How to install Venom on Kodi [Jan 2021]

Venom Kodi add-on allows you to stream movies and TV shows. In this step-by-step tutorial with screenshots, we’re going to install Venom on Kodi from its original source. Based on Exodus, Venom has many features like support, library integration, support for premium accounts like Real Debrid, and more.

Important: Free sources support has been removed in Venom 4.2.2 and higher. From now on you’ll need a Debrid account from Real Debrid, Premiumize, or All Debrid to use Venom.

Allowing 3rd party add-ons on Kodi

If this is the first time you install add-ons on Kodi, you’ll have to allow the installation of unofficial add-ons. Skip to the next section if you already enabled unknown sources.

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 System.
Kodi System Options on System Menu

3. Make sure the Add-ons tab is selected and enable Unknown sources and Show notifications.
Enable unknown sources and notifications on Kodi

Enabling Unknown sources will allow the installation of 3rd party add-ons that are not available in the official Kodi repository. Additionally, we recommend enabling Show notifications since most addons use them to display important information.

Adding Venom source to Kodi

Let’s add a link to the official source on 123venom’s Github page, this will allow us to download the repository zip file.

4. Select File Manager on the Settings menu.Kodi File Manager on System menu

5. Press Add source. adding source using file manager on kodi

6. Write on the top box and venom on the bottom one. Press OK to add the source. Venom source on Kodi

Installing Venom repository

The repository is responsible for installing and updating the add-on, let’s use the new source to download the repository.

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

8. Click on Install from zip file. install kodi add-on from zip file

9. Now select venom. venom kodi source on file manager

10. Click on to download and install the repository.

Installing Venom add-on

Now we’ll use the repository to install Venom add-on and its dependencies on Kodi.

11. Select Install from repository. Install add-on from repository on Kodi

12. Click on Venom Repo.Venom repository on Kodi

13. Select Video add-ons category on Venom repo

14. Now select Venom.Venom Kodi add-on on its own repository

15. Press the Install button.install Venom Kodi add-on

16. You’ll see a list of dependencies to be installed along with the add-on. Press OK to continue and wait until the process is finished.list of dependecies for Venom add-on

If the Youtube set-up wizard comes up just press No to continue.

17. Go back to the Home Screen, you’ll see a shortcut to Venom on the Add-ons tab. Click on it to open the add-on. Kodi Venom Add-on

Venom is now installed on Kodi but you still need to authorize your Debrid account so the addon can find sources and stream content.

Authorizing Real Debrid with Venom

Using premium accounts gives you unrestricted access to several file hosters and cached-torrents. It greatly improves the speed, quantity, and quality of available sources.

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

18. Go to Venom’s main menu and select Tools.Tools category on Venom add-on

19. Select My Accounts Settings.using my accounts module on Venom

20. Select the Debrid Accounts tab and click on Authorize under Real-Debrid.authorizing Real Debrid on Venom using My Accounts module

21. Copy the authorization codeReal Debrid authorization code for Venom

22. Use a web browser to visit and enter the authorization code. (You must be logged in to your Real Debrid account). enter real debrid authorization code

23. Set a name for this connection, we’ll write Venom. Press Set that name to continue. authorize Venom with Real Debrid

24. Go back to Kodi. You should now see your user name on the Real Debrid section. Press OK to continue. Real Debrid authorized on Venom

All done! Now you’re ready to stream content on Kodi with Venom. Use Venom’s main menu to search form movies or TV shows.

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.

If you want to use subtitles with Venom please read How to enable automatic subtitles on Kodi.

Venom Kodi add-on FAQ

Do I need a Debrid account to use Venom?

Yes. Venom has dropped support for free sources since the September 2020 update.

Do I need a VPN to use Venom?

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

I get a “No streams available” message on Venom, what should I do?

First, make sure your Debrid account is authorized and it hasn’t expired. Then, try clearing Venom’s cache. Follow these steps:
  1. Select Tools on Venom’s main menu.
  2. Select Cache Options.
  3. Press Clear all caches.
  4. Confirm by pressing Yes.
  5. Restart Kodi.

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.

More info:

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How to install Venom on Kodi [Jan 2021]
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Thanks, everything is working fine. But i hate the thumbnail – icon of this add on. Can you please tell me how to change it?


I’ve just followed all to install, I’ve deleted all caches, I’ve just registered a Debrid account, but I’m getting always the message “permission-denied” and “unknown_resource”


Thanx for fast answering. Well I’ve just seen that I should buy the real debrid service to use it, I was supposed to use it for free. Actually I’m not interested in buying this service.

Philip Lancaster

Same. I tried everything for this “permission-denied” and “unknown_resource” and it’s not working. My account is still on and nothing seems to work. Surely you must have done something that you forgot to annotate.

Also, I would like to input that you commented, “When using cached torrents, your device won’t connect to the p2p network directly,” yet everything that I see for any movie or show literally has nothing but Cached Torrents.

Help? Explain?

Daniel VanderWoude

All of this worked, but when I choose a movie, I just keep getting, “Permission_Denied, Unknown_Ressource”


Same here, have you been able to figure how to make it work?

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