Popular Kodi Streaming Add-ons Compared (Source Scraping Test Results)

Which Kodi streaming add-ons work the best? I devised a test to show how many sources scraped from each popular add-on, and how many of each quality.

Looking at unofficial streaming add-ons for Kodi, but not sure which ones work the best?

While my Kodi streaming add-ons tracker does a great job at showing you which add-ons are actively being maintained and which ones people vote up or down more often, it’s still not quite enough.  I want to see some numbers side by side!

So, I devised a test where I configured several of the most popular add-on the same way and then tried to play the same TV show episode from each one.  This would show how many sources were scraped from each add-on and how many of them are in each quality category.

The Kodi Add-on Scraping Test

Here were the parameters of my test.

First, each add-on was configured with…

  • Real-Debrid authorized
  • Max quality = 4K
  • Debrid sources only = Off
  • Timeout = 60 seconds
  • Preemptive termination = Off

With this configuration, I should get the most number of links possible without any limits.

The TV show episode that I tried to play with each add-on was the first episode of Stranger Things season 3 because it a very popular show yet the season is still somewhat recent at the time of writing this.

For the measurement, I took a screenshot right before the last provider finished or when the 60 second timeout was about to be up.

So, without further ado, here were the results…

Gaia

Gaia
  • Gaia wins first place by having the most 4K (HDULTRA), HD1080, and HD720 out of any of the tested add-ons (by kind of a lot, too).
  • Mostly Debrid Torrents which are great.
  • Gaia is Debrid-only.

Seren

Seren
  • In 2nd place, Seren found 8 4K sources (only 1 less than Gaia found), and the rest of the quality categories were fairly average.
  • Found a good mix of Torrents and Debrid-Cached sources.
  • Seren is Debrid-only.

Venom

Venom
  • Found 1 4K source
  • Found good amount of sources for the rest of the qualities as long as you’re using debrid.
  • The free non-debrid is basically just SD videos.  No free 1080p sources and only 1 free 720p source.

Tempest

Tempest
  • No 4K sources found and a weak showing on 1080p and 720p sources.
  • Found the most free 720p sources out of any of the tested add-ons.
  • This add-on is crushing the SD sources making it the highest total sources count (if you care).

Exodus Redux

Exodus Redux
  • No 4K sources found, but much better selection of 1080p and 720p sources

Yoda

Yoda
  • No 4K sources, but good selection of 1080p and 720p on Debrid.
  • No free 1080p sources.
  • FYI, this add-on was shut down by its original developer, but is now being hosted in the Gaia repo.  Keep an eye on it if there are ongoing updates if a developer took over the maintenance.

Resistance

Resistance
  • Pretty spotty results here.  No 4K, no free 1080p, no debrid 720p.
  • There were still 5 providers left to scrape, but they were stuck like this for a long time until the 60 second time-out was up.
  • I definitely would not recommend Resistance based on this result.

Scrubs v2

Scrubs V2
  • I was a bit surprised because I’ve heard a lot of people say good things about Scrubs v2, but it had a horrible showing on this test.
  • The lowest number of debrid sources… just 11, and all SD quality.
  • On the free side, nothing better than 4 720p sources.

How to Install These Add-ons

Instead of linking each of these to their installation tutorial posts, I’m going to first send you over to my Kodi add-on tracker where you can check on the most current information about these add-ons before you decide to try some out.

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