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How to Install Kodi Addon Repositories From Zip File

Kodi is very logical. Most processes just "make sense" and follow a clear line of sequence.

I will explain this process using an example, which is the XBMC Catchup TV AU repository zip file, but the process is exactly the same for any other zip add-on.

Step 1

Download the zip repository file to your computer

Step 2

Transfer the repository file from your computer to your media centre running Kodi.

To do this, you need to find out what's the IP address of your media centre. To find it go to: System -> System Info. If there is nothing there, your media centre is not connected to your home network.

The easiest way you can copy the repository zip file to your media centre is through a samba share. You can also copy it using scp.

If you want to copy the file through a samba share, you have to make sure the samba service is enabled in your media centre. There are different ways of doing that, depending on which media centre software you're using. The most common ones are OpenElec, OSMC and Xbian.

  • For OSMC
    • If Samba is enabled in OSMC, you can connect to the samba share (username:osmc, password:osmc).
    • In Windows, go to map network drive and type in: \\IP_Address_Of_Media_Centre\osmc
    • In Mac go to finder and then connect to server smb://IP_Address_Of_Media_Centre/osmc
  • For OpenElec
  • For XBian
    • If samba is enabled you can connect to the samba share (username: xbian, password:  raspberry).
    • In Windows, go to map network drive and type in: \\IP_Address_Of_Pi\xbian
    • In Mac go to finder and then connect to server smb://IP_Address_Of_Pi/xbian

 

Alternatively, you can download the zip file in a SSH session straight into the media centre as explained in the tutorial Installing Catchup TV Au Repository

Step 3

Once the repository zip file is in the media centre home folder, in Kodi go to System -> Settings -> Add-ons  and click on Install from zip file

Step 4

User the up/down arrows to select to Home folder and hit enter/return

Step 5

Use the up/down arrows to select the repository you want to install (something like name_of_repository.zip) then use the right arrow to highlight OK and press enter/return

That's it, the repository is installed. The following images illustrate this process:

XBMC/Kodi System
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings -> Add-ons
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install From Zip File
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install From Zip File -> Home folder
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install From Zip File -> Home folder -> Select Repo
XBMC/Kodi System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install From Zip File -> Home folder -> Select Repo -> Ok

Installing Add-ons

Once the repo is installed you can proceed to install the addons available from that repo.

Check Installing Kodi Addons

 

To build your own media centre, you can get any of the following kits. If you prefer to get a SD card with XBian, OSMC or OpenElec  instead of NOOBS, just write it down in the special instructions when you place an order:

 

 

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And then you can add a wireless keyboard, like these ones:

Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard and Touchpad

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The perfect media centre remote control. It combines a wireless keyboard, a wireless mouse and a learning infrared remote control. The wireless keyboard and mouse use a 2.4GHz USB dongle. The learning infrared allows the remote control to learn the commands from your existing infrared TV / Amplifier / DVD Player / Blue Ray Player remote controls. Simplify your life with a single remote control.

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You can also check our catalogue for other options.

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