Seren is a popular Kodi addon that allows you to stream movies and TV shows in high quality using premium sources.
This add-on provides a smooth experience while watching content, offering a nice user interface and innovative features like continuously playing episodes, preemptive scrapping of sources, cached torrents support, and more.
A Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All Debrid account is required to use Seren. Debrid services allow you to easily stream high-quality video without buffering.
Seren can also integrate with Trakt.tv to keep track of all your favorite shows and display recommendations based on your preferences. Authorizing your Trakt account will enable the add-on’s Smart Play features like continuous playback, Next Up and Still Watching dialogs.
In this guide, we’re going to install Seren on Kodi using its official source. We will also configure the providers, required accounts, and we’ll check out some of Seren’s extra features. Let’s get started!
Table of contents
- 1. Seren Overview
- 2. How to install Seren on Kodi
- 3. Set up Seren with Real Debrid
- 4. Additional Settings
- 5. Seren Settings Summary
- 6. Seren Kodi add-on FAQ
- 7. Alternatives to Seren
1. Seren Overview
|Compatibility||Kodi 19 Matrix & 20 Nexus|
|Features||Movies and TV Shows|
|Premium sources||Real Debrid, Premiumize, All Debrid|
|Source type||Cached Torrents|
|More features||Continuous episodes playback, Integrated subtitles, Pre-emptive scraping, Next episode and Still Watching dialogs, Context menu items, File downloads.|
2. How to install Seren on Kodi
If this is the first time you’re 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.
2.1. Install Nixgates repository
Let’s add a link to the official Seren source on GitHub to download and install the repository zip file directly on Kodi.
1. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the Home Screen.
2. Select File Manager.
3. Press Add Source.
4. Enter https://nixgates.github.io/packages/ on the top box and nixrepo on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source.
Now that we added the link, let’s use it to install the repository.
5. Go back to the Settings menu and select Add-ons.
6. Press Install from zip file.
You’ll see a message about the auto-update feature. Press Yes to proceed.
7. Select nixrepo.
8. Click the file nixgates.repository-x.x.x.zip to download and install the repository.
Wait a couple of seconds while the repository is downloaded and installed. You’ll see a notification when the process finishes.
2.2. Install Seren add-on
Now that the repository is installed, let’s use it to download and install Seren and its dependencies.
9. Select Install from repository.
10. Click on Nixgates Repo to open the repository.
11. Select Video add-ons.
12. Now select Seren.
13. Press the Install button.
14. You’ll see a list of all the dependencies for Seren, click OK to continue, and wait for the process to finish.
15. Go back to the Home Screen, highlight the Add-ons tab and select Seren to open the addon.
Seren is now installed on Kodi, but we still need to set up a couple of things. Next, we’re going to install a providers’ package.
2.3. Install a4kScrapers providers
The providers are used in the scraping process. Without providers, the add-on won’t be able to find sources. Let’s install the a4kScrapers provider package.
16. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu.
17. Press Open Settings Menu.
18. Highlight the Providers tab and press Manage Provider Packages.
19. Now click on Install Package.
20. Select Web Location…
21. Enter https://bit.ly/a4kScrapers and press OK to continue.
22. Press the Install button.
23. The provider package A4kScrapers is now installed. Press Close.
You can press on A4KScrapers to individually enable/disable the providers inside the package.
We’re almost done. Seren requires a Debrid account to play content. Next, we’re going to set up a Real Debrid account.
3. Set up Seren with Real Debrid
Seren requires a premium account from Real Debrid, Premiumize or All Debrid to function properly.
Debrid services offer unrestricted access to file hosters and cached torrents. When using cached torrents, your device will not connect directly to the p2p network, instead, Real Debrid will fetch the file and allow you to get it 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.
1. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu.
2. Press Open Settings Menu.
3. Select the Accounts tab and click on Enable Real Debrid.
4. Scroll down and press Authorize Real Debrid…
5. Copy the authorization code.
6. Using a web browser visit https://real-debrid.com/device and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged into your Real Debrid account)
7. Type Seren and press Set that name.
Once Seren is authorized with Real Debrid you can close the browser and go back to Kodi.
8. Re-open the Settings Menu, select the Scraping tab, and set Preferred Cloud Location to Real Debrid. Press OK to continue.
All Done! You can now stream content with Seren and Kodi.
Seren offers many Smart Play features that are only available when you authorize your Trakt account, keep reading for more information.
