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Batch Installers: Secure, Auditable, Always Current Alternative to “Kodi Builds”

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For years and years we have spoken about the risks of “Kodi builds,” yet there was never an alternative option available – until now. In case you are unaware, a “Kodi build” is essentially a backup of someone’s customized Kodi setup, which is then distributed as an automated way of configuring Kodi. These types of preconfigured setups are popular with newbies who are too lazy or don’t know how to setup Kodi from scratch.

We were always concerned about “Kodi builds” because there was no way of auditing backups that are often over 300 MB in size. Too many files, plus countless customizations, meant that users often put themselves at risk for the sake of convenience. We have finally developed a long overdue alternative that pretty much relies on a single manifest file to configure Kodi with any unofficial Kodi addons and customizations.

Since there is only one manifest file to audit, it is easy to see what changes the builder has made, and also removes the hurdle of having to host files that are over 300 MB in size. Users can be sure that they’ll always be getting the latest version of includes Kodi addons, and builders can therefore save countless hours when it comes to making changes or updates to their Batch Installer configuration.

We’ll now walk you through the procedure which can be followed to configure Kodi with any Batch Installer available. Right now there aren’t many that exist, since this functionality was only released today, but we expect that to change rapidly over the coming weeks. The only step of the process that will change if you want to use someeone else’s Batch Installer would be the GitHub username you’d input.

Required: Kodi 17.0 Krypton or Above

Part 1: Fusion Installer

Step 1: Click on the little settings cogwheel at the top right corner of the Kodi main menu.

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Step 2: Select the File manager icon.

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Step 3: Click on the Add source button.

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Step 4: Click on the top text input box that displays <None> under the Enter the paths or browse for the media locations heading.

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Step 5: Input http://fusion.tvaddons.co using the on-screen keyboard, then  press the OK button.

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Step 6: Select the bottom text input box under the Enter a name for this media source heading.

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Step 7: Input fusionco using the on-screen keyboard, then press the OK button once again.

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Step 8: Click on the OK button at the bottom of the window to save the new Fusion Installer source.

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Step 9: Press back twice to return to the Kodi home screen.

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Part 2: Community Repository

Step 10: Click on the Add-ons tab from the vertical menu bar.

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Step 11: Navigate to the little open box icon at the top left corner of the Add-ons menu.

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Step 12: Select the Install from zip file function.

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Step 13: If prompted by a security message about unknown sources, click on the Settings button.

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Step 14: Click on the Unknown sources field to allow this option.

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Step 15: Click on the Yes button to proceed.

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Step 16: Press back to return to the previous menu level.

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Step 17: Click on the Install from zip file function once again.

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Step 18: Choose fusionco from the listing.

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Step 19: Open the kodi-repos section.

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Step 20: Select the english category.

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Step 21: Scroll down to the bottom and click on the repository.xbmchub-3.0.0.zip file.

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Part 3: Git Browser

Step 22: Select the Install from repository function this time.

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Step 23: Choose the TVADDONS.CO Add-on Repository from the listing.

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Step 24: Select the Program add-ons category.

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Step 25: Click on the Git Browser option.

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Step 26: Click on the Install button.

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Step 27: Press back three times to return to the main Add-ons menu.

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Part 4: Batch Installer

Step 28: Select the Program add-ons category from the vertical Add-ons menu bar.

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Step 29: Launch the Git Browser tool for Kodi.

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Step 30: Press back after reading, to close the instructions prompt on first launch.

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Step 31: Select the Search by GitHub Username function.

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Step 32: Press the *** New Search *** function.

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Step 33: Input tvaddonsco (or whomever’s batch installer you wish to use) using the on-screen keyboard, then press the OK button.

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Step 34: Choose the tva-gitbrowser-installer-1.0.0.zip (or whichever other batch installer) file from the listing. Batch Installer files should always be displayed in a light orange colour.

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Step 35: Press the Yes button to proceed.

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Step 36: Wait a few minutes for the Batch Installer to download and install. Don’t touch anything until it’s complete.

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Step 37: Once complete, press the Restart button to finalize the Batch Installer process.

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Step 38: Relaunch Kodi to find the Batch Installer preconfigured setup ready for use!

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We hope that you enjoyed this new function that ed-dillinger worked very hard to conceptualize. If you have any questions, please feel free to visit our discussion forums where someone is always eager to be of assistance. Please be sure to share this guide over social media, especially Facebook and Twitter, so that others will be able to enjoy Batch Installers as much as you.

Have a Question? Visit our Discussion Forums Today! There's always someone who's eager to be of assistance. Praise is always appreciated as well.

Please remember that our community is supported entirely by volunteers, developers are not paid and updates to their Kodi addons are made during their free time.