How to Remove Repositories from Kodi – Get Rid of Unwanted Repos

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Is your Kodi is overloaded with repositories that you don’t need?  If it is, maybe it’s time to delete a few.  Keep reading if you want to find out how to remove repositories from Kodi.

Warning

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What is a Kodi repository?

Repositories are containers for Kodi installation files and patches.  Kodi developers use repositories to push out patches to the Kodi community.

Almost every addon under the sun has a repository that goes along with it.

It is possible to find “standalone” versions of addons that don’t come with repositories.  However, most Kodi addon installers automatically setup a repository link as part of the installation process.

What’s the difference between a repository and a repo?

There’s no difference.  “Repo” is Kodi community slang for “repository.”

Is it okay to install multiple repositories?

Absolutely.  The largest Kodi builds contain hundreds of different repositories.

Of course, large Kodi installations that contain massive amounts of repos and addons don’t work very well on machines with limited resources.  But if you have enough RAM and hard drive space, it’s not an issue.

Can I program my repo to skip automatic updates?

Yes.  After you get a new repo, Kodi automatically enables the “auto update” feature.  But if you don’t want to update a particular addon, you can easily turn auto update off.

If you want to disable auto-updates:

  1. Go to addon manager.
  2. Select the addon you want to configure.
  3. Click the tab on the left to bring up the submenu slide.
  4. Click auto updates: on.
A screenshot of Kodi's addon configuration menu.
A screenshot of Kodi’s addon configuration menu.

What causes people to install too many Kodi repositories?

Repository installation is an is automatic part of the addon installation process.  You can’t opt out of it.  That’s why people that like to try out Kodi addons usually end up downloading lots of different repositories.

I’ve never installed a repo before, but yet I see lots of them on my Kodi.  What’s going on?

What most Kodi rookies don’t realize is that if you don’t like the addon and decide to delete it, the repository connection still remains.  If you want to remove both an addon and its repository, you have to do so separately.

Do Kodi repositories slow your system down?

Yes.  Kodi repositories routinely check the internet to see if any addon updates are available.  If you have hundreds of repos, Kodi might grind to a halt if they all try to check for updates at the same time.

Can repositories harm my computer or damage my device?

Normal repositories can’t do anything to your device except slow it down if you download too many of them.

Can Kodi repositories spread computer viruses?

Unfortunately, yes.

It is true that Kodi repositories are capable of harboring malware like viruses and trojan horses.  A few months back, AndroidPCReview proved that Kodi software is full of security holes that are just waiting to be exploited.

Will I lose any information if I delete a repository?

No.  Deleting a repo doesn’t do anything except prevent you from receiving addon updates.

 

What’s the difference between “official” and “3rd party” repositories?

Official repositories are maintained by the developers that created the original Kodi software.  3rd party repositories, on the other hand, are maintained by the general public.

Why do the official Kodi developers want nothing to do with 3rd party repositories?

Kodi’s original developers don’t want people to associate Kodi with the “cord cutter” community.  That’s why people who try to post TV or movie addons to an official Kodi repository get banned immediately.

Official Kodi repositories are squeaky clean and buttoned down– and their aggressive moderators make sure that they stay that way.

Who maintains Kodi’s 3rd party repositories?

The general public.

Most 3rd party repositories are totally uncensored.  Anything goes, because anyone located anywhere on the planet can operate a 3rd party repo.

Some 3rd party repositories contain software that allows you to do things that are illegal in some countries, like stream pirated movies and TV shows.

Are 3rd party Kodi repositories legal?

Disclaimer: Don’t rely on this blog for legal advice.  If you’re worried about the legality of Kodi, contact a law firm that’s familiar with copyright laws in your country.

There’s nothing illegal about streaming technology in-and-of-itself.  YouTube and Hulu, for example, are totally legal.  The legal questions surrounding Kodi boil down to administration.

 

It’s easy to administer centralized services like YouTube.  In order to create an account on YouTube, you have to agree to follow YouTube’s ToS (Terms of Service).

YouTube’s ToS includes a section that prohibits the sharing of copyrighted content.  So if someone uploads copyrighted content to YouTube, YouTube’s admins take it down.  And when a YouTuber continues to attempt to share copyrighted content, they get banned.

The Kodi community, however, is a lot more complicated because it’s totally decentralized.  3rd party developers create their own repos and addons– and there is no way to stop them from doing so.

