Plexus allows us to watch live streams on Kodi using AceStream and SopCast, two peer-to-peer protocols similar to BitTorrent but optimized for audio and video streaming. AceStream/SopCast are very popular with sports fans living abroad since it gives them access to matches that are not available with their local providers.
Using P2P protocols like AceStream or SopCast means you’ll be exchanging small pieces of the stream with other users and this will consume both download and upload bandwidth, a fast internet connection is required. Depending on your location you might also need to use a VPN to protect your privacy. We’ll talk more about AceStream/SopCast and how to find streams at the end of this article.
In this guide we are going to install Plexus on Kodi using the TVAddons repository. Let’s begin.
Allowing 3rd party addons
If this is your first time installing addons on Kodi you’ll have to allow the use of unofficial sources. If you already did it please skip to the next section.
Enabling Unknown Sources will allow installation of 3rd party addons that are not available in the official Kodi repository. We also recommend enabling Show notifications since most addons use them to display important information.
Adding Fusion source to Kodi
TVAddons’ server is called Fusion, it contains the files needed to download and install several addons and repositories including Plexus.
Installing TVAddons repository
The repository is responsible of installing Plexus and updating it when a new version is released.
Installing Plexus on Kodi
Now that the repository is in place let’s install Plexus addon on Kodi.
The first time you launch Plexus it’ll run an initial setup script and it’ll try to install the AceStream and SopCast engines. You’ll see a series of messages that will guide you through this process, these messages are a bit different on each OS and require different steps.
If you need to re-run the initial setup process open the Context Menu on Plexus, select Settings and activate Repeat configuration on the next run. (You can open the Context Menu pressing C on the keyboard, right-click on the mouse, long-pressing on touch devices, or the menu key on the remote.)
Android: Setting up AceStream and SopCast for Plexus
When installing Plexus on Android, it’ll automatically install SopCast engine but you’ll have to manually install the AceStream engine as an Android App. Keep in mind that you’ll also have manually launch the AceStream Engine app before launching Kodi when you want to use Plexus. Let’s run Plexus first.
- Open Plexus on Kodi.
- Answer No when you see the message By default SopCast will use the Kodi player. Do you want to use an external application/player?
- You’ll see a SopCast: All done successfully! message. Press OK.
- Now you’ll see the message It is necessary to have AceStream.apk or TSC.apk installed… choose Yes. Plexus will download the AceStream.apk file to your device’s Downloads Folder, wait for the download to finish.
- If you see the message Do you want to download Torrent Stream Controller?… Answer No.
- You’ll see the message AceStream: All done successfully! Press OK.
- Now properly close Kodi. Go to the Home Screen, press the Power Button on the top left corner and select Exit.
- Install AceStream Engine app on Android.
The recommended way is using the AceStream.apk file downloaded on your device’s Downloads folder, use your preferred File Manager app to open the file and install the App. You might have to allow installation of apps from unknown sources on your device, this is usually under Android Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.
We also tried installing AceStream Engine from the Play Store and it worked just fine but we worry it might break if there’s an unexpected update. Either way, you should have AceStream installed on your device now.
- Open the AceStream app and wait for the initial setup to finish, you don’t need to sign in.
- Go back to your device’s Home Screen and leave AceStream Engine running in the background.
- Open Kodi.
- Enjoy Plexus.
Be patient when opening AceStream or SopCast links on slow Android boxes, the initial connection may take about a minute.
If Kodi freezes when using AceStream open AceStream Engine, open the Menu on the top-right corner, select Settings, scroll down and change Selected Player to Kodi.
Windows: Setting up AceStream and SopCast for Plexus
When installing Plexus on Windows, it’ll automatically install the AceStream engine but you’ll have to manually install the SopCast Engine.
- First, you must properly close Kodi. Push the Power Button on the top left corner of the Home Screen and pressing Exit.
- Go to the SopCast website and download SopCast for Windows.
- Install SopCast on Windows.
- Open SopCast.
- Log in as anonymous user.
- Run Kodi as Administrator.
- Open Plexus.
- The initial setup script will run, this will download the AceStream engine and detect the SopCast engine that we installed.
- Enjoy Plexus.
We couldn’t make SopCast work with Plexus on Windows 10 because Plexus couldn’t find sopcast.exe. If you know a workaround please leave us a comment. AceStream is working fine though.
Linux: Setting up AceStream and SopCast for Plexus
We used Ubuntu 18.04 to install Plexus. Just like on Android, Plexus will install the SopCast engine but you have to manually install AceStream. You’ll also have to launch the AceStream Engine before Kodi when you want to use Plexus.
- Open Plexus.
- Answer No when you see the message Are you using OpenELEC x86_64?
- Plexus will download the SopCast Engine, wait for the process to finish and ignore the AceStream message.
- Properly close Kodi. Go to the Home Screen, press the Power Button on the top left corner and select Exit.
- Install AceStream on Ubuntu. Open the terminal and type sudo snap install acestreamplayer. This will install AceStream engine and AceStream player.
- Open AceStream Engine, you’ll see the AceStream icon on the top bar.
- Open Kodi.
- Enjoy Plexus.
Playing AceStream/SopCast on Kodi with Plexus
Both AceStream and Sopcast use a long string of letters and numbers to identify one stream from another, it’s called the Content ID. Sopcast can also accept a special kind of URL to identify its streams. Finding these IDs is actually pretty easy, a simple search for ‘Acestream content id‘ followed by the sport or event name you want to watch will return lots of websites specialized on publishing these IDs, most of them have an event calendar and are neatly organized.
Reddit is also a great place to find these IDs. There are several subreddits specialized on sharing streams, it’s very useful since you’ll usually see other users commenting on these streams and that might help you find the stream you’re looking. Most of these subreddits follow a simple naming convention, the name of the sport/league/event followed by the word streams i.e. soccerstreams, NBAstreams, MMAstreams, NFLstreams, puckstreams.
Once you find the content ID it’s time to play it on Plexus. In this example we’re going to use an AceStream ID.
Give it a couple of seconds, Plexus will call the appropriate engine and it’ll start looking for peers and loading an initial buffer so it can start playing the stream. Entering these long IDs by hand can be a bit frustrating, you can copy & paste them on Windows but that didn’t work for us on Android and Linux. Luckily, there’s an addon that scrapes AceStream links from several subreddits and uses Plexus to play them, please read How to install Sparkle on Kodi for more information.