How to Install the Covenant Kodi Add-on

Covenant was the big successor to Exodus. Here's how to install the popular Covenant Kodi add-on on your Kodi box.

Exodus “No Stream Available” error messages happening more often lately?  They were for me too.  That’s because Exodus is dead.  It’s been replaced by the Covenant add-on.

Goodbye, Exodus.  It’s been fun.

Exodus was abandoned by the original developer, lambda. TVAddons announced their plans to open Exodus to the development community as an open source project as previously mentioned. However, they made this announcement shortly before they were taken offline by legal action against them.

When TVAddons came back, they had a new plan for their business moving forward to only host legitimate add-ons.

Needless to say, it doesn’t sound like the Exodus open source project was going to go anywhere.

Then after I started recommending the Smash repository, they changed their directory labels a bit, and one of such changes clearly pointed to the demise of Exodus.  This is the folder in Smash repo that only had the Exodus add-on…

Covenant is the Newer, Better Exodus

The good news is that Covenant looks and behaves almost exactly the same as Exodus did.  I’m happy about that because I was a big fan of Exodus.

After switching to Covenant, I immediately noticed a lot of things started working better.

  • Real-Debrid started working again.  I appears that Real-Debrid stopped working on Exodus recently.  Even after reauthorizing it many times, I couldn’t get it to work.  With Covenant, I have Real-Debrid working perfectly.
  • MORE LINKS!  I noticed Exodus was declining rapidly in the number of available links.  I kept getting No Stream Available in Exodus, or I was getting very few links (which were also very slow).  The last episode I tried watching in Exodus only had 2 links and they both buffered a lot.  After switching to Covenant, I tried playing the exact same episode and got 104 links, and didn’t have any buffering!

NOTE: Whenever using unofficial Kodi streaming add-ons like this, I recommend using a VPN to protect your privacy.  Check out my 4 Reasons Why Kodi Streamers Need a VPN.

Covenant Kodi Add-on Details and Status

Last Activity: Status:
Add-on: Covenant (1.1.34) Dec 29, 2017 Online
Repo: Colossus Dec 29, 2017 Online
File Source: (KinkeadTech) Online
GitHub Username: covenantkodi

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How to Install Colossus Repo Using the GitHub Browser

This is the easiest way to install Covenant if you already have the GitHub Browser add-on from TVAddons / Fusion.

If you want to use the GitHub Browser to install the Colossus repo, then follow my tutorial on how to install the GitHub Browser.  After you have the GitHub Browser add-on installed, you can easily install the Colossus repo simply by searching for the GitHub username:


After you have installed the Colossus repository, move on to learn how to install the Covenant add-on from the Colossus repo.

How to Install the Colossus Repo from the KinkeadTech File Source

  • Go to Settings (cog icon) > File Manager
  • Select Add Source
  • Click on the <None> box and type in the URL of the repo server, exactly like this (case-sensitive):

    Hint: If you’re on a phone and the URL is too long, swipe sideways.

  • Give it a name in the box below (name it KinkeadTech)
  • Now, go to the Settings > Add-ons > Install from Zip File > KinkeadTech >

How to Install the Covenant Add-on From the Colossus Repo

  • After you have the Colossus Repo installed, go back to the Settings > Add-ons screen and select Install from Repository > Colossus Repo > Video add-ons > Covenant > Install
Select Covenant > Install

Kodi Streamers Should Be Using a VPN

Whether you need to get around your ISP blocking you from add-ons repositories or streaming servers, OR you just want to keep your video streaming private, I always recommend Kodi streamers to use a VPN.  Please read my 4 Reasons Why Kodi Streamers Need a Kodi VPN.

Failed to Install Covenant?

Did the instruction above result in seeing an error message about the installation failing?  I had that on one device as well.

The solution is to disable all other repositories besides Smash and Colossus (which is Covenant’s repo).

To disable repositories in Kodi:

  • Go to the Add-on browser screen
  • Select My add-ons
  • Select Add-on repositories
  • Select one of the old repositories
  • Select Disable

Another possible (and likely issue) is that the repo source is taken down like all the ones before it.  If you have trouble installing the repo, try copying the URL and pasting it into your browser to make sure it shows a list of files instead of a 404 File Not Found error.