If you want to use subtitles with Seren please read How to enable subtitles on Kodi.
4. Additional Settings
Let’s take a look at how to set up some popular Seren features. These steps are optional but can improve your user experience.
4.1. Authorize Trakt with Seren [Recommended]
Trakt.tv is a free service that helps you organize and keep track of your favorite movies and shows. Seren features full integration with Trakt, taking care of scrobbling (check-in your watched videos) and giving you access to your Collection, lists, and bookmarks.
Authorizing your Trakt account with Seren is highly recommended since it’ll enable Smart Play features like continuous episode playback, Next episode / Still Watching dialogs, and preemptive scraping.
It will also enable two new items on the add-on’s main menu: My Movies, and My TV shows. You can use them to manage your Trakt collection, lists, and personalized suggestions.
To link your Trakt account with Seren, visit the Trakt.tv website, log in with your account and follow these steps:
1. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu.
2. Press Open Settings Menu.
3. Select the Accounts tab and click on Authorize Trakt…
4. Copy the authorization code.
5. Using a web browser, visit https://trakt.tv/activate and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged into your Trakt.tv account)
6. Press Yes to link Seren to your Trakt account.
Back in Kodi, you’ll see a Successfully authenticated with Trakt dialog. Press OK to continue, and wait while Seren synchronizes its database with Trakt.
You can access your collection, lists and other Trakt features using the My Movies and My TV shows categories on Seren’s main menu.
4.2. Select sources manually
By default, Seren will automatically choose a source based on the Source & Filter settings. It is possible to override the automatic selection process and have Seren show a list of all available sources to choose one manually.
To set manual selection of sources on Seren, go to Tools on the add-on’s main menu, select Open Settings Menu, and follow these steps.
1. Make sure the Playback tab is selected and change Movie Play Style and Episode Play Style to Source Select. Press OK to save the settings.
2. You will see a selectable list of available sources before playing a movie or episode.
All listed files are already cached on Real Debrid’s cloud. You can press the View Uncached button if there aren’t many cached sources available. Uncached sources will be downloaded to the Debrid cloud before they can be played, the waiting time depends on the number of peers/seeds in the torrent, but it is usually quite fast. You can see the download status on your Real Debrid admin panel.
If you want to go back to automatic source selection, set the Playback Style back to Auto Play, make sure you adjust the settings on Sort & Filter according to your preferences.
5. Seren Settings Summary
The Settings menu is divided into 10 categories: General, Themes, Metadata & Artwork, Accounts, Providers, Scraping, Sort & Filter, Playback, Shortcuts, and Advanced.
To open the Setting menu on Seren, go to the add-on’s main menu, select Tools, and press Open Settings Menu.
Customize Seren’s menus options.
Enable Search History: Activate this option to let Seren remember your searches for movies and shows.
Hide Specials: Disable this option to show specials.
Hide Unaired Items: Hide episodes and movies that haven’t been released yet.
Hide Watched Items: Do not show already watched episodes and movies.
Base List Type for Movie Genres: Most Popular / Trending.
Base List Type for TV Genres: Most Popular / Trending.
Hide Next Item in Widgets: Used in custom skins with widget support.
Flatten Season Episodes: Show all the episodes in a single list instead of ordering by seasons.
Show Remaining Unwatched Season Episodes in Mixed Lists: On / Off.
General Episode Title Display Style: Select a title style.
Mixed Episode Lists Title Display Style: Select a title style for mixed shows lists.
Next Up Sort Style: Sort Trakt’s Next Up list by Release Date or Recently Watched.
Collection Sort Style: Sort collection by Date Collected or Alphabetically.
Paginate Trakt Lists: Break lists into pages (makes navigation faster).
Paginate Trakt Collection: Break collection into pages (makes navigation faster).
List Title Display Style: Set a display type for list’s titles.
Delay Releases Date by a Day: Sources and meta-data for new releases are not instantly available. Delaying releases by a day will give enough time for the data and files to be published.
Page Item Limit: Select How many items to show on a single page.
Disable Notification Sound: Do not play sound on notifications.
Download Location: Folder to store downloaded files.
Seren supports themes for its custom windows. Using themes, you can match Seren’s style with your Kodi skin. There are themes available for Arctic Zephyr 2, AuraMod, and Arctic Horizon.
Current Color: Highlight color.
