Kodi 17

So you have decided to make the plunge and look into Kodi 17 to see what it is all about.  As we have heard with the many releases: alpha, beta, and release candidates, it is going to look very different.  You finally jump in and might ask yourself where is confluence?  What am I look at in Kodi 17?  How do I navigate?  Don’t worry it is not as difficult as it seems.  Even I was there the first time I tried it.  I was lost and couldn’t find my way until I started to dig around.

For those of you who have not started to test Kodi 17 since it was officially launched you may not know what I am referring to.  Team Kodi decided to ditch the confluence skin as default and went with two stock skins.  Welcome Estuary and Estouchy to Kodi as they are the new kids on the block.  They are in essence the same build; however, the touch screen devices use Etouchy.  Below you will see a screenshot of what to expect when you first start Kodi for the first time in Krypton (version 17).

Kodi 17

As I mentioned, the skin is totally different and resembles Titan more than anything else.  This article is going to help show you how to enable add-ons, find File Manager, and install Ares Wizard.  We will also take a look around on how to navigate the new Add-ons menu.

System Settings

One of the other big differences between Kodi 16.1 and Kodi 17 is you now have to enable unknown sources.  For anyone who has done work on any android or fire device you know exactly what I am talking about.  For those of you unfamiliar, don’t worry I am going to walk you through it.

First thing is first you want to navigate to the settings button which is the small gear button on the top of the screen between the power and search function.  You can find it in the above picture highlighted for convenience.  Once you click this you will be taken to the settings menu and it is once again laid out a little different than you are used to.  Below you can see the new screen:


Enabling Add-ons

Team Kodi has ditched the vertical System menu in favor of this icon style menu.  We are going to want to click System Settings; highlighted in the above picture.  Once we there we need to navigate to Add-ons which is the sixth menu item down.  Here you will see several choices I will break these down for you:

  • Updates:  This is where you determine how the system will behave when there is an update to an add-on
    • Install updates automatically
    • Notify but don’t install automatically
    • Never check for updates
  • Show Notifications: This toggle switch will either turn on or off the notifications for add-ons.  If off, you will not be notified if an add-on updates or fails.
  • Manage Dependencies: Will show you all the add-on dependencies installed.
  • Running: This will give you a look at what dependencies are running on your system.
  • Unknown Sources: THIS IS THE ONE WE ARE AFTER!
    • Once you turn on the unknown sources you will be able to enable your add-ons. By default, the setting is turned off; however, with a system click you will be able to enable them.
  • Reset above settings to default:  This will reset everything you changed back to default as stated.
Unknown Sources approval

Unknown Sources Warning

You will be met with a familiar warning statement once you turn on unknown sources:

Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on th is device.  By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behaviour, or damage to your device. Proceed?

Add-on Warning

Here is where you click yes.  This is just stating that you are aware that these add-ons are not stock and is another way for Kodi to distance themselves from the add-ons.  If you are a long time Kodi user, you know this is the case and they just need to protect themselves.

Installing an Add-on

Congratulations you have now set-up the ability to enable add-ons! So now what? Oh yeah, we want to install something so we can start to use this new version.  The next step in our journey is going to enable an add-on. We begin on the System Settings page and similar to earlier versions of Kodi
  • Click File Manager
File Manager
  • Next we want to select Add Source
  • Type the following: http://ares-repo.eu it is your choice if you want to leave the name as magic or change to AW.  For this tutorial I will leave as magic.
Add File Source Now here is where things get a little different.  You are going to have to back out to the main Kodi page again.
  • Click on Add-ons this will bring up a menu for all your add-ons
Add-ons Kodi 17
  • Scroll up to the open box in the Upper Left Corner.
Add-ons menu options The next page will look familiar and you will follow the usual steps; however, I will walk you through them now.
  • Click Install from Zip File
install from zip file
  • Select Magic or however you named your source
  • Choose 
  • Next click .zip
This will install the Repository for Ares Project.  Now we just have to wait until we see “Addon enabled”.

Installing Ares Wizard Through Ares Project Repo

So you have the Repo installed and now it is time for us to install the Ares Wizard so you can start playing around.  You should still be on the Add-on Browser and see My add-ons, Install from repository, Install from zip file.
  • First, you need to click Install from Repository
Install from Repo
  • Next Click on Ares Project

  • Now click on Programs
    Program Add-ons
  • Here you can click on Ares Wizard
Ares Wizard install When you click on the Ares Wizard it will bring up the next page.  From here you click install and wait for “Add-on enabled”.  Once enabled you can go directly into the wizard from here using the open button.  Please note it will state this is an unstable version of Kodi.  You can click ok from here but just note not all functionality is working yet.  Some of the tweaks and keep my’s will not work until we launch the next version of the Wizard.  However, don’t fret, majority of functionality still works and you will be able to download add-ons and builds.

Final Thought

The image above shows how Kodi 17 breaks down all add-ons by type and also allows you to access your My add-ons folder and downloads.  This is just some of the nuances of the new Kodi 17 version.  Consequently, due to the far departure from the usual skin, many have found their journey in Kodi 17 difficult.  While it will take a little time to get acclimated with it I know you will be able to do it.  I will make sure to cover anything you need and will work on any tutorials that will be helpful. In the following article I will show you how to easily install Aeon Nox and Confluence for those who either find this skin confusion or just don’t like the aesthetics of it. In conclusion, as always, please feel free to visit us at Ares Forum with any questions.  Due to the nature of the blog, it is much easier to assist than in the comments section below.