The best Kodi builds of 2016 and 2017

Published by on August 24, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

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Kodi builds are pre-configured Kodi installations. A build is an excellent way to make Kodi set-up easier, while also expanding what you can do with Kodi through additional features and an interesting new layout theme. While you can install Kodi on almost any device, such as Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku,  a Kodi build can only be installed on specific devices, like the Amazon Fire TV or TV Stick, Raspberry Pi, iPhone, Mac, Windows PC or Nvidia Shield.

Kodi builds will come already stocked with many Kodi add-ons. However, most builds will come with a mixture of official and unofficial add-ons. We’ll walk you through the process of setting up a Kodi build, while also providing easy instructions for how to remove unofficial add-ons. Removing unwanted, unofficial add-ons will help ensure you do not accidentally stream pirated material.

Please be warned: While part of the reason to use Kodi builds is to enjoy new features and a more interesting skin, as well as save yourself time in trying to download and install add-ons, you may be getting plugins that offer unofficial streams. We do not provide a list here describing what add-ons exist in any of these builds and do not condone or recommend users utilizing any add-ons that pirate content. For the most part, the best build out there is the one you make yourself.

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.

Using Kodi safely with a VPN

Most Kodi users will have a VPN in place for a variety of reason. Perhaps the most important reason Kodi users turn to is for privacy. ISPs may tag users who stream too much video, throttling their speeds. Additionally, Kodi is far from private. The add-ons you install, especially through builds, may get hacked and expose your system to anyone who gains access.

VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and reroute it through a server in a location of your choice. Your internet service provider will not be able to see where your data is going, making it impossible for them to effectively distinguish and throttle speeds due to video streaming. When it comes to safety and privacy, a solid VPN can help prevent man-in-the-middle attacks from compromised Kodi add-ons, as well as secure your identity against other forms of spying.

VPNs also allow you to access geo-restricted content and they also protect your online privacy.

A reliable VPN provider is needed when accessing streaming content from Kodi. This is necessary both to ensure streaming without hiccups and also to ensure that your privacy is respected. We recommend IPVanish which reliably provides the necessary sturdy connection and plentiful capacity needed for live streaming.

We can confirm that IPVanish works with all Kodi Addons we’ve tested. It is a favorite with the Kodi community thanks to good speeds and the high level of privacy protection it offers.

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You should always perform a fresh start before installing a Kodi build.

The best thing to do when starting with a build is to have a fresh Kodi installation. You can download a fresh installing at kodi.tv/download.

A fresh install will help prevent any issues with installation conflicts between the build installation and other add-ons you may have already installed.

How to delete unwanted pirate add-ons

A big reason why you’re installing Kodi builds is to get the extra features not typically located in a bare Kodi media center install. However, you will end up some with unwanted and unsavory add-ons int he process. Thankfully, you can delete these add-ons pretty easily.

This process will look different in different builds, as the skins change how your Kodi looks and feels.

Nevertheless, you can follow this generic process with almost any build:

  • Find the name of the add-on you want to remove.
  • Right-click on the add-on, and then click on Information.
  • You will now see a screen that gives you options, such as “Disable”, but most importanly, one that says “Uninstall”.
  • Click on the Uninstall button.

Your unwanted add-on will not be uninstalled from your Kodi build. Note, however, that this will not actually delete the unwanted add-on. It will still live on your system. If you want to completely delete the add-on, you will need to find the zip file for the build you installed, open it, and completely delete the plugin with the name of the add-on you want to delete.

Best Kodi Builds of 2016/2017

Dimitrology Boom Shakalaka

Boom Shakalaka is loaded with plenty add-ons and runs quickly and smoothly. Packages are automatically cleaned on each startup as well as the cache to make sure that the build always remains small and fast.

Build Download Size: 308MB

The home screen of Boom Shakalaka is categorized as follows:

  • LIVE TV
  • MOVIES
  • TV SHOWS
  • MUSIC
  • KIDS
  • SPORTS
  • DOCS
  • VOD
  • STREAMING
  • APPS
  • SYSTEM

An internet speed tester powered by Ookla’s Speedtest.net is included in the build. You can find this functionality under SYSTEM. Select SPEEDTESTER.NET in order to run the speed test. Backup/restore functionality is also included. This is found under SYSTEM.

