The Best Legal Kodi Add-Ons for Movies, Music, and Video
Kodi is totally free, open-source software designed for home entertainment.
Its open-source and lightweight nature makes it great for many devices, from Amazon Fire Sticks to Android TVs. Although it was originally introduced to the world as the Microsoft Xbox Media Centre (XBMC), the software eventually evolved and spawned its own community.
The way people enjoy Kodi is by installing add-ons for a variety of entertainment uses.
What Is a Kodi Add-On?
To make the most of Kodi, you can install add-ons or extensions, and there are loads to choose from.
Addons are bits of code that modify Kodi. However, in recent months, many add-ons have gone offline. To check if your favorite Kodi add-on is still supported, your best source is to check the official Kodi website, where it keeps a directory of all available and legal Kodi add-ons.
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Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed, and accessing such content could be illegal. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
Best Legal Kodi Addons for Video
As you’d expect, the largest video service in the world also offers an add-on for Kodi. Featuring more than one billion users, almost a third of the people on the internet, YouTube is still the number one destination for mindless videos, insightful documentaries, and everything in between.
Twitch launched in 2011 and is a so-called social gaming platform and community. Aimed at gamers, Twitch lets video gamers stream their gameplay and watch other people do the same. This Kodi add-on lets you get involved in Twitch using your TV or other devices running Kodi.
Best Legal Kodi Addons for Audio
If you’ve got your best speakers hooked up to your TV, then sometimes, you may want to use the system to listen to podcasts. If you do, then the Apple iTunes Podcast Kodi addon is perfect for you. It’s totally unofficial, but as podcasts are free-to-air, it’s all kosher.
Installing the add-on couldn’t be simpler. Go to Videos | Addons | Get More… and scroll down until you see Apple iTunes Podcasts, and then click Install.
Tip: Amazon Fire TV Sticks (2nd Gen. or 3rd Gen. 4K) are two of the best Kodi streaming devices. They’re wireless, affordable, and deliver a solid stream. If you have a Fire device already, here’s how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
SoundCloud is essentially the “YouTube” of music creators. It’s an audio distribution platform that lets budding artists upload, host, and share their work with ease. The Kodi add-on lets you do so from your living room, so you can browse music from your friends or strangers and play them with all the power your TV or Kodi box affords.
Best Kodi Add-Ons for Movies
Crackle is a legal add-on that provides free movies and shows with advertisements. You can browse the “TV” and “Movies” categories, such as Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, and much more. The selection includes various shows and movies that span across several decades, including hits from the ’80s, ’90s, and even recent episodes and movies. There’s plenty of streaming entertainment for everyone.
While there is no official Netflix add-on for Kodi yet, some repositories offer the streaming service. Many add-ons are shady or impartial, but others such as the CastagnaIT Netflix repository offer a legitimate way to use Netflix in Kodi. You’ll still need a Netflix account, and it will require you to log in.
How to install Kodi addons
It’s simple to install the majority of addons in Kodi using the repository.
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Go to Settings | Addons | Install From Repository (in version 15 and up) or Get Add-ons (v14) and open the Kodi addon repository. Addons in here are separated by type. Browse through the addons and select your favorites.
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed, and accessing such content could be illegal. It is the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws in their country regarding use. Dennis Publishing Ltd excludes all liability for such content. We do not condone and are not responsible for the infringement of any intellectual property or other third party rights and shall not be liable to any party as a result of any such content made available. In short, if the content is free but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.