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.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 Repository installation guide
- 3 How to install a Kodi repo
- 4 Working Kodi repositories (Last update: June 23, 2017)
- 4.1 Working repo #1: Ares Repository
- 4.2 Working repo #2: Noobs and Nerds
- 4.3 Working repo #3: SuperRepo
- 4.4 Working repo #4: Mucky Duck
- 4.5 Working repository #5: Kodil (Kodi Israel Group)
- 5 Dead Kodi repositories
- 6 Which repositories are you using?
Before we Proceed
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Repository installation guide
This guide contains everything you need to know about Kodi App 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 App. 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 App pull their streams from websites that go offline frequently, it’s important to keep your App 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.
An addon is an extension for Kodi that adds new features or functionality. Because Kodi is open source, anyone can create and release new App. A large number of App 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 App are created by independent developers, and usually focus on delivering streams for movies, TV shows, and live sports to the end user (you).
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.
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 App with the added benefit of automatically receiving updates for all your App.
A Kodi build is a fully customized version of the Kodi software. Builds come with pre-installed App 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 App 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.
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.
If you’re using Kodi 16 (aka Kodi Jarvis), you can get to the install from zip menu by navigating to system → settings → App → install from zip → desktop.
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).
To get to the screen depicted above, click the gear icon from the main menu and then click the file manager icon.
Here’s what the file manager looked like in Kodi Jarvis:
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.
- To learn more about Ares Wizard, read: How to Install the Ares Wizard on Kodi.
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 App for the foreseeable future.
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 App, 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.
What to do if you get a “missing dependencies” error
We had no problems installing Kodi App via the Ares Wizard. However, after attempting to install various App 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.
Ares Wizard has some great builds. However, when it comes to App, the Ares Wizard collection is a bit weak. They do host some good wrestling App, 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.
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 App here: Best WWE Kodi App – How to Watch WWE on Kodi
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:
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.
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.
- For more information about SportsDevil, read: SportsDevil Addon for Kodi – How to Install Guide
Another important addon that you can find in the Noobs and Nerds repo is Metalliq. Metalliq is kind of like an addon for App. When you click a movie or TV show in Metalliq, it’ll look through all your App to see if it can find whatever it is you want. Metalliq works great with Exodus, Specto, Bob Unrestricted and other video App.
- To learn more about Metalliq, read: Metalliq Kodi Addon – How to Install Metalliq on Kodi
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:
Working repo #3: SuperRepo
SuperRepo is a huge collection of weird and little-known App. Super Repo is a massive repository, but unfortunately a large percentage of SuperRepo’s App are broken. Still, there are a few important App that have a home on SuperRepo. And now that TVAddons is gone, more developers may eventually decide to host their App there.
SuperRepo has so many App 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.
For example, if you want to check out SuperRepo’s video App, you have double click SuperRepo Category Video and then select install.
A few hidden gems can found in SuperRepo’s video App sub-repo. Dknight’s DramaGo, for example, is probably the best addon for Asian drama out there right now.
Many of the App 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 App 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:
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 App 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.
And here’s another clue that iStream could eventually move over to Mucky Duck:
Most of Mucky Duck’s App are broken
There aren’t many interesting App 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 App.
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:
Working repository #5: Kodil (Kodi Israel Group)
The Kodil repository hasn’t been updated since 2015. However, it contains a ton of popular App 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.
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:
Dead Kodi repositories
The repositories listed here no longer work. If you see references to any of these repositories while looking for information about App 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 App.
Delete these TVAddons/Fusion App 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.
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
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.
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 App is no more.
Here is what the Torrent Streaming Repo used to look like:
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.
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.