Updating of the build is easily accommodated. Instead of having to repeat the installation process above, simply access the UPDATE BUILD feature from under SYSTEM on Boom Shakalaka’s home screen.

Beast Encore Build

Build Download Size: 350MB

Beast Encore gives access to a wide array of content. Thankfully, all of the content is well organized and easy to find. From Live TV to content for kids, there’s content geared toward everyone on the Beast Encore build.

The home screen is organized as follows:

  • Movies
  • Tv Shows
  • Encore Sports
  • Live IPTV
  • Beast AddOns
  • Kids Place
  • Music
  • Videos
  • Programs
  • System

SkymashiTV MAGNA Build

Download Size: 320MB

On the home screen, the categories are organized vertically as opposed to the usual horizontal arrangement. This layout makes the build quite easy to navigate. You can find a great deal of content such as sports and movies but refreshingly there is content available for kids and family.

The layout of the home screen is as follows:

  • My Movies
  • Movies
  • My TV Shows
  • TV Shows
  • 24/7 Collections
  • Live TV
  • Live Sports
  • Sports
  • Kids Zone
  • Kids LIVE TV
  • Family Zone
  • Streams
  • Tubes
  • Music
  • Add-ons
  • Settings/Tools

Trakt integration is also included in the build and soon after your first startup, you will be asked to set it up.

Trakt allows you to organize your favorite TV shows and movies and in general keep track of what you are watching.

Nemesis Build

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Build size: 204MB

Nemesis has a well organized interface with design cues from Kodi Krypton. The interface is setup in such a way that you aren’t distracted when browsing a particular category. Nemesis is a very lightweight and simple build. You will get lots of movies, TV shows and sports. There is also content available for kids.

Content is accessible directly from the home screen which is organized as follows:

  • TV GUIDE
  • MOVIES
  • TV SHOWS
  • SPORT
  • KIDS
  • YOUTUBE
  • ADDONS
  • FAVOURITES
  • SETTINGS

Tomb Raider Build

Build Download Size: 310MB

The Tomb Raider build comes with lots of add-ons, allowing you to quickly start enjoying your favorite shows. The Tomb Raider build comes with add-ons which provide lots of TV shows, movies, documentaries and even live content.

It’s the add-ons under the EXTRAS ZONE category on the main screen that makes the build stand out. You will find add-ons such as the UK Vehicle Check which allows you to check the Ministry of Transport status and tax status of any IK vehicle. The GYM WORLD add-on also under EXTRAS ZONE is also a nice touch and is great for those of us who love the fitness world.

Updates can even be carried out from directly within the build.

You can access your favorite content and any necessary tools and settings through the following categories included on the home screen:

  • LIVE TV
  • TV SHOWS
  • MOVIES
  • SPORT
  • LIVE SPORTS
  • TOP ADD-ONS
  • KIDS ZONE
  • EXTRAS ZONE
  • FAVOURITES
  • MUSIC
  • ADD-ONS
  • TOOLS
  • SETTINGS
  • POWER

Ares Build

Build download size: 182MB

You can get a hold of your favourite content with the Ares build. The ares build is small and nimble but still offers all of your favorite movies, TV shows, sports, live TV. There is also a dedicated Kids Zone section.

Pulse CCM Build

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Build Download Size: 249MB

Pulse includes a wide variety of add-ons in order to provide users with an enjoyable experience. The dedicated WORKOUT section on the home screen will be welcomed by the fitness conscious.

The following categories are accessible from the build’s home screen:

  • MOVIES
  • TV SHOWS
  • SPORTS
  • WORKOUT
  • KIDS
  • LIVE STREAMS
  • LIVE TV
  • MUSIC
  • SYSTEM

Fire TV Build

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Build download size: 291MB

With the Fire TV build, in addition to it being light on resources, you will have access to a wide variety of content. From your favorite music to the latest movies, live TV, sports and content for children, you will find it on this build.

There is also a category on the build’s home screen called Her Place with content geared toward women.

On the home screen you will find the following categories:

  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • All in One
  • Live TV Guide
  • Kids Corner
  • Sports Corner
  • Music & Stream
  • Misc.(Miscellaneous)
  • Add-ons
  • Maintenance
  • System

Horus Build

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Build Download Size: 92.74MB

Horus is a light build designed to run on less powerful devices. With that being said, you will still be able to enjoy a variety of content through the add-ons included.

