How To Set Up Fusion Installer On XBMC

Justin Pot 13-04-2014

Install XBMC addons the easy way: use Fusion. This service gives you a quick way to browse, and install, XBMC repos from within the program itself.


We’ve shown you some amazing XBMC add-ons 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 they’re not hard to install – especially if they’re in XBMC’s default repo. For many of the best add-ons, however, you’re going to want access to third-party repositories.

Installing these is straight forward: you need only download a ZIP file, then browse to it from within XBMC. But if you’d rather not close XBMC, open a browser and download a repo – or if you can’t, because your setup doesn’t include a keyboard and a web browser – Fusion can make things easier for you. Here’s how to set it up:

If you’re already playing with the recently announced Gotham beta Download The Beta of XBMC 13, "Gotham", Right Now The dark night of waiting is over: XBMC 13, codename Gotham, has reached beta status. It feels faster, and looks better, than ever before. Read More , this might be useful. To summarize, the steps are:

  1. In the XBMC File Browser, add as a source.
  2. Head to “Install From Zip” under the Addon settings, as you normally would; you should see Fusion here.
  3. Install whatever repos you like.
  4. Install add-ons from these additional repos.

Obviously, in order for this to be useful, you’re going to need to know what’s in which repos – but if you’re interested in third-party repos, you probably know what you’re looking for already.

It’s also worth noting that Team-XBMC, which is behind XBMC itself, recommended you not use XBMC Fusion. If you use Fusion only to browse for and install repositories, however, you shouldn’t have any problems.


Confused about where to get started with XBMC? Our XBMC manual 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 outlines everything, from getting started to advanced tricks and tips.

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  1. Sri
    December 6, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I am not seeing a fusion folder itself, what could be wrong in my installation

    • Justin Pot
      December 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Did you add fusion as a source, the way it's outlined in the video?

  2. sara
    May 19, 2015 at 2:06 am

    I Hope that's all it son accidentally erased data for losing on my Amazon fire. I've been trying to fix it but No do you get navi and 1 channel?

  3. sara
    May 18, 2015 at 3:35 am

    When I go to install zip file and Open fusion, the repositories are not there, what am I doing wrong?

    • Justin Pot
      May 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      It's possible that Fusion is down momentarily. If you typed the repo wrong, you'd see an error message.

  4. joseph
    April 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I have a Windows 8.1 tablet and get an’ import not found’ error in the ‘Config Wizard’. Help??

  5. gretar
    March 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    ok thanks for the information.

    • Justin Pot
      March 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

      No problem! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. gretar
    March 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I always collect all the zip files for each addon just to be able to put all the repos from USB just by using the mouse. I have total installer zip and the superrepo zip file and many other zip files for many other repositories, so I can install it straight without writing anything to the add source section in file manager, but I am not able to find a zip for fusion and Xunitytalk, can anyone help me find the way to put fusion and xunity to zip folder, just to make it easy-er to install. thanks. It would be so much easy to install without having to go into file manager and add source manually. THANKS

    • Justin Pot
      March 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      There's no zip for Fusion: it's an FTP server full of zip files. You could just download all the zip files on the server, though.

  7. Justin Pot
    March 4, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I'd personally advise against this, it changes quite a few settings in a way that isn't necessary, but it is a solution that works for some.

  8. Craig
    March 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Hi I'm getting this message when trying to add a source, could not retrieve directory information.this could be due to the network not being connected, can some help with this problem.

  9. izzy
    February 6, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Me too.....been down for a week for me

    • Justin Pot
      February 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      It still loads in a browser, though...I wonder what's up.

  10. Sonic123
    February 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    ^^I am having the same problem as above post KJ ^^ -->>This could be due to the network not being connected. <<-- Cant get fusion to work.. everything else ok

  11. KJ
    January 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    So I went to go add fusion, it worked a few days ago and then it didn't. I did research and saw on this article that the link changed. I deleted the old on and added the new one but I still get an error saying, "Could not retrieve directory information. This could be due to the network not being connected. Would you like to add it anyway?" I know my network is connected though because I streamed something from a different addon to check. Why is it doing this and how can I fix it?

    • Justin Pot
      January 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      So I just tried installing this a few hours ago. It worked, but then a half hour later it stopped working. I think the people who run Fusion are having some server problems, so just be patient.

  12. Andre
    December 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I have a Windows 8.1 tablet and get an' import not found' error in the 'Config Wizard'.

  13. Katy
    December 22, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I followed each step as the video but the file movies - TV doesn't show up on that list. What am I missing?

  14. sundrina
    September 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

    please please help me ive had my xbmc box for 2 weeks and im still having problems the instruction book is trash i have been on google and utube all the time with no real answers why would they not preload the thing thats easier i hope its okay to reset because i have quite a few times im trying to do addons i want 1channel,movies25,mashup,fiyi,navi-x this is what im trying to get help help please somethin easy im 67 years old got to be easier thank u

    • Justin P
      September 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      The trouble is the extensions you want to install are all third-party, and not officially recognized by XBMC – an organization that wishes to distance itself from the piracy these tools allow. XBMC being an open platform, however, means you can install add-ons not officially supported – but you need to install it yourself. This usually means downloading a "ZIP" file from the website offering the extension, then heading to "Add-ons" in the "Settings" screen. Hit "Install From ZIP" and browse to the zip file you want to install.

      Fusion installer, outlined above, makes it easier for you by offering a lot of the extensions in one place without the need to download the ZIPs yourself. I hope this was helpful; I can't really talk you through each individual process step by step.

  15. asif
    July 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    I have found my problem. It was firewall, that was making problem. It was not letting me to connect to source!

    • Corri
      January 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      What did you have to do??? I cannot connect to the fusion network

  16. asif
    July 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Running with Gotham, I have same problem, its saying "add-on does not have the correct structure"

  17. Pacheschido
    June 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I installed fusion but I only get the first three folders
    I repeated the proses and the same thing happen no more then three folders. any suggestions would be appreciated
    iPad air with xbmc Gotham

    • Justin P
      June 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Yeah, I believe there's only three folders now, so it's a little different than in the video. You should find most of the ZIPs, though.

  18. J. Brown
    June 14, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Where can i get the fusion zip file? Link please?

    • Justin P
      June 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      There is no Fusion zip file: Fusion is a directory of ZIPs you can add to XBMC so you don't have to mess with ZIPs outside the program anymore.

  19. reeko
    May 14, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    hi i have got problem with doesn't have the world or international folder.can you please help me.i have been trying to install aj addon but cant do it as it does not have this folder

    • Justin P
      May 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      It seems like the International folder is no longer offered by Fusion, beucase it's gone for me too. You're going to have to grab AJ from Google Code:

    • reeko
      May 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

      how do i use this code xbmc. im using xbmc on MX android tv box.

    • zaid
      May 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

      I got same problem

  20. Peter
    May 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I try to install zip files from the Fusion directory, but i get the next message :

    add-on does not have the correct structure

    I also tried it on a clean installation of XBMC, with the same result.

    Im using:
    Win7 SP1 64-bit
    XBMC 12.3 frodo

    Please can you help me with this?

    • Justin P
      May 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I haven't run into this problem, so I'm not sure what the problem could be. Is it any ZIP files, or a particular one? Some might be broken...

    • Justin P
      May 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Additionally, Frodo's been replaced with Gotham 13.0 as of this week, and the upgrade is more than worthwhile. If nothing else works, try installing that.

  21. Ed
    April 14, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Love XBMC and love the Fusion Installer.

    I just have a select few addons, but Fusion makes the whole set up process quite a bit easier.