June was a rough month for Kodi fans because many popular addons and repositories vanished overnight.  Powerful corporations have started taking action against 3rd party addons, which is why some media outlets have been predicting the end of Kodi.

However, there’s really no reason for alarm.  The nature of Kodi’s 3rd party software makes it very difficult to stop individual developers from creating addons as they please. Additionally, the developers that have decided to stick with Kodi have been putting out new addons and builds to replace the ones that were lost in the latest Kodi crackdown.

The four great Kodi builds listed below are proof that Kodi is still very much alive and kicking.

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What happened to Kodi in June?

In April, the EU decided that streaming copyright protected content is just as illegal as downloading it.  At first, the ruling received only mild reactions from the Kodi addon community.  But then several weeks later, UK based Kodi programming group Top Tutorials decided to close their repositories and stop making builds.

Then in June of this year, the big Dish Network lawsuit hit.  After the massive 3rd party Kodi addon site TVAddons was deleted from the internet, it took down a slew of popular addons with it.  As a result, tools like TVAddon’s Indigo addon installer no longer works.

In addition to Top Tutorials, several other major programming groups have stopped making software.  The makers of Zem TV are in legal trouble and the creator of Phoenix has quit. Additionally, Exodus no longer has an official home.  What’s more, Kodi software makers Echo Coding and XunityTalk have deleted their social media accounts and websites.  As a result, lots of great 3rd party software has been discontinued.

Builds have gotten better

Even though some addons have been lost, builds have been improving.  For example, recent updates to CellarDoorTV have it looking even better and running even smoother than ever before.  Additionally, the Wookie team has a brand new website and a new video addon for the Wookie build called Wookie Flix.

Newcomers are filling the void

Clever build makers have acted quickly using mirror repositories to restore access to Exodus, the most popular video addon.  In fact, the majority of this month’s builds have it.

Yet another reason to be optimistic about Kodi is that the video addon Specto has remained online.  Additionally, several new addons have cropped up in recent days.  Former fans of discontinued addons like Phoenix and Zem TV are turning to newcomers Bubbles and Duckpool for movie and TV streams.

The Top 4 Builds for July 2017

As mentioned above, many popular coding groups that make Kodi builds have shut down.  However, the ones that have remained have been pushing out great stuff.  Here are 4 great builds that are still in excellent shape.

Build #1: CellarDoorTV

CellarDoorTV’s interface is getting so slick that it’s kind of hard to believe that it’s totally free and open source.  A crew of programmers created it in their spare time, just for fun.

The latest CellarDoor update features cool looking window animations.  Now when you click a movie or TV show, the movie database info comes bouncing onto the screen.  The overall effect is similar to what Ubuntu Linux looks like when you turn all of the animations on.

Additionally, CellarDoorTV comes equipped with an array of awesome video addons.  Here are just a few of the best ones: Coldkeys, UKTurks, Exodus, Specto, Release Hub, White Devil, Vortex, Elysium, Quantum, Stream Army, Skynet, Pyramid, Kratos, Streamhub, Metalliq, Bob, Fine and Dandy and Wolfpack.

CellarDoorTV’s movies and TV shows menu pages are decked out with themed wallpapers and widgets that allow you to sift through and select various titles with ease.

PS Vue support

Even though CellarDoorTV is easy enough for a Kodi newcomer to figure out in 5 minutes, it’s also equipped with features that cater to power users.  The latest version has support for PS Vue and Android.

The Wolfpack video addon

Wolfpack is an addon that has picked up steam in recent weeks.  Wolfpack is like video addons Specto and Exodus, only better.  In addition to on-demand TV and movie content, you can also find working links to live TV channels via this versatile addon.

The Wolfpack addon logo, included with CellarDoor TV

All the best sports addons

Whoever complied CellarDoor TV knows what they’re doing when it comes to sports.  Pro Sport is probably the best sports addon of the bunch because you can use it to find feeds of live games on Reddit.

CellarDoorTV Installation instructions

CellarDoorTV is available via the Ares Wizard installer.  Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to install Ares Wizard and get CellarDoor TV.

1.  Download the Ares Project repository file

Go to http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/ and download repository.aresproject.zip to your hard drive.

2.  Install the repository file

From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen.  Then, click the box icon.

The box icon is the leftmost icon.

Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu.  Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved repository.aresproject.zip and click open.

3.  Install Ares Wizard

Now that you have the repository installed, click the box icon again.  This time, click install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard → install.

4.  Install CellarDoorTV

Open up Ares Wizard, then go to the browse builds tab.  Click cellardoortv, then click the link to get your PIN code.  Finally, enter in your PIN, choose infusion – krypton and click install.

Build #2: The Ares Build

Though not quite as slick looking as CellarDoor TV, the official Ares Build brings some unique features to the table.

Official Ares addons

The Ares Project community’s official addons are featured on a separate menu page called “Ares Project.”

Instant search

The Ares Build’s movies and TV pages feature a convenient button that allows you to simultaneously search through a variety of different movie and TV addons.  Or, if you prefer one addon in particular you can get to it by clicking its icon.

Handy sports widgets

The Ares Build’s sports page gives you an easy way to jump into SportsDevilPro Sport and other sports addons.

Lock down inappropriate addons

The PinSentry and Suitability addons allow you to filter out content or password protect mature content areas.

Exodus

Ares Build features a working version of the popular video addon Exodus.  The official version of Exodus went offline when TVAddons was shut down a few weeks ago.

The Ares Build Installation instructions

Ares Build is available via the Ares Wizard installer.  Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to install Ares Wizard and get Ares Build.

