Shadow Kodi addon

Shadow is a popular Kodi add-on 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 premium account from Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All Debrid 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 Narcacist’s repository

Let’s create a link to Narcacist’s repository, this allows us to download the repository zip file directly on Kodi.

Note: Shadow is also available on the Magnetic 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 on the top box and narcacist on the bottom one.  Press OK to add the source. adding a link to Narcacists source URL

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

You’ll see a message about the auto-update feature. Press Yes to proceed.

7. Select narcacist source

8. Click on to install the repository.installing Narcacist repository on Kodi

Wait a couple of seconds while the repository is being downloaded. You’ll see a notification when the installation process finishes.

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 Narcacist’s Wizard Repository.opening Narcacist's Wizard Repository

11. Click Video add-ons category on Narcacist repository

12. Select Shadow on Narcacist's repo

13. Press the Install 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, or All Debrid.

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, 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 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 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 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 website, log in with your account, and follow these steps.

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

2. Go to the Trakt tab and press ReAuthenticate Trakt.Authenticating Shadow with Trakt

3. Press Yes to continue.confirm Trakt authorization

4. Copy the authorization code.trakt authorization code

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

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

7. Go back to Shadow’s main menu and select Trakt.Shadow's main menu, the Trakt category is selected

8. You can now access your collection, lists, and other Trakt features on Shadow.Trakt categories on Shadow

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  • 2 months ago

    i have all debrid and is connected. followed these instructions and repeated.

    But i get ” no links found” on any tv or movie i select?

    What am i missing?

  • 6 months ago

    HI. I’ve installed a working Shadow Add-on to Kodi 20.1 and it seems to be working well.
    It’s one of the fastest Add-ons I’ve used in a long time.
    There is however, a recurring issue.
    When I put Shadow on a Widget (with Shadow Trakt TV Progress), Kodi constantly brings up a box and refreshes the Progress from Trakt.
    It brings up the box on startup, any time I click on a Category, after I select a program to play, after I start the program playing, and when the program is finished.

    There must be some way I can prevent this. Any ideas?

  • 6 months ago

    I downloaded the Shadow add-on on Kodi. When I click on an episode of a show to watch it says NO LINKS FOUND. What am I doing wrong?

  • 12 months ago

    Followed instructions, nothing in repo. Wish people would get things right before posting on internet….such a waste of time.

    • 12 months ago

      Hi. I’ve just installed Shadow on Kodi 19.4 (Windows 11 and Android 10) and everything seems to be working fine. I’ve heard some people having problems with the magnetic repo freezing after install, restarting Kodi will fix that problem. Shadow is also available on Narcacist’s repo if Magnetic is not working for you. If the repository is empty, you’re probably using an older or (even worse) an unreleased version of Kodi. Stick to the release version to avoid headaches.