If this is your first time installing unofficial add-ons on Kodi, you’ll have to change the settings to allow the installation of 3rd party add-ons. You only have to do this once and it is usually done with new Kodi installations.

Enabling Unknown sources will allow the installation of 3rd party add-ons that are not available in the official Kodi repository.

In this guide, we are going to allow unofficial add-ons on Kodi. Let’s begin!

Enabling Unknown sources on Kodi

1. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the screen to open the Settings menu.
Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

2. Select System.
Kodi System Options on System Menu

3. Select the Add-ons tab, enable Unknown sources and Show notifications. Press Yes when you see the warning message.
Enable unknown sources and notifications on Kodi

Additionally, we recommend enabling Show notifications since most addons use them to display important information.

Are 3rd party add-ons safe?

Kodi add-ons are actually Python scripts that can run code on your system with very few restrictions. If you install an add-on with malicious code on it, it can do a lot of damage.

Add-ons on the official Kodi repository are safe and can be installed without the need for extra permissions.

Unofficial add-ons usually come with their own repositories. Installing add-ons from unknown sources can be risky, you should always use sources that you trust. For this reason, we are constantly trying to find and recommend well-known add-ons from trusted developers, used by many users (including us), and always using their respective original sources.

Popular unofficial add-ons are mostly safe, just be aware that there have been cases of add-ons running DDoS bots and cryptocurrency miners in the past. You should always protect your system with antivirus and run scans periodically.

Streaming add-ons don’t host any files, they scrape websites and index video files that are available on the internet. Keep in mind that some of the content found by these add-ons might be protected by copyright laws.

Looking for more add-ons? These are some of our favorite Kodi add-ons for September 2021.

Please visit our list of the best Kodi add-ons for more information.

The Crew Kodi Add-onThe Crew: Free and premium sources. Very popular add-on with many extra features like live sports and more. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
The Oath: Free and premium sources. Great add-on based on Exodus. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Seren Kodi Add-on featured imageSeren: Premium sources. Excellent add-on with great user interface and many innovative features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Venom: Premium sources. Very popular add-on with great features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Elementum Kodi Addon featured imageElementum: P2P sources. An excellent add-on that offers high-quality streams using torrents. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
How to allow 3rd-party add-ons on Kodi
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