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Any Questions?  Let me know

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If you run into any issue when trying to install Covenant, please let me know in the comments below.  I love to help.  Thanks.

259 thoughts on “How to Install the Covenant Kodi Add-on

      1. doesn’t want to play tv shows..on movies plays perfectly but tv shows doesn’t even show any of them..just options like genres, networks, languages and sub options like action animation etc..but doesn’t show any name of tv shows :/ ..

  1. I followed all the steps and it shows a new Primewire fix on my add ons but every time I click it it says “failed to connect to url”. None of my add ons work.

  2. I can’t get pass add sorce http:/

    My screen says path not found or invalid

    I’m getting so frustrated :( HELP

          1. When I try to download colossus the version number is 000.000.0. I click on the install button and simply nothing happens.

          2. I downloaded as per the instructions. My list of movies come up. I choose one or any. It goes through the possible providers. Then I get the message convenant no stream available. I’m not sure if I missed a step. This is an mxq Pro box I bought about 6 months ago Exodus is not working I tried downloading Elysium which is very sporadic so now trying Covenant and still can’t get any movies to load please help

          3. You can’t get streams on any movie or any show? If you’re just not getting enough good links, then I usually recommend using Real-Debrid. However, if you’re not getting ANY links, then something else is going wrong. It makes me wonder if your router or your ISP is blocking the connection from the streaming servers. You could test that using a VPN and seeing if starts working.

          4. I’m new to this stuff lol. I’ve downloaded everything, now how to use this thing(I know some will laugh lol)?

  3. After I do this it says failed to install. I’ve tried it thru all ways mentioned. We used to have it all set up but lost everything when we had to uninstall and reinstall kodi. Would not having a vpn have something to do w it? It works in our other firestick a fine.

    1. The only reason why having a VPN would help in that scenario is if your ISP is blocking access to a repository required to download add-ons like this. It’s possible, so if you have one, it’s worth a shot trying to connect to it. Do you have any other repositories installed? If you go to My add-ons > Add-on repositories, how many are there? Select each one that is not Smash or Covenant and deactivate them. Then, try to install Covenant again.

    1. By that do you mean when you select an episode, nothing happens at all? Like it doesn’t even search the providers? I experienced that same thing on one of my devices. The next day it worked fine. It was apparently a temporary glitch.

      1. It plays now but so many buffing issues. Guardian of the galaxy 2 after 22 mins issues couldn’t watch it anymore. Its like that 90% of the movies. My wifi has awesome connection so its not that.

  4. OMG! I could kiss you thank you @!@ this is the first website thsy i have seen that talks to normal heads about this stuff and not just tech heads!! So simple to follow even i could do it!! THANK YOU!!!!

      1. Yes, I have an old version of Kodi. Hitting the down arrow did not bring me to File Manager. Ive seen many icons but none for File Manager. I’m not savvy with this technology and don’t understand what a skin is. I think the Skin that I am using is AEON Nox 5: Redux as that is the only one enabled

        1. I used to use Aeon Nox 5: Redux when I had the older version of Kodi, and it had a submenu under the Settings or System menu. That had the File Manager link in it. If you don’t have a submenu, maybe you can go to Settings > Interface > Skin > Configure Skin and find a setting to enable the submenus. Or, you can just switch to a different skin (and probably update Kodi as well).

          1. Hi, No joy. Settings gives me the following options, Notifications, Network, Display&Sounds, Applications, Controllers,preferences , accesibility and a few others but no File Manager, or interface, Skin etc.

          2. Hi there
            I have gone into the Kodi System before but did not have a clear idea of what to do next. Would it be possible to send me a step by step of how to remove Exodus and instal Covenant or it it is to install the new Kodi, which I assume has all the new updates. I am not tech savvy by any means so this is a challenge for me. Thanks

          3. Hello Nathan Thank you very much for the step by step. exactly what I needed and I have now installed Covenant. I can now access most sites with the exception of the sports sites, including SKY sport. I suppose I will have to instal something else for sports.

    1. Then you must be on the wrong page. Which skin are you using? If Estuary, you have to actually click on the Add-ons menu on the main screen and not just have it highlighted. Then, click on the open box icon at the top.

