Ares Wizard could very well be the only Kodi tool you’ll ever need. It’s a totally free utility that provides instant access to all the 3rd party software created by the programmer group known as the Ares Project.
Ares Project is the group behind awesome builds like Apollo and CellarDoor TV. Additionally, the team hosts many of the most popular 3rd party Kodi addons.
If you want to learn more about Ares Wizard, read on for a quick walk-through of its features and a short review. Scroll down to the very end of the article to get the installation instructions.
Before you use any Kodi 3rd party addon, we highly recommend that you sign up with a VPN service to protect your privacy. Kodi streamers have been known to receive copyright infringement notices for watching movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish – a complete privacy solution for Kodi users.
- 1 Main features
- 1.1 1. Switch builds instantly
- 1.2 2. Install all the most popular repos
- 1.3 3. Download the best addons
- 1.4 4. Tweak your video playback settings
- 1.5 5. Set an automatic cache clearing schedule
- 1.6 6. Test your internet speed
- 1.7 7. Backup and restore your Kodi
- 2 How to install Ares Wizard
From the Ares Wizard main menu you can easily switch builds, load Kodi repositories, download addons, tweak your video playback settings, clear your cache and more.
If you’re unsure whether or not you want to download Ares Wizard, you may want to check out its features first to get a feel for what it can do. But if you’re already familiar with Ares Wizard and you just want to know how to download it, just scroll down to the bottom of the page for installation instructions.
Note: If Ares Wizard doesn’t load immediately after you install it, be patient. The Ares Wizard splash screen normally takes about 10 to 15 seconds to load.
1. Switch builds instantly
Ares Wizard’s browse builds menu gives you access to Ares Build’s most useful feature: the ability to download and install new builds. To get a new build, all you have to do is select the build you want and then press install.
Builds are great because they allow you to quickly try out lots of different 3rd party addons. There are two types of builds available via Ares Wizard: green builds and yellow builds.
Ares Wizard’s featured builds (highlighted in green) require you to enter a special code. In order to get the code, you have to click a link. The link brings up a webpage. Ignore the banner ads and check the middle of the page to get your 4-digit PIN code. Next, enter your PIN into Ares Wizard to gain access to the build download page.
Here’s are a few of Ares Wizard’s most notable featured builds:
- CellarDoorTV. After a long wait, the new Krypton version of CellarDoorTV is finally out. We haven’t tried out the new-and-improved Krypton edition of CellarDoorTV yet, but it looks awesome. CellarDoorTV was our personal favorite build for Kodi Jarvis. It had a solid collection of addons, a beautiful skin and innovative IMDb integration.
- Ares US Builds. This menu contains links to various flavors of the Ares US Build, which is basically a revamped version of Shank’s Build. Shank’s Build’s creator is Eric Shankman– a community build developer that recently got promoted to the official Ares Project programming team. If you are looking for a build that features built-in parental controls and lots of content from the United States, Ares US Build could be the build for you.
- Ares Builds. We haven’t tried out any of the builds listed here yet, but the do look interesting. Notable options include Ares: Kids, a build for Amazon FireStick and a stylish looking build called Ares: Silver Surfer.
- Apollo. If you’re looking for a beefy build that’s packed full of addons, this is the build for you. Apollo is a huge build that contains literally hundreds of addons. However, before you download it you should make sure that you have enough room for it on your device. You’ll need at least 750 MB of free space if you want to check it out.
- Note: Read our full review of Apollo here: Apollo Kodi Build: Review & How to Install Guide
The builds that aren’t highlighted in green don’t require you to retrieve the PIN code. However, those typically aren’t as good. On the other hand, there are a couple that are definitely worth checking out.
- KodiUKTV Builds. KodiUKTV is the maker of Nemesis, which was one of the most popular builds last year. The great thing about the old version of Nemesis was its beginner-friendly menu system. For whatever reason, KodiUKTV recently decided to drop its signature simple menu system in the Krypton version of Nemesis. However, Nemesis is still a nice looking build and is worth checking out if you’re a fan of KodiUKTV.
- Note: For an in-depth review of the new edition of Nemesis, check out: Best Kodi Builds for February 2017 – In-Depth with Nemesis 2.0
- TVAddons.ag Autoconfig. We haven’t tried this tool out yet, but it looks promising. TVAddons.ag is one of the biggest 3rd party addon repositories out there right now. Typically, TVAddons.ag software is top notch. For example, TVAddons.ag’s new addon installer Indigo is probably the very best program of its kind. If TVAddon.ag’s Autoconfig build is anywhere near as good as Indigo, it’s worth a download.
- Note: For more information about the Indigo addon installer, read: How to Install Indigo (Fusion) Installer on Kodi – Indigo Installation Guide
Want to learn more about Kodi builds?
