How to Clear the Cache in KODI

Kodi Cache

If you’ve been using KODI for a while, you’ve probably already installed useful add-ons like Exodus and Phoenix. But have you noticed some stuttering, buffering, or pausing in your playback? We have a remedy for that—you’re going to need to clear the cache in the KODI Media Center. As a prerequisite for this tutorial, you’ll need to have fusion installed on your version of Kodi.

The easiest way to clear the cache in KODI is with the Maintenance Tool program add-on. You’ll have to install it first. After that, you can clear the cache easily in a few seconds.

Note: I’ve also had fewer issues with buffering and lag during streaming playback since I installed the most recent release of KODI (version 16, Jarvis). I’ll just put that out there as well.

Now, on to clearing the cache in your KODI Media Center.

Clearing KODI’s Cache

On the KODI home screen, navigate to “Programs.”

  • Select “Programs.”                                                           Programs KODI
  • Now, click “Addon Installer.”                                                                                      add-on installer
  • Next, click on “Program Add-ons” in the list.     Program add-ons
  • Scroll down on the next screen to find the Maintenance Tool, then select and install it.  Maintenance tool
  • A pop-up box will appear, asking for your confirmation to install the Maintenance Tool. Click on the “Install” button.  Install maintenance tool
  • It may take a few minutes for the installation to complete.
  • A “Success!” box will show up on your screen when the installation has completed. Click “OK.”Success Maintenance Tool

This completes the process of adding the Maintenance Tool program to your KODI Media Center.

Using the Maintenance Tool

Now we’ll show you how to use the Maintenance Tool you’ve just installed to clear the cache in KODI.

Head back to the KODI home screen.

Now make your way to “Programs” in the KODI home menu.

  1. A pop-up box will appear to tell you that this tool is intended for advanced users. Click “Continue.” (You’re just clearing the cache. No risk, no worries.)                                                                                                                    Tool advanced users
  2. Select the Maintenance Tool to launch it.                                                                        add-on tool
  3. Click on “Programs.”                                                                                                               Programs KODI
  4. Another box will pop up displaying community news updates. Click “OK” to dismiss it.
  5. Select “General Maintenance” to proceed.                                                                          General Maintenance
  6. On the next screen, select “Clear Cache.”                                                                              Clear Cache
  7. Once the cache is cleared, another pop-up box will appear to let you know that the cache has been cleared. Click “OK.”                                                                                                             Done Cache

You have now cleared the cache in KODI.

Any time you feel like there is a playback issue—like a lot of buffering—clearing the cache usually helps resolve it, unless you are streaming from a location under a heavy load of streaming consumption. Then it’s most likely something on the server’s end of things, and you may want to try a different stream provider or a different stream resolution quality.

We hope this helps you to continue enjoying your KODI experience!

Posted by Heather on July 5, 2016

30 thoughts on “How to Clear the Cache in KODI”

Educate Me Not says:
@Heather thank you! worked like a charm
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Ninja says:
Mine won’t open… Tells me that there’s an error and to check the log (which I also don’t know how to do)… I’ve already gone through the “Easy Advanced Settings” to expand my cache, but now I can’t clear it… This is crap…and is causing me far more stress than it’s worth at this point…
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Leah Ross says:
I am running the newest version of kodi … i dont even have a programme menu

I can access program add ons from the add on menu then all repositories menu but there is no maintenance tool or indigo in there

