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

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


October 1, 2016 at 12:48 pm

I cleared the cache and it made no difference to my buffering and lagging, I have 50mb broadband so it can not be this.
Is there anything else you can do to stop the lagging???



January 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

Use The Purge Package. That helps alot


Gary Clifford

October 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Under the “Summary Information” and Memory used before using Maintenace Tool, Clear Cache it was at 43%.After using Clear Cache it only went to 41%. Why did it do so little ?



October 3, 2016 at 11:21 am

Awesome Heathery, will you marry me?? That’s how easy it is to please me, it’s the small things….anyway
Thanks a bunch.



October 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Try it works my kodi is faster than ever now



October 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm

I clrared cashe. Seems the same. Live tv in suicide will play a few channels but alot wont. Keeps getting message that one or more items failed to play. To check log for more info. How can i resolve this issue ??


Dave Evans

October 24, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Thank you for the instructions for clear cache. It works way better now!!



October 27, 2016 at 4:27 pm

I’m sorry but, my kodi lists nothing under programs. Only thing that is under programs is “get more”. Which is a list of others add ons. I try to find the maintenance add-on but to no avail. I need to clear my cache but I can’t find how to anywhere.


Kalif Gates

October 27, 2016 at 11:00 pm

You have to install add on installer. To install the add on installer just follow the directions in the following link. Once you install that, follow the instructions in the original post.



November 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

So I went through all the steps and cleared the cache. But I am still getting a cache full message



November 12, 2016 at 2:14 am

Under programs, the addon installer is not an option. Please help


Charles Smith

November 12, 2016 at 2:16 am

addon installer does not exit under programs for me… please assist. thanks



November 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

My kodi looks like an ancient version, how can I update to this version?



November 14, 2016 at 1:13 am

Super helpful!!! Now I can watch non-stop my series and movies.



November 23, 2016 at 9:14 pm

You’re Brilliant !! Thanks for making it simple to follow!


Alan Ward

December 9, 2016 at 5:43 am

Thank you for the instructions. Didn’t realise it was so simple. So far so good. How often does one have to complete this cache clear up – daily, weekly, monthly? Thanks again.



December 9, 2016 at 1:28 pm

To all those that this has helped, you’re welcome.



December 10, 2016 at 12:14 am

My Kodi appears not to have completely downloaded sometimes. Its like the outlined parts of it at gone. Any ideas?


Candi B

December 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Thank you soooo very much!!! You made your instructions so dang simple, I really appreciate it… 🙂


Felicity Spencer

December 23, 2016 at 7:54 pm

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?


Jimmy Turner

December 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Hi Heather,
You’re the “BomB”
Easy Money



December 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Well, Thank you Jimmy!



December 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Well, Thank you, Jimmy!


Camille G.

December 29, 2016 at 9:28 pm

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?


Sean Ellis-Evans

January 1, 2017 at 6:24 am

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



January 18, 2017 at 1:14 am

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!!



January 18, 2017 at 9:33 am

Shut out of Kodi and reboot your device. See if that helps.


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