwidth you can use. For example, Hotspot Shield is popular, but limits you to just 500MB per day — that’s around one episode of Community, or just under 30 minutes of streaming.

Additionally, if you’re using Kodi you’re probably hoping to unblock movies and television from overseas — but free VPNs typically can’t. Services like Netflix and TubiTV have tricky region blocks that only the best VPNs can break through. A free VPN will not let you access the majority of Kodi add-on content.

Even worse, many free VPNs aren’t secure at all — even if you’re just using it for video streaming. Free VPNs can be malicious by exposing you to things like financial fraud and identity theft. Others sell your browsing data to third parties or install malware on your devices.

But here’s a tip: you can get all the advantages of a top-quality VPN with no financial commitment. Just sign up for ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee. You’ll get unlimited access to their features and security benefits, and can watch the content you want. If you don’t love it, just message to cancel — ExpressVPN has a no questions asked policy, so there’s zero risk. I tested this out and had a refund sent within 3 minutes!

You can use every feature of ExpressVPN completely free with the 30-day money-back guarantee

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🏆 What’s the best addon for my device?

The best 25 Kodi add-ons for streaming movies and TV shows will work on all popular devices. This includes Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Windows, macOS, Xbox One, Playstation, Raspberry Pi, Chromecast, Roku, Linux, Nvidia Shield, smart TVs, tablets, Android and iOS.

⚙️ What’s the difference between a Kodi addon vs repository vs build?

All these terms can be a little confusing when you start using Kodi for streaming movies and TV shows. Let’s look at the differences.

A Kodi add-on is like a program or app. An add-on makes it possible for you to stream content to your device from a specific source. For example, you can download the BBC iPlayer add-on to watch BBC shows on your Kodi device.

A Kodi repository (or repo) is a collection of add-ons. You may download one repository which will give you access to multiple add-ons. To get the BBC iPlayer add-on, you need to install it from the Official Kodi Add-on repository. This repo is included when you install Kodi, but if you want to get access to non-official add-ons (like Netflix) you need to install additional repositories. (Jump to find out how!)

A Kodi build is a quicker way of installing Kodi. A build typically includes popular add-ons, repositories, and a skin. You save time by not having to install these items yourself, but Kodi builds are known to slow your system, run risks of malware, and increase user problems. I recommend picking and choosing your add-ons, so you can stream the content you want safely and easily.

Start Streaming Popular Kodi Addons That Really Work!

Many Kodi add-ons don’t work, are insecure, or can leave you vulnerable to malware. Even if you do find one that works, you may find the content you want to watch is blocked just because of your geographical location.

To get access to the content you want to watch and to protect you from dangerous websites, I highly recommend you use a VPN.

I tested 27 VPNs to see how they performed watching movies and TV on Kodi and can confidently say ExpressVPN is the clear winner. If you’re ready to gain access to content around the world, you can try ExpressVPN risk-free with their 30-day money-back guarantee!

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Chase Williams
Chase is an experienced web security expert. He has researched and written extensively on a variety of online security topics