Whether you enjoy streaming your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Fire TV Box or Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’re not getting the most out of your device unless you’ve installed Kodi onto it. That said, there are several ways you can go about doing this. Some methods available to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices are very easy, while others will take you longer. Nevertheless, every method we’ve described below should take no more than 15 minutes when all’s said and done.
Given that Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick utilize a somewhat pared down version Android, you’ll find that you can install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV much easier than on an iPad, iPhone, or any other Apple mobile device. The process is still a bit lengthier than what you’ll find with an Android TV box, but once you get the process completed, you should be good to go.
The BEST method we’ve listed below will require that you have the following:
- A Windows, Mac or Linux computer, using the adbLink application for your desktop or laptop.
There are also two other alternative methods you may choose to explore if ES Explorer for some reason does not work:
- The Apps2Fire app for Android mobile devices.
- The ES Explorer program from Amazon’s App Store.
Our detailed walkthrough should help you better understand each of these methods, with screenshots included where relevant.
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Before we Proceed
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How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick
Before utilizing any of these methods, we suggest you do the following things first.
- Go to the Settings section of your Amazon Fire device (this will look different, depending on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick generation)
- Scroll over to System
- Turn ON both ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown
Allowing Apps from Unknown is required to install Kodi for the all of the methods that we’ve included below. As Kodi is an unofficial app and not listed on Amazon App Store, enabling this will allow you to install Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV/Stick. Although you can find Kodi on the Google Play Store, Amazon has far stricter requirements for the apps it listed on its official store.
The ADB debugging option is necessary in order to install Kodi on your Fire TV over your wireless network. This is required for the adbLink, Apps2Fire, and CetusPlay installation methods.
This method will require you to download both the adbLink application onto your computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and the version of Kodi you wish to use. While the most recent build of Kodi (as of February 6, 2017) is version 17, Krypton, the previous version, 16.1 Jarvis, is still more popular. Feel free to download whichever version you prefer.
We suggest creating a new folder on your desktop and saving both programs into that folder. However, you can save these programs anywhere you’d like.
To complete this process, do the following. (Example completed on a Windows 10 machine):
- Ensure Apps from Unknown and ADB debugging have been enabled in your System Settings
- Go to Settings in your Amazon Fire TV/Stick
- Go to System
- In System, click on About
- In About, write down your Amazon Fire TV/Stick’s IP Address. Also, make a note of which wireless network your device is connected to. For this method to work, you will need your computer and Amazon device to be connected to the same wireless access point
- On your computer, open up the adbLink application
- In adbLink click on New at the top of the screen
- In the new window, give the type in any name (preferably just Kodi or the name of your computer)
- Next to Address, type in the IP Address you copied from your Amazon Fire TV device
- Make sure the Media Center of Choice is Kodi on the right. Click Save
- On your adbLink home page, click on Connect at the top
- Once connected, you will see your Amazon Fire TV/Stick IP Address show up in the box labeled Connected Devices
- Next, click on Install APK on the center left
- Find your Android APK file, click Open and then Yes
- You will see the installation process occurring at the bottom of the window
- You will see a small window pop up once the installation is complete. Click OK
- To ensure the installation worked, check your Amazon device and check for Kodi under Apps
Backup Method 1: Apps2Fire
This method must be completed using an Android mobile device. To install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick with Apps2Fire, you will also need to download the Apps2Fire app from Google Play. You will need to download the Kodi Android App as well.
Download Kodi (mobile app version)
Complete the following steps exactly as described:
- In your Amazon Fire TV/Stick, open System
- In System Settings, select About
- In About, locate and write down your Amazon device IP Address
- Also, make note of the wireless access point. This process will only work if your mobile device and Amazon device are on the same network
- Open your Apps2Fire app on your mobile device
- Tap and scroll to the right to find Setup
- Under Setup, enter your Amazon device IP Address
- Tap on the Fire TV Apps menu to ensure your devices are connected
- Tap on the Local Apps tab, and then select Kodi. Tap to install
- Once the Apps2Fire app shows a completed installation, check your Amazon Fire TV/Stick to ensure the installation was completed. You should find Kodi on your Amazon device under Apps
Backup Method 2: ES File Explorer*
To install Kodi on your Fire TV device, follow the directions below in order:
*Note: ES Explorer, while once highly recommended by app reviewers, is now considered a poor-quality application. We’ve explained why this is below the installation guides.
