You may well have heard of the legal threats made to the Ares Project (more on this in another article) however, in the meantime we have edited the “contentious” content to avoid further legal harrasment. The Ares Wizard no longer has links to builds or add-ons. It still has one of the best Kodi video cache tools (the first in the scene to do this dynamically per device), and the best backup and restore tool. You can backup any build for safe keeping,  ut you can also restore ANY build zip using Ares restore option – it will auto detect the any full build restores (eg the skin settings) and perform a force close to ensure a proper and full restore.

The Wizard must be a huge install?

Just to reassure users of the Ares Wizard – its a very light install – the zip 2.5 megabytes and fully installed with all graphics etc is a mere 4.5 megabytes. Yes we know trolls from other jealous wizards/builds are claiming it adds 400Mb to installs (but they have no proof of course – please confirm your install in the comments to prove how tiny this install is!)

Ares Wizard Updated, Current version of this addon is 0.0.69 first detected 2017-12-13

Change Log Summary
  • 69 minor bug fixes
  • 68 builds & addons removed
  • 67  addon installs diverted to Kodi Portal addon installs diverted to Kodi Portal, added ability to upload ‘old’ log, fresh start tweaked so it doesn’t remove Kodi Portal
  • 66 Fixed the “fresh start”, glitch, also build update notices

Kodi 16.1 Poor Performance?

If you cannot update to 17/Krypton due to an old device you can use one of a few “https” patched forks or even MyGica to put 17 on your old box. The HTTPS patch will improve the chances of gaining HD links. You can get more info on forks here Which Kodi Fork For me

Ares Wizard Common Problems

I will cover some of common issues after this install guide, so if you have blank screens or failing to load build lists – skip to the last bit of the article for common problems.

Ares Wizard Updates

The Ares Wizard update includes a fix for the “build version notifications” – a useful popup when your build updates. In addtion, if you look under “tweaks” a new API manager has been included. This will swap keys for both YouTube and Trakt ensuring you dont have further issues with keys being banned or using up quotas.

All the usual things are there, 500+ builds to choose from, Games, IPTV apps and the most popular addons for extra content if you need it. However, there’s some key upgrades, a new backup feature ” addon settings”, essential with widespread use of Real, Trakt and the mods we all make to SALTS, Exodus and so forth. The first automated cache tweak wizard now works with your Krypton installs!


This add on is “unofficial” and therefore not supported by Kodi TV or XBMC foundation, please do not ask on their forums for help, goto for further support.

You can unblock many “dns censored” sources and prevent ISP’s logging your activity with a smartdns solution 

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The EU ruling has made streaming of “copyright infringing material ” illegal, additionally, if you use p2p add ons, torrents, or in countries that also prohibit streaming, you should consider the use of a vpn from a reputable provider like Private Internet Access.

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 Ares Wizard Key Functions

Ares Wizard Full Guide
  • Builds
  • Browse Addons
    • Video Add ons
    • Program Add-ons
    • Repositories
    • Android Apps
    • Android IPTV apps
    • Android Launchers
    • Games (android only)
    • Kodi Forks (9!) – Includes FTMC & CEMC (these are https patched for older boxes unable to use 17)
  • Maintenance
    • Maintenance Reminder options (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)
  • Backup – Backup Guide
    • Many options, inc Favs, Sources, Advanced Settings, GUI etc
    • Addon Settings (save between builds!)
      • This saves – Real Debrid, Trakt, SALTS tweaks, Exodus tweaks, YouTube tweaks etc
  • Tweaks
    • Advanced Settings Wizard (The original and still the best cache tweaks for reduced buffering)
    • API Manager for YouTube & Trakt
  • More (includes)
    • Speed Test
    • Kodi log uploads
    • Convert paths to special (fixed)
    • Fresh start
  • Settings
    • Backup – set destination (only to local device)
    • Build Update reminders
    • Build Options
      • Keep my Favourites
      • Keep my Sources
    • Show/Hide (opens up Adult addons in the addons sections)

