110 Best Kodi Addons working as of March 2018

Published by on March 5, 2018 in Kodi

As March 2018 gets underway, the Kodi addon scene continues to shift! After a somewhat controversial year and an rocky beginning to 2018, Kodi is still going strong into the new year. Although many addons rose (and fell) in 2017 and already in 2018, we expect even more to appear on the scene this year—as well as the new Kodi version 18. This list of Kodi addons should help bring you up to speed for the new year. We recommend bookmarking it as well. We update this list regularly with new addons and subtractions to help you keep up-to-date on the most-used Kodi addons around.

105 Best Kodi Addons of 2017

Kodi addons for March 2018: Notes and highlights

The Kodi landscape is constantly changing. In fact, just in the past few months, a number of addons, repositories, and their developers went completely offline. Popular third-party choices like Bennu and Covenant are now gone, with no immediate indication that they’ll ever return. (For more on that, skip down to the bottom.)

During the period of January through February, the third-party Kodi community was also hit with a signficiant number of addon and develop takedowns. Many of the most popular third-party developers received copyright infringement notifications, forcing them to remove their online presence and remove themselves from the Kodi addon scene altogether.

Most notably, the popular development team Noobsandnerds (NaN) closed down for good. NaN was the development team behind the heavily-used Bob Unlimited Kodi addon. That addon is now unsupported.

Additionally, we’ve noticed a steep decline in the popularity of third-party addons in general. Or at the very least, a decline in how many people are searching for them. This may indicate that copyright holders have finally seen some success in their efforts to put the pressure on the third-party addon scene.

Keeping up with Kodi addons

With new addons appearing all the time and old addons becoming defunct, it can be difficult to keep abreast of all the new developments. To help, we’ve created a list of the best Kodi addons of 2018.

While some of these addons are third-party, this does not mean that we recommend using them. We define “best” here as only an indication of their popularity. As stated, we’ll also be keeping this list updated as addons are introduced or continued.

We encourage our readers to seek official sources of content, but we know there are several third-party addons that come highly recommended by other sites and forums. These addons are searched for more frequently than official addons, as shown in the graphic below.

Kodi addons

It’s important to remember that third-party addons provide unrestricted access to licensed content and may not be legal to use in your country. We advise all Kodi users to research the laws in their country regarding streaming content online before attempting to use Kodi for this purpose.

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.

Before we start: Always use a VPN with Kodi

Although virtual private networks (VPNs) are often used by people trying to hide their illegal activities from their ISP, there are many valid reasons law-abiding Kodi users should use one too.

If a Kodi addon were to be hijacked, the user’s computer would be at the mercy of the attacker. By using a Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attack, hackers have access to all of the victim’s internet history, saved browser information, and even login credentials.

Also, several internet service providers (ISPs) have been known to deliberately limit the download speeds of their customers in an effort to combat online video streaming. This could leave you with speeds far below those that you pay for.

A VPN combats both of these threats by encrypting your network traffic. This prevents most MitM attacks and stops your ISP from seeing your online activities. With no idea what you’re doing, your ISP is less likely to automatically throttle your speeds. This could lead to a smoother, buffering-free Kodi experience.

We recommend using IPVanish. While many VPNs slow your network speeds down to a crawl IPVanish build and maintain its own servers. This allows it to provide faster, more consistent speeds than many of its competitors. It also means that accessing region-locked content is as simple as connecting to an IPVanish server in the correct location.

IPVanish was designed with Kodi and high-definition streaming in mind, and as a result it’s one of the most portable VPNs. IPVanish has dedicated apps for Android, iOS, and Amazon Firestick. Unlike some other VPNs, IPVanish keeps no logs of your traffic history.

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IPVanish includes a 7 day money back guarantee so you can cancel if you are unhappy for any reason.

Best Kodi addons for movies

Some of the most popular Kodi addons are the ones that offer a wide selection of movies. The official Kodi repository offers addons that not only allow you to browse a large collection of free movies, but also expand that collection by integrating with your other streaming subscriptions.

Official addons


Official Crackle Kodi addon

Crackle is a streaming service that has a varied selection of films and TV shows. It’s free to use and offers some better known titles, like 2003’s Underworld. Crackle region-locks their content, so to watch, you’ll need to connect your VPN to an American server.

Location: eracknaphobia Addon Repo


FilmRise is a distributor of TV shows and independent films.They have two addons: FilmRise, which contains six of their TV shows, and FilmRise – YouTube, which also includes their free to watch movies.  

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

BigStar Movies & TV

BigStar Movies have a collection of award-winning independent and foreign films and the BigStar Movies & TV addon lets you watch these directly through Kodi. This service is completely legal to use and unlike when using the BigStar online service, you don’t have to keep a credit card on file. This is only used for purchasing specific films. Since this can’t be done via the addon, payment it isn’t required.

