Early this month, the giant TVAddons / Fusion repository went offline along with Offshoregit. As a result of the shutdown, Kodi fans everywhere are getting all kinds of errors.
To help Kodi fans get up and running again, we’ve updated our list of the best Kodi repositories. All the Kodi repositories on our list have been verified to make sure that they are still operational.
We’ve also provided a short guide for installing Kodi repositories at the beginning of this article. If you already know how to install a repository, just scroll down to the bottom of the page for updated links to the best 3rd party Kodi repos that are still functioning. If you’re a beginner, we recommend reading the repository installation guide before you download.
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Repository installation guide
This guide contains everything you need to know about Kodi add-ons and Kodi repositories. If you need help, post your question in the comment section at the bottom of the article and we’ll point you in the right direction.
What are repositories?
Repositories allow quick access to add-ons. They essentially allow you to download an add-on easily, while simultaneously providing you with automatic updates to keep them operational. If you download an add-on without also installing the repository that goes with it, you’ll miss out when the developer pushes out updates. Because most add-ons pull their streams from websites that go offline frequently, it’s important to keep your add-ons up to date so that the list of sources can be refreshed.
4 Kodi terms you should know
Just in case you are new to the Kodi community, here’s a quick glossary of some Kodi terminology that you’ll run across in this article and elsewhere on the web.
An add-on is an extension for Kodi that adds new features or functionality. Because Kodi is open source, anyone can create and release new add-ons. A large number of add-ons can be found in the official Kodi repository, while an even greater number can be found in unofficial repositories like the ones we’ll discuss later in this article. These third party add-ons are created by independent developers, and usually focus on delivering streams for movies, TV shows, and live sports to the end user (you).
There are two types of Kodi developers: official Kodi developers and 3rd party Kodi developers. The official Kodi development team maintains the base Kodi software platform. The independent coders that release add-ons, builds, wizards and other Kodi extensions are called 3rd party Kodi developers.
A repository is a container that stores add-on files and keeps them up to date. If you download a standalone add-on, you’ll be able to use the software but you won’t be able to get the updates. Using a repository, on the other hand, will allow you to enjoy your add-ons with the added benefit of automatically receiving updates for all your add-ons.
A Kodi build is a fully customized version of the Kodi software. Builds come with pre-installed add-ons and repositories. Kodi builds also have unique wallpapers, widgets and menu bars. The best builds are streamlined and up-to-date, but many are slow and contain lots of old add-ons and dead links.
How to install a Kodi repo
There are two ways to install a Kodi repo. One of the best ways is to use your web browser to find the source files and then download the installation files to your hard drive. The other way is to use Kodi to download the file instead.
If you use a PC or laptop to run Kodi, the first way is the best way. But if you use a Kodi box to run Kodi, you’ll have to use the second approach.
If you have a laptop/desktop PC
Please note that these are generic installation instructions. Specific instructions for each repository will follow further down the article.
Open up your web browser and Google the name of the repo that you want to install. Find the download link for the repo, and download the zip to your hard drive. I personally prefer to download to my desktop, but you can choose any folder you want.
Once you have the repo zip file, navigate to install from zip from within Kodi to finish the installation.
If you’re using Kodi 17 (aka Kodi Krypton) all you have to do is choose add-ons from the main menu and then click the box icon on the top left hand part of the screen.
If you’re using Kodi 16 (aka Kodi Jarvis), you can get to the install from zip menu by navigating to system → settings → add-ons → install from zip → desktop.
After a few seconds, a popup message will appear to let you know that the installation is complete. After you see the popup, you can access the repo via install from repository.
If you have a Kodi box
Here’s how to install a Kodi repository if you use an android TV box to watch Kodi streams.
First, set up a file source in Kodi’s file manager by going to system → file manager → add source.
Here’s what your screen should look like when you reach the add source screen if you’re using the latest version of Kodi (Kodi Krypton).
To get to the screen depicted above, click the gear icon from the main menu and then click the file manager icon.
Here’s what the file manager looked like in Kodi Jarvis:
Double click where it says <none> to enter in the URL where the repository file is located. Next, name the file source by clicking the box underneath where it says enter a name for this media source.
After you’ve set up the file source, it will appear when you open up file manager. Just click the file source and choose the add-on you want to install.
Working Kodi repositories (Last update: October 24, 2017)
These are the best 3rd party Kodi repositories around right now.
A recent website change brought down the Colossus repository and caught many of Kodi fans off guard.
An indie Kodi developer that goes by Smash used to host Colossus, which contains the popular on-demand TV/movie add-on known as Covenant.
Recently, Colossal and Smash seem to have parted ways. The Colossus repository is no longer available on Smash’s website.
After Smash removed Colossus, Covenant broke and confusion erupted on Twitter.
If you have Covenant and want to fix it, delete your Colossal repository and delete Covenant. Then, install them both again using the Colossal installation link provided below.