Select Text Highlight Color: Press to select a highlight color.
Enable Automatic Theme Updates: On / Off.
Active Theme: The current theme.
Install Theme: Press to install a Theme.
Uninstall Theme: Press to uninstall a Theme.
Switch Theme: Press to switch themes.
Check For Updates: Press to update themes.
5.3. Metadata & Artwork
Adjust Metadata and Artwork providers and settings.
The metadata provider supplies the information about movies and TV shows like the title, synopsis, genre, actors, and more.
The Artwork provider supplies background images, banners, and thumbnails shown on screen.
Metadata location: TMDb / TVDB / Trakt. Select a metadata provider.
Show original titles: Show foreign titles in original language.
Limit to One Studio/Network: On/Off.
Use language based release dates for movies: On/Off.
OMDb API Key: You can also use your OMDb account.
Disable Seren fanart fallback on items missing fanart: Off / On.
Preferred Artwork Size: Bigger artwork size can slow down navigation.
Fanart.TV API key: Use your API key to get extra fanart meta-data and better quality images.
Prefer Movie artwork from: Select artwork provider for movies.
Show Advanced Movie Artwork Settings: Adjust artwork settings.
TV Show Artwork
Prefer Movie artwork from: Select artwork provider for shows.
Show Advanced TV Artwork Settings: Adjust artwork settings.
Manage your Trakt and Debrid accounts.
Enable Account Expiry Notifications: Show a notification when your Debrid account expires.
Trakt Username: your Trakt username.
Authorize Trakt: Press to authorize your Trakt.tv account with Seren.
Enable Trakt Scrobbling: Scrobbling is the process of automatically tracking what you’re watching on Trakt. Disable this option if you’re using the official Trakt add-on for scrobbling.
— Start scrobble after seconds: 180 is the default value.
— Minimum scrobble percentage before marked: Movies and episodes will be marked as watched if more than X percent is played.
Revoke Trakt Authentication: Press to disconnect Seren from Trakt.
Enable Premiumize: Off / On.
Authorize Premiumize: Press to authorize Seren with Premiumize.
Premiumize Customer ID: Your customer ID.
Premiumize Status: Your account status.
Enable Torrents: On / Off.
Enable Hosters: Off / On.
Prefer Transcoded File: Off / On.
Store resolved items in cloud: Off / On.
Automatic Cloud Removal: On / Off.
Max Storage Space Used Before Deletion (GB): 750.
Enable Real-Debrid: Off / On.
Real-Debrid Username: Your Real Debrid username.
— Premium Status: Your account status.
Authorize Real-Debrid: Press to authorize Seren with Real Debrid.
Enable Torrents: On / Off.
Enable Hosters: Off / On.
Auto-Delete Torrents: On / Off.
Enable AllDebrid: Off / On.
AllDebrid Username: Your AllDebrid username.
— Premium Status: Your account status.
Authorize AllDebrid: Press to authorize Seren with AllDebrid.
Enable Torrents: On / Off.
Enable Hosters: Off / On.
Auto-Delete Torrents: On / Off.
Install and manage providers used in the scraping process. The providers supply video sources to the add-on.
Enable Automatic Provider Update: On / Off.
Manage Provider Packages
Check For Updates: Press to update providers.
Manage Provider Packages: Press to install provider packages and enable/disable individual providers.
Scraping is the process of searching for sources on the web. Here you can adjust scraping options.
Scraper Display Style: Show progress window while scraping, or choose to scrape in the background.
Cache Torrent Info Locally: Store scraping results on cache for faster subsequent scraping.
Timeout: Number of seconds to wait for responses.
Scrape Premiumize Cloud: Search sources on your Premiumize cloud storage.
Scrape Real-Debrid Cloud: Search sources on your Real-Debrid cloud storage.
Scrape AllDebrid Cloud: Search sources on your AllDebrid cloud Storage.
Auto Caching Assistant
Add un-cached sources to the Debrid cloud automatically: On/Off.
– Assist Mode: Automatic / Manual Selection.
– Preferred Cloud Location: Premiumize / Real-Debrid / AllDebrid.
Enable Preemptive Termination: On / Off. Stops the scraping process as soon as the specified conditions are met. This can decrease the scraping time, but it might also skip some sources.
— Minimum Movie Resolution: 4K / 1080p / 720p / SD.
— Minimum TV Show Resolution: 1080p / 720p / SD / 4K.