Location: MetalChris Addon Repository


Snagfilms offers a collection of documentaries and independent films. There are over 5000 free-to-watch movies, and they’re all organized by genre. While most of these films aren’t well known, some, like 2007’s Nanking, are critically acclaimed.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


TubiTV Kodi addon

TubiTV is one of the largest streaming video-on-demand websites around. The service boasts a library of over 50,000 titles, from movies to TV shows. Additionally, there is no fee to use TubiTV. It offers the service as a free, ad-supported option.

You can stream TubiTV on Kodi without a login required and without the ads. Due to the way it works, Kodi automatically blocks advertisements, letting you enjoy your streams quite easily and without interruption. If you want to unlock TubiTV’s full library, you will need a VPN, however. The service has different content in the US, UK, and Canada, meaning you’ll need to bypass its geographic content blocking to gain access gain access to everything.

Third-party addons

The following addons are unofficial and primarily provide access to unlicensed content. We’ve included these addons as they’re very popular, however we do not recommend Kodi users install or use them to stream content.


Exodus is an addon that offers on-demand movies and TV shows. It’s one of the most widely used third-party addons, but is no longer being supported by the developers. As such, it’s likely to grow more vulnerable to attack as time passes. Exodus was one of the addons targeted in the TV Addons lawsuit, so it’s not even guaranteed that it’ll continue to function in the future.

Additionally, most developers supporting Exodus have ceased helping to develop this addon. A few sources still exist, but they’re not likely trustworthy.


Covenant is a fork of the Exodus addon. It’s being maintained by the original Exodus developers and provides much of the same functionality. The majority of its content providers are unofficial, and this makes Covenant a poor choice for Kodi users who want to stream content legally.

The key developers behind Covenant shut down operations in November 2017, following a slew of lawsuit threats. Covenant still exists in a few locations, but with minimal support and many complaints about poor functionality.

Other popular third-party, movie focused Kodi addons include:



Supremacy is an all-in-one addon that offers TV shows, movies, and live TV. Unlike most other streaming addons, it includes 3D and 4K content. With no way to remove Supremacy’s unlicensed content providers, it’s very difficult to find public domain or properly licensed content.


Elysium (formerly Zen) collects links to TV shows and movies from several unofficial websites. While you can disable certain providers, none of them are legitimate sources and as a result, the Elysium Kodi addon is unsuitable for most Kodi users. 


Genesis Reborn

Genesis Reborn is a fork of Genesis, the addon that was replaced by Exodus. It has a large library of movies and TV shows, but little in the way of licensed content. Since Exodus has no legitimate content providers, Kodi users would be better served by one of the official addons listed above.


Gurzil is a fork of the Exodus addon. It offers all of the same content that Exodus does with the only difference being a new, wolf-themed appearance. Simply, there’s no reason to install Gurzil if you already have Exodus or are only interested in watching video from official sources.

As with many other TV and movie addons, Gurzil was abandoned not long ago due to legal action.

Bob Unleashed

Bob Unleashed is another TV-focused addon. That said, it scrapes links from unofficial sources and offers little to legitimate Kodi users.

Goodfellas 2.0

Goodfellas Kodi addon

The Goodfellas 2.0 Kodi addon gathers movies, TV shows and live streams. Some of these sources are legitimate, but the majority are not. This makes it Goodfellas 2.0 a poor choice for Kodi users searching for a reliable, legal TV addon.


Specto is a fork of the Genesis addon and has a very similar content library. Like Genesis, it supports Trakt integration, but has little in the way of licensed content.


Quasar is a Kodi addon that gathers content from P2P networks. These addons are more risky than traditional link-scraping alternatives due to the fact that they allow other devices to access your computer. P2P networks are primarily (but not exclusively) used for sharing unlicensed content, so Quasar is a poor choice for people who want to watch content from official sources.


The Bubbles addon has a well-organized content library. Unfortunately, all of its media comes from unofficial sources. Bubbles can also be configured to access peer-to-peer networks, which introduces another way for an attacker to target your system. As such, it is unsuitable for the majority of Kodi users.


Streamhub is an all-in-one Kodi addon. It’s fairly similar to the other third-party options we’ve covered above, but Streamhub offers additional streams to paying subscribers. Given that the service isn’t official, this is a dangerous proposition: there’s no telling what the creators will do with your credit card details.

SafeHouse Movies

The SafeHouse Movies addon has a library of TV shows and movies. These are not officially licensed and watching with SafeHouse Movies prevents the creators from profiting from their work. If you’d like to encourage similar content to be created in the future, we recommend using one of the official addons listed in the section above.

One Stop Films

One Stop Films contains several movies, but in addition to being unlicensed, they’re often low quality recordings filmed directly from the movie theater. There are far better official alternatives available and we recommend Kodi users install these instead.

