Best Kodi Repositories of 2017 – These 5 Kodi Repositories are Still Working

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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 for 2017.  All 5 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 5 best 3rd party Kodi repos that are still functioning. If you’re a beginner, we recommend reading the repository installation guide before you download.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to help readers access content they already have purchased the rights to access, but are for whatever reason unable to access either temporarily, or permanently. AddonHQ does not support software piracy, and bears no responsibility for what you decide to do with the contents of this article. Furthermore, please note that AddonHQ in no way hosts, develops, or produces any of the software mentioned within this article. For more information, please see our full disclaimer here.



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Repository installation guide

This guide contains everything you need to know about Kodi addons 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 addons.  They essentially allow you to download an addon easily, while simultaneously providing you with automatic updates to keep them operational. If you download an addon without also installing the repository that goes with it, you’ll miss out when the developer pushes out updates. Because most addons pull their streams from websites that go offline frequently, it’s important to keep your addons 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.

Addon

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.  A large number of addons 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 addons are created by independent developers, and usually focus on delivering streams for movies, TV shows, and live sports to the end user (you).

Developer

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.

Repository

A repository is a container that stores addon files and keeps them up to date.  If you download a standalone addon, 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 addons with the added benefit of automatically receiving updates for all your addons.

Build

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.

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.

The leftmost icon is the box icon.

If you’re using Kodi 17 (aka Kodi Krypton) all you have to do is choose addons from the main menu and then click the box icon on the top left hand part of the screen.

This is what the “install from zip” menu looks like in Kodi Krypton

If you’re using Kodi 16 (aka Kodi Jarvis), you can get to the install from zip menu by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip → desktop.

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A screenshot of Kodi’s “install from zip” menu page (Kodi Jarvis)

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).

A screenshot of Kodi Krypton’s file manager.

To get to the screen depicted above, click the gear icon from the main menu and then click the file manager icon.

Use the gear icon in Kodi Krypton to add a source.

Here’s what the file manager looked like in Kodi Jarvis:

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A screenshot of Kodi’s “Add files source” menu page

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 addon you want to install.

Working Kodi repositories (Last update: June 23, 2017)

Many repositories went offline this month, but the repositories listed below don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Working repo #1:  Ares Repository

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 addon 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 addons for the foreseeable future.

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A screenshot of the Ares Wizard splash screen.

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 addons, 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.
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A screenshot of the Apollo build’s movies page.0

What to do if you get a “missing dependencies” error

We had no problems installing Kodi addons via the Ares Wizard.  However, after attempting to install various addons 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.

MMA Planet

Ares Wizard has some great builds.  However, when it comes to addons, the Ares Wizard collection is a bit weak.  They do host some good wrestling addons, 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.

The MMA Planet addon, available via the Ares Project repository

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 addons here: Best WWE Kodi Addons – How to Watch WWE on Kodi

The Wrestling on Demand addon, available via the Ares Project repository

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:

http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/

Working repo #2:  Noobs and Nerds

The Noobs and Nerds team made a name for themselves when they breathed new life into a popular standalone addon 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.

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A screenshot of the Noobs and Nerds repository

SportsDevil

As mentioned above, the SportsDevil addon 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 addon. However, it does contain some working links as well, and is one of the most popular options for streaming sports via Kodi.

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The SportsDevil Launcher addon

Metalliq

Another important addon that you can find in the Noobs and Nerds repo is Metalliq. Metalliq is kind of like an addon for addons.  When you click a movie or TV show in Metalliq, it’ll look through all your addons to see if it can find whatever it is you want.  Metalliq works great with Exodus, SpectoBob Unrestricted and other video addons.

Bob Unrestricted

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 Repo file location

You can install the Noobs and Nerds repository using one of the two methods described in the beginner’s section of this guide.  Here is the link to the Noobs and Nerds installation file:

https://noobsandnerds.com/portal/

Working repo #3:  SuperRepo

SuperRepo is a huge collection of weird and little-known addons.  Super Repo is a massive repository, but unfortunately a large percentage of SuperRepo’s addons are broken. Still, there are a few important addons that have a home on SuperRepo.  And now that TVAddons is gone, more developers may eventually decide to host their addons there.

