Step by Step Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows

By | August 1, 2020

Step by Step Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows 2020
Page Table of Contents

  1. How To Install Kodi
  2. Setup Unknown Sources
  3. Add-ons and Repositories
  4. How to Install Exodus Redux
  5. How To Use Exodus
  6. Kodi Frequently Asked Questions
  7. What Is a VPN?

Kodi has become the best home entertainment system available, and all for free.

Originally called XBMC (Xbox Media Center) it has evolved leaving behind the hardware limitations of the original Xbox and changing its name to Kodi.

A new version called Kodi 18 Leia has been released which is a nice new edition to the ever evolving media center.

Kodi can be installed on many different hardware platforms from a cheap desktop/laptop computer to a Fire TV Stick.

Dedicated Android media center boxes can also be bought.

Read Here To See Our Picks for Best Kodi Boxes

After Kodi is installed to a media box it needs what are called Add-ons to take advantage of the content available.

Add-ons are like Apps for a smartphone that are installed in Kodi and do what they are programmed to do.
A Step by Step Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows 2019

For example, Exodus Redux is a popular Add-on that allows you to stream movies and TV shows with Kodi.

There are different sections within Kodi including, TV, Radio, Games, Add-ons, Pictures, Videos, Favorites, and Weather.
A Step by Step Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows 2019
Exodus would be under Add-ons Video after being installed.

How To Install Kodi 18 Leia
Installing Kodi depends on which hardware you plan to use.

To keep it simple Kodi can be installed on an old computer, Mac or PC, and setup as a dedicated media center.

To do this simply go to the Kodi download page and download the install that works for your machine.

Download Kodi Here

The install for Windows or a Mac is easy by simply downloading the correct installer and following the instructions.

The install to a Fire TV Stick or a Raspberry Pi the setup is more difficult.

Read Here for How To Install Kodi to an Android Smartphone or Tablet
Read Here for How To Install Kodi to an Android TV Box
Read Here for How to Install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Read Here for How to Install Kodi on a Raspberry Pi 3.

Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia
Kodi 18 Leia needs a box checked called Unknown Sources to install add-ons such as Exodus.

  1. Click the Settings Icon in the top left corner.
  2. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 1

  3. Settings.
  4. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 2

  5. Add-ons.
  6. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 3

  7. Turn ON Unknown Sources.
  8. A warning box will come up click Yes .

Add-ons and Repositories
After Unknown Sources have been set to ON, repositories and add-ons can be installed.

A repository URL needs to be added to Kodi so that add-ons can be installed.

What is a Kodi Repository?
Repositories are websites that store an Add-on for download.

They often contain multiple add-ons and are a repository for all add-ons a developer has created.

The websites address or URL is added into Kodi to download the Add-on that a repository contains.

There are many add-ons and repositories that can be added. Below are the steps to install the popular Exodus Redux add-on.

There are many other add-ons and it is best to have a few if one stops working.

Read Here To See a List of the Current Top Kodi Add-ons

Using a good VPN with Kodi is always suggested for privacy and security. If you need a good low cost VPN to use with Kodi Try IPVanish it has multiple high speed servers with no throttling or logs.

* is not affiliated with Kodi, or any Addons or Builds. is a news and informational site which does not support or condone copyright infringement. Kodi should only be used with content that is bought and owned personally or is in the public domain.

Steps To Install Exodus Redux Add-on into Kodi

  1. At the top left click the System Settings Icon
  2. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 1

  3. Click File Manager
  4. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 2

  5. On the left click Add Source
  6. Click where it says NONE
  7. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 4

  8. Enter the URL: and click OK
  9. In the next box down name it Redux and click OK
  10. How To Install Exodus Redux Kodi Addon New URL Step 6

  11. Double Check everything is correct and click OK
  12. Go back to the main menu and click Add-ons
  13. Click the Add-on Package Installer Icon at the top left
  14. Click Install from zip file
  15. A box will slide open find Redux and click it
  16. Click
  17. Wait for the Repository to download and popup at the top right and say Exodus Redux Repo Installed
  18. Steps To Install Exodus Redux Kodi 18 Leia Step 15

  19. Click Install from repository
  20. Steps To Install Exodus Redux Kodi 18 Leia Step 16

  21. Click Exodus Redux Repo
  22. Video Add-ons
  23. Steps To Install Exodus Redux Kodi 18 Leia Step 18

  24. Click Exodus Redux
  25. Click Install
  26. A box will popup showing all the dependencies and add-ons that will be install Click OK

How To Use Exodus Kodi Add-on
Exodus Redux like all add-ons will have video sections for movies and TV shows.

Kodi add-ons don’t host any content and simply search the internet for website links for videos the same as Google.

After a video is selected to watch, Exodus will take 60 seconds to find the best links available.
How To Use Exodus Kodi Add-on 2020

Once it finds the best links it will display them.
How To Use Exodus Kodi Add-on 2021
To start the video click the first link and Exodus will automatically go through them until one starts playing.

If a link comes up with a popup saying to PAIR click cancel and it will go to the next link on the list.

Once a stream starts if it buffers stop it from playing and click farther down the list of links until a good one is found.

Sometimes a good link will be found quickly while other times it will be harder to find and require a bit of patience.

Kodi Frequently Asked Questions

Why Don’t I see Exodus?
Exodus is located in its own repository, as long the repository is installed into Kodi it will show up when enabled.

To see which repositories you have installed go to Install From Repository . All the installed Repositories will be shown.
Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows Repo
Clicking on a repository will also show the add-ons it contains.

