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If you’ve got an Amazon Fire Stick, or you’ve spent some time reading about it, you’ll probably know it’s an amazing bit of kit. Not only is it compact and ships with its own remote, the Fire TV Stick has a wide selection of streaming services 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More available for it.

With some being free, and some being premium, the Fire TV Stick is cheap enough to be considered as a strong alternative to the Google Chromecast (despite the Chromecast being a versatile device 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Chromecast 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Chromecast You have finally taken the plunge and bought yourself a shiny new Chromecast, but what happens next? Here are seven things you didn't know you could do with one of Google's dongles... Read More in its own right). But what if it doesn’t do everything you want?

Well, in that case, there’s the option to super-charge it, thanks to Kodi, the universal media center software. If you install Kodi on your Fire TV Stick you’ll be able to run a whole host of add-ons on the device, alongside TuneIn Radio, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and many other services (which differ depending on where in the world you are).

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In this article we explain how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Which, when you’ve finished, will leave you with the best media center 5 Alternatives to Windows Media Center for Windows 10 5 Alternatives to Windows Media Center for Windows 10 Windows 10 will offer many new features, but some old favorites will be deprecated. The Windows Media Center will no longer be supported. Here are alternative media center application compatible with Windows 10 to take... Read More for anyone on a budget.

Prepare Your Fire TV Stick

Before installing Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, plug the device into your TV via a spare HDMI port. Using the remote control, open Settings > System > Developer Options.

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Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- Settings Unknown Sources

Here, switch the options Apps From Unknown Sources (a warning box will appear — click OK) and ADB Debugging to On.

Get a pen and paper handy for this next step, as you’ll need to note down the Fire TV Stick’s IP address.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- Settings IP Address

Open Settings > System > About > Network, look for the IP Address field, and make a note of it.

NB: All of this assumes, of course, that you have already set up your Fire TV Stick with your home network. If you haven’t, you’ll need to do so before proceeding with anything more complex.

Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick With adbLink

Next, you’ll need to download a copy of Kodi, specifically designed for devices with ARM processors, like the Fire TV. To do this, you’ll need the Android version of the app.

This was previously available from the Amazon App Store, but it has since been removed. To get your copy, you’ll have to download it from https://kodi.tv/download/. Find the Android logo, and select the ARM link to download the APK file to your PC.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- Download Kodi

With that downloaded, you’ll need the adbLink software, which you’ll find at http://jocala.com/. This enables you to “push” files to your Amazon Fire TV Stick over adb. This is a wireless version of the Android Debug Bridge, often used to communicate with an Android device from your PC.

After downloading, run the EXE file and install adbLink. (Note that it can be used with the Nvidia Shield as well as the Fire TV Stick.)

Install Kodi With adbLink

The next step is to run adbLink.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- adbLink Setup

Click New, and give your Amazon Fire TV Stick a descriptive name. Next, check your notepad and copy the IP address into the adbLink tool, and Save.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- adbLink Install

When you click Connect, your Fire TV Stick will be listed in Connected Devices. Highlight the device and click Install APK, browse to the Kodi APK file you downloaded, and click Yes to confirm the installation.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- Kodi on Fire

Click OK when it’s done, and Kodi will join the other apps on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, ready to use!

Alternative, Easier Installation

If the previous option didn’t work for you, there is an alternative, which you can do without a PC.

With your Fire TV Stick connected to your TV, go to Settings > System > Developer and enable Apps from unknown sources — Unsure? Find out if it’s safe to install apps from unknown sources Is It Safe to Install Android Apps from Unknown Sources? Is It Safe to Install Android Apps from Unknown Sources? The Google Play Store isn't your only source of apps, but is it safe to search elsewhere? Read More — then head back to the Home screen, and find the Fire TV Apps screen.

Here, open ES File Explorer, select Favorite, then Add. Enter the following URL: http://kodi.tv/download then click Next. Enter Kodi then Next again, and Add.

You’ve created a new link, labelled Kodi, so find this in the left-hand pane, and click it to open, browsing through the list until you find the Android > ARM version. Select this, then use the menu in the bottom-right of the screen to Open in New Browser.

Wait while the ES File Explorer downloads the Kodi APK file to your Fire TV Stick, and when the dialog box appears, select Open File > Install. Accept the file permissions, then Install.

Kodi + Add-Ons = Supercharged Fire TV Stick

With Kodi up and running on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’ll probably want to consider the various add-ons that are available. We advise you to stay clear of the add-ons that offer pirated material for obvious reasons, and stick to what’s available in the software’s official repositories. Two are available, one offering access to third party services, the other providing tools for PVR functionality.

Kodi on Fire TV Stick -- Kodi Repository

To access the repository, open System > Settings > Add-ons > Get Add-ons > Kodi Add-on repository. Here, you’ll see various categories; you’ll probably want Video Add-ons. In the next screen, you’ll find a whole list of official Kodi add-ons, so when you see one you like, select it, then click Install.

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To run an add-on, you’ll need to find it in the Kodi app. Video add-ons can be found in the Video category of the Home screen. Open the list to view the add-ons, click the one you want to watch, and you’re done!

Will you be installing Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick? If you have already done so, how does it work for you? Is there any advice you can offer other people preparing to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. nancy phillips
    March 16, 2017 at 1:06 am

    I loved kodi or did till recently. it has stopped opening . from reading everything I can find I think its caused from not closing kodi each time. i'm afraid i'm going to have to uninstall it & start over. so always close it when u are done. it's wonderful & i'm lost when its not working correctly.

    • Christian Cawley
      March 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Fortunately it is comparatively simple to install Kodi on a Fire Stick!

  2. likefunbutnot
    December 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    adbLink can be used to install any Android application on a FireOS device. Combined with a tool like APK Share, someone can easily put any software they want on their STB. Since the Fire UI is optimized for remote rather than touch screen, some apps don't work well (I've yet to find a decent web browser experience), but this is very useful for leading games or Google exclusive tools.

    It's also possible to enable an Alexa skill to control Kodi through an Alexa enabled Fire device, although that requires a bit of techie know how and isn't as handy as I natively supported voice search.

    • Myrna
      March 31, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Hi Likefun,

      I am great at following directions...
      Could I get the information on how to enable the Alexa remote on kodi.
      I have a Fire box & stick, will these apps work for both.

      I appreciate any info you can give me.

      Thanks
      sugarglyder

      • likefunbutnot
        March 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm

        @Myrna,

        You need a static IP address for your home internet service, or to have access to some kind of dynamic DNS.

        The instructions for doing it are here.

        In my experience, neither the Kodi skill nor the (officially supported) Plex Media Control skill are perfectly reliable. Alexa will regularly tell me my Kodi systems are offline or could not be contacted, which is something I'll put down to network latency.

        As with all things Alexa, you have to know the 100% specific name of the thing you're trying to tell it to play or ot won't work. That means no "Legends of Tomorrow" when the show title is "DC's Legends of Tomorrow."