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Elementum is an addon for Kodi that uses BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, to stream movies and TV shows in great video quality.

Due to its P2P nature, it uses both download and upload bandwidth while you’re watching content. Depending on your location, you might need a VPN to protect your privacy while using torrents.

Forked from Quasar, Elementum uses a different torrent engine with extra features like streaming directly to the device’s memory, support for NAS or FAT32 systems, and more.

In this guide, we’re going to install Elementum on Kodi. Let’s begin.

1. Downloading Elementum

First, let’s download Elementum’s zip file from its official website. The zip file contains the add-on and the repository.

1. Go to Elementum’s official site and download the proper package for your system. Remember the folder where you download the file, we’ll be using it later.  elementum kodi addon official website

FireTV and most Android Boxes should download the Android arm package. Nvidia Shield and modern tablets/smartphones use the Android arm64 package. Raspberry Pi running Raspbian use the Linux arm7 package. If you’re not sure about your device specifications just download the All-in-One package.

If you’re on Android 10 or higher, you must download ElementumService instead of regular Elementum, please read Elementum on Android 10+ before proceeding.

2. Preparing Kodi for Elementum

Before installing Elementum we must allow the use of 3rd party addons on Kodi. We also need to allow Kodi to communicate with other applications so that it can work with the torrent engine.

2. Open the Settings menu by pressing the cog icon near the top left corner of the Home Screen.  Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

3. Select System. Kodi System Options on System Menu

4. Select the Add-ons tab and enable Show notifications and Unknown sources. Enable unknown sources and notifications on Kodi

Enabling Unknown sources will allow the installation of 3rd party addons. We also recommend enabling Show notifications since most addons use them to display important information.

5. Go back to the System menu and this time select Service. Kodi Service settings on System menu

6. Highlight the Control tab and activate Allow remote control from applications on other systems. allow Kodi to communicate with other applications

On Kodi 19, you’ll see a warning message when allowing remote control. Press Yes to proceed.

3. Installing Elementum on Kodi

Now we are ready to install Elementum on Kodi.

7. Go back to the Settings menu and select Add-ons. Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

8. Select Install from zip fileinstall kodi add-on from zip file

On Kodi 19, You’ll see a message about the auto-update feature. Press Yes to continue.

9. Locate the installation file that we downloaded earlier and click on it to install Elementum and the Elementum Repository. elementum kodi addon installation zip file

10. Wait a couple of seconds and you’ll be prompted to install Elementum Burst. Burst is a multi-provider addon responsible for searching torrents on several websites. Press Yes to install Elementum Burst. auto-installing Elementum Burst on Kodi

Sometimes, Elementum Burst fails to install. In that case, restart Kodi and you’ll be prompted to install Elementum Burst again. If the automatic installation fails you’ll have to do it manually, please read How to install Elementum Burst.

4. Using Elementum

11. Go to the Home Screen and highlight the Add-ons tab. Press on Elementum to open the addon. Elementum and Elementum Burst on Kodi Home Screen

12. Use the menu to find Movies or TV Shows. In this example, we’ll select Movies. stream movies with Elementum Kodi

13. Select a category, we’ll choose TrendingElementum Kodi Addon

14. Choose a movie, Elementum Burst will search for torrents on several websites. After a couple of seconds, you’ll see a list of available torrents, select one. List of available torrents on Kodi Elementum Burst

15. Elementum will connect to other peers and download a small buffer before start playing the file. It should take about 10 seconds. loading initial buffer on Elementum Kodi

Now you’re ready to stream videos on Kodi with Elementum. If you can’t find any torrents please read the troubleshooting section below.

To use Kodi’s library with Elementum please read Library Integration with Elementum and Kodi. You can also use it to get access to your Trakt.tv account, please read How to use Trakt with Elementum for more information.

Elementum supports automatic subtitles but if you need more control over the subtitles selection process please read How to enable subtitles on Kodi.

5. Elementum WebUI [Recommended]

There’s a useful web interface to remotely manage your torrents from a smartphone or other devices on your local network. You can add, delete, resume, and pause torrents using the web interface.

I. Using a web browser go to http://kodi_local_IP_address:65220/web/ to access the Elementum WebUI. Kodi Elementum WebUI

There are a couple of addresses that show extra information on Elementum. To see the torrent engine’s status go to http://kodi_local_IP:65220/info.
To check Elementum’s debug information use http://kodi_local_IP:65220/debug/all, you can also see the debug info together with Kodi’s log using http://kodi_local_IP:65220/debug/bundle, this information is very helpful when reporting bugs.