Yes Movies

Yes Movies is an addon that makes no secret of its illegitimacy. It uses copyrighted images in its menus and even its icon. This addon takes a long time to even show the films on offer, and most of its content is only 720p at best.

Yes Movies is no longer available.


Real-Movies is a standard third-party movie addon. Its content is categorized loosely by genre and video quality, but even in the “Old-Skool” section, there are no public domain or properly licensed titles to watch.


1Channel rips content from Primewire, one of the largest unofficial streaming sites. 1Channel is maintained by an anonymous group of developers which means that they don’t have a social media presence. Should 1Channel be hijacked, there’d be no way of knowing until your system was already compromised and for this reason, we don’t recommend using it.


123Movies Kodi addon

123Movies is very similar to the Yes Movies Kodi addon. They both provide unrestricted access to copyrighted content, both take a long time to show the titles on offer, and both mostly link to 720p streams. There are official addons for movies that offer a better experience, so we don’t recommend 123Movies at all.

1080p Movies

As you might expect, the 1080p Movies Kodi addon finds movies, but also TV shows. Very little of its media library is properly licensed, though, with the exceptions being public domain titles like 1968’s Night of the Living Dead. With no way to search specifically for public domain content, 1080p Movies offers nothing to Kodi users who want to avoid watching unlicensed content.

None of that matters now, however, as 1080p Movies was taken down by its developer.


Duckpool is the new name for the iStream addon. This scrapes links from multiple streaming sites and collects them in one place for easier access. Duckpool tells its users that it doesn’t do anything illegal, but it only pulls links from unofficial sources. With no way to add official sources, Duckpool is unsuitable for most Kodi users. However, that no longer matters, as Duckpool is now offline.


The Swa-DESI addon contains an extensive library of Indian-language movies. Although these are from unofficial sources, this content may not be illegal to watch, depending on where you’re located. Regardless, we still recommend using official sources wherever possible and for that reason, we can’t recommend the Swa-DESI addon.

Supra Box

The Supra Box Kodi addon provides links to movies, TV shows, and sports coverage. This content is poorly organized and only a small portion of it is correctly licensed, making it unsuitable for most users.

Fine and Dandy

The Fine and Dandy addon accumulates a media library by scraping links from several unofficial streaming websites. It is aimed at Kodi users who aren’t looking for official sources and has very little to help it stand out from the crowd of similar addons.

The Pyramid

The Pyramid is an addon that contains movies and TV shows, as well as a selection of Kodi tutorials. The developer’s Twitter page freely advertises that the addon offers low-quality, manually recorded copies of currently airing films.


JAFMA is very similar to the other movie addons in the Dandymedia repo. It has the same long loading times that plague the Fine and Dandy addon. Like Fine and Dandy, JAFMA doesn’t seem to distinguish itself in any way from the scores of similar addons.

Beau’s Place

Beau’s Place is an all-in-one addon that gathers TV shows, movies, and live TV streams from around the web. Its media library is unorganized, with several similarly named categories, and there’s no way to add legitimate content providers.

Fear of the Dark

Fear of the Dark is an addon that boasts an extensive library of horror movies. Unfortunately, most of these are unlicensed and some of them are recorded directly from the movie theater. As a result, we don’t recommend using the Fear of the Dark Kodi addon to stream movies. 

Fear of the Dark went offline in November, so if you do happen to stumble upon a download location for this addon, it’s likely not trustworthy.


Poseidon is yet another movies and TV shows addon. Its content is well-grouped and there are even playlists available. However, Poseidon does not use official sources and is not suitable for most Kodi users as a result. The Poseidon addon is now officially offline.

Poseidon Kodi addon

Falcon Project

The Falcon Project Kodi addon collects movies and TV shows from around the web before grouping them into playlists. This addon shares the same problems as Falcon Sports and Falcon Ultra TV, namely that they don’t use legitimate sources.


A new Kodi addon arising in just the past month, Incursion is one of the many Covenant clones popping into existence. As with Covenant, Incursion utilizes unlicensed streams from third-party sources, delivered directly into Kodi for easy viewing. Incursion is currently gaining popularity for two reasons: it’s built on the architecture continued by Covenant, and it fixes some of the issues many users had with Covenant before it went down.

As this addon does not use many official sources for streaming, we do not recommend its use. However, we will continue to watch where this addon goes and whether it draws notable attention from anti-piracy organizations.


Somewhat confusing title aside, Placenta follows along with Incursion as a newer Covenant/Exodus fork to hit the scene in the past few weeks. Beyond the name, there is little difference between this addon and Incursion. This addon is delivered through the same source as Neptune Rising mentioned above, although it is a separate fork.

We do not recommend this addon be used.


A new addon from a new third-party repository, Oculus relies heavily on information derived from TDMB, an iMDB competitor. As for sourcing its content, however, most of the films and TV shows come directly from unlicensed sources. We do not recommend Oculus, but will be following this new addon and its developments.

