TVAddons is up and running again after the shutdown, but not the same as before. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install a Kodi Fusion alternative repository so you can install and update Kodi add-ons like Exodus, SALTS, etc.
TVAddons.ag’s Fusion repository server has been shut down since early June 2017. It was the file manager source that pretty much everybody was using to access their vast collection of unofficial Kodi add-ons.
In the wake of the Fusion shutdown, people have been left without any way to install or update their favorite add-ons.
Well, we can’t all wait forever,
and they might not ever come back.
UPDATE: TVAddons is back! (but different)
After almost 2 months of being M.I.A., TVAddons is finally back as of July 30, 2017. However, be aware that they are not the same as they used to be.
The new domain for TVAddons is now https://www.tvaddons.co/ instead of the old tvaddons.ag since all their domains were seized by a Canadian law firm and they’re being held even after the court decided in favor of TVAddons. Read more about the crazy stuff that they have been through with the Canadian legal system.
TVAddons’ new repository is at http://tinyurl.com/tvaddonsco, however they do not have the same types of add-ons like they used to. Now, their add-ons consist of completely legal and official sources that do not violate any sort of copyright infringement. Their add-ons include the likes of:
- Adult Swim
- Film On Simple
- Last Week Tonight (with John Oliver)
- Mr. Bean
- UFO TV
Given this information about the new post-lawsuit TVAddons 2.0 that doesn’t have any of our favorite Kodi add-ons anymore, I imagine most of you will lose interest in them as I have.
So, read on to learn how to install an alternative to TVAddons’ Fusion repository.
How to Install an Alternative Repo in Kodi
These instructions will work with any Fusion alternative repo that you want to install. Just use the URL of that repo, and give it a name that you will recognize as that repo.
- Go to your Kodi File Manager (under settings)
- Select Add Source
- Enter the URL of the repo server you want to use
- Give it a name in the box below
- Now, go to My Add-ons, and select the 2 dots to go up a level until you see Install from Zip File
- Go to Install from Zip File > [the name you chose]
- Then, each repo server will have different contents here. Usually, there will be a repo file you can install. Or, there could be individual add-on repositories available to install.
- Select and install whatever add-ons you want
Now that you know how to install an alternative repo in Kodi, let’s take a look at the current alternatives to Fusion…
The Smash repo is a brand new repo as of late June. It hosts a ton of the most popular Kodi unofficial add-ons. Smash hopes to become the new favorite Kodi repository to replace Fusion going forward.
It not only hosts a bunch of add-ons, but Smash repo also hosts several other repos, so you can install those repos from this single source.
To install Smash repository, use the following URL in the installation instructions above…
SuperRepo has been around as long as TVAddons, if not longer. The two of them have been the biggest add-on repositories.
SuperRepo has over 2,000 add-ons to choose from. Hopefully they don’t face the same fate that TVAddons did. At the time of writing this, SuperRepo is up. If you find it to be down, please let me know in the comments.
To use SuperRepo, use this URL with the above instructions…
I thought I should mention NoobsandNerds because I’ve heard some people talking about their repo, but at the moment, it appears to be hit and miss. It seems like their server is overloaded with too much traffic since floods of people are looking for alternatives to Fusion.
If you want to try out NoobsandNerds repo, just follow the same instructions, but use this URL as your File Manager source URL.
The best replacement for Fusion so far is Cazwall. Hosted by Simply Caz at Cazwall.com.
UPDATE: Caz has closed down his repo (except for his own legitimate add-ons). Apparently the server costs would be too high, and he started receiving legal threats. So, he not only shut down his repository, but he also said that he was deleting all of his Kodi posts and would no longer be posting about Kodi on his blog.
Troubleshooting Failed to Install a Dependency Error
One last thing on this topic that I wanted to share. I’ve helped some people get their new Kodi boxes set up since the Fusion shut-down, and it was not always easy.
One issue I came across was the inability to install any new add-ons even from these new repos. It was always giving the error message “Failed to Install a Dependency“.
After much troubleshooting, I figured it out. Here’s how to fix it…
Protect Your Privacy in these Times of Uncertainty
TVAddons with Fusion and a bunch of other add-ons have shut down recently due to legal troubles. Dish Network launched a lawsuit against TVAddons because the software (add-ons) that they have been developing was helping a vast number of people around the globe stream unlicensed TV and movie content. That lawsuit apparently caused the shut-down of their entire online presence.
In addition, anti-piracy and anti-copyright-infringement laws and enforcement efforts have been at an all-time high. In Europe, the sale of fully-loaded set top boxes that allow for streaming of unlicensed content has been banned by the EU and many people have already been sent to jail.
In these times of uncertainty, please be diligent about protecting the privacy of you and your family. You need to use a Kodi VPN.
To learn more, read my 4 Reasons Why Kodi Streamers Need a VPN.
Your Comments are Welcome
We are all in uncharted territory here as the whole Kodi add-on community is in shock and scrambling about what to do.
If you have any tips to share with everyone, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!