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Danene says:
I installed maintenance tool but when I try to open ot it says there there is an error and to look at the log info?
I tryed uninstalling and reinstalling and end up with the same message. What can i do?
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Dennis says:
Feb 27 you said your maint tool disappeared mine did it as well and I am having buffer/ load issues What was your fix I need help/
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Heather says:
INDIGO is How You Can Clear Your Kodi Cache………….Here’s how!!
Navigate to programs and click to open menu.
Go to Program add-ons and click it.
Next find the add-on called indigo and click on it. If you have not already used it, indigo will install all the program add-on options the first time you choose it. Once the setup is done, literally less than 2 seconds, click Indigo in the Programs list.
Then, go to maintenance tools and click it.
Next, select clear cache. Confirm your selection and choose Clear in the box that appears.
You should then see Cache Cleared successfully. Just click ok and you’re done.
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Shelby says:
When I hit program add-ons there is nothing there… am I missing something?
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Lori says:
I followed the instructions to download the maintenance tool, but when we click on it, we get an error message. It won’t open. Any ideas?
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Heather says:
INDIGO is How You Can Clear Your Kodi Cache………….Here’s how!!
Navigate to programs and click to open menu. 
Go to Program add-ons and click it. 
Next find the add-on called indigo and click on it.  If you have not already used it, indigo will install all the program add-on options the first time you choose it.  Once the setup is done, literally less than 2 seconds, click Indigo in the Programs list. 
Then, go to maintenance tools and click it.  
Next, select clear cache.  Confirm your selection and choose Clear in the box that appears. 
You should then see Cache Cleared successfully.  Just click ok and you’re done.
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Liz says:
I followed this and it actually made my cache go up…
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Jessica Greenhood says:
This appears to be outdated as step 2 is not available.
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Donna says:
Just tried this….when I try to use the maintenance tool an error box pops up that says to “check log”. I have no clue what that means. Please help!
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Sidney says:
To clear your cache just go to programs, than click programs add-ons…. look for Indigo that’s your systems maintenance, click on clear cache
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Donna says:
Tried this. It said it was cleared successfully, but when I try to watch a show it still buffers a ton and tells me the cache is full.
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P12henlei says:
Sorry im new to using Kodi but I hope this helps.

I read this entire thread and I have the same problem until…

I used “INDIGO” to clear the cache.

Please let me know if this works for you or if you find another alternative.

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DigitalFix says:
A lot of people have mentioned they are clearing the cash to prevent buffering, and stuttering,… Some of these problems are due to source file and provider issues. One thing you can do to prevent some of the buffering problems is to use QoS on your router and set your Kodi box MAC address as high priority traffic. Also if you are using a raspberry pi or fire stick with wifi make sure that the router and the wifi adapter you are using for the Kodi box are both N300 and 2×2 mimo or above. The wifi adapter built into a raspberry pi 3 is only a N150. Also consider that some of comcast, ATT’s routers do not have any QoS capability and will not handle streaming video that well.
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Heather says:
Hello,
I recently discovered that the maintenance tool has also disappeared from my Kodi installation. It began not being responsive recently then, boom one day it was just gone. I need to do some digging to find another alternative. I’ll let you all know when I get a solution.
Thanks!
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Haider says:
Hi all, you will find that the Maintenance add on is now renamed to Indigo. However, i am finding clearing the cache isnt helping with my issues as well.
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Jennifer says:
There is no MAINTENANCE after I d/l the Program Add-Ons
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Corina says:
None on our screen either… Any idea where it has moved to??
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Cristal says:
The entire portion for the maintenance tool is now missing from my screens as well as the installer portion. Under systems. So I cannot get to or find how to get the screen with all the yellow boxes. It has just disappeared… How do I get that back.…?
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Gianna Salcito says:
Thank you for sharing this…super helpful and the screenshots are on point
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Heather says:
Hi Gianna,

You’re Welcome. Thanks!

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TLog says:
I have cleared cache, buffering is miserable still. I have AT&T fiber Internet. Any other ideas besides throwing my Amazon fires tick in the garbage?
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Heather says:
TLog,

Are you sure it’s not the connection between you and where you’re getting the stream from?

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J.Barham says:
I keep getting a message that says exodus no streaming available. I have cleared cache twice and still nothing. Suggestions?
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Wynn Turner says:
I did everything you said and it is worse than ever, I can’t get thru one show, please help. WT
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Heather says:
Lianne,
Shut out of Kodi and reboot your device. See if that helps.
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Lianne says:
I’ve cleared cache and purged the packages but now my Kodi won’t play any films. The thumbnails are there but when you click on a film nothing happens or there is a playback error message. Help!!
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Sean Ellis-Evans says:
I’m trying to do this but when I go to install the maintenance tool it keeps telling me “addon installer error, check log for more information??? Help please!! Lol
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Camille G. says:
I keep on getting a message saying: “Error: Script Failed: Add on installer” when I try to install the maintenance tool. Any idea on how to get this to work?
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Heather says:
Well, Thank you, Jimmy!
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Heather says:
Well, Thank you Jimmy!
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Jimmy Turner says:
Hi Heather,
You’re the “BomB”
Easy Money
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Felicity Spencer says:
Mine keeps saying maintenance tool error once i go back to click on it to start the program and clear the cache. Its installed but its not working…??? Any suggestions?
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Candi B says:
Thank you soooo very much!!! You made your instructions so dang simple, I really appreciate it… 🙂
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R-let says:
My Kodi appears not to have completely downloaded sometimes. Its like the outlined parts of it at gone. Any ideas?
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