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

47 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



February 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm

I have been getting buffering and cache is full. whats the purge package?

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.


Chrissie Long

February 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm

What link?


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.


Wynn Turner

January 21, 2017 at 1:41 pm

I did everything you said and it is worse than ever, I can’t get thru one show, please help. WT



January 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm

I keep getting a message that says exodus no streaming available. I have cleared cache twice and still nothing. Suggestions?



January 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

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?



February 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm


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


Gianna Salcito

January 30, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Thank you for sharing this…super helpful and the screenshots are on point



February 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Hi Gianna,

You’re Welcome. Thanks!



February 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

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.…?



February 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

There is no MAINTENANCE after I d/l the Program Add-Ons



February 25, 2017 at 12:22 pm

None on our screen either… Any idea where it has moved to??



February 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

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.



March 4, 2017 at 8:05 am

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.



March 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

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.



March 12, 2017 at 12:42 am

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



March 14, 2017 at 6:26 pm

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.



March 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

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!


Jessica Greenhood

March 14, 2017 at 9:34 pm

This appears to be outdated as step 2 is not available.



March 15, 2017 at 11:03 am

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.



March 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm

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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