Rebirth 2017

Instead of forking Covenant, this addon is a fork of the much older Exodus. As with Exodus, Rebirth 2017 relies heavily on pirated content and is therefore not an addon that we recommend. Interestingly, however, this addon is offered by several different repositories, most of which may not be trustworthy. As a result, we strongly discourage users from downloading this addon.

See also: How to watch movies on Kodi

Best Kodi addons for TV shows

When it comes to watching TV shows, Kodi users have several options. There are several legitimate content providers that offer collections of well-known shows. These are usually free to watch, although there are a few that have additional costs.

Official addons


USTV Now is a service that provides access to live American TV channels. A free subscription provides streams from seven network TV stations. For $20 a month, you can unlock and additional 21 channels and DVR functionality.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

iPlayer WWW

The iPlayer WWW Kodi addon takes content from the BBC’s iPlayer streaming platform. It offers live and on-demand TV shows, radio stations, and movies. iPlayer WWW is free to use but  requires a valid UK TV License. Additionally, its content is region-locked, so to watch from outside of the UK, you’ll have to connect your VPN to a British server.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


NewsON is the best Kodi addon for US news. It groups its live streams by state and shows which regions each station covers. Streams load quickly and while it’s a US-only news addon, there’s no region-locking. This means that it can be watched from anywhere in the world.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


MeTV offers classic TV shows at absolutely no cost. As you might expect, this doesn’t include any show that’s currently airing, instead providing access to older titles like I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. If you’re a fan of vintage television, there are few official addons that can compete with MeTV.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


The ITV Kodi addon contains content from Britain’s ITV channels. There are dozens of TV shows on offer as well as a handful of live TV streams. Like the BBC, ITV region-locks its content, so you will need to connect your VPN to a British server in order to use the ITV Kodi addon.

Location: noobsandnerds Addon Repository


HGTV stands for Home and Garden Television, and the network hosts full episodes of its shows online. These episodes can also be viewed from within Kodi using the HGTV addon. There are 17 different shows available, all in high-definition, so you can watch DIY programming to your heart’s desire.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

PS Vue

PS Vue is intended as a replacement for a traditional cable subscription. Plans start at $39 99 a month and include at least 50 channels. More expensive plans that offer access to sports and movie channels are also available, and there’s no annual contract. You can try it out and leave if you find it unsuitable.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Third-party addons

While the addons below are popular, they do not provide content from official sources. To help support the TV networks and actors in the shows and movies you watch, we encourage our readers to use one of the licensed alternatives shown above instead.

UK Turk Playlists

UK Turks Playlists Kodi addon

UK Turk Playlists is an addon that offers a huge library of live and on-demand video. There is some free-to-watch content, but this addon primarily gathers from unofficial sources. As a result, it’s unsuitable for Kodi users looking to watch only legal video streams.

UK Turk Playlists was one of the most legally-questionable options available to users. This addon is now offline following legal actions against some third-party addon developers.

cCloud TV

cCloud TV offers live TV streams and a collection of on-demand movies. Some of these live streams are pulled from FilmOn (a legitimate streaming service) but cCloud TV also includes premium channels from unofficial sources. Kodi users looking to watch live TV would be better served by installing the FilmOn addon directly.


Picasso is an “all-in-one” Kodi addon; it offers films, TV shows, live programming, and music. However, the vast majority of this content is unlicensed, making Picasso an unsuitable addon for anyone looking to watch officially licensed content.


SmoothStreams.tv is an invite-only, paid streaming service. It offers reliable live TV streams, but is notoriously difficult to sign up for. The SmoothStreams.tv Kodi addon requires you to login before you can watch any content, so it’s unlikely to be useful for the majority of Kodi users.


Quantum (formerly Supremacy) is another all-in-one Kodi addon. It has a large library of films, TV shows, and live TV streams, but there’s very little that’s officially licensed. Quantum also contains other third-party addons, so it’s apparent that legitimacy is not the developer’s primary concern.


SkyNet is a prime example of what an illegitimate addon looks like. Its media library is full of unlicensed movies and TV shows, plus it scrapes links from the same places as Sanctuary, another third-party addon. SkyNet offers nothing to Kodi users searching for licensed content and these users would be better suited to one of the official addons listed above.

Watch Episodes

Watch Episodes is a third-party addon that finds links to episodes of popular TV shows and gathers them in one place for easier access. However, there are no official sources for any of the media it contains, and as such, we advise Kodi users to look elsewhere.

Made in Canada IPTV

Made In Canada IPTV is a live TV addon. It requires users to install additional third-party addons in order to work. This increases the risk of hijacking and since this addon has a very limited pool of official streams, it doesn’t offer much to law-abiding Kodi users.

