Dear “Pirate” Kodi Addon Developers: Please Don’t Force Install Our Tools

Dear "Pirate" Kodi Addon Developers: Please Don't Force Install Our Tools

Due to the open-source nature of Kodi addons, developers can include external plugins known as dependencies with their installation packages.

In the overwhelming majority of cases, the developers have nothing to do with the development of the dependencies they include with their packages.

They include dependencies for which their code “depends” on to perform its critical (or lesser) functions. No one can control who distributes which dependencies as part of their Kodi addons.

Over the past year or so, we’ve seen a trend where some blacklisted third-party developers have included some of our tools as dependencies, even though they may not be critical to the functionality of their addons.

At the current time, we aren’t able to determine whether this is being done to support us, or sabotage us. However, we kindly ask that you not include our tools as dependencies unless they are absolutely necessary.

Most of the time, it’s fine to include URLResolver, since it would be used by the addon itself’s code to access cyberlocker sources. Including Indigo on the other hand, just appears to be bloat and undermines our strategy to grow our community in the long term.

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding!

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