How to Install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick

Christian Cawley 15-02-2019

Are you looking for a way to maximize the capabilities of your Amazon Fire Stick by installing Kodi? It’s simple to do, and by the end you’ll have a wealth of streaming services available.


In this article we’ll explain how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick. You have several options available, none of which require a computer. Instead, each method lets you download and install Kodi directly to your Fire Stick.

3 Ways to Install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick

Kodi installed on the Amazon Fire Stick

The great thing about installing Kodi on the Fire Stick is that it can be done quickly, without a PC. We’re going to look at three options that you can use to install Kodi on a Fire Stick.

  1. Downloader: Quick and easy.
  2. ES File Explorer: Ideal if you plan to install other third-party apps.
  3. Apps2Fire: Perfect for remote installation from an Android device.

Each method is slightly different, but the result is the same: Kodi is installed on your Fire Stick. All your favorite Kodi add-ons will be ready to install, too.

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Are you new to Kodi and don’t know which add-ons you should use? While it’s legal to install Kodi some of the add-ons breach copyright. Our list of the best Kodi add-ons will help you stay out of trouble.

Before proceeding, you should know that these steps to install Kodi on a Fire Stick work on any Amazon Fire TV device. It’s also vital to allow the installation of third-party apps on your Amazon Fire Stick. This applies to all three methods.

To do this, grab your Amazon Fire Stick remote control and open the Settings menu. From here, find My Fire TV and enter your PIN when prompted.

Select Developer Options, then Apps from Unknown Sources. A message will be displayed explaining what enabling this means. In short, you’re giving the Fire Stick permission to install apps from beyond the Amazon App Store. This can have security implications, hence the warning.


Installing Kodi on the Fire Stick is safe, however, so select Turn On to enable installing apps from unknown sources.

Keep in mind that once Kodi is installed, you can return to this screen to disable the installation of apps from unknown sources.

Click Home on the Amazon Fire remote when you’re done. You can then choose one of the three methods below to install Kodi on the Amazon Fire Stick.

1. Install Kodi on Fire Stick With Downloader

An easy way to install Kodi is with the Downloader app, but you’ll need to install this first. Use the Search option on the Fire Stick and enter “Downloader” to begin. When the result for the Downloader app is displayed, select this, then Install.


Input your PIN when prompted, then when the app opens, enter the URL to download Kodi.

Download Kodi to Fire Stick

Click Go then wait while the page loads. Use your Fire Stick remote to scroll down the page until you find the download options, selecting Android > ARMV7A (32 Bit).

Use the Downloader app to download and install Kodi


Wait for the file to download, which will result in the Kodi APK installer from automatically launching. Click Next to read the full screen of permissions-related information, then Install.

When installation is complete, you can click Done to return to the Downloader app, or Open to start enjoying Kodi.

2. Use ES File Explorer to Install Kodi on a Fire Stick

Would you prefer to use an app you’re already familiar with? If you’re already running ES File Explorer on your Amazon Fire Stick, this can be used to install Kodi.

From the Home screen open the Search tool and enter “es file”.  A few moments later you should see the ES File Explorer app as an option to Install, so select this, entering your PIN if prompted.

Next, in the left-hand pane, select Favorite, then Add. Enter the following URL: http://kodi.tv/download then click Next.

Enter the label Kodi in the next field then Next again and Add. You can then expand the left-hand Favorites menu to find Kodi and select this to open the download page.

Install Kodi using ES File Explorer

Scroll down the page using the Fire remote, then select Android. Choose ARMV7A (32 Bit) and in the next screen click Download. Wait while the app is downloaded to your Fire Stick, then Install to finish.

3. Install Kodi on Fire Stick Via Android With Apps2Fire

If you don’t want to (or can’t) install Kodi on your Fire Stick using the remote, why not use Android?

Thanks to the Apps2Fire app for Android phones, you can run the Kodi APK installer across your home network. This is as quick as the other methods and is convenient if someone is watching TV at the same time.

Start off by installing the Apps2Fire app on your Android phone. If you don’t already have it, you should install Kodi on your phone, too.

Download: Apps2Fire

Next, find the IP address of your Fire Stick. Open Settings > My Fire TV > About > Network to view the IP Address, and make a note of it.

You should then enable ADB Debugging on the Fire Stick. Open Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options and select ADB Debugging. Set this to On.

Open Apps2Fire on Android and find the Setup option in the menu. Input the IP address for your Amazon Fire Stick, and tap Save. Alternatively, you can use the Scan option to display a list of devices on your network, or Search Fire TVs to find your Fire Stick.

Then switch to the Fire TV SD Card view and tap to refresh. The ADB connection will be made from Android to your Fire Stick and you’ll see a prompt to click OK to accept the connection on your Fire Stick.

Enable USB debugging on Fire Stick

Accept this to proceed, then on the app switch to the Local Apps view and find Kodi. Simply select Kodi and click Install. The APK file will be uploaded and Kodi installed onto your Amazon Fire Stick.

If You’re Using Kodi, a VPN Is a Good Idea

If you’re using Kodi (or any other streaming apps) on your Amazon Fire Stick, installing a VPN is a good idea.

Most importantly, a Virtual Private Network encrypts your connection with the remote server, protecting your activity online from observation. However, if you’re streaming movies or TV shows, a VPN can also help you to bypass region blocking. For example, UK viewers accessing Netflix via a US-based VPN server will gain access to Netflix’s North American library.

Check our list of the best VPNs for Kodi 3 Free VPNs for Kodi (But the Best VPN for Kodi Is Paid) Free VPNs for Kodi do exist, although they aren't the best. This article lists the best of the free VPNs that specialize in Kodi. Read More .

Keep Kodi Updated on Your Fire Stick

By now you should have installed Kodi on your Fire Stick. If not, you have three easy methods to get it up and running in just a couple of minutes.

Remember, when using Kodi, it’s a good idea to run VPN software to maintain the privacy the add-ons you’re using. Various VPN services provide apps for Amazon Fire devices, so this shouldn’t be a problem.

With Kodi installed on the Fire Stick it’s sensible to make sure you’re running the latest version at all times. This will improve security and privacy on your network and your devices. Now you can follow our guide to getting started with Kodi How to Use Kodi: The Complete Setup Guide Our beginner's guide shows how to install the Kodi software, how to navigate through the initial setup, and how to load add-ons. Read More for more help.

Related topics: Amazon Fire Stick, Amazon Fire TV, Kodi, Media Streaming.

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  1. Dylan
    February 19, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Does kodi work well on a fire stick for browsing a large music library, say, on a windows desktop elsewhere on the home network? Kodi's support for music seems a bit limited so perhaps there's an alternative?

  2. Edward
    February 16, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    There are a million of these how to install Kodi articles already on the web dating back many years. Nothing new here. Now, write about how to install a working Exodus repository and that would be something worth reading.

  3. george johnson
    February 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Should't this be titled how to hose your firestick in 3 easy steps?

    • Dylan
      February 19, 2019 at 11:13 pm

      It worked fine for me, but then again I didn't see three steps involving a garden hose anywhere.