Falcon Ultra TV

Falcon Ultra TV finds links to live TV streams. These streams are mostly unlicensed, and organized alphabetically by country. However, they aren’t grouped into folders. As there are so many, the only way to find something specific quickly is to use Kodi’s search function.

Best Kodi addons for sports

There are many Kodi addons aimed at sports fans. These provide live and on-demand sporting coverage, however a VPN may be needed since this content is almost always region-locked.

Official addons


As you might expect, the MLB.TV Kodi addon provides baseball coverage. You’ll need an MLB.TV subscription in order to watch full games, but the highlights and condensed recaps can be watched for free. Functionality is fairly basic, with a simple date search feature. This means that you can’t search for a specific team or player, but the MLB.TV Kodi addon is simple enough that this doesn’t really matter.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

See also: How to watch MLB on Kodi


The NHL TV addon is almost identical to the MLB.TV addon, except it focuses on hockey. Unlike the MLB addon, however, this one has a very limited selection of free-to-watch content. A subscription costs $19.99 per month and all almost a necessity to get the most from this addon.

See also: How to watch NHL on Kodi

Sportsnet Now

Official Sportsnet Now Kodi addon

Sportsnet Now is a Canadian sports service that costs $25 a month. It covers a wide range of different sports including baseball, basketball, and hockey. However, this content is region-locked and requires a Canadian IP address in order to watch. Region-hopping through a VPN works to access this service for those traveling outside of Canada. Unfortunately, there’s no free content, but there is a seven-day free trial so you can see if the service is suitable.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

NBA League Pass

The NBA League Pass Kodi addon lets you watch live and on-demand basketball coverage. Highlights can be viewed for free, but condensed and full games require a subscription. These start at $19.99 a month and remove the commercial breaks from games. Certain games are subject to blackouts. To view these you’ll have to connect your VPN to a server in the region where the games are broadcasting.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

NFL Game Pass

The NFL Game Pass Kodi addon lets you watch live games and on-demand content from the current NFL season. There is no free content available and a yearly pass costs $99. This may sound like a high price, but it works out to be less than $9 a month, so it’s less expensive than monthly NBA or NHL subscriptions.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

NBC Sports Live Extra

The NBC Sports Live Extra Kodi addon provides coverage of several different sports including boxing, NASCAR, and football. You can watch highlights and replays for free but full games will require an NBC Sports subscription. This may be included in your cable TV or PS Vue package, so you don’t necessarily have to pay any more money to access it.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


DAZN is a subscription service that costs $20 a month. It covers a wide range of different sports but is currently only available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, and Japan. As such, you’ll need to connect your VPN to a server in one of these countries in order to watch anything.

Location: Kodinerds Addon Repository


Sportube is an Italian sports streaming service, but its free-to-watch content can be accessed directly from Kodi with the official Sportube addon. There’s a decent library of live and on-demand media, and no registration is needed to watch.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Third-party addons

The following addons provide access to unlicensed streams. Using these addons deprives the athletes and broadcasters of the revenue they need in order to continue delivering high-quality sporting content. To show your support, we recommend using one of the legitimate alternatives listed above.


SportsDevil offers live and on-demand sports coverage. Some of its streams require additional peer-to-peer addons to be installed, increasing the risk to your system. Also, there’s no search functionality so finding a particular game can be difficult.

Rising Tides

Rising Tides offers access to live sporting coverage and a small selection of movies, however none of this content is not properly licensed. With no search functionality, finding anything specific is a challenge in itself.

Planet MMA

Formerly known as UFC Finest, Planet MMA contains a mixture of licensed and unlicensed MMA-related media. Since most of the legal content is freely available on YouTube, we can’t recommend this to Kodi users searching for officially sourced content.

Pro Sport

The Pro Sport addon finds live streams of NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB games from Reddit users. These unofficial links are often taken down mid-game, however, so it’s not a particularly reliable source. Instead, we recommend using one of the official addons above.

Wrestling On Demand

Wrestling On Demand Kodi Addon

Wrestling On Demand collects content from several wrestling organizations and gathers it all in one place. While some of its media library is free to watch, the majority is unlicensed. As a result, this addon does not allow you to support the wrestlers or their organizations. We recommend using an official alternative.

Motor Replays

Most of the Motor Replays content is freely available on YouTube, however to watch any of its live streams, it requires you to install additional third-party addons. Each of these that is installed increases the risk that one will be hijacked, so we do not recommend Kodi users install or use the Motor Replays addon.

Falcon Sports

Falcon Sports is an IPTV addon. This means that it provides live TV streams, in this case for several sports channels. However, these channels are unlicensed, so we don’t recommend Kodi users install or stream with Falcon Sports.

See also: Best Kodi addons for Sports

Best Kodi addons for cartoons and anime

Whether you’re into anime or are just looking for something to keep the kids occupied, there is a Kodi addon that provides most of what you’re looking for. Below, you’ll find the best, most popular Kodi addons for cartoons and anime in 2017.