Every month, we cover the latest Kodi build news. Check out our latest build roundup here: Best Kodi Builds for April 2017 (Kodi Krypton Edition)
2. Install all the most popular repos
If you click browse addons from the Ares Wizard splash screen and then select repositories, you’ll land on the menu depicted below.
3rd party addons periodically connect to Kodi repos (aka repositories) to download updates. Even though it’s possible to download “stand-alone” versions of addons, it’s better idea to download the connected version of an addon whenever possible.
The most popular repos come with installers that allow Kodi users to browse and install addons with ease. Here are a few repositories you should get once you download Ares Wizard.
- Ares Project. The Ares Project repo is very well maintained and contains a ton of useful addons. You can use the browse addons button of Ares Wizard to find and install addons from this repository.
- TVAddons.ag repository. As mentioned above, the TVAddons.ag repo is one of the biggest 3rd party addon repositories out there today. The majority of our addon guides require the use of the TVaddon.ag repo, so if you download and install it you’ll be able to save time when using this site to find addon installation instructions.
For more information about how addon repositories work, read: Best Kodi Repositories of 2017 – The Top 3 3rd Party Repos
3. Download the best addons
Many of our favorite addons can be downloaded and installed simply by using the Ares Wizard’s video addons menu. All you have to do is click install to get the addon that you want.
Here are some interesting addons to check out via Ares Wizard:
- Exodus. Exodus has been the best movie/TV addon for several years now. And now that its creator has handed over the job of maintaining the addon to the team at TVAddons.ag, it’ll probably get even better.
- Cartoons8. There are lots of cartoon addons out there, but Cartoons8 is the best. It’s got both classic cartoons and Japanese anime shows and movies.
- UFC Finest. If you’re a fan of MMA fights, you should definitely get the UFC Finest addon. It has got a great content archive and its maintained by an active developer that takes requests via Twitter.
Looking for more advice for picking out addons? If so, read: Best Kodi Addons – Kodi Repository and Addon Guide
4. Tweak your video playback settings
By default, Kodi allocates a very small amount of memory for processing video. If you run Kodi on a PC or laptop, you can increase the number for better performance. Just click the tweaks button in Ares Wizard, then go through the advanced settings wizard. Ares Wizard will automatically generate the best settings for your system.
5. Set an automatic cache clearing schedule
If you use Kodi on a PC or laptop, you don’t need to worry about your hard drive filling up with Kodi files that you don’t need. But if you run Kodi on a streaming stick or on a dedicated Kodi box, using Ares Wizard to setup an automatic cache cleanup schedule is a smart idea.
Interested in using a Kodi box or a streaming stick to watch Kodi on your living room TV? If so, check out these guides:
- What Is a Kodi box? An In-depth Look Into 4 Kodi Devices
- How to Setup Kodi on Roku – Premiere, Express, Ultra, & Streaming Stick
- How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick – Setup Kodi on Amazon Fire TV
6. Test your internet speed
If you use Kodi without a VPN, there’s a chance that your ISP is slowing down (aka “throttling”) your internet connection. Discriminating against internet users that like to stream video is illegal, but many ISPs do it anyway.
If you want to check to see if your ISP is charging you for bandwidth that it’s not letting you use, you can pull up Ares Wizard’s handy speed test tool. You can get to it via the more button.
For more information about bandwidth throttling, read: How to Bypass ISP Throttling
7. Backup and restore your Kodi
If you want to backup your Kodi, you can do so by clicking the backup button in Ares Wizard. This feature is new and we haven’t tested it out yet, so we can’t comment on how well it works. But if you want to give it a spin, all you have to do is select a backup destination and then press make backup.
How to install Ares Wizard
In order to install Ares Wizard, you have to visit http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/ and download repository.aresproject.zip. Once you’ve got the repo file, all you have to do is open it from inside of Kodi. From there, you can install Ares Wizard by via the install from repository menu.
In case you’re totally new to Kodi, here is a quick step-by-step guide for installing Ares Wizard in Kodi Krypton.
Note: If the steps below don’t match up to what you see on your screen, you’re probably using an older version of Kodi called Kodi Jarvis. You’ll probably have better luck with Ares Wizard if you upgrade to the latest version of Kodi. But if you can’t do that, scroll down for instructions for installing Ares Wizard in Kodi Jarvis.
1. Download the repository file
Go to http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/ and download repository.aresproject.zip to your hard drive.
2. Install the repository file
From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen. Then, click the box icon.
Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu. Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved repository.aresproject.zip and click open.
3. Install Ares Wizard
Now that you have the repository installed, click the box icon again. This time, click install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard → install.
How to install Ares Wizard (Kodi Jarvis)
The Ares Wizard installation process is pretty much the same in Kodi Jarvis. However, some of the menus are labeled a little bit differently in Jarvis.
- First, download the Ares Project repo by going to https://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/. The file you need is repository.aresproject.zip.
- Next, navigate to system → settings → addons → install from zip file. Wait for the “installation complete” popup.
- Now, go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard