Kodi, the free and open source home theater software, allows you to stream media from a huge range of sources. They don’t come pre-installed, though, so you’ll have to install a few add-ons before you can start binge watching the latest blockbusters.
Kodi XBMC and most of its add-ons work on a variety of platforms, including Windows PC, Mac OSX, Android–including streaming devices like Chromecast, Roku, and Fire TV–and Linux. We’ve curated a list of the top 10 best Kodi add-ons for movies in 2017.
Some of the add-ons are paid and stream from subscription services. Others are free and stream movies from torrent files or unsanctioned websites. Expert Tip: No matter which you choose, we strongly recommend you employ a reputable VPN when streaming video on Kodi. Our favorite is IPVanish which works with all Kodi add-ons (link includes a 57% discount on the annual plan) which is great for privacy and one of the fastest VPNs around making it popular with Kodi users. For more options see our full list of Kodi VPN recommendations.
Subscription services are often geo-locked, meaning they only work in certain countries. Torrenting movies reveals your IP address to other users on the BitTorrent network and is frowned upon by copyright holders. A VPN solves both of these problems by encrypting all the internet traffic going to and from the device so that third parties, such as your ISP, can’t monitor your activity. That traffic is then routed through a middle man server in a location of your choosing, which can make it appear to the streaming service as though you are located, for example, in the United States. If you want to use a VPN hop over to our guide to the best torrenting VPN providers, however we suggest first reading our guide on if torrenting is legal and safe.
Comparitech does not condone or encourage any violation of copyright restrictions, including illegal streaming through Kodi. Kodi can be used for many excellent, legal online streaming purposes. Please consider the law, victims, and risks of piracy before downloading or streaming copyrighted material without permission.
Kodi add-ons for streaming TV and movies
Exodus is a movie streaming add-on created to replace the aging Genesis add-on. It scrapes links from a variety of sources and supports Trakt integration. Exodus does not, and will not, support library integration. Movie info is scraped from IMDb, and you can filter listings based on that info. You can even download a movie to save it for offline viewing later. Subtitles are supported.
Exodus is available in the Simply Caz and SuperRepo repositories.
Like Exodus, Genesis Reborn is a fork of the original Genesis add-on for Kodi. It claims to improve on Exodus with more HD content. It includes both TV and movies with watchlist and search functionality. Advantages include 4K streams, downloadable content, and fast loading times.
Genesis Reborn is available from the Jesus Box repo.
Elysium is a film and TV add-on for Kodi. It scrapes sources from various locations around the internet and categorizes them for easy access. Elysium allows you to filter sources by priority, so you can view links from sources you trust first. This add-on was previously known as Zen.
Elysium can be installed from the noobsandnerds repository.
Developed by the same people who created 1Channel, SALTS is quickly becoming one of the most popular add-ons for Kodi. An acronym for “Stream All The Sources”, SALTS is a top contender for best Kodi add-on when it comes to streaming TV and movies.
SALTS is now being maintained by a new developer and is available here.
Update: As of June 2017, Phoenix is no longer working.
Phoenix is all about selection. The Kodi add-on was just updated with even more sources and playlists to choose from. Among them is Morepower, which adds HD and 3D movies to the mix. All the content is curated and categorized by a handful of committed curators. Phoenix is available in the Fusion repository.
As of June 2017, the Xunity repository is down and HEVC VideoClub is not available.
HEVC VideoClub is a great option for those who have slower internet connections but still want decent quality videos. Specializing in the HEVC format, this add-on streams TV shows and movies in a more compressed format. It has both HD and 3D content available.
HEVC VideoClub is available in the Xunity repository.
1Channel is a veteran among Kodi streaming add-ons. It’s been blocked in some countries including the UK, but it should be accessible from anywhere if using a VPN. 1Channel is one of the easiest TV and movie streaming add-ons to install and use, and it covers a huge range of content.
1Channel is now available from K3l3vra’s repository (same as SALTS).
