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Reddit + XBMC = Virtual Crack. Here’s How To Set It Up.

Justin Pot 17-03-2014

Reddit always finds the best videos; XBMC is the best media center. Here’s how you can combine these two things, then browse the best videos on the web right now, from your couch.


I showed you 5 amazing add-ons for XBMC 5 Amazing Add-Ons for the XBMC Media Center Make XBMC even better by adding these amazing add-ons. Whether you're into TV, sports or gaming, these plugins will help you get the most out of your television. Last time, I lamented the end of... Read More , and mentioned Reddit in passing. But there’s a new Reddit addon for XBMC, and it’s a lot more powerful (see install instructions below). You can pick any subreddit to watch videos from, or just browse all. You can set the service to play every top video consecutively, or just pick the videos you want to watch.

It’s like channel surfing the web.

If you don’t have a device running XBMC hooked up to your TV, you’re missing out: it runs on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android devices, it sorts your media beautifully, and it offers a wide variety of add-ons. Read our free manual, set up your XBMC media center How to Set Up Your XBMC Media Center XBMC may have evolved into Kodi, but if you have an old version installed this guide will help you set it up and get started. Read More , to get started.

Already have XBMC? Here’s how you can make it more awesome, thanks to the Reddit hive-mind’s ability to find great videos.

An Endless Stream Of Awesome

Open for XBMC and you’ll see your list of subreddits:



By default you’ll see only r/all, which shows you the top rated videos from the entire site. Click it, or any subreddit, and you’ll see a few options:


Play around with these. The videos will overlap, but generally looking at “hour” content will give you more recent results than “week”. Whatever you click, you’ll then be able to browse some videos. Here’s r/aww:



You can click “Watch All” for the leanback experience, or pick an individual video you’re interested in. It’s all up to you.

Adding More Reddits, Tweaking

Browsing r/all is fun, but perhaps the best thing about for XBMC is the customization options. You can do this by clicking the “Add Reddit” option on the main screen. Type the name of any subreddit here. Not sure which one you need to add? There’s a built in search tool (and I’ve got some recommendations below).

Be sure to check out the settings. You can tweak which sort of “play all” settings show up:



You can also tweak how many category options you’ll see.


Having the option to reduce choice is good, because it means you can leave things as clear – or as convoluted – as you want.


Install Now

Ready to set this thing up? Read the for XBMC thread on You’ll find a download link for the repo, which you can then install from the XBMC settings (“Add-Ons”, then “Install From Zip File”). After doing that, you’ll find the “” add-on under “Video” in “Get Add-Ons”.

Must-Add Video Reddits

Wondering which subreddits are worthwhile? Here are a few I found worth adding:

  • r/aww: More cuteness than you can handle, in video form. Expect cats.
  • r/space: Who doesn’t love space? No one.
  • r/hockey: If you’re a hockey fan, and you should be, this Reddit is a must-add. You’ll see the best highlights and interviews. (Don’t like hockey? That’s dumb, but you can probably find a subreddit for your sport).
  • r/interview: Almost always offers a few conversations worth watching.
  • r/documentaries: Finds the best free documentaries from around the web, usually including a few relevant to current events.
  • r/lectures: Longer talks on a variety of topics. You’ll learn something.

Add any of these to for XBMC: just type their name, with “r/”, after clicking the “Add” option on the main screen.


Want to explore even more Reddit video?, which makes it easy to watch Reddit videos in your browser, is a great place to start. Find a subreddit you like using this, then add it to for XBMC.

Can you recommend any great, video-oriented subreddits for watching? Let us know in the comments below, along with any other great XBMC add-ons you’d like to see reviewed here.

Related topics: Media Player, Media Server, Online Video, Playlist, Reddit, XBMC Kodi.

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  1. Tim
    December 30, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Thanks, much appreciated!

    • Justin Pot
      January 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Glad it was useful!

  2. Tim
    December 29, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    In Video | Add-ons | Get more addons, there is no listing for Reddit. How do I install or find it?

    Also, how do I install from a zip? Is there documentation anywhere? I have Kodi Helix installed.


  3. Anthony J
    March 29, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Got it this time had to refreshen memory on how I did it before with other add-on.

    • Justin P
      March 31, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Glad you figured it out, and sorry I couldn't be more help...

  4. Anthony J
    March 28, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    i understand that you say it in XBMC but I don't see, I only see Reddit music.
    Which tabs do I go to for the add-on?

  5. Anthony J
    March 28, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    yeah I understand that, where do I go for the add-on Program, Video, ... I don't see I only see reddit music.

  6. Anthony J
    March 28, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Okay this don't make sense, where do i find this, within

    • Justin P
      March 28, 2014 at 11:31 pm

      Where do you find what? This isn't a service that exists on, it's an add-on for a media center program that lets you watch videos linked to on certain subreddits. Does that help?

    • Mirrorshades
      April 1, 2014 at 2:31 am is fairly similar.

  7. Maarten D
    March 17, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE XBMC so much. It's thanks to makeuseof that I discovered this piece of amazing software.