Official addons

PBS Kids

PBS Kids offers on-demand access to a wide selection of high-definition children’s TV shows. It’s completely free and legal to use, and no registration is required. PBS’s content is only available from within the US, so overseas Kodi users will have to connect to an American server in order to watch.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

South Park

Love it or hate it, South Park is very popular. It’s also free to watch on Comedy Central’s website and can be accessed directly with the dedicated South Park Kodi addon. You can search for a specific episode, browse each season individually, or choose to watch a random episode.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Funimation Now

Funimation is one of the best official sources of dubbed anime. It costs $7.95 a month, but there’s a 14-day free trial so you can see if it’s right for you before committing. A premium account is required to use the Funimation Now Kodi addon, but once you sign up you’ll have access to hundreds of classic and newly released anime.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


Crunchyroll is a service that offers the latest anime releases hours after they air in Japan. While its website provides some videos for free, the Kodi addon can only be used by premium members. A subscription costs $6.95 a month, but this removes all ads and allows you to watch high-definition streams.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository


Daisuki offers a mixture of dubbed and subtitled anime including One Punch Man and Dragon Ball Super. This content is available for free online or with the Daisuki Kodi addon, but not for long. Daisuki is shutting down on October 31st 2017, so you’ll have to hurry if you want to watch any of its content.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Third-party addons

While there are several legitimate Kodi addons for cartoons and anime, the ones below have been found to provide access to unlicensed content. Because there are so many legal options available, we do not recommend Kodi users install or use the following addons to stream content.


Cartoons8 is a Kodi addon that gathers content from four popular unofficial streaming sites. Two of these sites are cartoon focused and the other two offer a selection of anime.


Cypher 9anime Kodi addon

This addon gathers links to content from the 9anime website. It’s fairly unorganized, with duplicate categories and a confusing list of genres to choose from. Without searching for a specific title, you’re unlikely to find it in the other sections.

See also: Best Kodi addons for Anime

Bobbys Cartoons

Bobbys Cartoons has a selection of cartoons aimed at very young children. There is no way to search for a specific show, but with just two pages of titles, it isn’t too hard to find what you’re looking for.

Best Kodi addons for general video

The following addons provide access to libraries of content that don’t fit neatly into one of the classifications above. They cover everything from vlogs to viral content to cutting edge documentaries, so they’re great for when you can’t decide what to watch.

Official addons


Everybody knows YouTube – it’s the largest video sharing platform on the internet. The YouTube Kodi addon maintains most of the functionality of the website and allows you to access your playlists, watch history, and channel subscriptions.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Reddit Viewer

The Reddit Viewer Kodi addon gathers content from a customizable list of subreddits and displays them directly within Kodi. You can also use it to quickly grab videos from the history of a particular Reddit user. You can’t upvote content, but the Reddit Viewer is a good middle ground between using Kodi and using Reddit directly.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

TED Talks

TED Talks are speeches given by prominent speakers on a wide variety of topics. These talks are free to watch and can be accessed via the TED Talks Kodi addon. This addon contains hundreds of hours of inspirational and informative speeches catering to almost every audience.

Location: Kodi Addon Repository

Third-party addons

The Kodi addons below provide access to unlicensed documentaries, music, and adult content. There are many official alternatives that allow you to support the content creators and encourage the creation of similar media in the future, so we do not recommend our readers install or use the following addons.


The Documented.HD Kodi addon provides a selection of documentaries for you to watch. This addon is marred by one of the most bizarre organizational structures we’ve seen: titles are loosely grouped by their themes (inequality, oppression, etc) and this makes it very difficult to find something specific.

The Red Pill

The Red Pill gathers documentaries from five streaming sites, including the wholly legal Snagfilms. However, while the unlicensed streaming sites show plenty of results, The Red Pill finds none from Snagfilms. As such, this addon is unsuitable for Kodi users looking for legitimate sources of content.


The Alive.HD Kodi addon takes music videos and concert footage from YouTube. While it claims this makes all of its content legitimate, there’s no way to guarantee that the videos are from official channels. Essentially, this addon does nothing that the official YouTube addon doesn’t.

VOD on YouTube

VOD on YouTube scrapes links to YouTube content and loosely groups them by category. This addons tends to include darker content concerning hacking, serial killers, and conspiracy theories, so even though it offers cartoons, it’s not particularly family friendly.

Ultimate Whitecream

Ultimate Whitecream is a third-party addon that gathers content from several adult websites. Much of this content is not properly licensed and while it still works, the addon was recently dropped from the SMASH repo in favor of another named XXX-O-Dus.

Best miscellaneous Kodi addons

The addons below don’t contain any of their own content. Rather, they provide additional functionality to Kodi or enhance the user’s experience in some way.