      1. You know what? I’ve never used the channels page until now. I see what you mean that there’s not much there. It looks like all Sky channels. However, they don’t appear to be live TV channels at all, but it just simply links you over to the movie that’s on for a certain channel, and it just streams the movie as it would if you just searched for it. Seems like a pretty useless page to me.

  5. When I try to install smash repo from install from repository I get “could not connect to repository”. I am using the firestick and hv a VPN

      1. Must be. I tried the other repos in the list just to check and got the same msg. I will try again tomorrow then. Thank u for responding so quickly.

          1. Hi, I just tried again today and I got the not able to connect error again. I deleted smash and re-added it, but now when I go to install from zip I see the following “-SmashRepo(soloman is a scam DO NOT HELP).zip” so I don’t know what to do.

          2. I see that there too. You can ignore the message. Go ahead and install that zip file.

            The person who manages the Smash Repo just put that message there warning people about soloman who is a guy who makes a lot of YouTube videos about Kodi. I’ll have to look and see what he’s referring to.

          3. I tried again and I keep getting “could not connect to repository”. I actually get it on everything I have on install from repository. What could be wrong?

          4. I installed the ipvanish app on the firestick and connect to it from there. I am able to watch shows and movies with my amazon prime. I checked the internet on kodi and it says it is connected. I can’t think of what else it can be.

          5. I’m sorry, I can’t really think of what could be the issue. You have the Colossus repo successfully installed, but get that error when you try to install an add-on from it?

          6. I am only able to do this part: After you have the Smash repo installed, go back to the Add-on Browser screen and select Install from Repository > -SMASH Repo > Add-on repository > Colossus Repository, after this I cannot connect to any repositories from the “install from repository “

    1. No error message. I actually sent this and something popped up. I can’t remember what, but i tried to run it and got nervous because it asked if i would allow things and i was nervous…so i backed out. Went back into it and it won’t pull it up again. I’ll try again tomorrow. Exodus is working ok at the moment. I don’t see as many HD options as I had before but I had tried other things before i stumbled upon this, so who knows. :P

          1. When you try to install an add-on, it should give you a prompt with a button that will take you right there. But, if you need to find it yourself, it’s in Settings > System > Add-ons.

  6. Are you using the new default skin called Estuary? It would look like my screen shots. If it doesn’t look like my screen shots, can you tell me what skin you’re using or send me a screen shot? Or, you can just switch to the Estuary theme to follow along with my tutorial.

      1. I was also using Exodus from Smash, but I found it was not working very well at all. I couldn’t even connect it to Real-Debrid which was probably the biggest issue and why I was getting so few links. Covenant was so much better for me.

    1. It looks like you’re on an old version of Kodi. In that version, “Get Add-ons” is the same as the new “Install from repository”. You should also consider updating to the latest Kodi version.

      1. Hi Nathan,

        I tried looking through your posts to see if there was one about updating to the newest version of Kodi, but I couldn’t seem to find one. Do you have one I could follow along with? I’ve tried other websites for information but they keep leading me astray.


          1. I’m just not having any luck. I have the MXQ Android box. I go to the Play Store and I can’t find that specific app – it doesn’t seem to exist. Looks like we will just have to buy a new one. All this messing around is just making me more frustrated.

  7. I’ve downloaded Covenant but still have the same problem ‘No stream available’. I’m getting very frustrated as I’ve been trying to find a good link all day then spent an hour trying this. Any help would be much appreciated I’m thinking about just chucking it away. I don’t know what system im running or if it’s up to date?

  8. So I have successfully installed covenant. Should i have a covenant “link” when I go under movies/tv shows etc? Or would I continue to click on exodus? I don’t have anything that says covenant on my build (I’m using pulse) thank you!

      1. No I haven’t gotten a reply. But I figured out that if you go to video add-ons either in system or when you click on exodus and hit the back button once it will pull up a list of your add-ons. I scrolled down until I found covenant!

        1. Courtney and Kerrie,

          I’m glad you found that little workaround to find Covenant. If you are using a build that has custom menu items, you might be able to change the menu items under Settings > Appearance > Skin Settings (or something like that). There is usually an option to customize the home screen menu.