Why Don’t I see the Add-on I am looking for?
Each add-on will be located in its own repository, so adding the repository it is in will be necessary.

Every repository will have a unique URL that will need to be typed in to install it.

When I click a link to a TV show or movie the link doesn’t work or buffers.
This does happen and the more popular Kodi becomes the more the servers/sources can at times become overwhelmed.

This is the reason many sources/links will come up on a list. If one source link does not work go to the next link. If it starts to buffer stop the video and move on to another link.

Most often a good source can be found within 2-3 links depending on the time of day.

Most add-ons will automatically try to go through the list of links but sometimes stop.

For example, if an add-on stops on link 7, restart at link 8.

What Is a VPN?
A VPN provides privacy and security while being online.

Entities such as an internet service providers or unscrupulous persons will only see encrypted data and not be able to track what is being done.

This gives a user anonymity as well as privacy while online.

A VPN is not necessary to use Kodi but can hide all online activities which has become very desirable.

It can also help bypass any blocking an ISP (Internet Server Provider) may be doing.

Two popular Kodi friendly options are IPVanish and Express VPN with both having multiple high speed servers with no throttling or logs.



40 thoughts on “Step by Step Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows

  1. Hildegarde

    I try to connect steap by stack at install from zip file,when i click at Redux to ok continue is not going through ,is strack there,help me what to do

  2. Jan

    resolve url is not working. can you fix it? or is there updated version link?

  3. Ashley

    I have a KODI box an I’m wondering how do I update it ?

  4. lonely.streamer

    Thanks for these guidelines, I found them super helpful! I second the statement about VPN. Whenever you are streaming or torrenting anything, it’s always best to secure your connection. Since I wanted a cheap subscription, I found this VPN called Surfshark, and it works quite decently for me.

  5. Rita

    I’ve read and watched dozens of Films on Kodi boxes but not one has info about how to correct the situation where the box says you’ve connected successfully to WiFi and shows a strong signal but when I go in to navigate to the Kodi repository, I get a message that says my internet connection isn’t working (!). Very frustrating and no help anywhere.

  6. mike

    got kodi 17 and exedous running!but i cant put anything in my favorite folder. anyone know how to do this?

    1. Tina

      Hold down the select button and options come up where you ca add it to favorites

    2. bobbyfigueroa1

      hold down on the tab that u want to add to favorites. and a box opens next to it to add to favorites ar delete or well youll see

  7. Wanie

    Hi, i noticed you mention about VPN. do wee need to purchase that before streaming Kodi?

  8. Ren

    Since I updated my kodi when I go to exodus it shows all the sources, then it says working, but the video doesn’t play. I tried many times nothing play.

  9. Maria

    It’s coming up with could not connect to repository. Please help??

  10. Tania

    How do you download exodus ? We have it installed today but cannot get anything working

  11. Patrick Leyland

    I was really clueless about this software but after watching this video on YouTube and reading your article. I have installed it on my laptop and TV but guess what ! It is awesome !

  12. Sandy

    How do I remove “swipe down from the top to exit full screen” instruction box?

    1. Bob

      How did you get full screen? I cannot make any suggestions work. Thanks

  13. RIRob

    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for, great step by step instructions. Much appreciated!

  14. roc

    Trying to install Kodi on my pc after I add source and check if downloaded I get a message cannot connect to network server. Plesase Help

  15. Thiru

    Hi friends installed as per the guide when trying to play movie getting information check for log ..with x symbol..pls help

  16. Jen

    Thank you for the clear and detailed instructions…
    Does anyone know if subtitles can be turned on for movies?

  17. Sam

    when i try to download from zip file it says that it failed to download

  18. Dee Reed

    I have a problem with my kodi box(mxq pro) repeatedly giving me a black screen when clicking on tabs, after I install addons even from the kodi repository. When I add them, I can add a few but then I’ll do one and the screen constantly goes black when I click on a tab/option. With the screen being black I can’t see where to click to delete recently installed addons. This leads to me having to delete and reinstall kodi, before my deleting I clear cache, clear data then uninstall. When I reinstall kodi and try to reinstall the addons I add them in a different order so it isn’t a particular addon only for the same thing to happen. I have had to make do with only one addon as I’m scared if I try anymore it will mess up again

  19. Nick Alvis

    Your website to me is priceless. The only thing that kept tripping me up, was where the instructions to drop down and add xvmbc to add Covenant, if you don’t put repository in front of these letters my box would not process it? Once I put repository.xvmbc it went through. I did it three or four times without repository and nothing? Thank you for setting up this site, whereas people who or novice with these boxes could spend weeks trying to figure it out.

    Nick Alvis

  20. Bill H.

    You do have to add in a URL and do a initial setup to install add-ons. Once the add-ons are installed your good to go.

  21. Denise

    Hello 🙂 I have a tablet and kodi is installed and it works. I am wondering if I can get what I want to watch from the tablet to the TV without screen mirroring… I have showbox and I can stream from allcast. Is there a way to do this with kodi?

  22. S Austin

    Wonderful step by step instructions! Worked perfectly! Thank you!

  23. Michael McCoubrey

    Fantastic info. Thank you.. i have been so not using the capabilities of my TV

    1. Chris

      It would require you to jailbreak it and depending on how old, it may not work very well. You’re better off with a lower end Android tablet or a TV box that can be purchased for around $35 on eBay if you’re planning on installing it yourself.

    2. Adda

      Kodi cannot be installed on iOS tablets or phones. Only ones running Android.


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