- Ensure Apps from Unknown has been enabled in your System Settings
- From your Amazon Fire TV/Stick home screen, click on the search option
- Type in ES Explorer. Make sure you are searching under Apps and Games
- Locate ES Explorer and download the program to your device. You will find the app under Apps
- In ES Explorer, click on Tools on the bottom left
- In ES Explorer, click on the Plus Symbol at the bottom
- For Path type in the following file path exactly: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-17.3-Krypton-armeabi-v7a.apk
- As mentioned earlier above will take some time if you are using the Fire TV or Fire Stick remote, so some patience is needed
- After entering the file path, give the file a name (KODI is fine)
- Once complete, click Download Now
- Once the download is complete, a completion window will pop up. In this window, click Open File
- Another window named Properties will pop up. In this one, click Install
- The Kodi installation screen will open. Click Install at the bottom
Once this is complete, exit out of ES Explorer. You will find your Kodi application under Apps
A Special Note About ES File Explorer
While we won’t discourage the use of ES Explorer to download and install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices, we want to ensure that our readers understand some of the concerns over this program that exist within the wider community.
Prior to the summer of 2016, ES Explorer was a highly recommended application. As one of the few applications available for download on Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick to help download and install unofficial applications, the program was highly lauded. It worked very well and was simple and easy to use. Android users of all stripes also enjoyed the file manager for their Android mobile devices, making the app one of the most popular on the Google Play Store.
One app developer and reviewer called the original version of the app “ugly yet extremely functional and worthy.” ES Explorer’s popularity eventually attracted enough attention for the app to get purchased from the original developer by a third party. Slowly, but surely, the new party in charge began attempting to monetize the app by adding in bloat and unnecessary additions. All of the added spam and ads made users and app reviews angry. However, the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, so to speak, was the addition of a feature in mid-2016 called “Charging Booster”.
The “Charging Booster” feature was advertised to increase your phone’s charging speed by 20%. Those who tested it out concluded that this was a false claim. Furthermore, Charging Booster apparently acted as an adware program, an inclusion that ultimately caused a number of Android app reviewing websites to rescind their support for the program. Eventually, the developer pulled the adware-heavy feature, but the damage had already been done.
ES Explorer is still far more ad-heavy than its original version. While it no longer contains the Charging Booster feature that caused so much grief and hatred for the once-beloved program, it also never fully pulled the large amount of ads and other feature bloat that it started to include over time. You can purchase a “Pro” version of the app now for $2.99, yet this version is not particularly worth it – there are other apps currently on the market that do the same thing for free. You may still use this program to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices, but you may want to avoid this option if you’re conscious about adware.
Addons for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
If you’re looking to install addons onto Kodi, you may have been hoping to use the Fusion or Indigo addon installer. Unfortunately, the Fusion/Indigo installer and its associated repository no longer exist. The absence of the easy installation method made possible by Indigo makes it more difficult for users on alternative Kodi devices, such as the Fire TV Stick, to create effective Kodi setups.
Here are a few alternatives:
Use the Ares Wizard Tool
Ares Wizard is a small replacement for the TVAddons Indigo tool. Ares Wizard allows you to quickly install a variety of different addons. While the Ares Wizard has far fewer addons available than Indigo/Fusion, it does keep up with some of the more popular addons, such as Exodus.
Use a Super Repository
A super repository is an addon repository that houses a large number of addons. Most addons exist in a developer-made repository. However, some repos have dozens, and at times hundreds of different addons. Using a Super Repository cuts down the time it takes to find and install great addons, although they don’t often come with addon installer programs.
Kodi Builds for Amazon Fire TV
One popular way to put addons on the Amazon Fire TV stick is to do so with a build. A Kodi build is a modified version of Kodi that includes a large number of pre-installed addons. Most Kodi builds also change the look and feel of Kodi, adding in a new skin that creates new options for users, or faster access to different Kodi features.
For Amazon Fire TV users, a build is often a great way to reduce the amount of time it takes to install addons onto your Fire TV device.
There are two ways Amazon Fire TV users get builds: sideloading the build using the same Kodi installation method provided in this guide, or through buying an after-market Amazon Fire TV Stick from a third-party dealer who has already preloaded the build onto it.
Do not buy a Fire TV Stick or Box with a build already installed on it. It is illegal in some countries for sellers to offer these devices.
While you can still legally purchase these devices, the person selling it to you may be breaking the law in your country.
Our suggestion is that if you want a Fire TV Stick build, you should make the effort to install one yourself. There are several builds that will work perfectly for your Amazon Fire TV devices.
Here are two great builds for Amazon Fire TV:
Wookie is a classic Kodi build that’s been around for quite some time and is a fan favorite. Wookie comes loaded with a fair number of popular addons that you’ll find easily accessible through its add-ons menu.
CellarDoor is a newer Kodi build that offers the benefit of some extremely good looking layouts. You’ll find a good number of popular addons here, as well.
For more popular builds, or to keep up with Kodi builds, check out our Kodi Builds section.