How to install and use Stremio on Windows, Mac or Android

Published by on December 28, 2017 in Kodi

How to install Stremio

Are you interested in trying Stremio? This article will walk you through the process of installing Stremio on Windows, Mac, or Android. We’ll also be explaining how to configure Stremio so it can be used to watch movies.

While Stremio was designed to be as user-friendly as possible, some of its features are fairly complex. Because Stremio doesn’t have the same level of popularity as other media center software like Kodi or Plex, it can be difficult to find reliable sources of information on the more advanced functionality.

Stremio can’t be installed on as many different platforms as its rivals but it’s still highly portable. Better, the installation process is fairly uniform regardless of which operating system you use. This article will explain how to install Stremio on every available platform (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS). We’ll also be providing a complete setup guide for those looking to stream officially licensed content.

Most of Stremio’s addons include properly licensed content but there are a several that don’t. We strongly encourage our readers to use only official sources. Further, we advise users research their country’s copyright laws before using Stremio to stream content.

Warning: Stremio should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Stremio developers nor Comparitech advocate the use of Stremio for piracy.

Before we begin

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A VPN encrypts the user’s internet traffic, preventing it from being read by any third party. This keeps your traffic from being intercepted with most types of Man-in-the-Middle attack. VPNs also prevent your ISP from using your browsing habits to justify reducing your network speeds.

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What is Stremio?

Stremio Discover tab

Stremio is media center software similar to Kodi but what really sets it apart is its simplicity. Whereas Kodi offers a lot of flexibility in terms of what the user can do, it’s often difficult to configure. This problem is compounded by the fact that incorrect settings can cause Kodi to crash endlessly. In contrast, Stremio has a limited selection of changeable settings and should work regardless of what the user does.

There is another major difference between Stremio and similar software: Stremio’s addons do not run on the user’s computer. In practice, this makes it impossible for a developer to install malware via malicious updates. Because all addon code is run on the server and can’t directly affect the operating system, they’re essentially just lists of sources. This isn’t just better for the user’s security, it also makes the addons themselves easier to create.   

Stremio offers a good range of functionality considering how basic it is. For instance, it tells users where they can legally rent or purchase titles that aren’t available for free. It has an advanced built-in calendar that can be used to keep track of upcoming release dates, and even allows you to integrate your Trakt account to record your watch history.

How to install Stremio

Installing Stremio is fairly straightforward but there are some minor differences depending on which operating system you use. There’s no need to worry, though; the entire process should only take a few minutes. Below, we’ll go through the process of installing Stremio step-by-step.

Installing on Windows, Mac, or Linux

Begin by going to the Stremio website. On the main page you’ll see a button marked DOWNLOAD NOW STREMIO 4 BETA. If you’re using Windows, just click this and the installer should begin to download. If you’re using a Mac or Linux device, however, you’ll have to select the right icon from the list below before you click download.

Once downloaded, Windows and Mac users can just click the file to begin installation. Linux users, however, have to allow the appimage file to be run as an executable. There are two ways to do this:

Method 1: Right-click the appimage file and select Properties. Under the Permissions tab, check the box beside Allow executing file as program. Finally, click the file and the program should open.

Method 2: Open a terminal. Enter the following, being sure to remove the quotation marks and replace the file path with the actual location of the appimage file you downloaded.

“chmod a+x Desktop/Stremio+4.0.0.appimage”
“./Desktop/Stremio+4.0.0.appimage”

Installing on Android or iOS

For the most part, installing Stremio on a mobile device is very simple. Just go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, search for Stremio, and install it. While we always recommend installing the latest version for security reasons, Android devices also allow you to sideload earlier versions of Stremio.

Sideloading Stremio on Android

We’d recommend removing all other versions of Stremio before doing this to reduce the risk of errors and to ensure that you don’t end up with two of the same app. It should also be noted that the majority of users would be better served by the most up-to-date version of Stremio.

To do this, go to Stremio’s website and under the download button, click Other downloads. The Android section will show all earlier versions, so choose the one you’d like and click it to begin downloading. Next, transfer the .apk file to your device, open it with a file manager app and install it.

Customizing Stremio

Before you can begin using Stremio, you’ll be asked to sign in. You can choose to create a dedicated Stremio account, login via Facebook, or skip the process entirely and log in as a guest. The only difference is that guest mode won’t save your settings for future visits, so choose whichever you prefer.

Showing relevant content

The first time you sign in to Stremio, you’ll be asked to select at least three content categories you’re interested in. Stremio uses these preferences to suggest content that you might like. In fact, there should be at least one video recommended immediately after you make your selections.

Selecting genres in Stremio

If you’d like to hide a particular recommendation, you can do this by clicking its thumbnail and then clicking the X icon in the top corner. As you watch more videos, Stremio will refine its recommendations in a similar way to sites like YouTube and Netflix. Unfortunately, there’s no way to give videos individual ratings; the algorithm suggests content solely by tracking the videos you’ve started watching.

Changing the language

To change Stremio’s language settings, click the gear icon in the top-right. Underneath the “Hardware-accelerated decoding” option, you’ll see a list box with nothing in it. Click it and select your preferred language. You don’t have to confirm your selection; Stremio should automatically change and you can begin using the application.

Changing the theme

Stremio doesn’t allow the user to install custom skins like Kodi does, but it offers a small selection of different color profiles to choose from. To access these, click the gear icon. Below the language selection box (which should now have your preferred language in it, if you changed it earlier), you can choose the color scheme you’d prefer.

Watching movies with Stremio

At first glance, it looks like Stremio has an incredible selection of movies. However, many of the titles displayed in the “Movies” tab haven’t even been released on home media yet. You can add them to your library by clicking them, though, and this will display an estimated release date in Stremio’s calendar.

Instead, the best way to find available content is to click the Discover tab and select the Free option in the menu on the left. All of the movies that appear are available for free from at least one official source. It should be noted that certain providers region-lock their content and so not every title will be available in every location.

Possible sources - Stremio

Stremio comes with several official addons already installed, but more sources are just a few clicks away. Click the jigsaw piece icon in the top-right to go to the addons page. We recommend installing the FilmOn, Netflix, Twitch, and Vodo addons while avoiding the P2P-focused  RARBG and Juan Carlos 2 ones. Peer-to-peer networks come with significant security risks and while not inherently illegal, have been known to provide access to unlicensed content.

While YouTube and Twitch videos can be watched directly in Stremio, all other sources redirect the user to the relevant website. This may seem like a bit of a nuisance but it actually increases the user’s security. Because Stremio doesn’t have access to the your login details, should the service be hacked, your accounts will remain safe.

Conclusion

Stremio doesn’t have as much functionality as its competitors but it makes up for it through ease of use.. While most official Kodi addons scrape movies from one or two websites, Stremio checks a wide variety of sources and even allows its users to purchase titles that aren’t freely available. Stremio is better suited to people who just want to stream properly licensed content without the fuss of in-depth configuration.

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