Looking for a quick way to install all the best Kodi addons? Once you have all the best Kodi repositories, installing an addon is just a matter of clicking through a few simple menus. Read on to find out where to go to get access to all the best Kodi repositories of 2017 (so far).
Before you proceed
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- 1 Why bother with repositories?
- 2 A quick Kodi terminology primer
- 3 Two ways to install a Kodi repository
- 4 The 3 best Kodi repositories of 2017
- 5 4 Additional Bonus Repos
Why bother with repositories?
Repositories allow quick access to addons. The best 3rd party repos come with menus that allow you to easily browse and install new addons.
Also, repositories keep your addons up-to-date. If you download an addon without also installing the repository that goes with it, you’ll miss out when the developer pushes out updates. If you don’t get the updates, your addons will eventually stop working. Stream sources go up and go down all the time.
A quick Kodi terminology primer
Just in case you are new to the Kodi community, here’s a quick definition of some Kodi terminology that you’ll run across in this article and elsewhere on the web.
An addon is an extension for Kodi that adds new features or functionality. Because Kodi is open source, anyone can create and release new addons. Official Kodi addons have been approved by the Kodi development team. 3rd party addons allow easy access to live streams, movies and TV shows.
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 addons, builds, wizards and other Kodi extensions are called 3rd party Kodi developers.
A repository is a container that stores addon files. Repositories also help developers release patches. If you download a standalone addon, you’ll be able to use the software but you won’t be able to get the updates.
A Kodi build is a fully customized version of the Kodi software. Builds come with pre-installed addons 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 addons and dead links.
Two ways to install a Kodi repository
There are two ways to install a Kodi repo. In my opinion the best way is to use your web browser to find the source files and then download the zip to your hard drive. If you are using a device that doesn’t have an operating system, you can use Kodi to download the file instead.
The best way to install a Kodi repo
Open up your web browser and Google the name of the repo that you want to install. Then, go to the webpage that contains the file 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 system → settings → addons → install from zip → desktop from within Kodi to finish the installation.
After a few seconds, a popup message will appear. After you see the popup, you can access the repo via system → settings → addons → install from repository.
An alternative way to install a Kodi repository
Another way to install a Kodi repository is to 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.
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, you can install the zip file remotely by system → settings → addons → install from zip → [your media source name]
The 3 best Kodi repositories of 2017
The 3 repositories listed below are must have repositories that you should download as soon as you start over from scratch. If you have Ares Repository, Fusion and Echo you’ll be able to quickly install all the best Kodi addons.
1. Ares Repository
The Ares Repository is operated by the Ares Project community. Ares Project makes some of the best 3rd party builds and addons that you’ll find, so installing this repository is a must.
Ares Wizard is probably the very best 3rd party wizard out there. You can get lots of different builds and addons via Ares Wizard. The very best Ares software bears the Ares logo insignia. However, several Ares community builds and addons are worth checking out as well.
Via the Ares Wizard, you can quickly try out all the different Ares builds and addons.
Once you’ve got Ares Wizard, you can try out Apollo. Apollo is one of the most humungous builds I’ve ever encountered. 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 more lightweight. But if you’re new to Kodi and you want to try out lots of different addons, check it out.
In addition to Ares Wizard and Apollo, another cool piece of software that you’ll find in this repo is an addon called UFC Finest. UFC Finest has tons of old and new UFC content, a well-organized menu, high def streams, plus content from other little-known MMA leagues.
Ares Repository file location: http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/
Fusion is my second favorite 3rd party repo after Ares Repository. With Fusion, you get access to tons of cool Kodi 3rd party addons via an easy-to-use menu.
Fusion recently released a new installer program called Indigo, which seems like a new and better version of Addon Installer.
Addon Installer still exists though, and you can download it if you want via the Fusion Repo.
The Fusion repository has one of the oldest and most well-known 3rd party addons for Kodi: Phoenix. Phoenix is always going through updates and changes, so be sure to get this repo if you plan on using it.
Also, Fusion hosts the only fully licensed TV streaming addon that I know of: USTVNow. Because USTVNow’s streams are 100 percent legit, they never break or trigger errors.