Despite the recent shakeup, Colossus is still the best repository to go to for Covenant. A new Covenant update finally fixed its Trakt integration feature. If you use Trakt to keep track of which shows and movies you’ve watched, it’s definitely worth it to get the latest update.
Here is the link to the official Colossal repository installation file (repository.colossus-999.999.6.zip)
The coder known as Smash doesn’t have much coding experience, but he plays an important supporting role in the Kodi community.
Smash helped the Kodi community stay afloat last summer when he hosted a number of important add-ons on his website. The popular Kodi add-on hub TVAddons had dropped offline for a few weeks to prepare for a re-launch. The site was hit with two high profile lawsuits in June.
- Note: Smash recently changed his website URL from mediarepos.net/kodistuff to mediarepos.org/kodistuff. Be sure to update your Kodi installation to reflect the change, or else you won’t be able to download updates from his add-ons.
Here is the link to the Smash repository installation file (SmashRepo.zip)
The Ares Repository is operated by the Ares Project community. The Ares Project makes excellent builds and their Ares Wizard program is also quite good.
The popular video add-on Exodus stopped working after TVAddons went down. However, you can now download the standalone version of Exodus directly from Ares Wizard.
Only time will tell if the Exodus development team will make the Ares Project repo a permanent home, but for now you can use the Ares Wizard to get the last version of Exodus that came out before the TVAddons crackdown.
Given that the Ares Project has stayed very active on social media, it seems likely that Ares Project will continue to support Kodi 3rd party add-ons for the foreseeable future.
An excellent place to go for builds
Once you’ve got Ares Wizard and the Ares Project repository, you can try out Apollo. Apollo is absolutely colossal build. That can be a good thing if you’re on a laptop or desktop. But if you’re using a Kodi box, a smartphone or Raspberry Pi you may want to go with a build that’s a little lighter.
If you want a slick looking Kodi experience without the hassle of having to sort through a ton of different add-ons, get Cellar Door instead. Cellar Door is currently our #1 favorite build. And because its developers are always pushing out patches, it is nearly always up-to-date.
- Check out our monthly build review for more information about the latest and greatest Kodi builds.
What to do if you get a “missing dependencies” error
We had no problems installing Kodi add-ons via the Ares Wizard. However, after attempting to install various add-ons via the Ares Project repository, we started running into “missing dependencies” installation errors. But after we used Ares Wizard to run “Fresh Start,” everything worked like a charm.
You can find Fresh Start by clicking the “more” tab while in Ares Wizard.
Ares Wizard has some great builds. However, when it comes to add-ons, the Ares Wizard collection is a bit weak. They do host some good wrestling add-ons, though.
MMA Planet used to be called UFC Finest. Even though it now has a different name, it still has tons of old and new UFC content, a well-organized menu, high def streams, plus content from other little-known MMA leagues.
Wrestling on Demand
Wrestling on Demand has reliable live streams of the WWE Network, plus a huge archive of nearly every major WWE event ever broadcast.
Read more about Wrestling on Demand and other good wrestling add-ons here: Best WWE Kodi Add-ons – How to Watch WWE on Kodi
Ares Repository file location
You can install the Ares Project repository using one of the two methods described above. Here is a link to the Ares Project installation file:
Noobs and Nerds
The Noobs and Nerds team made a name for themselves when they breathed new life into a popular standalone add-on called SportsDevil.
The standalone version of SportsDevil was very buggy before Noobs and Nerds took it over because when SportsDevil first came out, it didn’t have an official repository. As a result, many Kodi users ran into issues and errors when using it. The Noobs and Nerds version of SportsDevil cleared up most of those problems.
Noobs and Nerds is small compared to other repositories. However, but we think that there’s a chance that Noobs and Nerds will possibly become bigger and more important in the near future.
As mentioned above, the SportsDevil add-on is available via Noobs and Nerds. SportsDevil isn’t perfect by any means. You’ll run into lots of dead links if you use this add-on. However, it does contain some working links as well, and is one of the most popular options for streaming sports via Kodi.
- For more information about SportsDevil, read: SportsDevil Addon for Kodi – How to Install Guide
Another important add-on that you can find in the Noobs and Nerds repo is Metalliq. Metalliq is kind of like an add-on for add-ons. When you click a movie or TV show in Metalliq, it’ll look through all your add-ons to see if it can find whatever it is you want. Metalliq works great with Exodus, Specto, Bob Unrestricted and other video add-ons.
- To learn more about Metalliq, read: Metalliq Kodi Add-on – How to Install Metalliq on Kodi
After Exodus went down with TVAddons, many former Exodus fans switched over to Bob Unrestricted. Bob Unrestricted offers up a large library of full season TV shows as well as music videos and full-length HD movies.
Bob is new compared to Exodus and Specto. So, hopefully it will continue to get better as time goes on.
Noobs and Nerds file location
You can install the Noobs and Nerds repository using one of the two methods described above. Here is a link to the Noobs and Nerds installation file:
SuperRepo is a huge collection of weird and little-known add-ons. Super Repo is a massive repository, but unfortunately a large percentage of SuperRepo’s add-ons are broken. Still, there are a few important add-ons that have a home on SuperRepo. And now that TVAddons is gone, more developers may eventually decide to host their add-ons there.
How to navigate SuperRepo
SuperRepo has so many add-ons that the administrators of SuperRepo had to divide their catalogue into several different sub-repositories. That’s why you have to install the specific add-on sub-category that you want to look at after you install the main repo.
For example, if you want to check out SuperRepo’s video add-ons, you have double click SuperRepo Category Video and then select install.
A few hidden gems can found in SuperRepo’s video add-ons sub-repo. Dknight’s DramaGo, for example, is probably the best add-on for Asian drama out there right now.
Many of the add-ons you’ll find in SuperRepo were crafted by solitary developers that were either unwilling or unable to launch a website to promote their Kodi project. As a result, SuperRepo contains a lot of specialized add-ons built to appeal to niche groups of Kodi users.
SuperRepo installation file
You can install the SuperRepo repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Rumor has it that an important add-on may soon becoming to Mucky Duck: iStream. Before the XunityTalk repository went down, iStream was one of the best video add-ons out there.
According to KodiTips, iStream is already in the Mucky Duck repository.
But when we checked Mucky Duck to verify, we weren’t able to find iStream.
However, it does indeed seem like Mucky Duck may be in the process of joining forces with XunityTalk.
And here’s another clue that iStream could eventually move over to Mucky Duck:
Most of Mucky Duck’s add-ons are broken
There aren’t many interesting add-ons in the Mucky Duck repository right now. Gorilla Streams and Moviepool, Pubfilm and LuckyTV all have flashy logos and artwork, but they don’t seem to work at all.
Still, this repository is worth installing. If Mucky Duck does indeed pickup iStream, the Mucky Duck repo could become relevant. Also, Mucky Duck’s Twitter feed seems to indicate that he’s working on several new Kodi add-ons.
Mucky Duck installation file
You can install the Mucky Duck repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Kodil (Kodi Israel Group)
Kodil is like an add-on thrift shop. It contains a ton of popular add-ons that can’t be found anywhere else, but it also contains a bunch of add-ons that don’t work anymore. If you feel like digging around a bit, it’s worth a look.
Kodi installation file
You can install the Kodil repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the installation file:
Fusion (aka TVAddons)
Before it shut down abruptly in the first week of June 2017, the TVAddons repository had one of the largest collections of 3rd party Kodi add-ons. A few weeks later, TVAddons came back from the grave. All its shady add-ons have been replaced with more legitimate ones.
Indigo add-on installer
The TVAddons/Fusion repository works with the add-on installer called Indigo. Just fire up Indigo once you get this repo to install new add-ons.
TVAddons installation file
You can install the TVAddons repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide. Here is the link to the TVAddons installation file:
Dead Kodi repositories
The repositories listed here no longer work. If you see references to any of these repositories while looking for information about add-ons online, you may as well stop reading and try to Google a more up-to-date guide.
Dead Kodi repo #1: Echo (aka Orion) Repository
Several months ago, the developer known as Echo Coder took over the Kodi repository known as the TBD Repo. He rebranded TBD Repo with a new name and started pushing out some excellent Kodi software.
For example, Echo Coding was behind the popular but now defunct cable TV guide emulator called Echo TV guide and the Echo Wizard add-on installer. Echo Coding produced some good quality builds as well.
But a few weeks ago Echo Coding quit Kodi and deleted all his social media accounts. However, according to the tweets depicted below Echo Coding may have briefly reemerged as @Orion_thebelt.
For now, all the social media accounts connect to Orion/Echo Coding now seem to have disappeared.
Dead repo #2: Torrent Streaming Repo
The Torrent Streaming Repo used to rely on Offshoregit for hosting. But now that Offshoregit is gone, this home for torrent add-ons is no more.
Here is what the Torrent Streaming Repo used to look like:
Dead repo #3: XunityTalk Repository
In addition to TVAddons, Echo and TSR, the XunityTalk repository also seems to have been pulled offline.
However, as mentioned above some believe that the Xunitytalk team may be planning to make a comeback.
According to a recent article from KodiTips, XunityTalk’s most important add-on– a video add-on called iStream– is now available via the Mucky Duck repository. But when we checked Mucky Duck to see if iStream was indeed there, we didn’t see it.
Which repositories are you using?
New repositories are springing up all over the place. If you’re using one that we didn’t mention here, please let us know in the comments section so that we can add it to the list.