The categories found on the build’s home screen are as follows:

  • MOVIES
  • TV SHOWS
  • SPORTS
  • MISC(Miscellaneous)
  • EVOLVE
  • KIDS
  • MUSIC
  • YOUTUBE
  • ADD-ONS
  • ECHO WIZARD
  • SETTINGS

Wullies Mini Build

Build size: 142MB

Wullies is a light build which is perfect for devices like the Amazon Fire Stick which don’t have a lot of processing power. To begin with it is small in size and doesn’t require a lot of resources. It also deletes unnecessary files every time Kodi is started up.

Saints Sky One + 1 Build

Download Size: 630MB

There’s something for everyone with the Saints build. Whether it be the latest movies or if you wish to catch up on your favorite sport, you can find it in this build.

For the guys out there you there is the MAN CAVE category on the build’s home page. There is also a category called HER PLACE for women. This is great for a situation where a couple might be sharing an Android TV Box or Firestick.

On the home screen you will find:

  • SYSTEM
  • POWER
  • KIDS
  • MOVIES
  • TV BOX SETS
  • LIVE TV
  • SPORTS
  • MAN CAVE
  • HER PLACE
  • MUSIC
  • FAVOURITES
  • PROGRAMS

Aqua Build

Build Download Size: 175.24MB

Aqua is quite a light build. Regardless it is filled with plenty of content for your enjoyment. It will run well on devices without a lot of processing power.

Spinz Tv Premium Lite Build

Build Download Size: 200MB

As the name suggests Spinz TV Premium Lite is light on resources. With that being said you will still find plenty of content from movies and TV shows to live TV and kids’ shows in the build.

The categories included on the home menu of the build are as follows:

  • My Add-ons
  • Pro Sport
  • Entertainment
  • 4Kids
  • IPTV
  • Movies
  • TV Shows
  • Music
  • rograms
  • System

Evolution Build

Build Download Size: 852MB

Evolution contains a large amount of add-ons with great content; from Live TV to sports, you will find it on Evolution. What sets Evolution apart from many other builds is that it separates out its high quality 1080P HD & 3D films out into a separate category on the home menu of the build.

The categories included on the home menu are as follows:

  • LIVE TV
  • TV HUB
  • MOVIE HUB
  • 1080P HD & 3D FILMS
  • ENTERTAINMENT
  • KIDS MEDIA
  • SPORTS
  • FOOTBALL
  • MUSIC & CONCERTS
  • ADD-ONS
  • MAINTENANCE
  • SETTINGS

Simplify Build

Download Build Size: 230MB

Simplify is small in size but still manages to offer a decent amount of content. This build will give you access to quality movies, TV shows, kids content and sports. Users will even have access to 4Horsemen which offers great 3D and 4K content.

Apollo AiOne Build

Build Download Size: 657 MB

Apollo AiOne is quite a comprehensive build and provides a lot of great content for users to enjoy. What especially stands out is the dedicated 4K/3D category on the build’s home screen as well as the dedicated Health category.

Gears of War Build

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Build Download Size: 317MB

Gears of war is a nice small build offering the basic packages of movies, TV shows and sports with some kids content thrown in the mix.

Turk T2k Without Arcade

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Build Download Size: 292MB

This build is a relatively small one but it is filled with great content from music and movies to live TV and sports. For those of us who enjoy animated shows such as anime, Turk T2K goes out of the way to make a separate ANIMATION category on the build’s main screen.

The categories included on the build’s home screen are as follows:

  • MUSIC
  • MOVIES
  • TV SHOWS
  • COMEDY
  • ANIMATION
  • LIVE TV
  • SPORT
  • SUPER ADD-ONS
  • NEWS & HELP
  • MAINTENANCE
  • SYSTEM
  • FAVOURITES
  • POWER

Razer Blue Family Build

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Build Download Size: 201MB

Razer Blue Family is aimed at providing content for the entire family. From documentaries, TV shows, movies and sports for mom and dad to kids’ content this build will provide it. It  comes in at a relatively small size. 4Horsemen will also provide high-quality 3D and 4K content.

Void Build

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Build size: 222MB

Void is packed with great add-ons but where it really stands out is the HER PLACE section.

Void also features a GAMING category which contains a large amount of gaming videos from sources such as Twitch and Youtube.