How to navigate SuperRepo

SuperRepo has so many addons that the administrators of SuperRepo had to divide their catalogue into several different sub-repositories.  That’s why you have to install the specific addon sub-category that you want to look at after you install the main repo.

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SuperRepo’s list of sub-repositories

For example, if you want to check out SuperRepo’s video addons, you have double click SuperRepo Category Video and then select install.  

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DramaGo

A few 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.

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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 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:

https://srp.nu/jarvis/repositories/superrepo/

Working repo #4: Mucky Duck

Rumor has it that an important addon may soon becoming to Mucky Duck: iStream. Before the XunityTalk repository went down, iStream was one of the best video addons 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.

“if i was ever to join a team it would be @xunitytalk not some fly by night group that is looking to take advantage of a bad situation” – Mucky Duck via Twitter

And here’s another clue that iStream could eventually move over to Mucky Duck:

Most of Mucky Duck’s addons are broken

There aren’t many interesting addons 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 addons.

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:

http://muckys.mediaportal4kodi.ml/

Working repository #5: Kodil (Kodi Israel Group)

The Kodil repository hasn’t been updated since 2015.  However, it contains a ton of popular addons that can’t be found anywhere else.  It has an old but working version of Exodus.  It also has the very best sports addon around– Pro Sport.

The Kodil repository contains a lot of broken addons, but there are several good ones there as well.

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:

http://kdil.co/repo/

Dead Kodi repositories

The repositories listed here no longer work.  If you see references to any of these repositories while looking for information about addons online, you may as well stop reading and try to Google a more up-to-date guide.

Dead Kodi repo #1: 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 addons.

Delete these TVAddons/Fusion addons if you still have them

The TVAddons/Fusion repository was connected to an addon installer called Indigo.  If you have Indigo on your system, you may want to delete it.  If you keep Indigo on your system, you’ll run into errors every time you use Kodi.

A screenshot of the old addon installer program called Indigo.  If you still have it, you should delete it.
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This is what Fusion’s classic Addon Installer looks like.  If you have this one, you should delete it from your system as well.

Another TVAddons/Fusion addon that you may want to get rid of is Phoenix.  Phoenix was already in pretty bad shape before its creators shut it down in the first week of June.

“In light of current events we have decided to close down Phoenix,” – Phoenix developer Cosmix

You can still use Phoenix if you can find the standalone version, but we recommend that you just remove it and get a better, more up-to-date video addon like Specto or Bob.

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The popular addon known as Phoenix has shut down amid legal fears

Dead Kodi repo #2: 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 addon installer.  Echo Coding produced some good quality builds as well.

A screenshot of the old Echo repository, taken before Echo Coding went black several weeks ago

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 #3:  Torrent Streaming Repo

The Torrent Streaming Repo used to rely on Offshoregit for hosting.  But now that Offshoregit is gone, this home for torrent addons is no more.

Here is what the Torrent Streaming Repo used to look like:

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A screenshot of the now defunct Torrent streaming repo

Dead repo #4:  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 addon– a video addon 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.

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A screenshot of the now defunct XunityTalk repository

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.

  • Headster

    Wrong URL for Ares. http, not https

    • Alex M.

      Corrected! Thanks for the heads up.

    • Thanks, good catch

  • bob

    Hi I followed the above guide and installed the cellar door build on my ATV2 with helix. Unfortunately when it opens there is no content and no way to navigate back to settings. Any way I can lose this build remotely?

    • Hi bob, have you tried starting all over from scratch? Delete everything, install the very latest version of Kodi and then try to install cellar door again and see what happens.

      • bob

        Thanks Alex. Was hoping to avoid that as I’m a bit of a novice but may have to.

    • Also Cellar Door has its own wizard now, so you may want to give it a try as well: http://cellardoortv.com/wizard/

  • Michael Marino

    NaN and SuperRepo are currently off line as well.

    • LOL

      Do any repos work these days. I am new to Kodi and have been trying many repos, none worked