Kodi is a free, open-source media center software, available on multiple platforms. Aside from playing local content that you already own—like movies, music, videos, and photos—you can also get user-created add-ons from the Kodi community to add more content, functions, and features. Whether you’re a longtime Kodi user or new to the scene, you’re bound to discover that there are a ton of add-ons available. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available, that’s where we come in. We’re going to sift through the pile of Kodi add-ons available help you figure out which add-ons are the best.
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Unfortunately there has been a lot of legal pressure on the Kodi add-on community in the past few months, leading to the shutdown of several popular add-ons which were being used to pirate copyrighted media. This includes the very popular Phoenix and ZemTV add-ons. With Kodi’s parent company looking into ways to work directly with third-party content producers and distributors, the landscape of Kodi add-ons could change even more in the future.
A word of caution: keep in mind that private or third-party add-ons could be sketchy territory, so use them with care. On this list, though, we’ve tries to only include the Kodi add-ons that have been used and trusted with no issues, to the best of our knowledge. These should be safer to use than some of those third-party add-ons that haven’t been fully tested.
Movies and TV
The Exodus add-on lets you watch movies and television through Kodi. It’s by far the most reliable and popular add-on. Exodus has offered dependable streaming and the biggest selection of sources to choose from. Bonus: the quality is excellent. Unfortunately, the future of Exodus is uncertain as some of the streams it relies on have been shut down. Use your own judgment–Exodus does not distinguish between legal and illegal streams.
This is another fantastic add-on for watching movies and TV with Kodi. Salts gives you high-quality playback and the most available sources for your viewing needs. Salts gives you reliable sources, since it’s a multi-scraper add-on. (The name stands for “Stream AlL The Sources.”) Salts was briefly down when the crackdown on streaming add-ons started, but it seems to be working again.
This add-on is similar to what the Exodus add-on offers: watching TV and movies. Use it along with Exodus or instead of Exodus, if you prefer. Both are sure to be good experiences.
This add-on has almost everything: gaming, movies, how-to guides, audio books… the list goes on. It used to stream live sports as well, but it seems to have dropped those streams to avoid legal trouble. This is one you’ll want to install to your Kodi streamer right away.
This add-on is made for U.S. television viewers. You can stream TV channels you’d normally get from a television provider, which is good for when you’re in a room with a TV, but not cable or a satellite box.
Trying to find something for the little ones to watch? Need something to keep them occupied for a bit, perhaps? PBS Kids offers a huge variety of quality, child-based television programs and cartoons. You’re bound to find something for the kids (or the whole family) to enjoy.
The BoB add-on has TV, movies, sports, female-themed viewing titles, music, stuff for the kids, and more. It’s in the noob’s and nerd’s repository. These guys are the brains behind Phoenix, so show them some love and get the add-on. This is another add-on that went down briefly in June but seems to have sorted out its issues.
This simple add-on streams television channels that are available in your local area. Only free streams are viewable. Just get the add-on and it’s ready to go—no configuration needed. Start watching shows right away!
The Specto add-on was developed based on the original Genesis add-on, now with working links. You’ll enjoy TV and movies for the whole family to watch. You’re going to want this add-on, because Genesis was the go-to add-on for many before Exodus stepped in.
The Channel PEAR add-on is maintained by its own community of users. You can watch content worldwide with a cloud-based live-stream and library.
Who doesn’t watch YouTube these days? Your Kodi add-on list wouldn’t be complete with it. Sure, you could just go to YouTube on the Internet and watch, but if Kodi is running to your TV, it’s a no-brainer. You’ll be able to watch your regular YouTube channels, plus those within Kodi.
The aptly named Radio add-on does exactly what it says. Radio streams any kind of music you can think of, right through Kodi. It’s actually one of our go-to add-ons for keeping up with the most current music. You’ll get access to over 7,000 international radio stations.
Yup, you read that right. You can even install the Pandora add-on to Kodi. What’s sweet about this is that, if your Kodi setup’s connected to your surround sound system, you’ve now got Pandora streaming your favorite tunes loud and clear.
SoundCloud is another music add-on that has user-created content available for streaming. Enjoy some musical melodies or sick beats while you take your eyes off the screen for a while.
If you love music, then this is another highly recommended add-on for great tunes. They stream the best music; you just sign up for a free account and fire it up. Think of it as Spotify, but free—and awesome.
As the name suggests, this is the add-on you want if you’re a sports fanatic. It’s mostly sports-oriented, but offers some other things like cartoons and news as well. We’ve found that sometimes it will cut in and out while using it to watch live sports, but when it’s the only option, it’ll do in a pinch.
This add-on streams live sporting events. Castaway is the most versatile sports add-on we’ve found. Castaway works with the most well-known sports streaming sites available.
NBC Sports Live Extra
You must be located in the U.S. or have a VPN enabled to use this add-on. You’ll be able to access a lot of sports coverage, and the service from this add-on is provided by NBC, so it’s reliable and of excellent quality.
This sports add-on gets live streams, PPV events, and a vast selection of channels for your viewing pleasure.
This is where players can connect with their viewers. Get into the game with Twitch by watching your favorite gamers stream live. See chat from the community and hear commentary from the gamer.
ROM Collection Browser
Do you enjoy old-school gaming? Then you’re going to want to add this to your Kodi setup. This add-on displays ROMs of a wide selection of classic video games. Go ahead and play them straight away on your TV.
When you’ve already got a massive amount of your own content, installing the Plex add-on for Kodi is a must. Plex allows you to stream your content to your other devices or across the web when you’re not at home.
DBMC (Dropbox) and One Drive
Dropbox on your TV… what more could you want? You can also get One Drive cloud service from Kodi’s repository. Now you can actually view all your files and content everywhere!
Easily install Kodi add-ons with the Add-on installer. Find repositories and add-ons without having to hunt them down. Once you’ve got the add-on installer up and running, just search through the add-ons available and put them on your Kodi setup.
Anime and Otherworldly
This online video service serves up a slew of Japanese anime, including full-length movies and videos from its online community. So, if you’re an anime lover and dig Japanese or Asian entertainment, you’ll want to add Crunchy Roll now.
iPlayer is made for those who love to watch BBC shows and live in the U.K., but you can also use it if you’ve got a proxy setup that allows you to receive the streams available from this add-on.
UK Turks Playlist
When you’re looking for an add-on that offers it all, then look no further. UK Turks Playlist has anything from cartoons to workout videos. Variety is the name of the game here.
There are so many add-ons out there that it would be impossible to list them all. From our experience, these add-ons are the best and most reliable ones we’ve used. Some add-ons come and go, but these have been around for a while. So, with that said, we stand by our word that these are the best add-ons available for Kodi.
Let us know in the comments below if you have a favorite Kodi add-on that should be on our list. We love hearing from our readers!