  9. Hi Nathan,
    I’ve had no problem getting the smash repo installed – however when I go to install the colossus repo it just comes up with Version 000.000.0 and I can’t install it. What can I do?
    When I log into kodi I get “version check error” – not sure if that’s playing a role
    Any help is appreciated!

      1. Joey and Nick, I seem to remember seeing that the version said 000.000.0 when I installed it. But now, oddly enough, I’m seeing it installed with version 999.999.6…. huh. Anyway, what version of Kodi are you guys using? Are you on the latest 17.4?

  10. I am not customer service because I didn’t develop Kodi or Covenant. I’m just a blogger who writes tutorials to help people figure this stuff out. With that said, I’m willing to help if you let me know what issue you’re having. Thanks.

  11. In have an android MXQ box 4.2. I can only run jarvis16.1 on it and I have covenant installed. I am not getting any streams bad or good for a lot of films? I tried running the latest version of kodi through 4.4ebox and it found streams but were very jumpy? Losing my marbles here, help.

    1. Jumpy videos could be caused by the need for you to turn on the Hardware Acceleration settings in Kodi. Besides that, I suggest using a Real-Debrid subscription to get access to high quality, high bandwidth streams.

      1. How do you turn on hardware acceleration? I deleted the Ebox app last nite wihich was running krypton and just reinstalled Jarvis 16.1 with no luck. Do you think I should just fork out for a newer box or firestick?

  12. The message I am getting says “Add-on is incompatible due to unmet dependencies. Would you like to disable it on your system?

      1. I’m at work now so let me check when I get home this afternoon/evening. Appreciate your assistance with this and I’ll let you know.

          1. I updated to 17.4 and added covenant and everything is working. Any add on recommendations? Appreciate your support and blog. Great stuff.

  13. Help with covenant.
    Sometimes when I click on my tv shows / collection it will not load up my programs. It just says no trakt account even do it worked a short time ago. I am running the 1.1.14 version of covenant and the 17.4 of kodi.

    Is covenant running smoothly for others?

    I seem to be getting errors like streams not loading or sections of covenant not loading up. I am using a real debrid account.

    Any help would be great.

    1. That’s odd because it all seems to be working fine for me. For Trakt, you should reauthorization your Trakt connection. Also, make sure your Real-Debrid connection is still working. If not, you need to reauthorize that too. Besides those, also try doing a clear cache and clear providers in the Covenant Tools page.

      1. The only repositories I have on here is Colossus libraries repository, colossus repository, Smash repo , and Kodi add-on repository

          1. How do I check that? when I hit install Covenant a error message pops up at the bottom says metahandler: failed to install a dependency. Covenant : failed to install a dependency

  14. We can’t get the movie list! We can only watch movies that we’ve already watched. What can I do to get the full movies list. Example of my problem if you click movies>genres>crime it only shows what we’ve watched.

  15. So the repository gets installed, but you can’t get into them when you go to Install from repository > Colossus? That’s so weird because I’ve been doing that a lot and haven’t been having any issues. Try toggling your VPN off and on in case that’s causing an issue for some reason. You could also try checking the Kodi logs to see what URL is not accessible?

        1. I am at it again. Trying to make it work this time. Your help is greatly needed. I was trying to find where the kodi.log is. I am assuming it is under the file manager? If it is, I don’t see a kodi.log nor “userdata”. I tried adding the new url for smash and fhe kodi1 but nothing populates under either folder when I try to bring it up in the install from zip file. As if, I wasn’t connected to the internet I guess. I checked my settings on the firestick and it says I am. I checked the internet access under setting/system and user proxy is off and internet connection bandwith limitation is off too. I went to system info under kodi and it says connected too. Plead help! Thank you!

          1. I’m at a loss when it comes to the issue of getting the “Could not connect to repository” when going into Colossus Repository. I’m not having that issue on any of my devices, but I know a lot of people are having that issue and commenting about it here. If I can’t replicate it, I can’t troubleshoot it. If anyone has any tips to share with everyone else, please let us know.

            Mia, regarding the error logs, it’s not something you can see from the Kodi File Manager. You have to use a file browser app on your device and follow the path from the link I sent you previously.

