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Seren is a popular Kodi addon that allows you to stream movies and TV shows in high quality using premium sources. Seren is compatible with Kodi 19 Matrix and Kodi 18 Leia.

This add-on provides a smooth experience while watching content, offering a nice user interface and innovative features like continuously playing episodes as Netflix does, preemptive scrapping of sources, cached torrents support, and more.

An account from Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All Debrid is required to use Seren. Debrid services allow you to easily stream HD content without buffering.

Seren can also integrate with Trakt.tv to keep track of your favorite shows and display recommendations based on your preferences. Authorizing your Trakt account will enable the add-on’s Smart Play features.

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!

1. Seren Overview

TypeVideo add-on
FeaturesMovies and TV Shows
Free sourcesNo
Premium sourcesReal Debrid, Premiumize, All Debrid
Source typeCached Torrents
CompatibilityKodi 19 Matrix & Kodi 18 Leia
Trakt.tv supportYes
Library integrationNo
More featuresContinuous episodes playback, Integrated subtitles, Pre-emptive scraping, Next episode and Still Watching dialogs, Context menu items, File downloads.

Seren sample screenshots:

install seren kodi addon
Kodi Seren add-on
opening Seren tools on Kodi
selecting a file to play with Seren

2. Install Seren on Kodi

If this is your first time installing add-ons on Kodi, you will need 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. Adding Seren source

Let’s add a link to the official source for Seren on Nixgates’ Github page so we can download and install the repository zip file directly on Kodi.

1. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the Home Screen to open the Settings menu. 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 https://nixgates.github.io/packages/ on the top box and nixrepo on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source. Seren source on Kodi 18 Leia

2.2. Installing Nixgates repository

Nixgates repo is the official repository for Seren add-on. The repository is responsible for installing Seren and updating it when new versions are available. We’ll use the newly added source to download and install the repository.

5. Go back to the Settings menu and select Add-onsKodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

6. Press 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 proceed.

7. Select nixrepo.adding nixgates seren source to kodi

8. Click the file nixgates.repository.zip to download and install the repository. install seren repository on kodi

2.3. Installing 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 repositoryInstall add-on from repository on Kodi

10. Click on Nixgates Repo to open the repository. Nixgates Kodi repository

11. Select Video add-onsvideo add-ons category on Nixgates repo

12. Now select SerenSeren Kodi add-on on Nixgates repository

13. Press the Install button. install seren kodi addon

14. You’ll see a list of all the dependencies for Seren, click OK to continue, and wait a couple of seconds for the process to finish. list of dependencies for Seren add-on for Kodi 18 Leia

15. Go back to the Home Screen, highlight the Add-ons tab and select Seren to open the addon. Kodi Seren add-on

We have installed Seren on Kodi but we still need to set up a couple of things. Seren requires a premium Debrid account to work properly. We must also install a providers pack so Seren can find sources.

2.4. Setting up Real Debrid with Seren

Debrid services like Real Debrid and Premiumize 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 for you 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.

16. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu. opening Seren tools on Kodi

17. Press Open Settings Menuopen setting menu on Seren Kodi add-on

18. Select the Accounts tab and click on Enable Real Debridenable Real Debrid on Seren Kodi addon

19. Scroll down and press Authorize Real Debrid… authorize Real Debrid on Seren Kodi add-on

20. Copy the authorization codeReal Debrid authorization code for Seren Kodi addon

21. Using a web browser visit https://real-debrid.com/device and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged into your Real Debrid account) enter real debrid authorization code

22. Type Seren and press Set that name. use Seren with Real Debrid

Once Seren is authorized with Real Debrid you can close the browser and go back to Kodi.

23. Re-open the Settings Menu, select the Scraping tab, and set Preferred Cloud Location to Real Debrid. Press OK to continue. set auto caching assistant to real debrid on Seren

We are almost done. Next, we will install the provider package.

2.5. Installing providers

The providers are used in the scraping process to find sources. Let’s install the a4kScrapers provider pack.

24. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu. opening Seren tools on Kodi

25. Press Open Settings Menuopen setting menu on Seren Kodi add-on

26. Highlight the Providers tab and press Manage Provider Packages. Manage provider packages on Seren

27. Now click on Install Provider Package.install Seren providers package

28. Select Web Location… install providers for Seren Kodi addon

29. Type https://bit.ly/a4kScrapers to install a4kScrapers. Press OK to continue. source for a4kScrapers for Seren Kodi addon

30. Press the Install button to download and install the provider pack. installing a4kscrapers on Seren

31. Press Close to finish.  Also, you can modify the installed providers by pressing on A4KScrapers. a4kscrapers on Seren

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.

3. 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.

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 items) 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 more.

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:

I. Select Tools on Seren’s main menu. opening Seren tools on Kodi

II. Press Open Settings Menuopen setting menu on Seren Kodi add-on

III. Select the Accounts tab and click on Authorize Trakt… use Trakt with Seren on Kodi

IV. Copy the authorization codeTrakt authorization code for Seren Kodi add-on

V. Using a web browser visit https://trakt.tv/activate and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged into your Trakt.tv account) activate kodi addon on trakt.tv

VI. Press Yes to link Seren to your Trakt account. authorize seren with trakt

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.

3.2. Select sources manually

It is possible to override the automatic selection of sources 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 add-on’s main menu, select Open Settings Menu, and follow these steps.

I. 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. change Play style to source select to override autoplay on Seren Kodi add-on

II. You will see a selectable list of available sources before playing a movie or episode.Selecting a file on Seren

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.

4. Seren Settings Summary

The Settings menu is divided into 10 categories: Interface, Artwork, Scraping, Download, Playback, Accounts, Providers, Sort & Filter, API Keys, and Shortcuts.

To open the Setting menu on Seren, go to the add-on’s main menu, select Tools, and press Open Settings Menu.

4.1 Interface

Seren offers many Interface customization options. It also supports themes that can be paired with some popular Kodi skins.

Seren General Settings

General
Time Zone 
Enable Search History (1](Off)
Flatten Season Episodes [2](Off)
Hide Specials (Off)
Hide Un-Aired Items(On)
Hide watched items(Off)
Delay Release Dates by a Day [3](Off)
Next Up Sort Style [4]Release Date, Recently Watched
Select Text Highlight Color… 
Current Color(None)
Force view types in menus(Off)
Paginate Trakt Lists [5](On)
Paginate Trakt Collection [5](On)
Collection Sort StyleDate Collected, Alphabetically
Base List Type for GeneresTrending, Most Popular
Auto download subtitles if available [6](On)
Hide next item in widgets(Off)
Themes [7]
Enable Automatic Theme Updates(On)
Active theme(Seren Fox)
Install theme 
Uninstall theme 
Switch theme 
Check for Updates 
Advanced
Disable Seren fanart fallback on items missing fanart(Off)
Enable Kodi Menu Caching [8](On)
Mixed Episode Lists Title Display StyleShowTitle:01×01.EpisodeTitle, EpisodeTitle, 01×01.EpisodeTitle, ShowTitle:EpisodeTitle
General Episode Title Display StyleShowTitle:01×01.EpisodeTitle, EpisodeTitle, 01×01.EpisodeTitle, ShowTitle:EpisodeTitle
Disable Notification Sound(Off)
Show remaining unwatched season episodes in mixed lists(Off)
Page Item Limit20
Metadata location [9]TMDb, TVDB, Trakt
Show original titles(Off)
Force widget refresh after playback ends(Off)

[1] Enable Search History: Activate this option to let Seren remember your searches for movies and shows.
[2] Flatten Season Episodes: will show a list with all the episodes available instead of ordering episodes by Season.
[3] 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.
[4] Next Up Sort Style: Select a sorting method for Next Up. You need a Trakt account to use this feature.
[5] Paginate Trakt Lists/Collection: Break Trakt Lists and Collection items into pages. This makes navigation faster.
[6] Auto download subtitles if available: Turn off these options to disable subtitles.
[7] Themes: 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.
[8] Enable Kodi Menu Caching: Increases menu navigation speed by caching meta-data for menu and avoiding extra requests.
[9] Metadata location: Select meta-data service.