Official addons

PlayOn Browser

PlayOn Browser Kodi Addon

PlayOn is a digital media server and digital video recording service that allows you to connect your accounts from several streaming platforms. The content from these services is then made available directly from within Kodi. Since there’s no working Netflix or Amazon Prime Video addon for the current version on Kodi, PlayOn is an invaluable addition to any Kodi user’s arsenal.

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Plex is media center software, similar to Kodi. The Plex addon allows you to stream content from another device running Plex directly to your Kodi app running on another system. The Plex addon lets you combine the benefits of Kodi and Plex without having to choose between both.


Trakt is an online service that keeps track of your media consumption. When you use the Trakt Kodi addon, it automatically adds movies and TV shows you’ve watched to your Trakt profile. This allows you to easily find the last episode you watched, even when using Kodi on a different device.

Third-party addons

The following addons are popular, but are not contained in the official Kodi repository. This means that they may provide access to unlicensed content in some way, or provide functionality that has not been sanctioned by the Kodi development team. We advise our readers to use the following addons at their own risk.


Indigo (previously known as Fusion) is an addon that allows you to install additional addons and perform maintenance, similar to the Ares Wizard. However, since TV Addons relaunched with its new legally-focused addon policy, it only contains non-infringing addons. Indigo also has a dedicated section for Kodi skins, so it’s a good choice for people looking to change the way Kodi looks without installing a build.

Click here to read our interview with TV Addons following their intense legal battle.

Location: Fusion Addon Repository


MetalliQ is a Kodi addon that makes it easier to find specific titles when you have multiple addons installed. Instead of searching for a movie in each addon individually, you can search for it in MetalliQ and find out which of your addons offers it. MetalliQ can be combined with Trakt or Last.fm to keep track of your previously accessed films, TV shows, and music.

Ivue TV guide

The Ivue TV Guide Kodi addon looks through your installed Kodi addons, finds the ones that offer live TV streams, and displays a TV guide for each channel. It also tells you whether any of your addons offer a specific channel in its guide so that you always know exactly what’s available. Ivue TV Guide doesn’t provide any streams, so it has to be paired with a streaming addon to work.

Location:  Ivuetvguide.com

Maintenance Kodi addons

With more newcomers are hopping into the Kodi scene, the need for good maintenance addons has grown. If you’re in the market for maintenance addons, there’s a long list of potential options for you as well. Note that all maintenance addons are considered third-party addons. You won’t find these tools in the official Kodi addon repository.

As such, we want to give users a fair warning: third-party addons, even those that are non-infringing, may not be as thoroughly vetted as official Kodi repository addons. We know of no current security issues with the addons listed below, but that could change in the future.

Ares Wizard

The Ares Wizard Kodi addon is essentially a Kodi manager. It allows you to install additional addons and builds, as well as run maintenance on your Kodi installation. The Ares Wizard provides one of the simplest ways to remove a Kodi build, so it’s a must-have for anyone interested in modifying Kodi’s more advanced features starting fresh with a loaded Kodi box or Fire Stick.

During the November 2017 shakeup, the developers behind Ares Wizard decided to take their tool offline completely and throw in the tool. Since that time, however, the team returned Ares Wizard to the online repository. As promised, Ares Wizard now contains no addon or build installation methods. Instead, it is now a maintenance wizard.

Location: Ares Project Repository

Smash Wizard

SMASH is a well-known Kodi community member. While Smash does not develop any addons himself, he does maintain a repository and wizard tool that houses a variety of mostly third-party addons. The SMASH Wizard is a useful tool for taking care of basic and complex Kodi maintenance issues.

However, should you use this addon, we recommend you avoid the build and addon installers. These tools primarily focus on installing copyright infringing addons. The maintenance tools within the SMASH wizard are still useful, however.

You can find this addon in the SMASH repository.

ECHO Wizard

The Echo Wizard addon comes in from the once-popular Echo Coder addon developer. Echo Coder abandoned Kodi addon development in 2017 following the most recent round of anti-piracy actions from content providers. However, his wizard is still available and still highly functional.

You can find the ECHO Wizard in a few repositories, including the Kodil repo.

Supreme Builds Wizard

Another quality maintenance wizard, we also recommend Supreme Builds Wizard for anyone looking to fix some common Kodi buffering issues. Supreme Builds Wizard has a long list of useful tools. You can perform actions anywhere from clearing or expanding cache to creating backup files for your Kodi installation. As the name suggests, this addon can be used to install builds. We recommend against using it for build installations, however, as many of those builds contain infringing addons. However, you can remove those addons and stick with the modified skin and official addons.

You can find the Supreme Builds Wizard in the Supreme Builds Wizard repository.

Dead and removed Kodi addons

Kodi addons are constantly appearing and being removed. The ones below, while popular, no longer work as intended. We advise our readers to avoid any repositories that claim to have working versions of these addons as they are potentially unsafe and could contain hijacked addons.


