We’re very sorry to have to bring you this news, but upgrading Kodi to the latest version (released today) is fairly urgent if you wish to keep your network secure. Earlier today, a security flaw within Kodi (and other media players including VLC) was reported by researchers from Check Point Software Technologies. They demonstrated that an attacker could gain control of any Kodi device through the use of malicious code placed within subtitles. Hypothetically, if an infected subtitle file were to be downloaded by Kodi, it could give a hacker full control over your device. This is particularly concerning when it comes to automatically downloaded subtitles. It is very important that you upgrade Kodi as soon as possible, otherwise you could be leaving your entire computer, device, or even home network at risk.
Security flaws in software happens all the time, it’s normal. This security flaw also affected many other media players that are far more popular than Kodi. The important thing is that the issue was fixed quickly, and so far no damage has been reported. However, now that the security flaw has reached mainstream news, hackers will now likely be looking to exploit it far more aggressively. The official developers of Kodi have been working tirelessly to release an updated version of Kodi that would fix security flaw, as well as some other minor bugs. Team-Kodi “highly encourages” all users to install this latest version, as do we. If you’re still running Kodi 16.1 Jarvis or below, you might as well upgrade now, that way you’ll also gain access to all the streams that use newer HTTPS technology not supported in older versions of Kodi anyway.
If you follow the instructions below carefully, upgrading should be super easy. Please note that these instructions describe the unofficial use of the Kodi media center.
Android Users: Those of you who are running older devices or cheap Android boxes might run into some trouble. Kodi 17.4 Krypton requires Android 5.0 or higher to run. If your device doesn’t support Android 5.0, you’ll need to buy a new Android TV box in order to continue to enjoy Kodi.
Apple TV 2 Users: Even though the last two versions of Kodi didn’t support the Apple TV 2, the device still seemed to work alright. This will no longer be the case moving forward, without HTTPS or HD support it’ll be next to useless, it’s time to purchase a new Android TV box.
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Optional Part 1 Preparing for Upgrade
(skip this if you’re already on Kodi 17.0 Krypton or above)
We’re going to start by walking you through wiping your current Kodi configuration, in order to get rid of all the old junk so you can start new and fresh. This will result in significantly better performance, and don’t worry we’re going to explain how to easily reconfigure Kodi addons later in this guide.
Step 1: Navigate to the PROGRAMS menu within Kodi.
Step 2: Launch the Indigo tool.
Most of our users should already have Indigo (it would have probably came with one of our other addons), but if you don’t, then click here for instructions on how to get it.
Step 3: Click on the Factory Restore function.
Step 4: Click on the Yes button to proceed.
Step 5: Click on the No button when prompted to keep Indigo. Wait up to a few minutes for the process to complete.
Step 6: Press the OK button. Kodi should automatically shut down at this point.
Part 2 Download Kodi 17.4 Krypton
All you have to do in this step is download the Kodi installer below and then install the same way you would any other app.
Kodi 17.4 Krypton for Android (Google Play)
Kodi 17.4 Krypton for Android (Sideload)
Kodi 17.4 for iPad or iPhone (Jailbroken)
Mac Users: If you get an unknown developer error when trying to launch Kodi for the first time, simply navigate to your computer’s System Preferences, followed by the Security & Privacy tab and press the Open Anyway button.
Part 3 Add the Fusion Installer Source
The Fusion Installer is the bridge between Kodi and the world of unofficial Kodi addons, it’s the first thing every Kodi addon user needs.
Step 1: Navigate to the settings cogwheel at the top left of your screen.
Step 2: Select the System settings menu.
Step 3: Choose the Add-ons tab.
Step 4: Click on the Unknown sources field.
Step 5: Press the Yes button to confirm that you wish to allow third party Kodi addons.
Step 6: Return back to the previous settings menu.
Step 7: Click on the File manager icon.
Step 8: Click on the Add source button on the left side of the screen.
Step 9: Click on the top input box that displays <None> under the Enter the paths or browse for the media locations heading.
Step 10: Using the on-screen keyboard, input http://fusion.tvaddons.co and then click on the OK button.
Step 11: Click on the bottom input box under the Enter a name for this media source heading.