There is no Kodi ToS.  And there are no Kodi mods.  As a result, anyone can post any type of content that they want.  Also, anyone can make repositories that contain addons that help Kodi users search for video content.

A few months back we looked into Kodi’s legal issues.  We found out that currently, Kodi’s 3rd party repos and software are legal.

However, some people think that Kodi’s legal status may change soon.  But all that depends on how various judicial systems decide to regulate streaming.

Are there any specific laws that relate to Kodi repositories?

 

In the European Union, the main piece of legislation that applies to Kodi repos is the EU Copyright Directive.  Article 5.1 of states that streamers that view copyrighted material online aren’t breaking the law.

The directive suggests that as long you don’t download any copyrighted content (copyrighted MP4 videos, for example), you won’t get in trouble.

3rd party Kodi repositories are also legal in America.  The EU and the United States have similar copyright regulations.  Just like in the EU, downloading copyrighted files can get you in trouble.  Streaming, however, generally won’t.

Jim Gibson is the director of the Intellectual Property Institute at the University of Richmond law school.  In a recent interview with Business Insider, Gibson said that there are two ways streamers can break the law in the United States.

  1. Psuedo-streaming.  This is when a streamer downloads a copyrighted file as it streams.  Torrent streaming addons like Quasar allow you to do this.
  2. Public performance.  If you show a copyrighted stream to a large group of people, this also constitutes a violation of copyright law.

Note: Theoretically, a 3rd party Kodi developer could use a repository to store a video file.  But I’ve never seen a Kodi repo that was used for that purpose.

For more information about Kodi’s legal issues, read this article:

Which repos should I avoid if I want to steer clear of potentially illegal addons?

Kodi has created a repository blacklist to help Kodi fans avoid these types of addons and repositories.  If you want to make absolutely sure that you’re not infringing copyright law, steer clear of the addons and repositories listed here.

 

4 reasons to uninstall a repository

Trimming down your repositories will allow you to speed up and simplify your Kodi installation.  You can also save hard drive space and make it harder to find addons that contain inappropriate content.

  • Less repositories = more responsiveness.  Speed is the main reason to trim down the number of repositories you have.  Getting rid of repositories that you no longer use will reduce page and menu load times.
  • Simplify your experience.  If you have a massive repository library, you have to scroll through multiple pages every time you want to install a new addon.  If you delete the ones you’re not using, you’ll shorten the amount of time it takes to extend Kodi’s functionality.
  • Reduce hard disk usage.  Over time, Kodi accumulates old patches and installation files.  These files are small.  But if you’re always trying out addons, they tend to accumulate.  Deleting the repositories that you’re not using can help you free up room on your hard drive.
  • Block inappropriate content.  Some repositories contain content that’s not suitable for children.  Removing repos that contain addons that allow access to adult movies and TV shows is a good way to reduce the chance that your children will watch something that you’d rather not let them see.

What’s the maximum amount of repositories that I should use?

There’s no hard limit.  You can have as many repositories as your system can handle.

3.  Echo Repository

A few months back, the developer team known as Echo took over the reigns of the TDB repo and rebranded it.  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 locationhttps://echocoder.com/repo/

How to uninstall a Kodi repository

You can uninstall a Kodi repo from the “install from repository” screen.  Just hover over the repo you want to get rid of, then bring up the contextual menu.  From there you can get to the “addon information” page, which gives you the option to uninstall the repo.

Here is a step-by-step breakdown to guide you through the process:

  1.  Navigate to system → settings

2.  Next, click addons

3.  Choose install from repository

4.  Highlight the repository you want to remove, then bring up the contextual menu.  Then, select addon information.

Note: If you’re on a PC or Mac, press the “C” key on your keyboard to bring up the contextual menu.  If you’re using a remote with Kodi, press the guide button.

5.  Select uninstall to finish removing the repository.

If I want to delete all but 3 of my repositories, which 3 should I choose? 

If I were to rebuild my Kodi from scratch, I would start off by downloading the Ares, Fusion and Echo repositories.

Thousands of Kodi users connect to Ares, Fusion and Echo every day.  The developers that maintain them are very active on social media and are always pushing out updates.

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 repo
A screenshot of the Ares repository.

Ares Repository file location: https://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/

2.  Fusion

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.

A screenshot of the new Fusion addon installer program, Indigo
old addon installer
This is what Fusion’s classic Addon Installer looks like.

Fusion Repository file location: https://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.  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 locationhttps://echocoder.com/repo/

For more information about Kodi’s most popular 3rd party repos, hop over to this article: