Add-on manager

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▶ Add-ons
▶ Add-on manager

The Add-on manager's purpose is to manage the various add-ons to the Kodi application. It can be browsed like any other section and the various installed/uninstalled, enabled/disabled add-ons. In the Add-on manager you can also change the settings for auto update, notifications and search for installed add-ons by bringing up the slide in submenu (press left to show/hide). The Add-on manager is not where you go to run add-ons, but only to install and configure them.

How to access the Add-on browser

Note: You may also enter into the Add-on manager (see below) by just selecting Add-ons as show in Step 1

How to access the Add-on manager

Add-on manager options

My add-ons
All installed add-ons, disabled or not, can be found in "My add-ons". This includes both a per-category listing as well as a single unified list of all installed add-ons.
Available updates
When an update to an add-on is available it will show up here. By default, add-ons are set to update automatically, so this should normally be empty unless you have changed your preferences to prevent automatic update installs.
Recently updated
Shows as list of recently updated add-ons.
Install from repository
Allows you to install new add-ons from the installed repositories. add-on repository is the official add-on repository that is already included in Kodi, but other add-on repository sources can also be installed. (see How to install additional add-on repositories for more info)
Install from ZIP file
Allows the installation of an add-on or repository from a ZIP file, either from the hard drive or LAN.
Allows you to search add-ons in the installed repositories and your installed add-ons.

Lefthand sidebar menu

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View options
The view mode that items are displayed as. Similar to other areas of the interface, such as the video and audio libraries. Common view modes include lists, icons, and variations on those.
This allows you to order add-ons/repositories by Ascending or Descending.
Sort by
This will allow you to sort add-ons by Name or Last used.
Allows you to search add-ons in the installed repositories and your installed add-ons.
Check for updates
This will search for updates for all add-ons.
This will take you Add-ons settings page in Settings/System (see below).
Get more
This will allow you to download and install other add-ons from a particular category.

Note: Not all options will appear depending on what part of the Add-ons section you are in.

Settings/System/Add-ons settings
Choose how updates are handled. Options are as follows:
  • Install updates automatically At least once a day, add-ons that are listed in a repo will automatically be updated if an update is available. If the "Notifications" option is also enabled, then the user will receive an on-screen notification about the available update and install.
  • Notify, but don't install updates The same as above, but the update itself will not automatically install. The user will get a notification of available updates, and an "Available updates" folder will appear in the add-on manager list, allowing the user to manually apply updates either for all add-ons or per-add-on.
  • Never check for updates Kodi will not check for updates nor will it install any known pending updates. The user will also not get any notifications, because Kodi won't know about any pending updates.
Show notifications
If "Install updates automatically" or "Notify, but don't install updates" are selected for Updates, then selecting this will also show a notification in the Kodi GUI if add-on updates are found.
Manage dependencies
This will all you to individually update dependencies which are need by other add-ons.
This will allow you to what add-ons are running.
Unknown sources
This will allow you to install or block add-ons from unknown sources. You will need to enable this for installing any add-on/repository not in the Kodi Add-on repository.
Update official add-ons from
Official repositories only: add-ons from official repositories will be prevented from being auto-updated from private repositories (default).
Any repositories: is useful for cases such as updating from an add-ons beta repository. Please bear in mind this is a less secure option and enabling it could cause incompatibility issues.
Reset above settings to default
This will reset all the Add-on settings to their defaults.

How to install add-ons from a repository

For this example a skin is being installed, the same method is used for other add-ons.

Select Install from repository -> Select the repository (if no other repositories are installed it will automatically open the Kodi Add-on repository) -> Select the add-on category -> Select the add-on -> Select Install

To access the Add-on browser see: How to access the Add-on browser

When the add-on has finished downloading Kodi will enable it and depending on the add-on ask if you want to start using it. Add-ons will then appear in their appropriate section (e.g. skins in the appearance section of settings, movie scrapers in the options of scrapers when adding a new movie source)

How to install from a ZIP file

Install from zip file allows you to install add-ons or repositories which may not be available in the Kodi add-on repository. To install a add-on or repository from a zip file you will need to enable Unknown Source from Settings/System/Add-ons. This can be done at the time of installation.

Note: By enabling Unknown Sources, Add-ons will be given access to your personal data stored on your device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behavior, or damage to your device.

To access the Add-on browser see: How to access the Add-on browser or How to access the Add-on manager


Repositories are storage locations from where add-ons can be retrieved from. They allow the user to browse for more add-ons of all types, as well as allowing Kodi to check them for updates to add-ons, so they don't have to be manually installed. Kodi comes with one official add-on repositories installed by default, add-on repository. However others can be added.

To install a new repository you must first find the ZIP file to install the repository, a list of unofficial add-on repositories (third-party add-on repositories) is semi-maintained on the wiki - other repositories may exist. Then follow the instructions at How to install from a ZIP file.


There are several ways to update add-ons, depending on your settings in Settings→System settings→Add-ons.

Automatic updates

The first method, and easiest, is if you have Install updates automatically (default) enabled. With this method, any add-on installed that's in an installed repository will automatically update when there is a new one available.

Check available updates

The second method is if you have Notify, but don't install updates selected. Assuming that you have Show notifications also enabled in the settings, you will be notified when a update is available and you can use the following method to update. Note: If you don't have Show notifications enabled you can still use this method, but you will not know when a update has become available.

Update all

The third method is to update all add-ons. To do this, access the Add-on Mangager.

Manually updating

The forth method is to update manually.

Update from ZIP file

If you installed a add-on from a zip file and/or it isn't in a repository, then you will need to update from a zip file. To do this see How to install from a ZIP file. Updating from a zip is the same method, just choose the new file to install.

See also