Kodi 17: Enabling Sources Adding Repos
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).
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.
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:
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 WarningYou 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?
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-onCongratulations 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
- 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.
- Click on Add-ons this will bring up a menu for all your add-ons
- Scroll up to the open box in the Upper Left Corner.
- Click Install from Zip File
- Select Magic or however you named your source
- Next click .zip
Installing Ares Wizard Through Ares Project RepoSo 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
- Next Click on Ares Project
- Now click on Programs
- Here you can click on Ares Wizard