1.  Download the Ares Project repository file

Go to http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/ and download repository.aresproject.zip to your hard drive.

2.  Install the repository file

From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen.  Then, click the box icon.

The box icon is the leftmost icon.

Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu.  Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved repository.aresproject.zip and click open.

3.  Install Ares Wizard

Now that you have the repository installed, click the box icon again.  This time, click install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard → install.

4.  Install Ares Build

Open up Ares Wizard, then go to the browse builds tab.  Click ares builds, then click the link to get your PIN code.  Finally, enter in your PIN, choose the ares build – krypton and click install.

Build #3: Wookie

The last Wookie build update came out in the beginning of June, before the Dish Network lawsuit hit.  So as a result, Wookie isn’t as up-to-date as CellarDoorTV and The Ares Build. However, it still works quite well.   An update to fix the broken links caused by the demise of TVAddons is likely on the way.

Website update

The Wookie community has finally updated their website with new images and instructions. Now it’s a lot more user friendly.

Wookie Flix

Wookie Flix is team Wookie’s new video addon.  Its main menu contains folders for movie genres like thriller, comedy, horror and mystery.

Robust section for kids

The Wookie build’s kids section has a lot to offer.  However, some of its buttons lead to addons that are no longer relevant.  For example, there’s a button for Phoenix kids that leads to a blank screen.

Wookie needs an update

Most of the Wookie build works just fine, however you will probably run into a dead link or two while using it.

The latest Wookie update came out before the so-called “Kodipocalypse” occurred
You may have trouble downloading addons via Wookie because its repository links are not current
One242415 was a section of the now defunct addon Pheonix

Wookie Build installation instructions

The Wookie Build is available via the Wookie Wizard installer.  Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to install Wookie Wizard and get the Wookie Build.

1.  Download the Wookie Wizard

Go to http://wookiespmc.com/down/ and download wookie.zip to your hard drive.

2.  Install the Wookie Wizard

From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen.  Then, click the box icon.

The box icon is the leftmost icon.

Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu.  Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved wookie.zip and click open.

3.  Install Wookie

Open up Wookie Wizard, then go to the install wookie tab.  Then, choose new look wookie – krypton and click install.

Build #4: Ares Build: USA Edition (Xonfluence)

The last build is worth checking out if you like sports and live in the United States.  It’s very similar to the official Ares Build, only it places special emphasis on US TV shows and sports.

Sports widgets

Fans of US sport teams will probably enjoy this build.  It has convenient widgets that allow you to hop right into Pro Sport to find links to live games.

New and updated video addons

This build has Bob, Goodfellas 2.0, Cypher TV, TeeVee, Supremacy and many other popular TV and movie addons.

Elysium widgets

These nice looking widgets allow you to hop right into particular sections of the movie addon Elysium.

Filter out adult content

Like the official Ares Build, the US edition comes with PinSentry and Suitability.  They are addons for parents that allow you to lock down or disable adult content.

Make sure you get the Xonfluence version

The standard edition of this build features some very ugly looking menu fonts.

A screenshot of the Ares Build: USA Edition’s ugly menu fonts.  If you get this build, be sure to get the Xonfluence version.

The Ares Build: USA Edition installation instructions

The Ares Build: USA Edition is available via the Ares Wizard installer.  Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how to install Ares Wizard and get The Ares Build: USA Edition.

1.  Download the Ares Project repository file

Go to http://repo.ares-project.com/magic/repository.aresproject/ and download repository.aresproject.zip to your hard drive.

2.  Install the repository file

From inside of Kodi, click the addons menu on the side of the screen.  Then, click the box icon.

The box icon is the leftmost icon.

Once you click the box icon, you’ll see a text menu.  Select the option that says install from zip file, then navigate to where you saved repository.aresproject.zip and click open.

3.  Install Ares Wizard

Now that you have the repository installed, click the box icon again.  This time, click install from repository → ares project → program addons → ares wizard → install.

4.  Install Ares Build: USA Edition

Open up Ares Wizard, then go to the browse builds tab.  Click ares builds, then click the link to get your PIN code.  Finally, enter in your PIN, choose the ares build: usa edition krypton-xon and click install.

Nemesis is broken

The KodiUK.tv team is alive and well and remained calm when other communities were shutting down or getting worried.  However, for some reason the KodiUK.tv’s flagship build Nemesis currently doesn’t work.

The KodiUK.tv wizard will let you attempt to install Nemesis, but after the download finishes the build does not install.

Hopefully future updates will fix this issue.

Coding teams that shut down in June

  • Top Tutorials
  • XunityTalk
  • Echo Coding
  • TVAddons

What builds are you using?

If you’re using a build that we didn’t mention above, let us know in the comments section and we’ll add it to the list.

  • John Smith

    I bought an Android TV Box. Where can I get instructions “that work” to update from Kodi 17.1 to 17.3. You guys are the best! I’m determined to cut cable.

    • Alex Munkachy

      Hi John! If you have an Android TV Box, that means that you should have Google Play. 17.3 is live on Google Play now, so just open up Google Play from inside your Android box and click the green “update” button to get the latest version.

  • Ken Anderson

    Ares appears to be down, all links above get a 404 error 🙁

    • Hi Ken, According to the Ares forum a few weeks ago hackers were hitting them with a denial of service attack. But it seems like they’re back in business now.

  • Smooth618

    J Diggz

    • Hi Smooth 618, Just checked out a video for the Diggz Xenon build and it looks good. We’ll review it in our next monthly build roundup. Thanks for the tip