How to install TheMovieDb Helper on Kodi [July 2021]

TMDb Helper is an add-on that provides Kodi with information about movies and TV shows from the TheMovieDb website, organized in many useful lists, with search capability and the ability to create custom lists using filters.

This add-on is a combination of OpenMeta and OpenInfo and it serves many purposes. It offers widgets that can be used with customizable skins to personalize your home screen. TheMovieDb Helper can also interact with other installed add-ons, letting you choose which add-on to use when playing content.

You can think of TheMovieDb Helper as a centralized menu for all your installed add-ons. Instead of browsing many menus on different add-ons, you can use TheMovieDb Helper to find the content first and choose the add-on later. And, if you use customizable skins, you can create your own widgets.

TheMovieDb Helper is compatible with Kodi 19 Matrix and 18 Leia. It supports Trakt.tv accounts and also library integration.

In this guide, we’re going to install TheMovieDb Helper on Kodi using its official source. This add-on is also available inside Kodi’s Repository but we recommend using the official source to get the latest version. Let’s begin!

If this is the first time you install 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.

Adding TMDb Helper source to Kodi

Let’s add a link to TheMovieDb Helper’s official source on Jurialmunkey’s GitHub page, this will allow us to download the repository zip file directly on Kodi.

1. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the 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://jurialmunkey.github.io/repository.jurialmunkey/ on the top box and repository.jurialmunkey on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source. 
adding a link to TMDb Helper source on Kodi

Installing Jurialmunkey repository

Jurialmunkey is the official repository for the TheMovieDb Helper add-on. The repository is responsible for installing TMDb Helper and updating it when new versions become available. We’ll use the newly added source to download and install the repository.

5. Go back to the Settings menu and this time select Add-ons
Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

6. Press 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 repository.jurialmunkey
selecting TMDb Helper's source

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

Install TheMovieDb Helper add-on on Kodi

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

9. Now press Install from repository
Install add-on from repository on Kodi

10. Select jurialmunkey Alpha Repository
opening jurialmunkey repository

11. Select Video add-ons
video add-ons category on jurialmunkey repo

12. Click on TheMovieDb Helper
select TheMovieDb Helper on jurialmunkey repository

13. Press the Install button and wait for the process to finish. 
press the button to install TheMovieDb Helper on Kodi

14. Go back to the Home Screen, you should now see a shortcut to TheMovieDb Helper on the Add-ons tab. 
TheMovieDb Helper Kodi add-on

Now that TheMovieDb Helper is installed on Kodi, we are going to install the players’ package that will allow it to interact with other add-ons. If you’ve already installed your favorite add-ons, you’re almost done! If you haven’t installed them yet, don’t worry, you can install them later.

Adding Players to TheMovieDb Helper

TheMovieDb Helper uses small pieces of code called players to interact with other add-ons. Installing the players’ package will allow you to choose which add-on to use when selecting a movie or TV show on TMDb Helper.

15. Highlight (do not press) TheMovieDb Helper, open the Context Menu, and select Settings
Opening TMDb Helper settings using the Context Menu

(Note: To open the Context Menu you can press the menu key on the remote, C key on keyboard, right-click on the mouse or long-press on touch devices)

16. Select the Players tab from the list on the left and press Update Players from URL
installing TheMovieDb players from URL

17. Enter http://bit.ly/tmdbplayers and press OK
enter the URL to download the players' package

18. Press Yes to download and install the Players. 
confirm to install TheMovieDb Players on Kodi

You’ll be prompted to clear the existing players, press Yes to confirm. If everything went correctly you should see a success message.

If you haven’t installed your favorite add-ons yet, this is a good time to do it. Remember to open each installed add-on at least once to allow them to finish their setup process; otherwise, TMDb Helper might fail to interact with the newly installed add-ons. Please check the list of our favorite add-ons at the end of this article for add-ons suggestions.

Playing content with TheMovieDb Helper

By now, you should have TMDb Helper installed alongside your other Kodi add-ons, it’s time to play some content.

19. Open TMDb Helper and use the menu to select a movie or TV show. 
TheMovieDb Helper Main Menu

Once you made your selection, you’ll see a list of available add-ons.

20. Pick an add-on from the list to start scraping for sources and play the selected video. 
choose one of the installed add-ons to play the video

[Optional] Set up Trakt with TMDb Helper

Trakt.tv is a free service that allows you to create your collection of favorite movies and TV shows online so you can track your watched episodes, it also features custom playlists and personalized suggestions.

Using a Trakt account is a great way to keep all your devices synchronized. TheMovieDb Helper allows you to get access to your Trakt collection and playlists.

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

I. Highlight TheMovieDb Helper, open the Context Menu and select Settings
open TheMovieDb Helper settings using the Context Menu

(Note: To open the Context Menu you can press the menu key on the remote, C key on keyboard, right-click on the mouse or long-press on touch devices)

II. Make sure the Accounts tab is selected and press Authenticate Trakt account… (You can also enable Get watched indicators from Trakt to synchronize your watched status online)
Authenticating Trakt account with TheMovieDb Helper

III. Copy the authentication code
copy the trakt authentication code

IV. Using a web browser go to https://trakt.tv/activate and enter the authentication code. (You must be logged in to Trakt.tv with your account).activate kodi addon on trakt.tv

V. Press Yes to allow TheMovieDb Helper to use your Trakt account.authorize tmdb helper on trakt

VI. Back in Kodi, Open the add-on and select Trakt on TMDb Helper’s main menu.using Trakt with TMDb Helper

VII. Now can access your Trakt Collection, lists, and personalized recommendations.list of trakt options

TheMovieDb Helper Kodi add-on features

  • Support for Kodi 19 Matrix and Kodi 18 Leia
  • Trakt Integration
  • Players to interact with popular streaming add-ons
  • Custom lists creation using filters
  • Widgets for customizable skins
  • Context menu add-on for extra features
  • Library integration
  • Main Menu Structure
    • Movies
    • TV Shows
    • People
    • Search
    • Discover
    • Randomized
    • TheMovieDb
    • Trakt

If you want to use subtitles with your add-ons please read How to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi.

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

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

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How to install TheMovieDb Helper on Kodi [July 2021]
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