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Kodi is one of the best open-source media players that helps you stream online content and manage the offline media library. Several people are yet to find out the actual usage of the Kodi app. 

Kodi comes with a compelling media player that can stream various media formats. In this article, I’ll tell you everything about Kodi and help you get started. I’ll also tell you a little about some decent add-ons and builds.

What is Kodi, and how to get started with it?

As mentioned earlier, Kodi is a media player which allows you to play offline and online content. One of the most significant selling points of Kodi is that it is an open-source media player. There are no media included in the Kodi app. 

You can customize Kodi by going from options after options or by using existing builds. Builds are one of the best options to set up your Kodi without hassle.

A Kodi build gives you pre-installed add-ons, plugins, skins, etc. You can customize all these things whenever you want. These builds might slow down the streaming device for a little(at the time you install them), but they save a lot of time for you. You might want to check this article about some decent builds along with add-ons they have.


Kodi is not on the Amazon App Store, so you have to sideload it on your Firestick. Sideloading means downloading a third-party app unavailable on your App Store.

To do that, you might need an app like the Downloader app that allows you to download and install third-party apps from their APKs. You can enter the URL from Kodi’s official website and install it. Make sure to grant third-party installation permissions before downloading it. 

What to do after installation?

If you are now on the home page or the main interface of Kodi, you will see several options like


  • Music Videos,
  • TV,
  • Radio,
  • Add-ons,
  • Pictures,
  • Videos.


If you want to add media to the Kodi player, you might need to select the Videos option available on the home page. After that, click on the Files option, and after that, Add Videos option. Now, browse through your hard drive and select the video you want to play.

You can also install third-party or official add-ons from Kodi’s repository. First, you might need to permit to install add-ons. 

To do so, you might need to click on the settings tab and find the system option. After clicking on the system option, you will find the add-on option on the bottom left side. After you click on the add-on option, click on the Unknown Sources option to turn it on. Click yes, and your device is ready to install add-ons.

To add an add-on, go to the Settings option on the Kodi app and click on the File Manager option. Here, you might need to click on the Add source option and click the None option after that.

Enter the source URL(add-on’s URL from its site), and click OK. Now, name this add-on, and this step is completed.

To install the repository, go back to the add-on option on Kodi’s home screen. After that, click on the open-box icon and then on the Install From Zip File Option. Now, find the add-on you added, and click OK.

After installing the repository, it is time to install the add-on. Go to the install from the repository option, and find the repository you just installed. Click Video add-ons and install the add-on of your choice. 


Kodi might be a bit difficult when you use it for the first time, but after following decent guides and using it for some time, you will get used to it. It is one of the best-open-source media players because of its features. Keep learning about those features and how to use them, and you will get the best out of the Kodi.


By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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