It’s been nearly two years since development of the once infamous Exodus addon was officially discontinued. Exodus was one of the most popular Kodi addons prior to the destruction of our original site, with its developers calling our community home.
Since then, due to the open-source nature of Kodi addons, countless Exodus “forks” have popped up all over the internet. Forking refers to using the code from one project, as a base for an entirely new one.
Too many Exodus forks are out there to investigate them all, so we’re going to examine some of the most notable.
However, with this many forks available, it leads us to question whether copyright bullies are in fact winning the war on Kodi as they claim. Or, is a war on open-source code one that they’re bound to lose in the long run?
Exodus Redux (plugin.video.exodusredux)
Maintained on GitHub by a developer known as I-A-C, the Exodus Redux appears to be the highest acclaimed fork still in active development. It employs a scraper module called OpenScrapers, which is updated by a group of people from Reddit.
Maintained through a private site by a developer who goes by the name of “Supremacy,” this fork has been getting quite a bit of attention on various Kodi blogs. It appears to be very similar to the original Exodus in terms of navigation, despite having very different branding.
Scrubs v2 (plugin.video.scrubsv2)
Maintained on GitHub by a developer known as JewBMX, the Scrubs v2 fork seems to be gaining in popularity as of late. Interestingly, the developer claims to write code exclusively from a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge phone.
Exodus 8 (plugin.video.exodus)
Maintained on GitHub by a developer known as kodibae, Exodus 8 is considered somewhat controversial due to its use of the original Exodus’ plugin ID. It appears to at times borrow code from other Exodus forks, but has been around longer than most.
Maintained on GitHub by a developer known as eggman19, this is another Exodus fork that is supported on Reddit and various Kodi blogs. It appears very much like the original Exodus, despite its new branding.
Maintained on GitHub by a developer called The13Clowns. This fork is not without controversy, having had its original repository hijacked when its dev decided to retire. Weeks later, he resurfaced, returning with a new repo. In a Twitter post, he said losing his original repo was an unfortunate mistake.
This German language fork of Exodus has been around for about two years, and is maintained on GitHub by a developer that goes by the same name as the addon. Its repository doesn’t include to support any English scrapers.
This now discontinued Exodus Fork was maintained on GitHub by a reclusive developer known as nixgates. It first gained momentum on Reddit, before being thrust to popularity by many unofficial Kodi blogs. Its developer has since moved onto a new addon called Seren.
This discontinued fork of Exodus was maintained on GitHub by a developer known as MrBlamo420, who retired after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from a copyright enforcement group. His repository was since reported as having been hijacked.
Neptune Rising (plugin.video.neptune)
Another discontinued fork by retired developer MrBlamo420, from Placenta fame. It’s unclear at this time why this developer created two different Exodus forks, but we believe it is because each of the forks had different collaborators.
The discontinued Covenant addon was the first known Exodus fork, created within weeks of the original Exodus being discontinued. It was developed by a group known as Team Colossus on GitHub, and was discontinued after the group’s leader, Echo Coder, received a home-visit.
This discontinued fork, started as a clone of Genesis years ago. It is unclear as to why its Romanian developer MrKnow disappeared. Its repository, FilmKodi, remains on GitHub without updates.
What do you think about the war on open-source code? Can it be won? Or should code that doesn’t itself contain anything infringing not be fought? Tell us know in the comments below!