Not only is the Xbox One a great gaming system, it’s also an excellent device for streaming video. One way to get the most from it as a streaming video player is to install Kodi on Xbox One. Kodi originally started as an app for the Xbox (it was originally known as XBMC, or Xbox Media Center), making the Kodi Xbox app a must-have.
This article will explain how to install Kodi on Xbox One, provide a list of best Xbox One Kodi builds, and explore the best Kodi addons for Xbox One.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is an open-source streaming media player from the Kodi Foundation. It allows users to stream video from across the Internet, without relying on a web browser or proprietary apps. As a result, Kodi can often be used to bypass spammy advertisements when watching online TV shows or movies. In addition to the Xbox One, Kodi can also be installed on Amazon Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield, Apple TV, Android, iOS, PC, or Mac.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Warning: always use a VPN with Kodi
Streaming video carries some risks to your privacy and security. This is true whether you use Kodi or other software on your Xbox One to stream video. Your ISP may log information about what shows or movies you are watching and where you are streaming them from. It may also throttle your speed if it thinks you are using too much bandwidth while watching online videos. This may cause buffering and other issues with performance.
The best way to protect yourself against these problems is to use a VPN whenever you stream video or use the Internet. A VPN encrypts your data, making it extremely difficult for your ISP or hackers to know what you are doing. This helps to prevent your ISP from keeping logs of your activity and hackers from gaining access to your personal information.
By default, installing a VPN on Xbox One is difficult. However, our recommended option for Kodi users across the board is IPVanish, as it meets the necessary criteria we use when rating VPNs for Kodi. Our guide on Xbox VPNs should help you figure out how to install it on your Xbox One.
How to install Kodi on Xbox One
Installing Kodi on Xbox One is simple. Just take the following steps:
- From the Xbox One main menu, click the “search” button2. Type
- “Kodi” into the search box
- Click the Kodi icon when it appears
- Push the “get” button. Kodi will download and install
- When it finishes installing, click launch to start Kodi
That’s all there is to installing Kodi on Xbox One.
Why is the splash screen different, and what is Kodi 18 Leia?
If you’ve used Kodi on other devices, you may be surprised by the splash screen that displays when it first starts up on the Xbox One. The reason the splash screen is different is because the Xbox One uses Kodi 18 Leia Beta, an experimental version of Kodi. This is different from the Kodi 17.6 Krypton found in Google Play Store, for example.
There may be a few bugs remaining in this version of the program. Still, most users have found Kodi 18 Leia Beta to be perfectly stable for normal, everyday use. The official, stable version of Kodi 18 Leia is expected to be released by the end of the year.
Now that you’ve got Kodi installed, it’s time to look at a few builds that are compatible with Xbox One.
Related article: How to download and install Kodi 18 or Kodi 17.6
Xbox One Kodi builds
Kodi builds are a way to configure your copy of Kodi all at once, without having to change skins, menu options, and other settings, and without having to install additional addons. The big advantage to installing a build is that it allows you to personalize Kodi. However, one disadvantage is that builds often install copyright-infringing addons that could pose a security risk.
If you do choose to use a Kodi build for Xbox One, we recommend you uninstall most of the addons that come with it and install your own. The following section will recommend some addons we think are useful and fairly safe.
Meanwhile, here is a list of some of the best Kodi builds for Xbox One. All of these builds are compatible with Kodi 18 Leia, which is a necessary feature for any Xbox One user.
Duff X was created especially for the Xbox One, and features a splash screen with the Xbox One logo and the word “Duff” in green over the standard Kodi 18 Leia logo. The main menu of Duff X contains the following categories: Music, Movies, TV Shows, Anime, Kids, 4K UHD, Sports, TNT Preview, SD Wizard, Addons, and Settings.
Duff X comes with the following addons preinstalled: FlixNet, Incursion, Covenant, Placenta, Supremacy, Yoda, YouTube, Genesis Reborn, Maverick TV, and others. With the exception of YouTube, we do not recommend any of these addons.
Magic Dragon uses the popular Aeon Nox Kodi skin. It contains images of a giant red dragon, as well as a scene from The Meg with a huge shark in the background. Menu items include Movies, TV shows, Favorites, Games, Apps, and Sports.
The Magic Dragon build includes Magic Dragon, Yoda, Just Sports, Maverick TV, Supremacy, Numbers, Joker Sports, and other addons.
Kronos Lite has a horizontal menu and offers a black background with wisps of energy floating around in the main menu image. It has the following main menu categories: Sports, Live TV, Settings, Setups, Movies, TV shows, and Kids.
Gold Build Leia
Gold Build Leia has a gold background and contains images of people and a golden dragon for images. The main menu icons feature golden fire curling up towards each icon’s text. It has categories for Tools, Favorites, Extras, Kids, Movies, TV shows, Sports, Music, Live TV, System and Power.
Leia Silvo features 35 different themes for a user to choose from. The image above is of the Game of Thrones theme. Leia Silvo offers main menu categories of Live TV, Movies, TV shows, Her Place, Sports, and Kids.
See also: The 10 Best Kodi builds of 2018
Best Kodi addons for Xbox One
Regardless of whether you use a build or not, you will need some Kodi addons installed on your Xbox One if you want to stream content from the Internet. Here is a list of some of the best Kodi addons we’ve found for Xbox One users.
The Tubi TV Kodi addon streams from TubiTV.com, a popular VOD service with a huge catalog of movies and shows. Watching Tubi TV content with a web browser or the official app results in numerous interruptions caused by advertisements, but these ads are all eliminated when you watch using the Kodi addon on your Xbox One.
