Kodi, the open-source media center, is popular for the freedom of usage and flexibility that it offers. It has two fundamental elements that make it powerful: repositories and addons. We have already published a list of the best Kodi repositories that you can use, and in this article, we take a look at some of the best Kodi addons. We have included addons that allow you to access a plethora of movies, live TV, and other video content and also help you keep the interface clean and junk-free. Having said all of that, here are top picks for Kodi addons that you must try to improve your viewing experience.
Note: Some of the Kodi addons host and stream copyrighted content. Streaming protected content is illegal and amounts to piracy. We do not encourage online piracy in any way or form.
Best Working Kodi Addons List (Updated June 2020)
- Overall Top 10 Kodi Addons
- Best Kodi Addons for Movies & TV Shows
- Best Multipurpose Addons
- Top Live TV Addons
- Best Kodi Addons for Sports
- Best Kodi Addons for Kids, Cartoons & Anime
- Best Kodi Addons for Streaming Music
Warning: Some of the websites hosting the Kodi addons contain tracking pixels. If you don’t want to give away your personal information like IP address, you should use VPNs. Remember to check out our article on the best free VPNs for the same.
How to Use Kodi Addons Safely?
The best way to be safe while installing Kodi addon is to use the official Kodi repository. It goes through a review process and then only addons are added to Kodi’s official repository. So if you use Kodi’s built-in repository, you can be certain that addons are not illegal or tracking your data. Apart from that, if you wish to use third-party add-ons — we have mentioned some here — then make sure to download the addon from reputed domains like GitHub. Also, you can use a VPN to protect your identity on the web while using Kodi addon, as mentioned above.
If you want to install addons from the official Kodi repository then here are the steps to follow.
1. Open Kodi and move to the “Add-ons” tab. Here, click on “Install from repository”.
2. Next, open the “Kodi Add-on repository”.
3. Here, you will find addons categorized into several sections. Open the one that you are interested in. For example, here I am opening “Video add-ons”.
4. Now, click on the addon of your choice.
5. Finally, click on the “Install” button and within a few seconds, the addon will be available under the “Add-ons” menu. This way, you can safely use Kodi addons.
Overall Best Kodi Addons 2020
Exodus is one of the most popular addons on Kodi and it has been maintained by different communities for several years. So much so that there are now two versions: Exodus Redux and Exodus v8. We have written a detailed guide on how to install Exodus on Kodi so go through that for more instructions. Coming to the addon, you can stream movies, TV shows, view local videos, images, and also use it for maintenance tasks.
You can browse through the available content or search for something specific. Both movies and TV shows have been clearly listed in the form of sections based on their genre, language, production studio, and also on the basis of their popularity.
Once you select a specific episode or movie to watch, Exodus enlists all online sources and you can stream thereafter. Apart from that, what I like about Exodus is that it puts reliable servers on the top which works most of the time. To conclude, Exodus is an all-around Kodi addon and you can use it for just about anything.
- Install Exodus
- Compatible with Kodi 18 Leia (currently at Kodi 18.7 Leia) and older versions including Kodi 17 Jarvis.
2. BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer is one of the best Kodi addons, especially if are from the United Kingdom. It offers all the BBC channels including BBC News, BBC One, Two and so on. You also get access to the radio stations and podcasts within this add-on. Besides the live TV channels, you can also play content from the large catalog of BBC documentaries, movies, and TV series.
The best part is that it’s completely free and available on the official Kodi repository. So installation is just a click away. However, do note that BBC’s content is geo-restricted and you can only stream it within the UK. To get around the limitation, you can use a VPN to unblock BBC content from anywhere around the world.
- Install BBC iPlayer from Kodi’s official repository
- Compatible with Kodi 18 Leia (currently at Kodi 18.7 Leia) and older versions including Kodi 17 Jarvis.
YouTube is a must-have Kodi addon if you want to watch tons of content on Kodi. You can watch YouTube videos, movies, TV shows, and more. You also have access to some live TV channels, game streaming, and much more. Besides, you can also check out the most popular videos in your region.