4.2. Artwork

Adjust background images source and other meta-data settings.

Seren Artwork Settings

Fanart.TV
Fanart.TV API key [1] 
Preferred artwork sizeMedium, Small, Largest Available
Movie Artwork
Prefer Movie artwork formTMDb, Fanart.TV
Show Advanced Movie Artwork Settings(Off)
TV show Artwork
Prefer TV Show artwork fromTMDb, TVDB, Fanart.TV
Show Advanced TV Artwork Settings(Off)

[1] Fanart.TV API key: Use your API key to get extra fanart meta-data and better quality images.

4.3 Scraping

Scraping is the process of searching for sources on the web. Here you can adjust scraping options. To manage the providers, use the Providers tab.

Seren Scraper Settings

General
Scraper Display Style [1]Fancy, Background Task
Cache Torrent Info Locally [2](On)
Threading Scale [3]Normal, High, Extreme, Low
Timeout [4]60
Auto Caching Assistant [5]
Auto Add Un-Cached Sources to Debrid(On)
– Assist ModeAutomatic, Manual Selection
– Preferred Cloud LocationPremiumize, Real-Debrid, AllDebrid
Preemptive Termination [6]
Enable Preemptive Termination(On)
– Minimum Movie Resolution4K, 1080p, 720p, SD
– Minimum TV Show Resolution1080p, 720p, SD, 4K
– Minimum Sources5
– Terminate on…Torrents Only, Hosters Only, Torrents/Hosters
Terminate if cloud sources are found(On)
Terminate if adaptive sources are found(On)

[1] Scraper Display Style: Show progress window while scraping or scrape in the background.
[2] Cache Torrent Info Locally: Store scraping results on cache for faster subsequent scraping.
[3] Threading Scale: Control the number of concurrent requests. More threads can make scraping faster but they can also overload the CPU on slow devices.
[4] Timeout: Number of seconds to wait for responses.
[5] Auto Caching Assistant: Add un-cached sources to the Debrid cloud automatically.
[6] Preemptive Termination: Stop the scraping process as soon as the specified number of sources are found. This can decrease the scraping time.

4.4. Download

Set up a folder to enable the file download feature.

Seren Downloads Settings

Select Download Location [1] 
Folder(path to selected folder)

[1] Select Download Location: press to select a folder for downloaded files.

4.5. Playback

Adjust Seren Playback options. Smart Play options like Next Up / Still Watching Dialogs, Pre-emptive Scraping, Auto Playlist Creation, and more.

Seren Playback Settings

General
Movie Play Style [1]Auto Play, Source Select
Episode Play Style [1]Auto Play, Source Select
Auto try next link on resolve failure (Source Select)(On)
On failure to resolve torrent fileAsk for manual file selection, Skip Source
Resume StyleAsk, Automatic, Do not resume
Smart Play Display StyleFancy, Background Task
Auto Playlist Creation [2](On)
Force Auto Episode Resume(Off)
Pre-emptive Scraping [3](On)
Smart Play Popup
Enable Playing Next Dialog [4](On)
– Minimum Seconds Left Before Showing Dialog30
– Default Action if Nothing SelectedPlay,  Pause
Still Watching Dialog
Enable Still Watching Dialog [5](Off)
– Episodes Between Dialog Prompts3

[1] Movie/Episode Play Style: Choose between auto-playing or manually selecting sources.
[2] Auto Playlist Creation: In order to play episodes continually, Seren uses data from Trakt to create temporary Playlists.
[3] Pre-emptive Scraping: start scraping sources for the next episode before the currently playing episode ends.
[4] Enable Playing Next Dialog: show a dialog with next episode info at the end of the currently playing episode.
[5] Enable Still Watching Dialog: Prompts for user interaction every X episodes.

4.6. Accounts

Manage your Trakt and Debrid accounts.