Velocity was only available from the Fusion repository, which is down as of June 2017, so it is no longer available.
Created by the same developer as Phoenix, Velocity was released at the beginning of 2016 to critical acclaim by Kodi users. It scrapes links from a wide range of sources. That includes GVIDEO, which features fast-streaming 1080p video.
Velocity is available in the Fusion repository.
As of June 2017, the Popcorn Time Kodi add-on is no longer working.
The notorious desktop app for streaming high quality TV and movies from torrents now comes in Kodi add-on form. It uses the Popcorn Time backend to provide streams without having to sift through multiple links. It’s also got a great selection of anime for our Otaku friends.
Download the Kodi Popcorn Time .zip file here: https://github.com/markop159/KODI-Popcorn-Time/raw/master/Releases/plugin.video.kodipopcorntime.repository/plugin.video.kodipopcorntime.repository-1.0.0.zip. Read our guide to the best Popcorn Time VPNs and which to avoid.
Specto is another successor to the Genesis add-on. While the official heir is Exodus, the old Genesis add-on was forked and turned into Specto. It supports library integration, video downloading, automatic subtitles, and Trakt.
Specto is available in the filmkodi repository.
The Xunity repo and all of its add-ons, including iStream, are no longer available.
An oldie but a goodie, iStream sources a wide range of TV and movies from a variety of websites.
iStream is part of the Xunity repository.
Trakt isn’t a Kodi add-on for streaming TV and movies, but for organizing, keeping track, and sharing what you’re watching. The add-on and widget automatically scrobbles what you’re watching. You can create watchlists and calendars to stay up to date on your favorite shows. With a ton of other cool features, the popular add-on works in unison with several others on this list. Account registration required.
Trakt is available on the default Kodi repository.
BBC radio and TV programs come in the form of iPlayer WWW as an add-on for Kodi. You can watch live TV, catchup TV programs, and radio content from the BBC iPlayer website. Keep in mind that most content is UK only, so you’ll have to set your VPN to the UK to use it. Not all VPNs work so checkout our article on which beat the BBC iPlayer VPN ban.
iPlayer WWW is available on the default Kodi repository.
If you want to integrate paid streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video into Kodi, the best way cross-platform solution is PlayOn. For $2.50 a month, this streaming DVR saves video files into an MP4 format for playback. It includes a feature that allows you to automatically skip ads. You will need a Windows PC to record the video onto using the PlayOn Media Server app, but the Kodi add-on works on any operating system.
Subscribe to PlayOn here (includes a 30 day money back guarantee).
How to install Kodi add-ons
To install these add-ons on Kodi, you’ll first need to set up their respective repositories. A repository is like a library full of add-ons you can install at will from within Kodi. Some repositories require manual installation, while others like Fusion allow you to use a simple add-on installer.
Learn how to install Kodi add-on repositories like Fusion, SuperRepo, and filmkodi here.
Add-ons that you can directly download via a zip file, such as Popcorn Time, do not require you install a repository first.
Do you know of more TV and movie add-ons for Kodi that we should add to this list? Let us know in the comments!
How to watch Kodi TV & movies on a Fire Stick, Android, iPhone, or Mac
Kodi v17.3 “Krypton” is the latest stable version of Kodi available for download. On devices with standard web browsers, simply download the app from the official website and install it to get started. Once installed, you may download add-ons from the official repository or install new repositories. Check out this tutorial on how to set up Exodus as an example. This should work for Windows, MacOS, and Android smartphones.
iOS is a bit trickier because Kodi is not available from the App Store. If you want to install Kodi on an iPad or iPhone without jailbreaking it, we recommend using the Cydia Impactor app to move Kodi from a desktop to your iOS device.
Android-based streaming devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku require a bit more work to get Kodi installed an running. To download Kodi on a Fire TV Stick will require sideloading apps or using the Downloader application. The only way to get Kodi running on Roku without is to “cast” or “mirror” another device.