And with the recent update, you can log in with your Google credentials and fetch your channel subscriptions, library, playlists, recommendations, and more. Not to mention, YouTube plays videos with the default Kodi player which means you get the options to zoom in/out, seek the video, change brightness, and add subtitles. All in all, YouTube is an essential Kodi addon and you can’t afford to miss it.
- Install YouTube from Kodi’s official repository
- Compatible with Kodi 18 Leia (currently at Kodi 18.7 Leia) and older versions including Kodi 17 Jarvis.
In case you are unaware, SoundCloud is officially available on Kodi and you can play a large number of music tracks without any issues. As we all know, SoundCloud is one of the oldest popular platforms for sharing music so you get top-notch songs from both new and well-established artists.
Since SoundCloud is more about the indie scene, you can listen to new songs from fresh voices. I would say, more than streaming music, SoundCloud is about discovering new sounds and genres. So go ahead and install SoundCloud on your Kodi to enjoy music streaming.
- Install SoundCloud from Kodi’s official repository
5. National Geographic
If you are a recent cord-cutter and missing some of your favorite wildlife and climate documentaries from National Geographic then worry not. The channel has a dedicated addon on Kodi that allows you to watch a wide catalog of videos for absolutely free. And the best part is that it’s available on Kodi’s official repository.
Having said that, keep in mind, the episodes are not available at full length so that is a bummer. But you do have interesting clips of climate, history, art which is enough to dazzle you. I would say, go ahead and try National Geographic addon on Kodi and see if it fits the bill.
- Install National Geographic
If you are someone who listens to lots of music through radio then this Kodi addon is for you. Aptly named, Radio offers thousands of radio stations on Kodi, be it local or international. You can search for stations, listen to them in the background, and also save them stations for later reference.
Other than that, radio stations are categorized into several labels including genre, country, and language. To sum it up, Radio is one of the best Kodi addons for streaming music from all over the world and you should definitely give it a try.
- Install Radio from Kodi’s official repository
If you are not a native English speaker, you might find it hard to follow what’s going on in a movie or TV show. If that’s the case, I suggest that you use this Kodi addon which will automatically add subtitles to the content that you are watching.
Since the subtitles are sourced from Opensubtitles, the quality is quite good. If you’re not a fan of OpenSubtitles or cannot find what you need there, there are various other official subtitle add-ons including Subscene, Titlovi, Divxplanet, and more to choose from.
- Install OpenSubtitles from Kodi’s official repository
If you love watching gameplay from your favorite streamers then Twitch is here on Kodi to elevate your experience. Using the Twitch Kodi add-on, you can watch and interact with your favorite streamers or even explore new ones.
Currently, there is no option to stream your own gaming sessions but if you’re just on Twitch for watching live or uploaded gaming videos, the add-on will come in handy. You can either search for your preferred streamer or even browse by game. All in all, Twitch is a great video addon and you can get it from the official repository.
- Install Twitch from Kodi’s official repository
9. Ares Wizard
Kodi is a very useful software but with a wide range of add-ons and downloaded media, it can get bloated pretty soon. This may result in a sluggish or jittery experience and if you’re running Kodi on a PC or laptop, the media player can easily eat up most of the resources.
To prevent that from happening, you can use Ares Wizard for maintenance purposes. With this add-on, you can delete cache and temporary files, backup and restore your settings profile, check available system RAM, or internet speeds from the options available on the Kodi add-on.
- Install Ares Wizard
10. ROM Collection Browser
In case you are unaware, Kodi also allows you to play games and you can get it running through an addon. ROM Collection Browser is one of the popular ones out there and you can easily play retro games on your Kodi using this addon.
With ROM Collection Browser add-on, you can launch games by assigning the default emulator and the location where you’ve saved the game ROMs. Unfortunately, this add-on will not let you download games but its interface lets you manage all of the available games with greater ease.
