Have you wondered how to use the “Download” feature in many of the popular Kodi streaming add-ons? Or maybe you’ve tried to use it, but can’t get it to work?
In this post, I’ll show you how to set it up and how to use it to download TV shows and movies to your hard drive.
I received this question from a reader in the forum. Rick said…
Currently using Real-Debrid through Exodus and it is working well.
I have tried to set up “Download” using your “Ultimate Guide – How To Set Up Kodi The Right Way” but it doesn’t seem to be working for me.
Wondering if you could publish a definitive step-by-step system for dummies on how to set up Download and also how to use it once it is correctly set up.
Well, Rick, thanks for the suggestion. I’d love to!
How to Enable Downloading in a Kodi Streaming Add-on
Pick your favorite Kodi streaming add-on. Most of them are Exodus forks, so there is a ton of overlap in functionality. Most of them have the download feature. Note: Seren does not.
For the sake of this tutorial, I’ll be using Exodus.
Open the Exodus video add-on in Kodi and go to Tools > Exodus : Downloads. (or any of those because the shortcut to the correct tab usually doesn’t work).
Now, click on the Downloads tab.
Here will you need to toggle the “Enable downloads” to the ON position.
You will also need to set the paths for BOTH Movies AND TV. This is where people fail to set both paths and wonder why it doesn’t work. Even if you only plan on downloading Movies or TV, you need to set the paths for both.
Then select OK.
Tip: If you intend to mainly use the download feature and won’t be using the auto-play feature, then you should change playback to “Directory” instead of “Auto-play”. While still in the add-on’s settings, go to “Playback”. If playback is showing Dialogue, or Auto Play, you can change it to “Directory”.
How to Use the Download Feature in Kodi Streaming Add-ons
Once you have enabled the Downloads feature, use the same add-on to browse for a TV show or movie.
*** Tip: To open a context menu, either right-click on a mouse, or press “c” on a keyboard, or press a menu button on a remote.
Find the TV episode or movie you want to download. If you your playback setting is set to “Directory“, then just select the movie or episode to have it search and display the list of sources available for that video. Otherwise, if it is set to “Auto-play“, then you’ll need to open the context menu*** and select “Play using…”
Now, after the add-on finishes scraping, you should see a list of source links with lots of information on them.
Highlight a source link that you want to download, and open the context menu ***.
You should see a Download link in that context menu. Select it.
You will then be prompted to confirm that you want to download that video file. It will let you know how big the file is. Click Confirm.
Wait for the download to complete in background. When it finishes, it will show you a message saying “Download succeeded“.
What To Do With a Video Downloaded from Kodi?
If at this point, you’re wondering, “now what?”, then read on.
The video file has now been downloaded to your device at the storage path that you selected in the settings. If you use any file browser, you should be able to find that path to see and open that video file.
Or, you can use the Kodi library to browse and play your downloaded videos.
Just go into your Kodi “Files section” and select Add videos… then browse to the same path that you selected to download videos to. Doing that creates a source for your video library. New files downloaded there automatically get picked up by Kodi and will show in your TV shows or Movies library.
Legal Implications with Downloading Copyrighted Videos
One more thing before you leave to go start downloading every video ever made…
There is a big difference legally between streaming copyrighted videos and downloading copyrighted videos. Read more about those legal differences.