Entertainment Security

13 Kodi Repos You Need to Uninstall and Why

Dan Price 23-04-2018

In mid-2017, several long-standing Kodi repos vanished forever.


The problems all began with the attack on TVAddons; the company is the subject of two separate lawsuits in two different countries. As a result of the lawsuits, several other repo operators and add-on developers stopped working on their own projects for fear of prosecution.

So many repos were abandoned in such a short space of time that it was impossible for all but the most dedicated users to stay abreast of what was working and what wasn’t. And as any long-term Kodi user knows, keeping abandoned repos on your app is a recipe for a security meltdown 7 Security and Privacy Issues to Consider With a Kodi Media Box As more and more people make the decision to cancel their cable TV packages and cut the cord, Kodi continues to grow in popularity. But is it as secure as you think? Read More .

One of two security nightmares could unfold:

  1. A hacker might purchase the domain of the depreciated repo and use the existing installations to inject malicious code onto a machine.
  2. A copyright holder could initiate a “honeypot” sting whereby a repo appears to offer premium content for free, while in practice, a tracker records your IP address and passes it on to the legitimate rights holders.

Which Kodi Repos to Uninstall and Avoid

So, in light of the current Kodi climate, which repos do you need to delete off your setup? There are too many out there to list them all, but here are some of the former most popular repos which can no longer be considered safe:

  • Noobs And Nerds
  • Looking Glass
  • Colossus Repository
  • Smash Repository
  • DandyMedia Repo
  • SpinzTV
  • Ares Wizard
  • Alpha Repository
  • UK Turk’s Playlists Repo
  • Mucky Duck Repo
  • Soulless Repository
  • Origin Repository
  • Pulse Build / Wizard

Note: Just because some of these still work, it does not mean you should use them.


And before you ask, no, we’re not going to recommend alternative repos that will let you find content for free. Yes, they exist, but using them could land you in significant trouble with the law. If you’d like more information, check out our introductory guide to using Kodi without breaking the law.

Meanwhile, if you’re using certain plugins and depending on your media consumption habits, you may want to use a VPN with Kodi 3 Reasons Why You Should Be Using a VPN With Kodi If you use Kodi for streaming content around your home, you should be using a VPN. The reasons are more complex than you might think. Read More . We recommend ExpressVPN or CyberGhost.

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  2. cosmicboi
    April 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    #1 using a VPN to access copyrighted material puts you in violation of at company's terms and conditions. Just like using an ISP's service to download copyrighted material in the 90's and early 2000's led to updated on laws and subsequent crackdowns on sites, services and end user. With all of these Kodi "how-to" sites and YouTuber opportunists now promoting VPN services as a means of bypassing geo-restricted/copyrighted content (while taking in their commission for new subscribers coming from their site/channel) all but guarantees the next target of the legal copyright holders and lawmakers. They'll be a consolidated effort to compel VPN companies to disclose the users that are breaking laws.
    #2 Downloading is not illegal, at least in Canada. (might be a different story in the US, don't really care tbh since their laws are governed by the endless money of lobbyists rather than the public interest). We don't get end users being sued and by copyright holders in an effort to recoup their losses, when p2p (torrents) are being used.. They could do that if they want, but unlike the United States, Canadian courts have placed the entire logistical and financial burden on the plaintiff with limits on the damages claimed. This makes it no longer cost effective. Unlike with torrents streaming is simply downloading with no data being uploaded by end-user to end-user. sometimes these companies will try to send a copyright notice to your email, but you'd be a fool to think there is any legitimacy to their threats.
    If you know the laws in your jurisdiction, paying for the anonymity of a VPN subscription might be unnecessary. But if there are laws that necessitate a VPN, it's only going to be a temporary fix.
    ... but those commission cheques must be nice, at least for now.

    • cosmicboi
      April 23, 2018 at 5:36 pm

      PS: the content in this article is sound.. If there are repos are addons that are simply not working anymore or not maintained, get them off your system! it's equivalent to having your front door wide open while you sleep at home..
      Kodi, Android boxes, they are not like a STB you'd get from a cable company.. They're more like a computer, which needs maintenance. If you have a Windows PC, I guess you understand this.. Apple users seem to have more difficulty understanding that concept (not sure why lmao)

    • JJ
      April 24, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      "Laws in the public interest"? Oh, like your gun laws? No thx. See you next time you get the flu and cant see a Dr. for 60 days. #brainfreeze

      • Paul
        May 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm

        Yes. Canadian laws are so much more in the public interest. In the US every idiot has a gun and often can't see a doctor at all, for lack of funds.
        Of course, the medical issue does not apply to those who write the laws and have excellent healthcare coverage... go figure!

  3. Mr. SoandSo
    April 23, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    I'm pretty sure that SMASH repo is not depreciated. Not that I would know first hand, but new add-ons are added to the repo regularly.

    • Mike
      April 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      As a newbie I would have appreciated instructions on how to uninstall the repos in question.

      • Super Streamer
        April 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

        These ppl do not know everything!! First off use a VPN the correct way and you will be fine. If you're in North America, streaming is not illegal either. But if you do not want your IP out there, def look into using a VPN! Of course anything is possible, but with years of streaming under my belt I can tell you you will be fine. Just fo your research before getting into stuff you're not 100% about!!

        • Morty
          April 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

          It has nothing to do with a VPN, and everything to do with media piracy. Considering you're touting "research before getting into stuff you're not 100% about", you should've already known that piracy is the only reason why Kodi and the repos are making the headlines. Condoning piracy is not cool either. pay for your sh!t.

      • CommandLineHero
        April 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

        Mike, if you know how to add them, then removing them is pretty similar. Since XBMC.Kodi has been around for several years, try Googling the answer instead of expecting it to be handed to you.