How to install Kodi on Firestick

Your favorite open source media center on the Fire TV Stick!
Ash Ash (311)
Total time: 10 minutes 

The Fire TV Stick (also referred to as Firestick by the community) is a super handy media streaming device by Amazon. Today, we'll be taking full advantage of this device by installing an open source media center known as Kodi. We've run Kodi on the Raspberry Pi in the past and knew it was time to bring this cool program over to the Fire Stick.

I'll be using the Fire TV Stick 4K, but you can put Kodi on any Firestick. Since it's Android-based, we’ll be loading the Kodi Android app. It’s not available in the Amazon Appstore, so we’ll download it directly from the developers.

What is Kodi?

Kodi is an open source media center. It's a hub for all of your personal media—that includes videos, music, and anything else you want to sync with your TV. You can add media using a hard drive or by simply sharing the media over your network to stream.

Is this legal?

Absolutely! We're just adding a third party app (Kodi). This is a process called sideloading, and it's nothing like jailbreaking. You will be able to factory reset the Firestick at any time.

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firestick enable Apps from Unknown Sources

First up, we'll need to enable Apps from Unknown Sources. This tells the Firestick that it's okay to install third-party apps.

Open Settings and choose Device (newer models will say My Fire TV instead of Device).

Under Developer Options, select Apps from Unknown Sources and set it to ON.

firestick downloader app

To download the app from the Kodi developers, we'll use another app called Downloader. Thankfully, this application is available on the Amazon Appstore.

To download this app, look under the Utilities category in the Appstore.

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Using your Fire Stick remote, navigate to the Downloader app and launch it. Open Browser from the left-hand navigation menu. Enter the following address:

Scroll down and select Android from the list. You can choose to download the 64bit or 32bit version. Feel free to experiment with both to see which works best for you. I'm installing the 32bit version.

Once the version you selected is downloaded, a pop up will ask you to install the package.

firestick Kodi setup

You can now open Kodi from your main menu. It will be listed among your current selection of apps. When you access Kodi for the first time, it will prompt you for permission to access media files and folders. Be sure to give it the permissions it needs.

Now it's time to add some media! Visit the official Kodi wiki for help adding your own videos, music, and more. This Video library page is an excellent starting point for understanding the Kodi menus and how to add your own media library.

update kodi on firestick

Updating Kodi on the Firestick is easy.

Remove the current version by going to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications.

Select Kodi from the list. Choose Force stop then Uninstall.

Open the Downloader app and navigate to the Kodi downloader URL:

Select the latest Android version to download and follow the installation prompts. Congratulations! Your Firestick now has the latest version of Kodi.