- Install ROM Collection Browser from Kodi’s official repository
Best Kodi Addons for Movies & TV Shows
If you are looking for the best Kodi addon for watching movies and TV shows then FilmRise is your safe bet. It’s among the few add-ons that are legal and available on the official Kodi repository. You can watch full movies and TV shows for free, but the platform is ad-supported.
The best part of the app is that you don’t have to register and ads are not intrusive, allowing you to enjoy streaming movies and TV shows in peace. As for the content catalog, it’s is vast and new movies and shows are added every day. Simply put, you will never run out of content to watch.
- Install FilmRise from Kodi’s official repository
Popocornflix has become another great Kodi addon to consume movies and TV shows for free. While the question of legality depends on your geographical location, to remain on the safe side, you can use it through a VPN. The best part about Popcornflix is that there are no content restrictions based on region. Further, the addon is very fast and provides very good streaming which makes it ideal for watching movies on Kodi.
Coming to the content, there’s a good selection of movies and TV shows so you will definitely find something interesting to watch. Apart from big-banner movies, Popcornflix also features a lot of indie cinema which is great news for indie movie lovers. Overall, Popcornflix is an excellent Kodi addon to discover and watch new movies and TV shows.
- Install Popcornflix from Kodi’s official repository
Netflix is back on Kodi and it has been completely revamped by a new developer. You can now, in fact, play 1080p and 4K content on Kodi, but there are some caveats. That said, you can seamlessly log in and enjoy Netflix movies and TV shows on Kodi. Unlike earlier, now you don’t have to get your hands dirty and tweak things here and there.
Apart from that, the new Netflix addon also supports HDR10 and comes with Dolby vision support. You can even sync your Netflix content with Kodi’s local library. That’s awesome, right? Having said that, keep in mind, this addon is not official, but it’s not illegal either. You can certainly use it without any worry.
- Install Netflix
- Compatible with Kodi 18 Leia (currently at Kodi 18.7 Leia)
Best Multipurpose Kodi Addons
14. The Magic Dragon
Magic Dragon is a powerful multipurpose Kodi addon that offers online video streaming but goes way beyond just movies and TV shows. Magic Dragon for Kodi has a host of video content including high definition (and even 4K) movies, shows, as well as live sports, highlights, and radio. Magic Dragon’s interface might not be very user-friendly, but you can access past TV episodes using its built-in DVR feature.
Other than that, you can stream the latest movies, including support for direct playback from torrents. The distinctive part about this addon is that it has a variety of 3D and VR-friendly content and all you need is a headset to enjoy these movies or videos. To sum up, Magic Dragon is an awesome Kodi addon for video content and you can’t give it a miss.
- Install Magic Dragon
Seren is another hugely popular Kodi addon and you can use it to watch movies, TV shows, sports, live TV– all into one. It has got tons of movies and shows under its library and many believe that it provides the best user experience on Kodi because of no buffering issues. The content is properly categorized and you can sort the library based on trending movies, actors, recently updated movies, genres, etc.
It also scraps metadata, movie banners, and subtitles from the web so that everything is ready before you watch a movie. All in all, Seren ranks among the top Kodi addons and you should definitely check it out for its vast library.
- Install Seren
Similar to Magic Dragon and Seren, Indigo is a multipurpose addon that is known for its large content and maintenance tools. You can stream live TV, record shows using the built-in DVR option, access the huge library of movies and TV shows, and more. Not to mention, you can also integrate Real-Debrid to get high-quality sources while streaming video content.
Apart from that, it also comes with “Clear Cache and Thumbnails” functionality which will help you clean up your Kodi from lag or buffering issues. I would strongly recommend you to try Indigo addon for having the best Kodi experience.
- Install Indigo
Top Live TV Addons
17. Catch-Up TV & More
Catch-Up TV & More is a new Kodi addon, but it brings a lot of popular live TV channels on Kodi. In fact, it offers live TV channels from more than 15 countries around the world and that includes major regions like the US, UK, Canada, Europe, Japan, and more. You have access to channels like CBS, Blaze, Bristol TV, Edge Sport, and much more.
