As of this past week, the popular TVAddons website — and their large Fusion super repository — is down. Many of the addons that TVAddons had collected, including Exodus and Phoenix, also took a hit. These recent events have left many Kodi users scrambling to find some great alternatives to the popular and highly-relied-upon TVAddons. The good news is that TVAddons is not the only place to locate many great addons. Here are several TVAddons replacement repositories that will get you some (but not all) of the addons you’re looking for.
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Turn Off Automatic Updates Immediately
The current addon-apocalypse means that any addon could go down at any time. If you are trying to find new addons, you might find that the repositories are dead, the repository folders are empty, or that that the individual addon links for download don’t work.
You may also find that some of your current addons have suddenly stopped working. If that’s the case, you may not be able to resurrect some of your currently-defunct addons. However, you can make an effort in preventing some of your currently working addons from biting the dust, at least for a time, by turning off automatic updates
Turning off automatic updates on your Kodi addons will prevent the developers from being able to “kill” the addon directly. Addons work by using scripts to scrape the web for content and then display that content in Kodi. Once you’ve downloaded the addon, the program will work until it gets an update in a manner that changes the code. Some developers are changing the code to effectively kill the addon, which will occur through the update process.
To turn off automatic updates, do the following:
- From your Kodi home screen, click on the gear symbol
- Click on System Settings
- Scroll down to Addons
- Click on Updates, and change it to either “Never check for updates” or “Notify, but don’t install updates”
Your Kodi addons should now no longer update automatically, which should allow you to continue using your addons in their current states. There are a few other ways for the developers to kill addons, but updating the code to make them inert is typically the most effective method to do so. This will stave off the end of usage for your addon, but it will likely eventually stop working due to the many streams it pulls from going down. One thing that keeps any addon relevant is the regular updates to working stream sources. As long as your addon is not getting those updates, eventually it will be “broken”.
Alternative for TVAddons Repo for Kodi
Although TVAddons as a site had a lot of good uses, its most popular use was its extensive addon library. The Fusion (later renamed Indigo) super repository had hundreds of addons available for download, and offered up easy access to many smaller developer repositories as well. Now that TVAddons is unavailable, there are some good alternative super-repositories, as well as a few smaller repositories that can give you access to some of the same addons found in the TV Addons repo.
SuperRepo has for a long time been the largest contender to TVAddons based on size. SuperRepo has well over 2,000 Kodi addons in its folders, from video addons (over 1,700) to program addons (over 400) to music addons (nearly 200). The SuperRepo repository is also a great place to download individual developer repositories, of which there are over 400 listed in the SuperRepo folders.
At this time of writing, SuperRepo is still up and running. If this is not the case at some point in the future, we will update this article to let you know. Alternatively, if you find that this repository goes down before we do, please let us know in the comments.
To install the SuperRepo repository, do the following:
- From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol on the top left
- Click on File Manager
- Select Add Source
- Where it says <None>, enter the following address: http://srp.nu
- Enter a name, such as SuperRepo
- Return to your Kodi home screen
- Hover over Addons on the left, and then click on My Addons at the top
- Click on the ellipses (…) at the top
- Select Install from zip
- Locate your SuperRepo folder and click on it (should be on the first screen of Install from zip)
- Click on your current Kodi version (such as Krypton, which is version 17)
- Click on Repositories
- Click on superrepo
- Click on the superrepo zip file: superrepo.kodi.krypton.repositories-x.x.xx.zip (each “x” stands for a version number, which could change)
- You will get a message on the top right when the installation is complete
To check to see if your SuperRepo installed correctly, hit Escape once, and then click on Install from repository. The SuperRepo repository should be listed here, ready for you to explore.
Once installed, SuperRepo is extremely easy to navigate. There’s a long list of programs and services you can download, although the primary section you’ll likely be interested in is Video Addons.
As you can see from the image, there are over 1,700 video addons listed here from a large number of independent developers. Popular addons you can find here include:
- cCloud TV
- BBC iPlayer
- Premiumize Cloud
You can also find a lot of addons to try and play around with, making SuperRepo one of the best TVAddons replacements you’re going to find.
Simply Caz Repo
As far as what offers, the Simply Caz Repo is not nearly as large as SuperRepo. The real draw for Simply Caz is that it has a fair number of addons that have been taken down and are now unavailable in other places, such as the popular Exodus addon.
The fact that the Simply Caz Repo has Exodus makes it one you’re going to want. Combine that with a few other hard-to-find addons, and you’ll find Simply Caz to be a really good repository to have in your arsenal.
Simply Caz was up and running when we published this article. Please let us know in the comments if you find it’s not working.
