On a tip from aftvnews.com, I decided to install FireStarter and Kodi on a Fire TV Stick. As I type this out, I am repeating the process on a second stick because my WIFE has taken custody of the first one. Yes, WAF for this enhancement is very high. Here’s why…
After installing in this manner, the FTV Stick still comes up as it always did. Jumping into Kodi is as easy as pressing the home button. Double pressing the home button returns to FTV mode. Adding sources is fairly simply as well and navigating the sources is intuitive. Once inside a source, you often have the option to Play From Here which plays every file at the source beginning with the selected file. So, navigate to Food Network, scroll down to Barefoot Contessa, and Play From Here for hours of fun.
This post will guide you step by step through the installation process. If you are a visual person, scroll down to the bottom where I have linked Mr. Craig’s excellent YouTube video of the process. Let’s get started…
- Download Kodi (choose Android ARM), ADB, and FireStarter.
- Power up your Fire TV Stick, scroll down to Settings, select System, select Developer Options, set ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources to On (OK the warning).
- Still in System, navigate to About, scroll down to Network, and note your IP address.
- Extract the contents of adbfw128.zip into a folder on your PC and run adbFire.exe.
- adbFire will check for updates. If one is found, download the new version, close the old version, and extract and run the new version.
- adbFire takes nearly a minute to load. Do not open adbFire a second time while the first instance is loading.
- Click the Stop ADB button.
- Click the New button.
- Enter the IP address and a description for the Fire TV Stick you are installing Kodi on.
- Click the Save button.
- Click the Connect Button.
- Click the Install APK button.
- Browse to the FireStarter APK and install it.
- Browse to the Kodi APK and install it.
- Still in System on your Fire TV Stick, select Applications then Manage Installed Applications.
- Select FireStarter then Launch Application.
- Arrow Left then down to Settings in FireStarter.
- Arrow Right and select Startup Application then select No Action and go back to the previous menu.
- Select Home Button Single Click Application and select Kodi.
- Scroll down to Home Button Double Click Application and select Fire TV Home
That’s it. Kodi is installed. Let’s configure Kodi…
- Scroll to System then Settings then System, select Audio Output then Play GUI Sounds, and select Never.
- Press the Return button until you are at the Kodi home screen.
- Select Videos, then Add-ons, then Get more.
- Scroll through the list of Add-ons selecting any add-on you would like to enable.
To watch Kodi on your Fire TV, simply press the Home button once, scroll to VIDEOS, and press Ad-ons. Enjoy!
Bonus #1: Install a repository of add-ons (from tech radar)…
- Start Kodi.
- Select SYSTEM then File Manager.
- Select Add Source and enter http://fusion.tvaddons.ag as the path to the media location.
- Enter Fusion as the name for the media source and click the OK button.
- Back out to the Kodi main page and select SYSTEM then Settings then Add-ons.
- Select Install from zip file, select fusion, select ‘start-here’, and select ‘plugin.program.addoninstaller-1.2.0.zip’ (the version may change with time).
- Back out to the Kodi main page and select PROGRAMS then Program add-ons then Addon Installer.
- Select an ADD-ONS category, select an add-on, navigate to the add-on, and select install.
- Select OK when the install is complete.
- Return to the Kodi main screen, select VIDEOS then Add-ons and you should see your new add-ons listed.
Bonus #2: Add shortcuts to Kodi’s home screen (from All Things Tech)…
- Start Kodi.
- Select SYSTEM then Settings then Appearance
- Select Skin then -Settings
- Select Add-on Shortcuts
- Fill the slots with tour favorite add-ons and exit to the main screen.