Shadow Kodi addon

Shadow is a popular Kodi addon that allows you to stream movies and TV shows using premium sources. Shadow has been around for a while now and is in fact the foundation for many other popular add-ons.

This add-on has many features like support for Trakt, next Up dialog, customizable menus, integrated subtitles, and more. A Real Debrid, Premiumize, All Debrid, EasyNews, or Furk account is required to use Shadow.

In this guide, we’re going to install Shadow on Kodi. Let’s begin!

1. How to install Shadow 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.

1.1 Install Magnetic repository

Let’s create a link to the magnetic repository, this will allow us to download the repository zip file directly on Kodi.

Note: Shadow is also available on the Narcacist repo [http://www.narcacist.com/repo].

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 https://magnetic.website/repo on the top box and magnetic repo on the bottom one.  Press OK to add the source. adding a link to Magnetic source URL on Kodi

Now that we added the link, let’s use it to install the repository.

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

On Kodi 19, you’ll see a message about the auto-update feature. Press Yes to proceed.

7. Select magnetic repo.selecting Magnetic source

8. Click on repository.Magnetic-x.x.x.zip to install the repository.installing repository Magnetic on kodi

1.2. Install Shadow Kodi add-on

Now that the repository is installed, let’s use it to download and install the Shadow add-on.

9. Press Install from repository.Install add-on from repository on Kodi

10. Click Magnetic repo.opening Magnetic repository

11. Press Video add-ons.video add-ons category on Magnetic repository

12. Select Shadow.select Shadow on Magnetic repository

13. Press the Install button.press the button to install shadow

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

14. Go back to the Home Screen, you should now see a shortcut to Shadow on the Add-ons tab. Press it to open the add-on.Shadow Kodi addon

We installed Shadow on Kodi but we still need to authorize a premium account in order to get sources. You can use your Real Debrid, Premiumize, All Debrid, EasyNews, or Fury account.

2. Using Real Debrid with Shadow

Shadow requires a premium account from Real Debrid, Premiumize, All Debrid, EasyNews, or Furk to function properly.

File hosting sites often limit file availability and bandwidth for free users. Using premium accounts gives you unrestricted access to several file hosters and cached torrents, it can greatly improve the quality and quantity of available sources.

In this example, we’ll use Real Debrid. A popular service to get unrestricted access to various file hosters and cached torrents for a very low price.

Before starting, we recommend logging into your Real Debrid account using a web browser.

1. Open Shadow and select Settings.Shadow's main menu, the Settings option is selected

2. On the Debrid tab,  make sure Choose debrid service is set to Real-Debrid and press Re-auth Real-Debrid.authorizing Real Debrid

3. Copy the authorization code.copy the authorization code for Real Debrid

4. Use a web browser to visit https://real-debrid.com/device/ and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged in with your Real Debrid account).enter real debrid authorization code

5. Set the name for the connection, write Shadow and press Set that name.linking Shadow and Real Debrid

All done! You’re now ready to use Shadow. Navigate the main menu to select a movie or TV show.

Once you made your choice, Shadow will show you a list of available sources, pick one to start playing.

6. You’ll see a selectable list of available sources before playing a movie or episode.select a streaming source

When using cached torrents, your device won’t connect to the p2p network directly, instead, Real Debrid will fetch the files on their servers and it’ll let you get them as a normal download encrypted by HTTPS.

Shadow has an automatic subtitles feature but if you need more control over the subtitles selection process please read How to enable subtitles on Kodi.

3. Using Trakt with Shadow

Trakt.tv is a free service that helps you organize and keep track of your favorite movies and shows. Using a Trakt account is optional but it is very helpful if you want to sync your watched status across devices.

Shadow can integrate with your Trakt account giving you access to your Collection, lists, and bookmarks.

To use Trakt with Shadow, visit the Trakt.tv website, log in with your account, and follow these steps.

1. Open Shadow and select Trakt.Shadow's main menu, the Trakt category is selected

2. Press any item on the menu. We’ll select Progress.Trakt categories on Shadow

3. You’ll be prompted to authenticate with Trakt, press Yes to continue.confirm Trakt authorization

4. Copy the authorization code.trakt authorization code

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

6. Press Yes to link Shadow to your Trakt account. allow Shadow to use your Trakt account

You can now use your Trakt account with Shadow. Go to Trakt on the add-on’s main menu to access your collections, lists, recommendations, and other Trakt features.

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