          2. Try this first. Go to Install from repository. Then with Colossus repository highlighted, press “C” or menu button, then select Information. Then select Uninstall.

            Now, go back to Install from repository > -SMASH Repo > Add-on repository > Colossus Repository

            Hopefully that will install properly and then you can install Covenant from the Colossus Repository.

  16. I can only see one or two streams per movie/show and from providers I’ve never seen before. What can I do to see a full page like I used to see?

  17. What if Kodi doesn’t work at all? Every single add-on just shows the loading symbol but never, ever loads. Covenant, Phoenix, IceFilms… everything.

      1. I always close out kodi, and launch app when I want to use it. The skin is the default one, I’ve tried others but ended up going back to the original. I’m about to just give up and forget the money I spent on the firestick

  18. I followed the set of instructions (on a Fire stick) and is said the add on had installed…..but where is it on Kodi….on my TV Shows menu i still have Zen, Exodus, Specto, Salts, UK Turks and MetalliQ

  19. I keep getting a message stating that network connection failed. My internet is working just fine so I have no idea why the network would be down.

    1. In Kodi 17 using the Estuary skin, it’s in Settings (the cog icon) and then File Manager. If you’re using Kodi 16, it’s old and you would need to upgrade anyway. If using Kodi 17, but with the old Confluence skin, hit the down arrow on System, and you should get a dropdown which would have File Manager.

  20. I keep getting an error message: “Couldn’t retrieve directory information. This could be due to the network not being connected. Would you like to add it anyway?”

    Boo. Not sure what this needs but I need help. Thank in advance! :)

  21. When I try to install colossus from the smash repository nothing happens. I get into the smash repository, and I see “Colossus Repository”, click on it, then try to install, but literally nothing happens… Any ideas Nathan?

      1. Hi I’m getting the same thing. Colossus version shows 000.000.0 And colossus is not showing in the install from rep

          1. No i have been trying to update it since I posted that. And just don’t know what to do.

  22. Hi Nathan, forgive my total lack of tech knowledge in advance! I think I’ve installed colossus and covenant correctly. I just followed your steps. I’m still having problems though. Am I meant to disable Exodus? I’ve tried doing that and it won’t allow me to. A message saying “Exodus repository is used by the following installed add-on (s)
    This add-on can’t be disabled”

    1. What you’re trying to do is disable the Exodus repo, but it won’t let you because the Exodus add-on is still active. Go into Add-on Browser > My Add-ons > Video Add-ons > Exodus and disable that first (that’s the add-ons). Then, you can go back to Add-on Browser > My Add-ons > Add-on Repositories > Exodus Repository, and disabled that.

  23. Hey there- I had been having problems, which turns out to have been Exodus- followed your great advice and installed Colossus and then went on to add Covenant. But, attempting to stream, everything is still Exodus as I had as default. I then restarted the FireStick thinking that might allow me to get free of the default Exodus. The appearance of everything Kodi had changed and Exodus remained. I then attempted to disable other add ons, but after that I could not find Covenant. Any suggestions?

    1. It sounds like your skin has a main menu shortcut that goes to Exodus. Go into your settings > interface > skin settings and there is probably a place for you to manage your main menu. You can change the shortcut from Exodus to Covenant.

      1. Thanks for all your quick help Nathan. After I went through the steps to install Covenant, I was quickly able to watch a movie, But, after I went through the steps to change the skin appearance, things went wrong and now instead of the usual “home screen” I have a home screen that only displays videos and music, the settings and system menus appear in a bar below. I had to search add ons to try to find Covenant again, and when I did, the usual choices i.e. TV, movies, Box Office, etc were missing from the view.
        Now I’m wishing I hadn’t tried to change the appearance, because I think I’m in too deep.

        The Firestick I’m using was jailbroken when I got it. I was thinking maybe I should unistall and attempt to reinstall, but I’m concerned that the programming I enjoyed before won’t be there.

        What’s your valued opinion?

  24. I’ve been trying to fix SALTS and I was so confused by other websites until I found this and it is now working. You gave directions that were easy to follow (which wasn’t an easy task as someone like me lol) so thank you so much for this.