Tubi TV carries popular movies like Conan The Barbarian (2011), Titanic, Bad Lieutenant (starring Nicholas Cage), School of Rock, True Grit, and others, as well as hit TV shows like Wolfblood, The Kill Point, Camelot, Masters of Horror, Dance Academy, and more. Tubi TV also carries a strong collection of both documentaries and anime titles.
Many of Tubi TV’s titles are geoblocked to users located outside of particular countries. From what we can tell, U.S., U.K., and Canada residents each have different TV shows and movies available through Tubi TV. Using a VPN will help you to get around these blocks so that you can unlock the full catalog.
Tubi TV can be found in the Kodi1 repository. For information on how to install and use this addon, read our complete guide to Tubi TV for Kodi.
The Crackle Kodi addon streams from SonyCrackle.com. All advertisements from the service are eliminated through the Kodi addon, allowing you to watch free TV shows and movies without interruption. Crackle carries the first five Rocky movies, Ocean’s 11, Mad Max, Commando, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and many other classic and highly-rated films. It also has shows like Seinfeld, Walker: Texas Ranger, and the Crackle originals SuperMansion, Startup, and Snatch.
In addition, Crackle has an excellent collection of animated series, including Men in Black: The Animated Series, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Robotech, and Sword Art: Online.
Crackle can be found in the official Kodi repository and in eracknaphobia’s repo. For information on how to install and use it, read our complete guide to Crackle for Kodi.
The Popcornflix Kodi addon connects to Popcornflix.com, another great free VOD service. Like the previous addons on this list, Popcornflix for Kodi eliminates all commercials from the service. You can watch horror films like You’re Next, Suspiria, and The Last Exorcism, comedies like Kid Cannabis and Coming Soon, and many other movies and genres on your Xbox One using the Popcornflix Kodi addon.
Popcornflix is part of the official Kodi repository. Here is how to watch Popcornflix on Kodi.
The Pluto.tv Kodi addon connects your Xbox One to Pluto.tv, a source for over 100 free IPTV channels. You can use this addon to watch popular news channels like CBSN, Cheddar Business News, and Newsy, as well as channels for various niche audiences, including IGN (for gamers), Anime All Day, World Poker Tour, Impact Wrestling, FailArmy, The Onion, MinecrafTV, 4KTV, Crime Network, Classic TV, and many more.
Pluto.tv is in the official Kodi repository. Here is how to install and use the Pluto.tv Kodi addon.
USTVNow is a free, over-the-top TV service marketed to U.S. military stationed overseas. However, anyone can sign up for it. The Kodi addon connects to this service using your Xbox One. It offers the New York affiliate of all the U.S. network channels for free: The CW, Fox, PBS, My 9, ABC, NBC, and CBS.
If you don’t have access to a premium streaming TV service such as Fubo TV, PS Vue, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or others, the USTVNow Kodi addon is an excellent way to catch your favorite network TV shows for free.
USTVNow is in the official Kodi repository. Here is how to install and use the USTVNow Kodi addon.
The Zattoo Box Kodi addon connects to the Swiss-based over-the-top TV service, Zattoo.com. If you are located outside of Switzerland, you’ll need to connect to a VPN server within Switzerland to use it. You’ll also need to sign up for the service using an email address and password.
Once you’ve got it set up, the Zattoo Kodi addon for Xbox One gives you access to all of the best free UKTV channels, including BBC 1-4, iTV 1-4, BBC News, BBC Parliament, CBBC, CBeebies, iTVBe, 4, 5, 5USA, 5Spike, 5Select, 4, S4C, Drama, Dave, Pick, and many others. It also includes German-language channels like ZDF, Das Erste, and Swiss1.
The Zattoo Box Kodi addon can be found in the official Kodi repository. To install, click addons → download → video addons → Zattoo Box from the main menu. You can sign up for the service at the official website.
If you subscribe to premium VOD services like Netflix and Hulu, you might want to consider subscribing to Playon and using the Playon Kodi addon as well. Playon is a DVR service that allows you to legally record titles to your PC from many different online services, including Netflix, Hulu, DirecTV Now, YouTube, Crackle, and many others.
The Playon Kodi addon allows you to watch any of these recorded titles using Kodi on Xbox One. It also allows you to watch any of the services affiliated with Playon using Kodi. You can use the Playon Kodi addon to watch Netflix on Kodi, for example, even though there is no working Kodi addon specifically for Netflix.
Playon costs $35/year, in addition to the cost of whatever individual services you use with it.
Playon is in the official Kodi repository. Here is a complete guide to using Playon with Kodi.
While Pluto.tv, USTVNow, and other free IPTV services do offer a lot of great content, you may still want to see premium TV channels that are normally available with satellite and cable TV service. But you may not want to deal with the hassles of bundling TV with Internet. If so, one option is to subscribe to PlayStation Vue and watch its channels using the PS Vue Kodi addon on your Xbox One.
PlayStation Vue offers 40+ channels for $44.99, including Cartoon Network, CNBC, Disney Jr., ESPN, FS1, FS2, SyFy, TNT, and others. A free trial is available for the first seven days from the official website.
We hope you’ve found this guide to installing and using Kodi on Xbox One helpful. For more info on Kodi, check out some of our other Kodi articles, including how to install YouTube on Kodi, the best Kodi addons for movies, the best Kodi addons for anime, and others.