New Source Ares Wizard Zip

First thing to note is this DO NOT install from other known infected repos like Kodil or any other source. We cannot verify this is the same version or that something may have been added (like ad ware). you HAVE been WARNED! The zip is now only available via Ares Project forum – from the resources section ( you must be a signed up member) Ares Wizard Zip
  •  (note this is a zip host NOT a true repo!)
Please try them and see which works for you. We are aware that ISP’s both in the UK and overseas are blocking our URLs, using Parental Blocks or other censorship methods. IF you suspect ISP blocking, UK users can check their settings here – Remove ISP blocking

Ares Wizard Installation to Kodi Jarvis (16)

  • Click SYSTEM > File Manager
  • Double Click Add Source
  • Click “None” text window
  • Type EXACTLY (see above for url options)
  • Click the box underneath “Enter a name for this media source
  • Type Ares Repo (or a name you will remember!)
  • Click OK
  • Back out or hit the “Home icon” to go back to your Home Screen
  • Click SYSTEM
  • Click Add-Ons
  • Click Install from zip file
  • Click Ares (or whatever you called it)
  • Click
  • Now wait for “Add-on enabled” message
  • Click Install from repository
  • Click Ares Repo
  • Click Program add-ons
  • Click Ares Wizard
  • Click Install
  • Now wait for ” Add-on enabled” message You can find the Ares Wizard in program Add-ons.

Ares Wizard Installation to Kodi Krypton (17)

If you have a clean 17 install, you will have to enable unknown sources first. NOTE: We have added a new link for Krypton installs due to some weird Kodi bug not showing the repo zip properly.
  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Click System Settings
  • Click Add-ons
  • Toggle Unknown Sources
  • A warning pop-up will appear
“Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on this device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behaviour, or damage to your device. Proceed?” This is your choice, if you wish to install 3rd Part add-ons you must agree. We strongly advise against installing headline grabbing “the best add-on ever…” etc and use only official developers with a proven track record.
  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Click File Manager
  • Double Click Add source
  • Click “None” text window
  • Type EXACTLY (see above for url options)
  • Click OK
  • Click the box underneath “Enter a name for this media source
  • Type Ares Repo (or a name you will remember!)
  • Click OK
  • Back out to your “Home Screen
  • Click Add-ons
  • Click Add-on browser (the open box icon)
  • Click Install from zip file
  • Click Ares (or whatever you called it)
  • Click
  • Now wait for “Add-on enabled” message
  • Click Install from repository
  • Click Ares Repo
  • Click Program add-ons
  • Click Ares Wizard
  • Click Install
  • Now Wait for “Add-on enabled” message You can find the Ares Wizard in Programs > or Add-ons (open box)

 Useful Links

Ares Wizard Common Issues

Failed Installs” – Black Screen, Black with odd icons There are lots of reason a build or build backup can fail to restore or install. You can be left with a variety of issues – but on Krypton its usually a black screen or a few weird icons on the menu bar.
Build Failed – No Programs option to Fresh Start!
If your current build doesn’t have a programs or file manager option available, then you will need follow;
  • Android Locate device “app manager” (not store!), Scroll to Kodi, SPMC, FTMC etc – Clear data
  • FireTV OS – Home, Settings, Applications, Manage Installed Applications, Scroll to Kodi, SPMC, FTMC etc – Clear data
  • Windows Press Win+R Keys for “run dialog”, type %appdata% – ok, Delete the folder, restart Kodi
  • Linux (general) ~/.kodi/userdata/, delete the contents of the folder and relaunch kodi.
After clearing data, it is generally recommended to force stop and relaunch Kodi/SPMC/FTMC etc, or simply reboot your device. Allow Kodi to update itself (you just deleted files it needs to work properly!)
  • It is always a good idea to turn off your device for a few mins and reboot to eliminate all kinds of weird problems caused with devices being left on, memory leaks, multiple apps running in the background etc.
  • We also recommend a weekly router reboot – this has cured many frustrating “slow”, “failed” or “aborted” downloads etc.
“Failed to update”
You are using an old version of Ares Wizard – update and this should cure it  
“SSL related error”
This is normally ISP blocking, but could also be Anti virus on PCs, or parental controls on your router.