Play AceStream on Kodi with Horus [2023]

Horus is a Kodi add-on that allow us to watch live streams using AceStream, a peer-to-peer protocol similar to BitTorrent but optimized for audio and video streaming.

Based on Plexus, Horus is compatible with Kodi 20 and can run on Android, Windows, Linux, and Raspberry Pi.

To play content with Horus, you’ll need an AceStream player. We will also see how to install the AceStream app on different operating systems.

AceStream is very popular among sports fans living abroad, since it gives them access to live matches and TV channels that are not available with their local cable providers. By using P2P protocols like AceStream, you will exchange small parts of the stream with other users. Depending on your location, you may need a VPN to protect your privacy.

In this guide, we’re going to install Horus on Kodi. Let’s get started!

1. How to Install Horus on Kodi

To install Horus on Kodi we first must install Luar. Luar is an add-on installer specialized in spanish language add-ons, and it is the official source for Horus.

If this is your first time installing add-ons on Kodi, you’ll have to allow the installation of unofficial add-ons. Please read How to allow 3rd-party add-ons on Kodi and come back here when you’re ready.

1.1. Install Luar

Let’s start by adding a link to Luar’s source on GitHub, we’ll use the link to download and install Luar directly on Kodi.

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

2. Select File Manager. Kodi File Manager on System menu

3. Press Add Source. adding source using file manager on kodi

4. Enter in the top box and luarsource on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source. Luar source on Kodi file explorer

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

6. Click on Install from zip file. install kodi add-on from zip file

You’ll see a message about the auto-update feature, press Yes to continue.

7. Select luarsource. select the luar source

8. Now click on install luar script on Kodi

The script will install Luar’s repository and add-on, the installation process might take a couple of minutes.

You’ll be asked to switch Kodi’s interface language to Spanish, press No to keep your original language and wait until the installation process is done.

9. Go back to the Home Screen, you’ll see a shortcut to Luar under the Add-ons section. Luar Kodi add-on

2.2. Install Horus add-on

Now let’s use Luar to install Horus on Kodi.

10. Open Luar and select Por categorias (By Category). Browse add-ons by category on Luar

11. Press Deportivos (Sports). Sports category on Luar

12. Select Horus. Horus addon with Luar installer

13. Press Instalar. install Horus on Kodi

14. Select a repository, we’ll use repository.GTKing-Phoenix-Nexus. select a repository for Horus

Wait a couple of seconds while the add-on is downloaded. You’ll see a notification when the installation process finishes.

15. Go back to the Home Screen. You’ll see a shortcut to Horus on the Add-ons tab. Horus Kodi addon

We’ve installed Horus on Kodi, but we still need to install the AceStream client, or we won’t be able to play content.

2.3. Setup AceStream client

To open AceStream links, Horus requires an AceStream client that will run in the background while we stream content.

Let’s see how to set up the client on different systems.

2.3.1. Android

Android users must download the AceStream Media or AceStream Engine APK from AceStream’s Wiki or AceStream’s official site. The PlayStore version does not work with Horus.

AceStream Media is a full-featured player app, while AceStream Engine is a smaller version with fewer features but lighter on resources. Both are compatible with Horus.

It is important that you open the AceStream app and accept the terms and conditions before playing any stream. There’s no need to sign in or register in the AceStream app.

You must also configure Horus to use the AceStream player instead of Kodi’s internal player, otherwise, the stream will stop every 5 minutes. Go to Horus > Settings > and enable External player. When playing a stream, Android will show you a list of available players, make sure you choose Ace Player.

2.3.2. Windows and Raspberry Pi OS

The AceStream client will be automatically downloaded and installed when you open the add-on for the first time.

Horus will start the AceStream client when required, but you must manually close it when you’re done watching content. To automatically shut down the client, go to Horus > Settings > and enable Stop the AceStream Engine automatically.

2.3.3. Linux

You must manually install AceStream Player, the easiest way on Debian based distros is using the Snap Package Manager. Open the terminal and type the following commands:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
sudo snap install acestreamplayer

Once AceStream player is installed, Horus will automatically start it when required, but you must manually close it when you’re done watching content. To automatically shut down the player, go to Horus > Settings > and enable Stop the AceStream Engine automatically.

Now that we installed the add-on and the client, it’s time to play some AceStream links.

1. Use the add-on’s main menu to Play AceStream ID or Find links. Horus' main menu, the Pay AceStream ID / Torrent URI option is selected

Play AceStream ID / Torrent URI: Use an AceStream link or Torrent magnet link to start playing.
Find Links: You can enter the URL of a web page containing AceStream links and Horus will extract the links for you.

There are many websites that specialize on AceStream links, some of them featuring events calendar and filters to help you find a stream. With a little patience, you can find a working link in a couple of minutes.

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5 thoughts on “Play AceStream on Kodi with Horus [2023]

  • 1 year ago

    Hi. Horus installed but acestream doesn’t start….when I want to execute an acestream link I have timeout error because ace engine not starting….any solution? Thanks

    • 1 year ago

      same problem with me, installed horus and winner 2, but no stream opens, 500 error

    • 2 months ago

      Same Error. Raspberry Pi 5 (Libreelec + Luar+ hours + cristal Azul) . Horus at 1st start intall acestream without promblem (i try to reinstall Acestream from Horus with the same result), but any link with acestream doesn´t works.

  • 1 year ago

    Works great, thank you for taking the time to write this up.

  • 2 years ago

    Horus isn’t on the repo and winner does not install