Are you trying to figure out how to download videos like TV shows or movies onto your hard drive or local storage, but even after enabling the download option in the settings, it doesn’t show when you select a video?
Well, I had the same problem, but after some tinkering, I figured it out. Let me show you how.
Configure Add-on Settings to Enable Downloads
First, go into your Add-on settings. You can either go to the Tools menu item of that add-on’s main screen, or if you’re using the default Estuary theme, you can access the Add-on Settings right from the left slide-out sidebar.
In the Playback tab, make sure you set your Default action to Directory.
Go the the Downloads tab, turn on Enable downloads and specify your paths where the downloads will be stored.
You have to specify the download paths for BOTH Movies AND TV Shows. This is where most people get tripped up. They only specify one of the paths.
Click OK to save the settings.
How to Download a Video in a Kodi Add-on
Now, click on a show to get to the list of sources.
Press the context menu button (or “c” on a keyboard) on a source link and you will see a Download option.
Select Download and it will let you confirm if you want to download it.
Add Your Downloads to Your Kodi Video Library
To make the most out of the download feature, you should also add a Video Source to your Kodi Video Library and use the same path that you specified in the Download settings. That way, Kodi will scan that folder for any new videos and will include them in your Video Library.
On a little side note, if you all you want is to get videos from streaming add-ons into your video library, there is a better way. Check out my tutorial on How to Merge Kodi Streaming Add-ons into the Video Library.
Warning About Downloading Pirated Videos
Please keep in mind that while the law is a bit fuzzy when it comes to streaming videos, it is perfectly clear and definitely illegal to download and store such videos on your local storage devices. If you’re caught with downloaded pirated videos, you can get into really big trouble!
I usually recommend a Kodi streamers to use a VPN, but If you’re going to download, I strongly urge you to use a Kodi VPN to prevent your ISP or anyone else from tracking what you’re downloading. I don’t want any of you to get into trouble.
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