Seren is a new addon for Kodi which allows you to stream movies and TV shows, it has been designed to provide a smooth experience when watching content with fast menus and innovative features like continuously playing episodes back-to-back like Netflix does, preemptive scrapping of sources, custom provider modules, cached torrents and more. Seren is still in beta stage so some bugs are expected.
To use all of Seren’s awesome features you’ll need a Trakt.tv account and also a premium account from Real Debrid or Premiumize. In this tutorial we’re going to install Seren on Kodi 18 Leia RC1 from its official source, we’ll also configure Trakt and Real Debrid on Seren.
Please note there’s a bug on Kodi 18 RC3 that doesn’t allow Trakt authentication, at this moment Seren works best with Kodi 18 RC1.
Adding Seren source to Kodi
Let’s add the addon’s source to Kodi so we can download the repository.
Installing Nixgates repository on Kodi
The repository is responsible of installing Seren and updating the add-on when a new version is available.
If this is your first time installing addons on Kodi you’ll need to enable installation of addons from unknown sources. Press the Settings button when the dialog box appears, then enable Show Notifications and Unknown Sources. 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.
Installing Seren add-on
Now let’s use the repository to install the Seren add-on on Kodi.
We installed Seren on Kodi but we still need configure a couple of things. Seren requires a Trakt.tv account and a premium account from Real Debrid or Premiumize to work properly. We also must install providers packs on Seren.
Setting up Trakt with Seren
Seren provides full Trakt integration to give you access to your Collection, lists and bookmarks. It also uses information on Trakt for its Smart Play features allowing it to automatically resume episodes and preemptively scrape sources for the next episode of a show.
Back in Kodi you’ll see a Successfully authenticated with Trakt dialog, press OK to continue. Authorizing Trakt with Seren will enable the My Movies, My Shows and Continue Watching sections on Seren’s main menu.
Setting up Real Debrid with Seren
Debrid services like Real Debrid and Premiumize offer unrestricted access to file hosters and cached torrents, they connect to the p2p network to cache the file on their servers and then let you get the file as a normal download.
In this example we’re going to use Real Debrid, a popular service to get access to cached torrents and various file hosters for a very low price.
Back in Kodi you’ll see a Real Debrid Authentication is completed dialog, press OK to continue.
Install providers for Seren
Seren uses modular providers packs, this allows other developers to write their own providers for Seren. Currently there are 2 providers packs, a4kScrapers and LambdaScrapers.
a4kScrapers is a set of providers for cached torrents and LambdaScrapers is a set of providers for file hosting websites, both require premium accounts and use normal downloads to get the files (no p2p is used on your device). In this guide we’re going to install both provider packs for Seren.
As we mentioned earlier there are currently 2 providers packs for Seren, we’ll have to install one at a time.
Repeat the process to install both a4kScrapers and LambdaScrapers on Seren. In the future we can expect more providers packs that will extend the abilities of Seren to work with foreign sources and even free providers.
Now you’re ready to use Seren. Since Seren is meant to be a click and play experience, its default behavior is to automatically search for sources and play the best one without any interaction from the user.
To see a list of all the available sources and manually select one go to Tools > Open Settings Menu > General tab > change Play Style to Source Select.
If you want to use subtitles with Seren please read How to enable subtitles on Kodi.