Specto is a Kodi addon full of features, it can use the Trakt.tv service to keep track of your favorite TV shows and movies. This is specially helpful if you want to keep your data synchronized between devices.

Specto has been abandoned for a long time. We recommend using Incursion. Please read How to use Trakt with Incursion or  How to install Incursion on Kodi for more information. Incursion is a popular fork of Covenant which is based on Exodus.




In this tutorial we are going to take a look at Trakt.tv and how to use it with Specto. If you haven’t installed Specto, read our guide on How to install Specto on Kodi and come back here when you are ready. You’ll also need a Trakt.tv account, go ahead and create one now, it’s free.


Quick Intro to Trakt

Trakt.tv is a free service that let’s you organize your favorite TV shows and movies and keep track of what you’re watching. It integrates with a lot of popular media center software and you can use it from your browser or smart phone. We are going to focus on two specific Trakt features: Collection and Lists.

The Collection: it’s similar to the library on Kodi, here you’ll add your favorite shows and movies.

  1. To view your collection select Collection from the Profile Menu on the top-right corner.
  2. Use the Filter to select Shows or Movies.
  3. You can Sort the results by Title or Date.

Trakt.tv collection sorted by TV show title

Lists: You can create your own custom lists here, Trakt comes with a default Watchlist you can use to add all the shows and movies you’d like to check out.

  1. To view your lists select “Lists” from the Profile Menu.
  2. Add new lists using the “Add Lists” button.

Trakt lists on user profile

To add a show to your collection using Trakt.tv select “TV” from the Top Menu and click on the green book button located under the image of your preferred show.

  1. Use the buttons under each Show to “Mark as watched”, “Add to Collection” or “Add to a List”.
  2. You can search for specific shows or movies using the search box.
  3. Click on Trending or Popular to explore new shows.

Adding tv show to collection using Trakt.tv

Be aware that the Watchlist is meant to be a temporary list, this means that the movies and shows on this list will be automatically removed once they are marked as watched. On the other hand, the Collection and custom lists are persistent.

Try adding a couple of shows to your collection and check out the other features to familiarize yourself with Trakt. Once you are ready let’s switch to Kodi.


Specto and Trakt

Let’s set up Specto to use the Trakt.tv service, open Kodi and navigate to Specto Main Menu.

1. Select Tools on the Specto Main Menu. kodi specto tools on estuary skin
2. Then click on Settings: Accounts.Kodi Specto Account Settings
3. Select Authorization under Trakt.authorize trakt to use specto on kodi
4. Specto will generate an authorization code, write it down.Trakt authorization code for Specto on Kodi
5. Now go to http://trakt.tv/activate/, enter the code, press Continue and confirm to link Specto and Trakt.enter exodus authorization code on trakt website
6.  Back in Kodi press OK to confirm. confirm trakt account on specto kodi


Aside from using the website or a smartphone app , you can interact with Trakt.tv directly from Kodi using Specto.


Accessing Trakt from Specto

You can get access to your Collection, Watchlist and custom lists using the My Specto menu.

7. Go back to the Specto Main Menu and select My Specto. my specto menu item on Kodi
8. Your Trakt Collection and lists are here. Trakt: Progress acts as a bookmark for your shows and Trakt: Episodes will show you the newest episode of each show on your collection or lists.using trakt with specto and kodi


Specto Trakt Manager

Specto lets you manage items from your Trakt Collection or lists using the Trakt Manager context menu.

9. Highlight a TV show or Movie, open the Context Menu and select Trakt Manager (You can open the Context Menu by pressing the C key, right-clicking or long-pressing on an item). Kodi Specto Trakt Manager
10. You can add or remove items from your Collection and Lists using the Trakt Manager. adding item to collection using specto trakt manager


Activate your Trakt account on all your devices with Kodi and Specto to keep them synchronized. Specto will take care of automatically mark your episodes and movies as watched on Trakt.

One last thing, even if Specto integrates flawlessly with the library and has Trakt support, there is no seamless integration between the library and Trakt. Importing your collection will only copy the items to your Library but it wont keep them syncronized. You can use the Official Trakt Addon to close some gaps but keep in mind the following:
Adding items to the library using the Add to Library function won’t add them to your collection unless you have the Official Trakt Addon installed. Deleting items from the library won’t remove them from your collection and you’ll also need to re-import your collection on other devices whenever you make changes to your Collection so they are reflected on the library.


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How to use Trakt with Specto and Kodi
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How do I get Specto to update my Trakt Collection and Watch list? I’ve gone through the Tools and it says it’s set to auto update tv shows and update library after adding content. However, I’ve added a lot to my Trakt Collection since I added Trakt to my Specto accounts and it has yet to update. I’ve scoured the internet for a solution and have yet to find one, I’m about to delete Specto and reinstall because the initial Trakt authorization is the only time it imported my entire updated Trakt lists.


thanks! this is exactly what I was looking for