MetalliQ was a Kodi addon designed to help users find specific movies or TV shows by searching lots of their addons simultaneously. However, as useful as this addon was, it has since been shut down. Don’t worry, though: there is an alternative that’s much easier to install: TheMovieDb Helper.
It’s worth mentioning that this addon doesn’t actually include any content of its own. Instead, it simply looks to see if a particular title is currently available via any of the video addons you have installed. Unfortunately, there are a large number of third-party addons that don’t pull from official sources, which is why we strongly recommend sticking with the official Kodi repo to minimize the chance of using these by accident.
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Every addon for Kodi, and indeed, every piece of software, is vulnerable to attack. Official add-ons tend to have more thorough defenses due to their rigorous developmental vetting processes, however, they aren’t impenetrable. A compromised add-on can grant an attacker using a Man in the Middle (MitM) attack access to your computer, browsing history, and even your account passwords.
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How to install TheMovieDb Helper on Kodi
The whole process of getting TheMovieDb Helper is actually quite straightforward. Here’s a simple, no-fuss guide to installing TMdB Helper on Kodi:
- Start by downloading the latest version of Kodi if you haven’t already
- From Kodi’s home screen, click Add-ons
- Click on the box icon in the top-left
- Choose Install from repository
- If you have other repositories installed, select Kodi Add-on repository. If this option isn’t available, skip to the next step
- Select Video add-ons
- Scroll down until you see TheMovieDb Helper. Click it, then hit the Install button
- After a moment, you’ll see a message saying that the addon has been installed. Simply return to the home screen and click it to get started.
How to use the TMDb Helper Kodi addon
Before we can actually take advantage of TheMovieDb Helper, we first have to have some addons that are compatible with it. Now, unfortunately, not every addon can be searched directly via TMDB Helper. Some of the ones that can include:
Once you’ve logged in, simply choose whether you’d like to watch a TV show or a movie and click the appropriate heading. Click Search, type the name of what you’d like to see, and then hit the OK button.
You should now see your requested title. Click it to see a list of addons where you may be able to watch. Now, it may take a minute or two to begin, but be patient; as long as you don’t see an error (“One or more items failed to play“) right away, it’s likely loading in the background. If this error does appear, simply move to the next addon in the list and try again.
Linking your Trakt account
If you’d like to automatically sync your activity to Trakt, this addon makes that very easy. Just right-click the addon’s icon and select Settings, then scroll down to the Accounts tab.
From here, click Authenticate Trakt account, navigate to the URL that appears on screen, login if required, and enter the verification code. Once you’re done, return to Kodi. You should find that the addon now has access to all of your playlists, watchlists, and resume points.
TheMovieDB Helper: Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add more players to the TMDB Helper Kodi addon?
You can, but this is a fairly technical thing and likely won't be possible unless you're already very familiar with Kodi and creating addons. The creator of the TheMovieDB Helper addon goes by Juriel Munkey on GitHub and has posted a detailed explanation of how people can add new players, as well as the format and syntax that is required.
Why isn't my favorite addon supported in TheMovieDB Helper?
The TMDB Helper addon for Kodi lists a wide range of different providers but unfortunately, doesn't support a lot of the Kodi addons for these services. Adult Swim, for instance, has its own official addon that can't be searched using TheMovieDB Helper.
It's possible that older versions of these addons were actually supported, but this functionality may have been broken by updates, addon abandonment, or the streaming services themselves changing the way their APIs function. Unfortunately, until the creator or community decide to implement new players, there's not a lot that can be done about this.