Seren Settings Accounts

General
Enable Account Expiry Notification(On)
Trakt
Trakt Username 
Authorize Trakt… [1] 
Enable Trakt Scrobbling [2](On)
– Start scrobble after seconds180
– Minimum scrobble percentage before marked… [3]80
Revoke Trakt Authentication… 
Premiumize
Enable Premiumize(Off)
Authorize Premiumize… [4] 
– Premiumize Customer ID 
– Premiumize Status 
– Premiumize Priority10
– Enable Torrents(On)
– Enable Hosters(On)
– Prefer Transcoded File(Off)
– Store resolved items in cloud(Off)
– Max Storage Space Used Before Deletion (GB)750
– Inspect Cloud Files on Scrape(On)
Real-Debrid
Enable Real-Debrid(Off)
Real-Debrid Username 
– Premium Status 
Authorize Real-Debrid… [5] 
– Real Debrid Priority10
– Enable Torrents(On)
– Enable Hosters(On)
– Auto-Delete Torrents(On)
– Inspect Cloud Files on Scrape(On)
AllDebrid
Enable AllDebrid(Off)
AllDebrid Username 
– Premium Status 
Authorize AllDebrid… [6] 
– AllDebrid Priority10
– Enable Torrents(On)
-Enable Hosters(On)
– Auto-Delete Torrents(On)
– Inspect Cloud Files on Scrape(On)

[1] Authorize Trakt: Press to authorize your Trakt.tv account with Seren.
[2] 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 scribbling.
[3] Minimum scrobble percentage before marked: Movies and episodes will be marked as viewed if more than X percent is played.
[4] Authorize Premiumize: Press to authorize your Premiumize account with Seren.
[5] Authorize Real-Debrid: Press to authorize your Real Debrid account with Seren.
[6] Authorize AllDebrid: Press to authorize your AllDebrid account with Seren.

4.7. Providers

Install and manage providers used in the scraping process.

Seren Providers Settings

General
Enable Automatic Provider Update(On)
Manage Provider Packages
Check For Updates 
Manage Provider Packages [1] 

[1] Manage Provider Packages: Press to install and manage providers.

4.8. Sort & Filter

Adjust filters and options for scraping sources.

Seren Sort & Filter Settings

Source Filters
Max Resolution [1]4k, 1080p, 720p, SD
Enable File Size Limit [2](On)
– Movie File Size limit (GB)10
– Episode File size limit (GB)10
– Movie Minimum File Size (GB)0
– Episode Minimum File SIze (GB)0
Hide 3D Items(On)
Hide HEVC Items [3](Off)
Hide Common Undesirable Items(Off)
Hide HDR Items [4](Off)
Source Sorting
Source Grouping StyleTorrents, Hosters, Resolution, No Grouping
Enable Secondary Filesize Sort [5](On)
– Reverse Size Sort (Low to High)(Off)
Enable Tertiary HEVC Sort Preference [6](Off)
Enable Quaternary Low Quality Sort Preference (7)(Off)

[1] Max Resolution: Set a max resolution for scraped sources.
[2] Enable File Size Limit: Set different file size limits for Movies and Episodes.
[3] Hide HEVC Items: Use this option on old devices unable to decode x265 video.
[4] Hide HDR items: Removes High Dynamic Range videos.
[5] Enable Secondary Filesize Sort: Sort sources by size.
[6] Enable Tertiary HEVC Sort Preference: Show HEVC videos first.
[7] Enable Quaternary Low Quality Sort Preference: Show lower quality videos first.

4.9. API Keys

Use your API Keys with Seren. Using your own API Keys may make meta-data requests faster.

Seren API Keys Settings

API Keys
Show Advanced Settings…(Off)
– TMDb API Key 
– Trakt Client ID 
– Trakt Client Secret 
– TVDB API Key 
– IMDb API Key  

4.10. Shortcuts

Utilities for add-on maintenance and test.