Apart from that, it also has a “Catch Up TV” section where you can view older videos from certain channels. Basically, you are getting a built-in DVR option and that is absolutely great. Simply put, Catch-Up TV & More is my personal favorite addon for streaming live TV on Kodi and you can’t afford to miss it.
- Install Catch-Up TV & More from Kodi’s official repository
There are already many popular live TV addons for Kodi like Ccloud TV and Phoenix Return, but Xumo.TV offers a far more reliable experience. And the best part is that it’s officially available on Kodi’s repository so you don’t have to download the ZIP file from shady sources. Just move to the “Addons” tab and you can seamlessly install Xumo.TV on your Kodi. Apart from that, it offers several major news channels including NBC, CBS, Time Magazine, and more.
In addition, you have channels like CollegeHumor, Vanity Fair, Gamespot, Broadway, The Hollywood Reporter, etc. As you can see, Xumo.TV covers almost all the segments from news to fashion and lifestyle. To sum up, if you are looking for a no-frills live TV addon for Kodi then Xumo.TV is an apt choice.
- Install Xumo.TV from Kodi’s official repository
Similar to Xumo.TV, Pluto.TV has gained popularity for featuring a wide range of live TV channels on Kodi. It’s known for offering more than 200 live TV channels and has no buffering issues. The add-on allows you to browse TV channels as a guest, but if you want to view them then you will have to sign in with a user account. Other than that, you have multiple categories like Live, OnDemand, Lineup, and more.
And if you want to watch movies and shows then Pluto.TV has you covered with its huge library of content. Best of all, the addon is available on Kodi’s official repository so in just a few clicks, you can get it running on your device. All in all, Pluto.TV is another powerful live TV addon for Kodi and if you want to stream a variety of channels then Pluto.TV is the best out there.
- Install Pluto.TV from Kodi’s official repository
Best Kodi Addons for Sports
20. NBC Sports Live Extra
NBC Sports is one of the most popular sports channels in the US and you can easily get it running on Kodi. Since the addon is officially available under Kodi’s repository, there is no question of illegality. Moving ahead, with NBC Sports, you will have access to many big sporting events like NFL, Premier League, F1, and more.
Apart from that, NBC Sports also offers on-demand content which is just great. Having said that, keep in mind, NBC Sports is geographically restricted which means you can’t use the service outside of the US. Simply put, NBC Sports is your best bet for watching live sports on Kodi.
- Install NBC Sports from Kodi’s official repository
Livestream is among those addons on Kodi that offer anything and everything including sports channels. You would find live sports channels mostly from Europe and of course, the US. You have access to 9 sports channels including Sportal HD, Park City Television and more. Having said that, keep in mind, Livestream does not have the best reliability as some channels work and some don’t.
Nevertheless, the addon is quite polished and properly categorized into various sections. Apart from sports, you can access News and Entertainment channels as well. Not to mention, you can follow the channels which make it easier for you to navigate and manage the score of live TV channels. To conclude, if you want access to sports on Kodi along with other live TV channels then Livestream will not disappoint you.
- Install Livestream from Kodi’s official repository
Best Kodi Addons for Kids, Cartoons & Anime
22. WatchNixtoons 2
WatchNixtoons 2 is perhaps the only addon you will need to watch cartoons and anime on Kodi. It offers you both dubbed and subbed anime and a huge list of cartoons including Deadstar, Disney shows, Iron Man, and more. Apart from that, what I loved about WatchNixtoons 2 is that it has the best streaming links.
In my testing, I found almost all the shows ran without any buffering or dead link issue. Also, the subtitles are hardcoded so you don’t have to go through the hassle of finding and downloading proper subtitles. All in all, WatchNixtoons 2 is the best Kodi addon for kids, cartoons, and anime.