Step 12: Using the on-screen keyboard once again, input fusion and then press the OK button.
Step 13: Press the OK button at the bottom of the window.
Step 14: Return back to the Kodi home screen.
Part 4 Install the Indigo Tool
The Indigo tool is the key to jumpstart your Kodi addon experience. It allows you to install any Kodi addon you’d like, automatically configure Kodi, or even reset Kodi should you ever wish.
Step 1: Click to the Add-ons tab from the vertical menu bar.
Step 2: Click on the little box icon at the top left of the screen.
Step 3: Click on the Install from zip file function.
Step 4: Select the fusion server folder.
Step 5: Choose the begin-here folder.
Step 6: Click on the plugin.program.indigo-3.0.2.zip file.
Step 7: Return back one level to the Add-ons menu.
Part 5 Automated Kodi Addon Configuration
We’re now going to walk you through automatically configuring all the best Kodi addons in one shot using our Indigo tool. Alternatively, you can also use the Addon Installer function within our Indigo tool to manually install your choice of Kodi addons.
Step 1: Launch the Indigo Program add-on for the first time.
Step 2: Wait a few seconds for the add-on to initialize for the first time.
Step 3: Select the Config Wizard function.
Step 4: Click on the Install button to confirm that you wish to proceed with the automated Kodi addon configuration.
Step 5: Wait a couple of minutes for the automated Kodi configuration to download and install.
Step 6: Click on the OK button to finalize the configuration process and restart Kodi.
Optional Part 6 Configuring Debrid Services
Debrid services are basically shared pools of premium cyberlocker accounts for which you signup to one service in order to gain access to dozens of premium host accounts. This will give you access to substantially more reliable HD streaming, more HD sources, and eliminate buffering.
Signup to the paid debrid service of your choice before continuing:
Step 1: Navigate to the settings cogwheel at the top left of the Kodi home screen.
Step 2: Select the System settings menu.
Step 3: Highlight the settings level at the bottom left of the screen that displays Basic by default.
Step 4: Click on the settings level button until Advanced is displayed.
Step 5: Navigate to the Add-ons menu tab.
Step 6: Click on the Manage dependencies function.
Step 7: Select the URLResolver dependency towards the bottom of the listing.
Step 8: Click on the Configure icon at the bottom of the screen.
Step 9: Navigate to the Universal Resolvers tab.
Step 10: Scroll down to the debrid service of your choice (we’re using Real-Debrid for this example), and then click on the Priority field that displays 100 by default.
Step 11: Use the Backspace button to clear the current setting level, and then input 95 and press the Done button.
Step 12: If you’re configuring Real-Debrid, you’ll now want to press the OK button at the top right of the window in order to save the priority level setting before continuing.
Step 13: Click on the Configure button once again.
Step 14: Select the Universal Resolvers tab once again.
Step 15: Once again, scroll down to the debrid service of your choice. If you’re using Real-Debrid, click on the (Re)Authorize My Account button, for Premiumize input your login details and then click on the OK button at the top right of the window.
Step 16: If you’re using Real-Debrid, you should follow the on-screen instructions to complete the account authorization process. You’ll want to visit the link using your computer’s web browser.
Step 17: You’re done! Once completed, you’ll see a quick message display saying Real-Debrid Resolver Authorized at the top right of your screen. Kodi will now automatically use your debrid service when available, giving you access to way more HD sources and less buffering. Return to your Kodi home screen and enjoy!
Part 7 Launching Kodi Add-ons
The most popular Kodi addons right now are probably USTVnow Plus and FilmOn Simple. There are many others installed that you might find interesting as well, so explore away!
Step 1: Click on the Add-ons menu tab on the vertical menu bar.
Step 2: Select the Video add-ons tab on the vertical menu bar.
Step 3: Click on any Kodi addon to launch it.
Now that you’re on the latest version of Kodi, with all the best Kodi addons installed, we hope you’ll notice the difference in performance. Some people seem to think that upgrading isn’t necessary, but staying up to date is alway important if you want to get the best experience out of it. Especially when the software is free! Thank you very much to the official developers at Team-Kodi for making it all possible, without them we’d be nowhere.