Seren Shortcut Settings

Clear Cache
Clear Cache [1] 
Clear Local Torrent Cache 
Clear Search History 
Wipe Addon Data [2] 
TraktSync Tools [3]
Clear last sync time 
Force sync with Trakt 
Rebuild Database 
Language Invoker Options
Re-Use Language Invoker StatusEnabled
Toggle Re-Use Language Invoker 
Window Tests [4]
Test Playing Next 
Test Still Watching 
Test Resolver Window 
Test Source Select 
Test Manual Cache 

[1] Clear Cache: Deleting the cache can fix some common errors, if you encounter an error try using this option.
[2] Wipe Addon Data: Erase all accounts and settings. Restore the add-on to the original state.
[3] TraktSync Tools: Use these options to fix Trakt synchronization issues.
[4] Window Tests: Test custom Seren windows.

5. Seren Kodi add-on FAQ

Do I need a Debrid account to use Seren?

Yes. Seren requires a Debrid account to stream high-quality cached torrents.

Do I need a VPN to use Seren?

No. When using a Debrid account your traffic is already encrypted using HTTPS.

Is it safe to use cached torrents?

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.

6. Alternatives to Seren

Looking for more add-ons? These are some of our favorite Kodi add-ons for November 2021.

Please visit our list of the best Kodi add-ons for more information.

The Crew Kodi Add-onThe Crew: Free and premium sources. Very popular add-on with many extra features like live sports and more. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
The Oath: Free and premium sources. Great add-on based on Exodus. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Seren Kodi Add-on featured imageSeren: Premium sources. Excellent add-on with great user interface and many innovative features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Venom: Premium sources. Very popular add-on with great features. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
Elementum Kodi Addon featured imageElementum: P2P sources. An excellent add-on that offers high-quality streams using torrents. (Kodi 19 Matrix & 18 Leia)
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  • 1 month ago

    Hi thanks for your in depth “howto”
    Is this relevant for Kodi 19.2 as i keep getting errors

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    • 1 month ago

      Hi, Seren works on Kodi 19.2. What kind of error are you getting?
      A lot of people are having Trakt sync problems lately. In that case, try revoking your current Trakt authorization and creating a new one.
      Open Seren and go to Tools > Open Settings menu > Accounts > Revoke Trakt Authentication…
      Restart Kodi and re-authorize your Trakt account. Seren will sync its DB with Trakt, wait for the process to complete.

      Reply
  • 2 months ago

    Hi! I want to know why from all my 600 collection movies only 80 appear?

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  • 3 months ago

    I’ve had Seren for years on multiple devices that all have the same settings. The Seren in my bedroom stopped updating my favorite series. I’ve manually updated Seren and the scraper and this doesn’t seem to fix the issue. Any idea? Thanks.

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    • 3 months ago

      Found the fix lol. Go to the season that’s causing this issue and hit the options button. Select: Trakt Manager –> Refresh Item Metadata.

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      • 2 months ago

        Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  • 3 months ago

    Counter running in top left hand corner but no picture?

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  • 3 months ago

    Hello. On step 22 which instructs me to “set Seren as name”, I am actually taken to a login page where I need to enter a Real-Debrid username and password. I’m not taken to a page where I can set Seren as a name. Please advise. Thanks so much.

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    • 3 months ago

      Hi. Seren requires a premium Debrid account in order to work. If you already have an account, log into Real Debrid first and then visit https://real-debrid.com/device to enter the authorization code.
      If the authorization code expires, press Authorize Real Debrid on Kodi again (step 19) to generate a new code.

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  • 5 months ago

    Seren is logging out of Real Debrid account after each movie playback or few hours . How can I fix this? Kinda annoying to have to authorize device on my real debrid account before using seren each time.

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    • 5 months ago

      Hi! this is an issue for many users right now and it will be fixed in the next version (2.1.2).
      To fix it now, you’ll have to wipe all your Seren settings and re-configure the addon afterwards. Open Seren > select Tools > Wipe addon Data. Now restart Kodi and set up Seren again (authorize Real Debrid, install providers and all the other stuff)

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  • 5 months ago

    Why is seren constantly saying that the real debrid account has expired, and it was just set up for a six months package so there’s no way that it’s expired 2-3 hour later?

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    • 5 months ago

      Hi! The current version of Seren has a bug causing problems with Real Debrid, the developer is working on a fix and hopefully it’ll be fixed soon. In the meantime please try some of our recommended add-ons, having a backup add-on is always a good idea.

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