Few streaming programs have seen such a dramatic rise and fall as Popcorn Time. In 2014, the streaming app stood poised to become the most massively successful torrent-based streaming application available. However, all of that press led directly to its demise. After getting reviewed by PC Magazine, CBS News and the Washington Postit was all only a matter of time before the ceiling crashed in on the program.  In this guide, we’ll show you how to get the Popcorn Time addon for Kodi, and dig into the details on what type of entertainment media you can find with it.

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Popcorn Time Installation Guide

Kodi Popcorn Time Addon

  • Click on “Install from zip file”.

Kodi Popcorn Time Addon

  • Head to “Add-ons”
  • Locate where you saved the zip file. Install it.

Kodi Popcorn Time Addon

Kodi Popcorn Time Addon

  • Back in the “Add-ons” screen, select “Install from Repository”.


  • Select the Popcorn Time Repository. Install Popcorn Time.

Kodi Popcorn Time Addon

  • Head to the Home Screen.
  • Select “Videos>Add-ons”.
  • Grab the Popcorn!


Benefits and Limitations of Popcorn Time

The reason for Popcorn Time’s popularity becomes clear almost immediately after opening the add-on. Users are greeted with a very simple menu, leading to other very simple menus. There is no pretense around Popcorn Time. What you see is what you get. However, the inclusion of a “Search” option makes the add-on one of the best options around. Somehow, this simple addition gets forgotten in far too many add-ons. Instead of forcing you to go through hundreds and hundreds of poorly organized screens, Popcorn Time gives you the option to do a quick search for whatever movies you’re looking for. Brave. Encore.

However, if you’re simply in the mood for scrolling through the different categories, the design is easy to use. The categories are clear, makes sense, and are each filled with a plethora of movie options. Indeed, it’s easy to see why Popcorn Time become so popular in the first place, and why it was so quickly taken down immediately following that success. Chances are, if you can’t find it on Popcorn Time, you probably didn’t need it.

The program is only limited in that it does not provide a distinguished list between television shows and movies. This would be a helpful addition, although it would result in a bit more clutter. That said, the TV offerings are also a bit lacking, and could use some sprucing up. In all, however, Popcorn Time’s return is a happy occasion for streaming fans everywhere.

  • Julio Bello Zenteno

    How about making this install into KODI, using Libreleelec on a Raspeberry Pi Zero.
    How can I install the zip File, without having to download it from the web, but instead of that, adding a “new source”.
    After that I can follow all the steps you mention (I have done it with some other addons)

    Thamnks for your support.
    Best Regards.

    • Sam Cook

      Hi Julio! Are you asking if you can do that, or that you have done it before?

      • Julio Bello Zenteno

        Hi Sam. I’m asking how to do that on a RPI Zero without having to download the zip file from the web.
        The Tutorial shows the add-on install on a windows install. So it dry easy to download the zip file and find on the saved folder.
        Instead of that I’m using kodi on libreelec on a RPI Zero, and I can’t download files (or I don’t know how to download) so when I want to install a new add-on I go file manager, then add a new source (http://……. Etc). Then I go to addons, install from zip file, then I select the new source that I have just added, and then I follow the same procces as described in the tutorial.

        I don’t know if I made myself clear.

        Thanks for your support.
        Best regards.