— Minimum Sources: 5. Minimum amount of source required to terminate the process.
— Terminate on: Torrents Only, Hosters Only, Torrents/Hosters.
— Wait for cloud files: Off / On.
Terminate if cloud sources are found: On / Off.
Terminate if adaptive sources are found: On / Off.
5.7. Sort & Filter
Use Filters to specify the type of sources that you want to ignore during the scraping process.
Some filters to keep in mind are DV (Dolby-Vision), CAM (low quality sources), HC (Hard coded subtitles), 3D (3D Video), HVEC (H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding). Enable/Disable the filters according to your device’s capabilities.
To sort the scraped sources, you can select up to 8 sorting instructions that will be executed sequentially.
Choose Items to Filter: Press to open the Filter selection screen. Enabled items will be filtered.
Max Resolution: 4K / 1080p / 720p / SD. Set a maximum video resolution.
Min Resolution: SD / 4K / 1080p / 720p. Set minimum video resolution.
Enable File Size Limit: Set different file size restrictions for Movies and Episodes.
— Movie File Size limit (GB): 10.
— Episode File size limit (GB): 10.
— Movie Minimum File Size (GB): 0.0.
— Episode Minimum File Size (GB): 0.0.
Choose Sorting: You can define the source sorting rules. Each level must contain one of the following sorting instructions.
Each level will be executed one after the other and can contain one of the following sorting instructions.
- Resolution: Sort by resolution, prioritizing higher resolution videos. (Can be reversed for lower first)
- Source Type: Prioritize sources by type. (Cloud, Adaptive, Torrents, Hosters)
- Debrid Provider: Prioritize sources by Debrid Provider (Premiumize, Real-Debrid, AllDebrid)
- Size: Sort by file size, prioritizing higher first. (Can be reversed for lower first)
- Low Cam Sort: Push Low-quality Cam sources to the bottom. (Can be reversed to prioritize low-quality sources)
- HEVC: Prioritize High Efficiency Video Coding (H.265)
- DV/HDR: Prioritize Dolby-Vision and/or High Dynamic Range video.
- Audio Channels: Prioritize sources by audio channels.
Prioritize the Last Resolved Show Release Name: Try to select episodes from the same pack or release group when continuously playing TV shows.
Adjust playback settings. Smart Play features like Next Up / Still Watching Dialogs, Preemptive Scraping and continuous episodes playback require a Trakt account to properly work.
Movie Play Style: Choose between auto-playing or manually selecting Movies.
Episode Play Style: Choose between auto-playing or manually selecting Episodes.
Auto Resume Shows from Next Unwatched Episode: Off / On.
Watched Progress Resume Style: Ask / Automatic / Do not resume.
Auto try next link on resolve failure (Source Select): On / Off.
On failure to resolve torrent file: Ask for manual file selection / Skip Sources.
Enable Smart Play: Smart Play allows you to play episodes continually. You must authorize your Trakt account to use this feature.
Pre-emptive Scraping: Start scraping sources for the next episode before the currently playing episode ends.
Smart Play Display Style: Fancy / Background Task.
Enable Playing Next Dialog: Show a dialog with next episode info at the end of the currently playing episode.
— Minimum Seconds Left Before Showing Dialog: 30.
— Default Action if Nothing Selected: Play / Pause.
Enable Still Watching Dialog: Ask for user interaction every certain number of episodes.
— Episodes Between Dialog Prompts: 3.
Utilities for add-on maintenance and test.
Clear Cache: Clearing the cache can fix some common errors.
Clear Local Torrent Cache: Clearing the local torrent cache can fix some scraping errors.
Clear Search History: Delete search history.
Wipe Addon Data: Erase all settings and accounts. Restore the add-on to its original state.
Clear last sync time: Reset last synchronization time.
Force sync with Trakt: Synchronize Seren’s database with Trakt.
Rebuild Database: Clear database and resynchronize.
Test various custom windows. Usually used with Seren’s Themes.
Advanced menu settings, Optional API keys and Performance settings.
Enable Kodi Menu Caching: Cache menus for faster navigation.
Force widget refresh after playback ends: Refresh screen to show updated watched status when video ends, but slows down navigation.
Enable Tools menu item for Window Tests.
Force view types on menus: Change the view style for movies and shows.
Optional API Keys
Using your own API keys can speed up navigation.
TMDb API Keys.