6. Change Elementum storage method [Optional]

By default, Elementum will use the device’s RAM to temporarily download fragments of the file while streaming. If you want to keep files on the hard drive you can change the storage method using the add-on’s settings.

I. Go to the Home Screen, highlight the Add-ons tab, open the Context Menu on Elementum, and select Settings. (Use C on the keyboard, Menu Key on the remote, long-press on touch devices or right-click with the mouse to open the Context Menu). open Elementum settings on Kodi

II. Select the General tab, scroll down to the Storage section and change Download storage type to Use files, then press Download Path and choose a folder to store the downloaded files. change Elementum Kodi addon settings to use file as storage method

7. Troubleshooting

7.1. Elementum can’t find torrents, provider time-out.

Sometimes, when selecting a movie or show, Elementum Burst returns no results and the providers just time out. This usually happens on Windows. To fix this issue we’ll disable the built-in HTTP proxy.

I. Go to the Home Screen, highlight the Add-ons tab, open the Context Menu on Elementum, and select Settings. (Use C on the keyboard, Menu Key on the remote, long-press on touch devices or right-click with the mouse to open the Context Menu). open Elementum settings on Kodi

II. Select the Proxy tab and deactivate Enable built-in HTTP proxy. Press OK to save the changes. disable built-in HTTP proxy on Elementum Kodi Add-on

Now try selecting a movie or TV show again and you should get results when searching for torrents.

8. Elementum on Android 10 and up

Due to new security measures on Android, apps targetting SDK29 or higher can no longer run external sub-processes. This prevents Kodi from running the torrent engine, throwing the “Error 13 Permission denied” message.

ElementumService is a wrapper for Elementum’s binaries that converts the torrent engine into an Android Service. It consists of 2 files, an APK that contains the torrent engine, and a ZIP file with the modified add-on.

Go to ElementumService’s releases page and download the latest versions of the APK and ZIP files.

Make sure you download the correct APK for your device. Nvidia Shield and newer Android TV Boxes must download the arm64-v8a release. Generic Android TV Boxes usually use the armebi-v7a release. If you’re not sure which one to use, download the universal release.

After you downloaded the files, install the APK first and then install the modified add-on in the same way as regular Elementum.

Once the add-on is installed, it’ll start the service app which may ask you to grant file access permissions. On Android 11 and up you might also need to run a command using ADB. Please read more about it on ElementumService’s Github page.

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15 thoughts on “How to install Elementum on Kodi [May 2022]

  • 9 months ago

    Its work for me. Kodi matrix 19.0 version. Though i have problem automatic install so i need to do the manual installingnin repository.
    Kudos i can watch new movie

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  • 11 months ago

    Just loaded Leia 18.9 and Elementum/Burst works great. I had a lot of trouble with Kodi 19. 18.9 is good enough.

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  • 1 year ago

    Any ideas on the permission error? It started with Kodi 19.

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    • 1 year ago

      Elementum doesn’t work with Kodi 19 in Android 10 or superior. There is a thread in Elementum github that explains why this happens. Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no workaround for the issue except to downgrade to Kodi 18.9. See https://github.com/elgatito/plugin.video.elementum/issues/669

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      • 1 year ago

        very good function.you’re wrong.

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  • 1 year ago

    This doesn’t work with latest version of Kodi on Linux with dependency on xbmc.python 2.1.0

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  • 1 year ago

    On Android 11 i get error 13 permission denied when starting…any solution?

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    • 1 year ago

      Same problem here, error 13

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      • 1 year ago

        Try kodi 18

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    • 1 year ago

      Elementum doesn’t work with Kodi 19 in Android 10 or superior. There is a thread in Elementum github that explains why this happens. Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no workaround for the issue except to downgrade to Kodi 18.9. See https://github.com/elgatito/plugin.video.elementum/issues/669

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  • 1 year ago

    I followed the steps, but still movies aren’t playing

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  • 1 year ago

    Elementum

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    • 1 year ago

      hi. just install Elementum. it is just working great for the pictures. just the sound is low. nice addon, no buffering.

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  • 2 years ago

    You never got to the first step of downloading the program! Just launched into how to install it.

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