- Install WatchNixtoons 2
23. South Park
Earlier, there was a Cartoon Network addon for watching Cartoons on Kodi, but it has been deprecated. So now, we are left with very little cartoon content on Kodi. Among the few good ones out there, South Park is one. As the name suggests, South Park is a Kodi addon where you can watch all the episodes of South Park for free.
Of late, the show has garnered immense appreciation for its cartoon characters and storyline. You would definitely love the show for both its seriousness and funny acts. The best part about this addon is that all the seasons and episodes are categorized neatly and you can watch them without any buffering issues.
- Install South Park from Kodi’s official repository
24. Japanese Animated Film Classics (JAFC)
If you are a fan of anime or Japanese cartoons then you are going to love JAFC on Kodi. The addon is wholly dedicated to bringing some of the oldest and popular anime content on Kodi. For instance, you can watch The Golden Flower, The Lump, A Story of Tobacco, and much more.
Don’t worry, all the anime content and Japanese cartoons come with hardcoded English subtitles so that is great. Not to mention, the addon is available officially on Kodi’s repository which is another bonus point. Simply put, if you are looking for the best Kodi addons for cartoons and anime then JAFC is an easy pick.
- Install JAFC from Kodi’s official repository
Best Kodi Addons for Streaming Music
As we all know, Tidal is a music streaming service with high fidelity sound and it’s available on Kodi. But bear in mind, it’s an unofficial client of Tidal made by a community member. Anyway, with Tidal addon on Kodi, you can log in to your account and stream songs in lossless mode (HiFi).
The best bit is that your music library from Tidal syncs with the local Kodi library, making the music playback seamless. In addition, you can play music from the highly-curated playlists on Tidal. To sum up, Tidal is among the best Kodi addon for streaming music and you should definitely check it out.
- Install Tidal from Kodi’s official repository
Spotify is undeniably among the most popular music streaming platforms and while there’s no official support for Kodi yet, you can utilize an unofficial route to get Spotify running on your Kodi machine. You need to use a third-party repository and from there you can easily install the Spotify addon for Kodi.
The best bit is that you can log in with your Spotify credentials and get all your music library on Kodi. Apart from that, it supports background music and local syncing with Kod’s library. All in all, Spotify is hands-down the best Kodi addon for streaming music.
- Install Spotify
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Best Addon for Firestick?
I would recommend you to install Exodus and Seren on your Firestick for having all-around access to movies, TV shows, and live TV channels.
Q. What’s the Difference Between Kodi Addon and Build?
Addons are the smallest modules on Kodi which add new features and functionality to Kodi. It can be anything — an addon to stream movies or an addon to change the look of Kodi. Also, there can be addons for clearing cache and rebuilding the sources.
Kodi Builds are different as they bring everything in one package. For instance, a build will include new Kodi skin, custom add-ons, weather widgets, new repositories, and more. Essentially, a total package similar to a Custom Android ROM whereas Kodi Addon is like an Android app.
Q. Are Kodi Addons Illegal?
Most of the Kodi addons are not illegal and the ones hosted on Kodi’s official repository are certainly not illegal. However, some of the third-party ones are deemed illegal because they host pirated content or stream unauthorized live TV channels. Apart from that, illegality depends on your geographical location too. For instance, many third-party Kodi addons are illegal in the US, UK, and some European countries.
Q. Can I Watch Movies with Kodi Addons?
Yes, you can definitely watch movies with Kodi addons. We have mentioned the 4 new Kodi addons so you can watch both latest and old movies. Apart from that, you can also try the multipurpose addons for more content.
Master Kodi With These Awesome Kodi Addons
Kodi offers a powerful and customizable multimedia experience and you can enhance it further by using add-ons. Whether it is to play retro games, clean up your Kodi, choose from a huge list of movies, TV shows, cartoons, or anime, or just listen to audiobooks, add-ons can really boost your overall media center experience in Kodi.
While we think that these are some of the best Kodi add-ons that you must have and use, the list doesn’t end there and you can explore more add-ons as you get to learn Kodi more. Do you think we should include some other Kodi add-ons on this list? Tell us in the comments below.