TVDB API Keys.
Trakt Client ID.
Trakt Client Secret.
Local Time Zone: Your time-zone is autodetected.
Threading Scale: Control the number of recurrent threads. More threads can speed up the scraping process, but it can also overload the CPU on slow devices.
Re-Use Language Invoker Status: Disabled/Enabled.
Toggle Re-Use Language Invoker.
6. Seren Kodi add-on FAQ
Yes. Seren requires a premium account from Real-Debrid, Premiumize or All Debrid to stream high-quality cached torrents.
No. When using a Debrid service, your traffic is already encrypted using SSL/TSL with HTTPS.
Yes. Cached torrents files are downloaded by your Debrid service provider using their servers. These files are then stored on their servers so you can access them as a normal download using HTTPS, which is an encrypted protocol. Since you’re using the Debrid’s server as a proxy, your IP address is not exposed to the P2P network.
7. Alternatives to Seren
Looking for more add-ons? These are some of our favorite Kodi add-ons for June 2023.
Please visit our list of the best Kodi add-ons for more information.
|Fen: This add-on is very fast and offers many features. (Premium sources)|
|Umbrella: Great add-on based on Venom. (Premium sources)|
|Seren: Excellent add-on with great user interface and many innovative functions. (Premium sources)|
|Elementum: An exceptional add-on that offers high-quality streams using torrents. (Free sources)|
|Scrubs v2: Great add-on specialized in free sources. (Free sources)|
|The Crew: Great all-in-one add-on with many extra features for kids, sports, live TV, and more. (Free and premium sources)|
75 thoughts on “The Complete Guide to Seren on Kodi ”
Will not take my key code log in failed help.
I have seren running on Kodi 20.1 I have had no problems till I tried this weekend. Now when I select a program to watch it finds the sources then displays them for me to choose , however when it goes to play it just stays on the screen of my selected source, it doesn’t play/download. This is happening no matter which program or source I choose. Any idea of what the problem could be.
I’m watching The Watchful Eye on Seren with Alldebrid and Trakt but when I select a provider’s episode, I instead get The Nanny with Fran Drescher. Is this a problem with Seren’s providers or Trakt? This is the only program that is having a problem .
It’s a provider problem. Source media is probably mislabeled. I recommend trying with a different addon.
I installed Seren on my Nvidia shield with Kodi Nexus 20 installed and after l installed it a pop up showed up and said error loading seven. so l deleted it and installed it a second time same thing. Not sure what’s going on, would you know?
How to view SPECIALS TV episodes in Kodi — numerous Kodi addons list specials as Season O but the episodes are unplayable. Is there a way of viewing this.
My seren will not open. I installed it on another device and it installed perfectly
Is there a way to backup your seren settings? I have to uninstall and reinstall the Kodi app at times and I hate going into all the settings and reset the way I want it to.
I have to do the same shit
My kodi takes a long time to load from one page to another let say I wanna watch a movie and enter the movie page it takes a long time to open anything i press on even just simple stuff like opening the tools tab takes forever, i have cleared my cache. What can be thr problem?
Hi, are you running Kodi on an Xbox by any chance? There is currently a bug that makes navigation very slow on the Xbox platform.
Yes I am running it on a xbox is there anyway to fix the bug?
Your “Setting-Seren” pages are different leading to confusion. Some have a “Playback” button, some have a “Sort & Filter” and other have a “Shortcuts”. None of these are in my version of Seren that I just installed yesterday. Even your screen shots show different menus while being on the ” Setting – Seren” page.
Hi! The buttons on the left of the Settings-Seren screen are scrollable, you should see the other options if you keep pressing the down button after “Scraping”. Are you using a custom skin by any chance? I heard some Kodi skins have problems when scrolling through the settings screens.
Would you say Seren is the best option for older parents? (easy interface etc)
How can you tell if a seren source has english subtitles
What are the half-shaded circles to the side of an episode? There are the usual ticks for ‘watched’ episodes and squares for ‘unwayched’, then there are these circles where half is shaded. I have no idea what they mean!
Hi! The half-circle means it’s unfinished. It happens when you stop playback without reaching the end of the video. To get rid of it, manually mark the video as watched or unwatched.
Great job, thanks.
How I can continue watching movie next day?
Hi! you must authorize Trakt with Seren so it can save your progress. The next time you select the movie, you’ll be prompted to resume watching or start from the beginning.