  25. When I’m at ‘Install From Zip File’, the box comes up that has a list of things to choose from, including smash, on the left side of box, and on the right, ‘OK’ and ‘cancel’. When I click anything from the list, smash or otherwise, the ‘ok’ button does not light up – I cannot click it.

    1. Megan, sorry for the delay getting back to you. If you select the file source of Smash in the Install from zip file screen and nothing happens, then the URL must have a typo or it’s getting blocked. Here’s a screenshot of what I see at the bottom of that screen when Smash is selected. Make sure yours is exactly the same. If not, go back to the Kodi file manager and edit that source to fix the URL.

      If yours is exactly the same, then it must be getting blocked either by your router, firewall, or ISP. In that case, you need to use a VPN if you can’t get it unblocked.

    1. So, you’ve successfully added the Smash file source, then installed the Smash repository, but now when you try to install the Colossus repository using the Smash repository, it doesn’t work? What does it do?

    1. I’ve seen lately that a lot of links that don’t work don’t even say “no stream available” anymore. Now a lot of them just don’t do anything. If you have auto-play turned on, press the menu (or “c”) and select “Play using…” to get the list of links to go through to find one that works.

  26. All I watch is movies and tv shows every night like ncis, right now when I go to kodi I have no movies or shows its like covenant gone… what do I need to do

  27. I installed the -smash repo however when I am trying to install the colossus repository, I click on install but nothing is happening. Please advise….dying here.

  28. Hi I’ve just been trying to put the new exodus on my kodi 17 and used the mediarepo url but nothing happens when trying to install from zip file. Any advice?

  29. I installed Kodi 17.6 on my computer and have 17.3 on my TV. That is as far as I got. I tried to install Smash on my computer and I can’t seem to do it. It shows that I have smash 2 times. Anyway I’m not ready for the next step to install Covenant. I don’t know what to do. I am on Windows System 7…

  30. Nathan, I appreciate all of your good work. However, with all of the peaks and valleys and ups and downs it has left me so totally confused. Would it be possible for you to start all over with the latest steps 1, 2, and 3 that could get everything up and running again? Thanks again, Jack

    1. Jack, I’ve completely revised this post to clean out some of the old updates that happened along the way and to show you the new way to get Covenant. Give it a try and let me know if you run into any snags. Thanks!

  31. just blown away the new add on s as i have old old box .and just installed kodi 16.1 a updated few months ago.

  32. Nathan, I’ve installed the Fantastic Add-on, that looks very similar to Covenant (and Exodus). It generally works OK but sometimes I’m getting a different movie than the one I selected. Is this something that can be fixed? Thanks for your great assistance to all of us, the Kodi enthusiasts.

    1. Rafael, thanks for the comment. I haven’t tried Fantastic yet, but I definitely will. Regarding getting a different movie, that can happen from time randomly. Some factors that increase your chances of this happening are… 1) The movie is too new, like maybe still in theaters or not on DVD/Blu-Ray yet, and 2) if you are not using Real-Debrid. Having a Real-Debrid Premium subscription increases the quality and accuracy of the links provided. Thanks for being a Kodi enthusiast!

  33. Hi Nathan! I still get “No stream available” error on Covenant. Is something similar working, so as to install it in a RPi 3? Thanks and best regards!

      1. Not sure. I’ll need to check. Will a newer version install over an older one, or do I need to uninstall the older version?
        Thank you!

  34. Hey Nathan,

    If I am getting the error message “Covenant: no stream available” after downloading…what do I do?

  35. I get to this step “Install the Covenant Add-on from the XvBMC Repo: and It won’t do anything. It just spins and nothing comes up

  36. We have just installed the covenant, but still cannot get Shameless on Showtime to
    Play. Any other suggestions?

  37. Was able to install the XvBMC (Add-ons) REPOsitory but can’t connect to it to install add-ons
    I receive error “Could not connect to repository.” at step: Install from Repository > XvBMC (Add-ons) REPOsitory
    Is there something to try?

  38. hello i am a bit behind i know … when i try to install from zip file that file is empty..any suggestions? this is for covenant

  39. Just take it down, no longer maintained and if it works for you only finds movies from India, usually an indicator it’s been abandoned.

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