Bennu is a revamped version of the Phoenix addon that was taken down after a lawsuit was filed back in June. Bennu has the same content library, but it’s far from a reliable source. Because of its similarities to Phoenix, there’s no guarantee it won’t be targeted in subsequent legal challenges.

As a twist of fate, Bennu went offline following the November 2017 legal actions. As with its predecessor Phoenix, Bennu’s focus on unlicensed streaming brought it too much attention by copyright holders.

Bob Unrestricted / Bob Unlimited

Until earlier this year, Bob Unrestricted was a popular Kodi addon for TV shows and films. However, it has since been replaced by Bob Unleashed and as a result, Bob Unrestricted no longer contains any content and has been removed from the Noobsandnerds repository.

Movie Dude

Movie Dude was released in July of this year but has already stopped working. It’s been removed from the Colossal repo and while it still exists in the SuperRepo repository, it contains no media.


Tinklepad was an addon that collects films and TV shows from a single unofficial streaming site. While it can still be installed from the Colossal repo, it no longer contains any content.


Velocity Kodi addon

Velocity was an addon that offered Kodi users a selection of copyrighted movies. It was one of the addons that was removed from TV Addons’ Fusion repo after their legal troubles and is no longer supported or maintained.


Flixanity is a legal online streaming platform. Until August, Kodi users could browse Flixanity’s content through the dedicated addon, but this addon is now empty.

Dr. Stream

The Dr. Stream Kodi addon used to contain 4K movies and TV shows, but it has since been discontinued and can no longer be installed.

The Black Hat

The Black Hat addon used to offer a large library of TV shows and movies, but it’s gone offline in recent months. We reached out to the developer behind the Maverick repo, who confirmed that The Black Hat will not be returning.

Project D

Project D was a sports-focused Kodi addon. It’s still available in the SuperRepo repository, but there’s no content to watch.

The Reaper

The Reaper Kodi addon used to offer movies and TV shows. In recent months, the Reaperaddons repository has been removed so it, and The Reaper addon are no longer available.


For a long time, Icefilms was a popular addon among Kodi users looking for unlicensed content. After TV Addons was hit with a lawsuit, however, they removed all of their copyright-infringing addons, including Icefilms. Icefilms can still be found in other repositories, but none of those versions work, either.

Stream All The Sources (SALTS)

SALTS Kodi addon

Stream All The Sources (or SALTS) is one of the most popular third-party addons. It contains hundreds of movies and TV shows, but there is a very limited selection of official content. This makes SALTS unsuitable for Kodi users trying to avoid unlicensed sources.

Kodi Addons Officially Offline in 2017

After a silent run up in popularity for the past decade, 2017 was a significant year for Kodi’s third-party scene.

The very public take-down of TVAddons by Canadian telecoms made headlines around the world. As a result of that action, several other addons and addon developers decided to call it quits for their own safety. However, in the months following that June activity, many new addons emerged to replace the ones that went offline.

In November 2017, major copyright holders were at it again, this time a bit more fiercely and widespread. A large number of well-known addon developers received cease and desist letters from a collection of media companies such as Netflix and Sky, demanding those developers remove their infringing addons and repositories.

Given the seriousness of the threats, most developers who received such letters decided to comply. As such, popular addons like Covenant and Bennu were taken offline, while the repositories housing them were also taken down. This resulted in a lot of the most popular movie and TV show addons disappearing for newcomers, while those who already possessed them lost support for future improvements.

A number of addons have already risen to take the place of those that disappeared, however. As ever, the third-party Kodi community appears to be resilient to change. Many developers who were once extremely active on social media have wiped their presence from places like Facebook and Twitter. While some are still actively maintaining their addons and repositories, they’re doing so in a far more discrete manner.

Want to know more? Check out our longer article covering 2017’s third-party addon changes in more detail.

New Kodi Addons for 2018

As mentioned earlier, we expect a lot of big changes for 2018. While a large number of Kodi addons disappeared last year, by the end of December, many of the more popular pirate streaming addons were forked into new versions by other developers.

We anticipate much of the same going into the new year, although users should be particularly careful this year. With so many new forks, bad actors are likely to take advantage of users desperate for free streaming options. We’ve seen this happen in the past, even with popular addons like Exodus.

Additionally, be on the look-out for the newest version of Kodi. We expect it to launch anytime this year. With it will come some interesting updates to the streaming media player, but it may also cause some of your older addons to fail. As has happened in the past, newer Kodi versions may require addon developers to update their addons. If they fail to do so, your once-working addons may start throwing out errors. Kodi 18 is expected to be a major update as well, so this may occur with some addons.

We’ll keep you updated when Kodi 18 drops, as well as any notable addon impacts among the most popular Kodi addons.

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