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How To Clear the Cache in Kodi

Posted by Heather on August 5, 2018

Media center software is a great place to store, organize, and watch your video content, and Kodi is one of the very best platforms out there for streaming video, audio, and music from set-top boxes or Android devices to televisions and home theaters. Kodi has a terrific interface, a vast library of add-ons and plugins, and a quick and easy setup method, so it’s no wonder that so many people have moved all their watching into the streamlined Kodi interface. If you’re a long-time Kodi user, though, you might have noticed your phone, tablet, or streaming box has begun to grow slow and stuttery during regular use. With so much usage over a long period of time, it’s unsurprising that Kodi can occasionally feature slowdowns and buffering. While a certain amount of playback problems can be caused by network instability or typical slowdowns when buffering, sometimes the platform itself becomes too slow to use reliably. If that’s happened, it it might be time to clear your cache inside of Kodi.

Clearing your cache in Kodi isn’t a process you have to do very often, but it can be pretty helpful when it comes to fixing small issues in Kodi’s interface and playback. Just as with an Android phone or tablet, clearing your cache can help fix many small issues within Kodi’s system. Unlike in the Android environment, however, clearing your cache on Kodi requires an additional plugin—one we’ll detail a bit more below. Our previous methods for clearing cache inside of Kodi became outdated when certain repositories were shut down and closed their doors for good. This is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of the Kodi ecosphere evolving so rapidly. Previous methods of clearing Kodi cache used the Merlin Wizard add-on or other add-ons, but those repositories aren’t functioning anymore. We will keep this article up-to-date whenever possible, but if you find that the method described below stops working, please let us know so that we can find another method for you to use.

For this guide, we’re using Kodi 17.6 running on a Windows 10 PC. Other than your Kodi device—be it a streaming box, phone, or tablet—you’ll first need to install a Kodi repository called Super Repo, a repository containing many add-ons for Kodi. From Super Repo, we will be able to find a tool for cleaning our Kodi cache. Here’s how to install Super Repo. The current tool for clearing Kodi cache is called SIMTECH Wizard.

Installing Super Repo

If you’re a long-time Kodi user, you’ve no doubt added dozens of repositories and plugins through Kodi’s internal file browser. If you’re new to the platform, however, it can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t sure what to do. No worries—installing Super Repo, or any other repository for that matter, is easy and fast.

  • Start by heading into the settings menu of Kodi 17 by clicking or tapping the gear icon on the left-hand menu. This is where you’ll find the internal file browser needed to add repositories and other third-party plugins.
  • Select the file manager, then tap or double-click “Add source,” and select the “None” field to open the text field.
  • Enter “http://srp.nu” exactly as shown into the field using Kodi’s built-in keyboard.
  • Give the name “SuperRepo” to the new repository. Hit “Okay” to add the source.

Now that we have SuperRepo downloaded, we need to install it. Kodi makes this unnecessarily complex, but the steps are simple enough one by one. Go back to the Kodi home screen, and select “Add-Ons” from the left-side menu. Then select the package item (it looks like an open box) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

 

Select “Install from zip file”, scroll down to “SuperRepo” in your list of zip files, and select it. Select “krypton”, then “all”, and then finally select “superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-0.7.04.zip”. (Note that the zip file may have a different name as time passes and additional SuperRepo builds drop, but there will only be one zip file in the directory and it should be very easy to identify which file you need.) Hit “OK” and the SuperRepo files will be extracted from the zip archive.

Now we just need to actually install the files into Kodi. Select “install from repository” (it’s right above “install from zip file”) then select “Super Repo All”. A whole list of add-on categories will appear; you can explore these add-ons at your leisure but for now select “Program Add-ons” and then “SIMTECH WIZARD”. Select Install and the add-on will be installed!

 

Using Simtech Wizard

Now that we’ve got the Simtech Wizard installed (whew!) all we need to do is open it so that we can clear out that cache! Go back to the main menu and head to the Add-on browser. Select “Program” add-ons and then the Simtech Wizard.

Using Simtech Wizard to Clear Your Cache

Go back to the main Kodi screen and then head into the add-on browser inside of Kodi. Click or tap the cheerful wizard icon, and the add-on will run. Select “SIMTECH Maintenance Tools” and then “Clean/Wipe Options”. And there it is, at long last – the “Clear Cache” command!

Click or tap the Clear Cache command and a confirm dialog will come up – go ahead and hit delete! A series of dialogs will come up, asking if you want to delete particular directories, to restart Kodi, etc. Just accept all these and soon all your cache troubles will be behind you.

So that’s it! You’ve cleared Kodi’s cache. If you ever feel like your device is running slower than normal, or your Kodi box is buffering more than it should, clearing the cache of your device usually helps resolve any problems. Don’t forget that buffering and streaming problems can also spawn from network issues, so if you’re still experiencing streaming issues following a cleared cache, check your router and modem settings, or contact your ISP with network speed concerns. Finally, remember that streaming from some Kodi repositories can often be unpredictable or unstable, so always make sure you’re using safe and legal repos.

Still having trouble with your Kodi box? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to help you out!

30 thoughts on “How To Clear the Cache in Kodi”

Dan says:
Indigo comes up a log error. U can clear cache by going into settings then applications then manage installed apps and then find kodi and click then clear cache there
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Joy says:
I am having a problem with my X96 Kodi Smart Box, and I hope somebody can help me. I accidentally went into my Kodi one day, and I hit the Clean Memory button. Now I have no movies list, no tv shows list, it’s all blank! Is there anyway of getting my movie and tv shows lists back again? There is no recycle bin in there for me to restore them.
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Angelina Grey says:
I made it to step 5.. when i am in the “install from repository” menu, the only two options are the merlin back up data and merlin wizard.. but no auto cleaner.
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Natalie says:
I followed the steps to Indigo and clear cache because of the ‘cache is full’ error message. It shows my cache size of 301.45kb. I clear it and it says successful but the cache size is still 301.45kb.

Any ideas?

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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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Cloud says:
only time i have gotten this error is when i entered the repo web address incorrectly by either copying the space before the actual address from the walk through or mistyped it.
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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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Neil says:
Thanks Heather, worked like a charm
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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Doreen says:
Thank you, thank you…this worked perfectly and it was the easiest instructions I found on the internet.. I was about to take the Kodi box to a techie so you saved me money too. Thanks
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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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Leslee says:
I cannot ass anything. I get the error
“Couldn’t retrieve directory information. Would you like to add it anyway”. I have to say NO bcs it doesn’t work if I say yes rwgardless. My network connection is fine though. Any ideas anyone,?
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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