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There are all kinds of circumstances where you may need to delete Kodi addons. Maybe you need to reinstall an addon, or maybe you just never use the particular addon you want to remove. In some cases, you may also find that addons you have installed are unsafe, making it all the more important that you remove them as soon as possible.

Whatever your reason for wanting to remove a Kodi addon, this article will explain how to do it. Unfortunately, some strategies for removing Kodi addons will still leave potentially malicious files lingering on your system. These can slow your system down or even cause damage to it. This article will explain how to get rid of these lingering files and delete Kodi addons safely.

What is Kodi?

Kodi is a free software media player from the Kodi Foundation. It runs apps called “addons” that allow users to stream media from a wide variety of free and premium websites. It also allows users to view content stored on their devices. It can be installed on Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android, or Linux devices, including TV devices like Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Nvidia Shield.

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.

Always use a VPN with Kodi

Whenever you stream video using Kodi or any other software, there are always risks to your privacy. Your ISP can snoop on your streaming activity and see what you are viewing or listening to. It can throttle your speed to save bandwidth on the network if it doesn’t like that you are streaming video. In fact, several major Internet providers have been caught throttling the speeds of video streamers.

Hackers can also use your streaming connection to initiate man-in-the-middle attacks used to steal personal data. And streaming video sites can find your location and block you from viewing content just because you are physically outside of a particular country’s borders.

Because of these reasons, you should always use a VPN to protect your privacy whenever you stream video. But not all VPNs are good for streaming video. Most don’t have apps for popular TV devices that run Kodi. Many don’t have servers in enough countries to adequately disguise a user’s location. Some keep logs of users’ streaming activity, defeating the purpose of having a VPN in the first place.

We recommend IPVanish for Kodi users. It has an app for both Amazon Fire Stick and Nvidia Shield, making it easy to install on a TV device. It has servers in over 60 countries, giving you maximum ability to hide your location. IPVanish has a strict policy against keeping logs as well, making it a great way to protect your privacy while streaming video.

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How to delete Kodi addons safely

Here are the steps to completely remove a Kodi addon from your system:

From Kodi’s main menu, click addons

Kodi addons

Choose my addons

Kodi myaddons

Select all

Kodi myaddons_all

Scroll down the list until you find the particular addon you want to get rid of

Kodi select addon to delete

Right-click the addon and select information

Delete kodi addons information

Click uninstall

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After the addon finishes uninstalling, go back to the main menu and select the gear icon

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Select media settings

Kodi media settings

Move your cursor over general on the left side of the screen

Kodi media settings_general

On the right side of the screen, make sure the slider for show hidden files and directories is set to the “on” position

Kodi show hidden files and directories

Go back to the main menu and select the gear icon again

Select file manager

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Choose profile directory

Kodi file manager_profile directory

Click addon_data

Kodi profile directory_addon data

Scroll down the list until you find the folder for the addon you just deleted. In most cases, its title will be something like plugin.video.nameofaddon

Right-click the addon and select delete

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A warning box will appear to tell you that this will completely delete the folder. Click yes to finish deleting the addon

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How to delete separate scripts that are not in the addon’s folder

Although this process will delete all of the files in the addon’s folder, there may still be other dependencies or scripts that were installed along with this addon. If so, Kodi will usually have alerted you to this when you installed it. If you want to get rid of these extra files, go back into the file manager and find the folder for each of them in order to completely delete every file that was installed.

For example, many third-party Kodi addons rely on a script called “URLResolver” to function correctly. This script has its own folder which will stay on your computer even after the original addon’s folder has been deleted. To delete URLResolver from your device, you have to delete its folder separately.

See also: How to use Indigo to troubleshoot and maintain Kodi

How to delete Kodi repos and sources

In some cases, deleting the addon and the files associated with it may not be enough. If you’ve found that the repo you installed the addon from is untrustworthy, you probably want to get it off of your computer as well. This was the case with the original TVADDONS.ag repository, for example, after it was taken away from the site due to a lawsuit. Many users believed the repository was turned into a honeypot intended to gather information from Kodi users.

In order to delete a repo from Kodi, follow similar steps to those for deleting an addon.

  • From the main menu, click addons → my addons → all
  • Find the name of the repo you want to uninstall
  • Right-click and select information
  • Click uninstall
  • Click the gear icon, then click file manager
  • Click profile directory
  • Select addon_data
  • Find the folder for the repo you want to delete
  • Right-click the folder and select delete, then click OK

After uninstalling the repo, it’s best to also remove the source you used to download it. To do this, go to file manager and right-click the name of the source. Then, select remove source. When the warning dialogue box appears, click OK.

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Read more: How to use Ares Wizard to check Kodi error logs

Addons and repos you should delete from Kodi

Here is a list of a few Kodi repos that have recently gone offline and should be deleted right way, along with some of the more popular addons they previously offered. These addons should also be deleted.

  • Colossos repo – This repo was taken offline in 2017. Popular addons that it previously carried include: Covenant, CCloud TV, and Dr. Stream
  • Smash Repo – This repo was also taken offline last year. Addons that should be deleted include: Bennu, Exodus, SALTS, and 1Channel.
  • DandyMedia – This repo was taken offline for unknown reasons. Addons from this repo that should be deleted include: JAFMA, In The Movies, and Openload, amongst others.

We hope you’ve found this guide to uninstalling Kodi addons to be helpful. If you’d like more info about how to get the most from your Kodi, you may want to read some of our other Kodi articles. These include how to stop Kodi buffering, what to do when Kodi keeps restarting, and how to install Kodi skins, amongst many others.