Note: Some people have reported that USTVNow Plus only works if you live outside of North America. However, you can easily get around any type of geo-block by using a VPN service. If you have trouble using USTVNow, we recommend that you sign up for a free trial of IPVanish.
In addition to its popular fare, Fusion also has some pretty good niche humor addons. Bad Lip Reading, Mr. Bean, Funny or Die and Daily Seinfeld are all good addons to have available when you’re in need of a laugh.
Fusion Repository file location: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag/begin-here/
3. Echo Repository
A few months back, the developer team known as Echo took over the reigns of the TDB repo and rebranded it. And they’ve been pushing out all kinds of new software ever since.
Echo TV Guide is one of the better digital TV guide emulators that you’ll find. Echo also maintains several popular builds. You’ll be able to find and install all of Echo’s software via the Echo Repo.
Echo Repository file location: http://echocoder.com/repo/
4 Additional Bonus Repos
The 3 repos listed above are essential if you want to start over from scratch and quickly install all the best addons. Once you’ve got those 3, here are some additional repos you might want to try out and explore.
1. The Noobs and Nerds Repo
If you like SportsDevil, you’ve got to get the Noobs and Nerds repo.
The standalone version of SportsDevil isn’t very good because it contains a lot of broken links. But the Noobs and Nerds version of it is a whole lot better.
When SportsDevil first came out, it didn’t have an official repository. Originally, it was just another “standalone” sports addon. Because nobody updated it, large sections of SportsDevil quickly became obsolete and stopped working.
But now that the Noobs and Nerds team is supporting SportsDevil, everyone who has both the SportsDevil addon and the Noobs and Nerds repo can now enjoy updated links and fresh sports content.
The newly revamped MetalliQ, the video addon Zen and the exciting new multimedia addon called Bob are also available on this repo.
Noobs and Nerds Repo file location: http://noobsandnerds.com/portal/
2. Torrent Streaming Repo
Note: Using a torrent streaming addon on the public internet may get you sued if you live in the United States or any other country that has strict copyright infringement laws. To avoid getting labeled as a pirate, we recommend that you log on to a private network that’s designed for torrenters. Here at addonHQ, we log on to IPVanish to stay anonymous online before we use any 3rd party Kodi addon.
P2P addons are rare and don’t always work very well, but the Torrent Streaming Repo brings all the best and most popular ones together in one central location.
P2P Kodi addons allow you to watch torrent video files before they are finished downloading.
Note: Not all the torrent addons that you’ll find in this repo work. Most of them are quite old and out-of-date.
Of course, remember to be careful when you download torrent files to your computer or device. Not all torrent files are what they claim to be. Some contain malicious code and viruses.
Also, be sure to do your homework before you use any P2P addons for Kodi. As mentioned above, P2P software is illegal in some countries.
Torrent Streaming Repo location: https://offshoregit.com/pulsarunofficial/Unofficial-Quasar-Repo/repository.torrentstreaming/
3. XunityTalk Repository
The developers that run XunityTalk claim that their repository has the best 3rd party addons for Kodi.
This repository’s list of video software isn’t very large. However, it does contain a few very good addons.
For example, iStream is one of the most reliable movie/TV show content scrapers there is. When I recently used iStream to pull up the first episode of Westworld, it presented me with hundreds of links to different sites with free streams.
Also, Bobby’s Cartoons is a very solid addon and is worth a download if you have kids that like to watch classic animated TV shows like The Smurfs, The Ninja Turtles, etc.
XunityTalk Repository location: http://xunitytalk.me/xfinity
If you want to go looking for weird and unknown addons, checkout SuperRepo. The SuperRepo catalogue has an absolutely ginormous collection of 3rd party addons for Kodi.
Apparently, there are so many addons in this huge repository that the administrators of SuperRepo had to divide their catalogue into several different sub-repositories. In order to browse SuperRepo’s addons, you have to install the specific addon 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 addons, you have double click SuperRepo Category Video [Jarvis][v7] and then select install.
Lots of hidden gems can found in SuperRepo’s video addons sub-repo. Dknight’s DramaGo, for example, is probably the best addon for Asian drama out there right now.
Many of the addons 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 addons built to appeal to niche groups of Kodi users.
SuperRepo location: http://srp.nu/jarvis/repositories/superrepo/