How to install a Kodi Build

Generally, installing a Kodi build follows the same procedure. The general steps are as follows:

  1. Add source to file manager.
  2. Install repository plugin. This step is not necessary in many cases, however.
  3. Install program add-on.
  4. Install build from the relevant wizard.
  5. Restart Kodi. After the installation process has been completed you will usually be asked to do a Kodi force close. On Windows, Linux and Mac OS, just choose OK. On Android, and iOS devices, unplug your device or close kodi from your device’s task manager.

Dimitrology Boom Shakalaka Build

  • Add “http://dimitrology.com/repo” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source in Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file
  • Locate the saved plugin.video.wizardology.zip on your C: drive or wherever you saved your file, then click to install
  • Open Dimitrology Builds in PROGRAM ADD-ONS and install the Boom Shakalaka Build.

Beast Encore Build

  • Before you get started, you will first need to register here. Please note that there are several ads on the page that may lead you to links that aren’t the actual registration section and are just Google ads. You need to scroll down until you see the registration section pictured below.beast_registration_correct_section_1
  • After entering the required information and clicking Register, you will then see a notification thanking you for registering. Click on log in to continue.beast_registration_1
  • You will now need to scroll down until you see a box containing the name you used during registration.thebeast_verify
  • Click on Verify Here. You should now be able to see Yes under the Verified? Column were Verify Here previously was displayed. This means that your registration was successful and you can now continue the process on Kodi.beast_verification_confirmation
  • Add “http://thebeast1.com/repo” to sources in File Manager if you’re from the UK. If you are from the US enter “http://thebeast2.com/repo”. If you are from neither area choose the closest area. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.video.beast.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file
  • Highlight The Beast Wizard in PROGRAMS ADDONS and press ‘c’ on your keyboard or press the menu button if you are using a remote. Select Settings and enter the email address and password you used earlier when registering and then press OK.the beast
  • Open The Beast Wizard and the version of Beast that you want to install. In our case we will select ‘The Beast Encore…’.

SkymashiTV MAGNA Build

  • Add “http://skymashi.eu/wizard/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.program.skymashitvwizard.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Open Skymashi TV Wizard in PROGRAMS and install SkymashiTV MAGNA.

Nemesis Build

  • Add “http://kodiuk.tv/repo” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.kodiuktv-1.0.0.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Next, head to Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from repository.  Choose KODIUKTV Repo>Program add-ons and then KodiUK TV Wizard.
  • Open KodiUK TV Wizard in PROGRAM ADD-ONS and then select Kodi UK TV Builds. Select Nemesis.

Tomb Raider Build

  • Add “http://tombraiderbuilds.netne.net/repo/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.tombraider.official-0.x.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Still in Addons>Package Symbol (top left), select Install from repository and then Tomb Raider Repo, followed by Program add-ons. Select Tomb Raider Builds Wizard, hit Install and proceed when you receive the “Add-on enabled” notification.
  • Open Tomb Raider Builds Wizard in PROGRAMS and select TOMB RAIDER BUILDS HERE. Finally choose Nemesis and let it install. Now, select TOMB RAIDER 2.48 JARVIS and wait for the download and installation process to finish.

Ares Build

  • Add “http://www.areswizard.co.uk/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install script.areswizardx.x.xx.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • In PROGRAMS, open Ares Wizard, select Browse Builds and choose The Ares Build.
  • In order to continue you will need to obtain a PIN passcode. Follow the onscreen instructions to get this pin and then enter it by selecting Enter Pin and inputting the pin you obtained to proceed.ares_wizard_pin_request kodi builds
  • Select The Ares Build, hit install and let the installation process run to completion.

Pulse CCM Build

  • Add “http://www.areswizard.co.uk/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install script.areswizardx.x.xx.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • In PROGRAM ADD-ONS, open Ares Wizard, select Browse Builds and choose Pulse.
  • In order to continue you will need to obtain a PIN passcode. Follow the onscreen instructions to get this pin and then enter it by selecting Enter Pin and inputting the pin you obtained to proceed.ares_wizard_pin_request
  • Select Pulse, hit Install and let the installation process run to completion. If the main link doesn’t work you can try one of the backup links.

Fire TV Build

  • Add “http://firetvguru.net/fire” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.firetvguru.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Go to Install from repository and then Fire TV Guru Repo.You will now need to select Program add-ons and then Fire TV Wizard. Select Install.
  • In PROGRAMS, select Fire TV Wizard followed by Builds. Hit Fire TV Build. Choose Standard Install and then let the download and install process run to completion.