To install the Simply Caz Repo, do the following:
- From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol at the top left
- Click on File manager
- Select Add source
- Click where you see <None> and enter the following address: http://repo.cazwall.com/sc/
- Give it a name at the bottom, such as Simple Caz, then click OK
- Return to your Kodi home screen
- Hover over Addons on the right and then click on My Addons on the top of the screen
- Click on the ellipses (…) at the top
- Click on Install from zip
- Find your Simply Caz FTP connection and click on it
- Click on Repository (Click Here)
- Click on the zip file: repository.simplycaz-x.x.x.zip to install
You will get a confirmation that your repository has successfully installed on the top right of the screen.
You can now hit Escape once, and find your repository by clicking on Install from repository.
Inside Simply Caz Repo
As stated, the Simply Caz Repo does not have a lot of addons in it, but it does have some that are hard to find now that TVAddons is down. There are over 200 addons available in Simply Caz, which, again, pales in comparison to SuperRepo, but which is still a large amount.
Ares Wizard and Ares Project
The Ares Wizard shares a lot in common with the TVAddons Indigo tool, in that it does far more than just offering an easy way to download and install addons. With the Ares Wizard tool, you can get addons and adjust your Kodi settings through the program. The number of addons is limited here (only around 50), but the tool itself is a useful replacement for the TVAddons Indigo tool for installing addons faster.
If you found that Ares is down when you came to this article, please let us know in the comments.
To install the Ares Wizard tool, do the following:
- Click here to install the repository zip file
- From your Kodi home screen, hover over Addons, then click on My Addons at the top
- Click on Install from zip
- Locate where you saved your file, repository.aresproject.zip, and click on it
You will get a successful installation message on the top right of the screen. Once you’ve received the installation message, locate the Ares Project repository from your Install from repository folder.
To install the Ares Wizard tool, simply go to your Ares Project repository, click on Program Addons, and then select Ares Wizard to install.
Note that you don’t need the Ares Wizard tool to get the addons. You can get them directly from the Ares Project Video Addons section. However, the tool makes installing faster, as well as opens up the option for other features, such as maintenance tools.
Click here to access our thorough review of the Ares Wizard tool.
Official Kodi Addon Repository
The Official Kodi addon repository is a great place for any addons that are officially approved by the XBMC Foundation. There’s no special installation process needed here. You can find the official repo by going to your Install from repository folder using the same instructions from the other install guides above.
The official repo is a good place to check out some of the first-party addons. That includes the Crunchyroll and Funimation addons, both of which have excellent quality. Funimation, in particular, appears to have put some good work into their Kodi addon.
Why Do I Need a TVAddons Replacement?
There are a lot of names for what has happened amongst the Kodi community in the past week. Kodipocalypse, for example, might be a fitting name. Regardless of what you call it, many addons, repositories, and addon developers are shutting down in response to a recent lawsuit filed against the developer of ZemTV and against TVAddons.
TorrentFreak broke the news about the lawsuit, which also appeared to be news to the crew at TVAddons, who did not know about the lawsuit when contacted for comments by TorrentFreak. TVAddons quickly took down its repository, but the site remained active for several days afterward until that too went down.
In the TVAddons forums, representatives for the site responded to comments about issues with addons from the repository by explaining that their servers were having issues, but that they would soon be back up. Before the entire site went down, some have reported that TVAddons reps mentioned the site undergoing some server changes.
Although TVAddons has been quiet on whether or not their repository and their site disappearing is directly related to the lawsuit, the current belief in the community is that they did, in fact, shut their doors as a response.
The fallout of this has been that individuals trying to install addons that were only available through TVAddons were met with error messages. Although news of the shutdown for both the TVAddons repo and the site have been for several days, many newcomers who do not regularly keep abreast of the community are still discovering the issue, and making inquiring posts on Kodi communities such as /r/Addons4Kodi.
The fallout has struck the developer community particularly hard. Many popular addon developers decided to take their addons offline as well as a self-protective measure. If you are finding some addons simply won’t install, or addons that you once used are now showing up empty or sending error messages, it is likely that the addon developer has taken that addon or their individual repository down.
Will TVAddons Come Back?
Although the TVAddons crew has stated they will be back, the community is waiting to see what will happen. There is no current word on a timeframe for the TVAddons to return, if at all. Until then, we suggest you utilize the /r/Addons4Kodi forum, which is typically one of the best sources for news on issues occurring with Kodi. We also recommend keeping up with TorrentFreak, which has a solid ear to the ground on Kodi-related topics and is often the first to break the news on major Kodi developments.