Horus Build

  • Add “http://echocoder.com/repo” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.echo-x.xx.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Now go to Install from repository, still in Addons>Package Symbol (top left)  and select ECHO Repository>Program add-ons. Choose ECHO Wizard and hit Install.Wait for the “Add-on enabled” notification before you continue.
  • On Kodi’s home screen, go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and select ECHO Wizard. Select OFFICIAL ECHO BUILDS, choose HORUS and select Download The Build Now.

Wullies Mini Build

  • Add “http://wookiespmc.com/wiz/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install Click me – succumb to The Wookie.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Go to PROGRAMS ADD-ONS and then select Wookie. Choose Community Builds and then scroll down to Wullie’s Mini Build. Hit Install and then Continue. Let the build download and install.

Saints Sky One + 1 Build

  • Add “http://saintskodi.uk/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install Click-here-for-Saints.zip from SYSTEM>Settings>Add-ons>Install from zip file.
  • Go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and then select Saints Wizard. Choose SAINTS SKY ONE + 1. Wait for the build to fully download and install.

Aqua Build

  • Add “http://thecommunityrepo.netai.net/zip/” to sources in File Manager.  Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.communityrepo-x.x.x.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Still in Addons>Package Symbol (top left)  head to Install from repository. Choose The Community Repository and then hit Install. Wait on the “Add-on enabled” notification before proceeding.
  • Go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and select The Community Wizard followed by (Community Wizard) Builds. Now choose the Aqua Build, then select the Standard Install option. Let the process run to completion.

Spinz TV Premium Lite Build

  • Add “http://spinztvrepo.com” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.program.SpinzTV-x.x.x.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and select SpinzTV. Now select SpinzTV Builds. Select the Spinz-TV Premium Lite build and let the installation run to completion.

Evolution Build

  • Add “http://repo.hackmykodi.com/wizards/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.video.evolutionwizard.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Go to PROGRAMS ADD-ONS and select evolutionwizard. Select Evolution and the build will now download and install.

Simplify Build

  • Add “http://lentechtv.com/lentechtv/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.video.LentechTVx.x.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Go to PROGRAMS ADD-ONS and select LentechTV Build Installer. Choose Simplify and then the build will download and install.

Apollo AiOne Build

  • Add “http://apkb.netne.net/repo/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.program.apollo2.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Now go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and select Apollo Wizard 2.1. Next select Apollo AiOne. The build will now download and install. Wait for the process to complete.

Gears of War Build

  • Add “http://targetbuilds.net/repo” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install plugin.video.targetin1080pwizard.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Now head to the main menu of Kodi and select PROGRAMS. Now hit Targetin1080p Wizard. Choose GEARS OF WAR BUILD and it will download and install.

Turk T2k Without Arcade

  • Add “http://thecommunityrepo.netai.net/zip/” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install repository.communityrepo-x.x.x.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Still in Addons>Package Symbol (top left) head to Install from repository. Select The Community Repository and then Program add-ons. Select The Community Wizard. Hit Install and wait on the “Add-on enabled” notification before continuing.
  • From Kodi’s main menu go to PROGRAM ADD-ONS and then select The Community Wizard. Select (Community Wizard) Builds followed by Turk T2K Without Arcade Build (v1.0). Finally hit (Community Wizard) Standard Install and let the install run to completion.

Razer Blue Family Build

  • Add “http://areswizard.co.uk” to sources in File Manager. Name the source.
  • Find the source and install script.areswizardx.x.xx.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Now go to Kodi’s home screen and then to PROGRAM ADD-ONS. Hit Ares Wizard followed by Browse Builds and scroll down to Razer Builds, select Razer Blue Family (Jarvis) and then hit Install. Note that there is also a version for Kodi Krypton available. The build will download and install. Let the process run to completion.

Void Build

  • Add “http://wookiespmc.com/wiz/” to sources in File Manager.  Name the source.
  • Find the source and install Click me – succumb to The Wookie.zip from Addons>Package Symbol (top left)>Install from zip file.
  • Next, go to PROGRAMS ADD-ONS and then select Wookie. Choose Community Builds and then scroll down to The Void Build. Hit Install and the build will download and then install. Let the process run to completion.

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