How to Install Kodi 17 FireStick (v17.1) & Fire TV Guide (Krypton)

Updated Wednesday May 24, 2017. *** This guide was updated today to show you how to install the new Kodi 17.1 Krypton.  Use this guide to install Kodi 17 FireStick (yes – the new Kodi 17.1) in about 5 minutes or less.

Kodi 17.1 Release Date:  The newest version of Kodi (v17.1) emerged on April 2nd, 2017.  Prior to this, Kodi 17.0 was released February 5th, 2017.

  • To continue enjoying streaming & TV Addons in Kodi, you must now upgrade to Kodi 17.1 from any previous Kodi version (directions below).  Why?  Kodi streaming sources are moving to HTTPS (for security).  HTTPS is only supported by Kodi 17.1 + future versions.

Now that Kodi 17.1 Official has been released, Team Kodi conveniently made a quick-download link to Install Kodi 17 FireStick (& Fire TV).  To install Kodi 17 Krypton, you simply add the “Downloader” App to your Firestick – then use Downloader to download the Kodi 17.1 apk file.

  • Kodi 17.1 Security Notice:  Since the release of Kodi 17.1, users in UK and US have reported receiving DMCA letters.  As a Kodi user, I protect my streaming data with a VPN so I don’t receive DMCA letters in the mail. After you install Kodi, I suggest you do the same and use my exclusive coupon code FIRETV25 to take 60% off a 1 Year subscription. Then use my VPN setup videos & written guides to set up the VPN on any device (or all devices), including FireStick.

How to Install Kodi 17 FireStick

  1. Using your FireStick / Fire TV, go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button on the Fire TV remote.
  2. Enable ADB Debugging on your Fire TV by going to the System / Settings area.  Make sure ADB Debugging is Enabled and Apps From Unknown Sources are both enabled, because Kodi requires that both of these are turned on to install.
  3. After these are enabled, return to the Fire TV home screen
  4. Go to Search
  5. Search for “Downloader
  6. If you haven’t already done so, select the word “Downloader” to search for the Downloader app
  7. In the search results, select “Apps & Games” (for the updated version of Amazon Fire OS)
  8. Now select Download or Install or OK
  9. Wait a few seconds for the Kodi Downloader app to install
  10. Now select OPEN using the Fire TV Remote to launch the Downloader app
  11. In the Downloader app, Enter” without the quotes.
    • The link above is the shortlink to direct download the Kodi 17.1 (“Krypton”) Official Release (released Feb 5th, 2017).
    • Alternatively, to install Kodi 16 Jarvis instead of Kodi 17 Krypton, enter ““, which is short for “Kodi 16.1 ARM version”.
    • For Kodi Release Candidate 3 FireStick installer file (“apk file”), enter
  12. Select DOWNLOAD
  13. Wait for the Kodi download to complete.
  14. If the Downloader app doesn’t launch the Kodi installer for you, then select “Open File“.
  15. After the Kodi installer launches, your Fire TV should ask if you’d like to “Install” or “Cancel”.  Select “Install“.
  16. Wait for Kodi to install.
  17. After Kodi installs, select “Open App” or “Launch App” to launch Kodi for the first time
  18. Now install TV Addons and protect your Kodi streams (use code FIRETV25)

Don’t forget the last step of the process above!

Why?  Because the last step of the Kodi install process sets up TV Addons on your device and protects your streams by using automated encryption.  Use my Kodi VPN YouTube video to set this up in just a few minutes on FireStick, Android, iPhone, PC or any other device.

  • If you see an error when you launch Kodi after the initial install (specifically an error that says “Cannot download OBB“), then try to re-start Kodi until the error no longer appears.

If you happen to have trouble with this install method (which you shouldn’t), try the Alternative method (scroll down).  Enjoy the power of Kodi 17.0 Official Release on your Fire Stick / Fire TV! (We also have download links for Kodi 16.1 Jarvis and Kodi Krypton Release Candidate 3 RC3)

Kodi 17 Post-Install Tutorial Video

The video below shows you what to do after you install Kodi 17 FireStick.  These instructions also work for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV Box, or literally any device with Kodi installed (because Kodi is the same on all operating systems, or “cross-platform”):

Use the steps in the video above to install TV Addons in Kodi Krypton using the Kodi 17 Config Wizard (which is now called the Indigo Wizard).

How to Install Kodi 17 (Beta 2) FireStick

  • Using your FireStick / Fire TV, go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button on the Fire TV remote.
  • Go to Search
  • Search for “es file
  • Select the yellow letters “es file” to perform the Search
  • In the results, select ES File Explorer, then press Download / Install / OK
  • After ES File Explorer has installed, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  • Go to Apps
  • Select ES File Explorer to launch ES File Explorer
  • After ES File Explorer has launched, go to Download Manager (underneath Tools)
  • Move the cursor to select the “+ New” button on the bottom of the screen.  Select the “+ New” button.
  • In the File Path field, enter “
  • In the Name field, enter “k17b2” (short for Kodi 17 Krypton Beta 2) or any name you want
  • Move the cursor to the Download button and select Download
  • Once the Kodi 17 Krypton APK file has downloaded, select Open File
  • Choose Install
  • Once Kodi has installed, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  • Go to Apps
  • Select Kodi to launch Kodi!
  • Optional and Recommended: Install TV Addons (Video guide)by adding “” as a new File Source in Kodi
  • Optional and HIGHLY Recommended: Unblock Kodi Addons by using a VPN (60% off Coupon)

Alternate Method to Install Kodi 17 Firestick

If the above steps didn’t work for you, try again from the step that says “After ES File Explorer has launched, go to Download Manager (underneath Tools)” and then follow the steps below:

    • Instead of going to Download Manager, go to Favorite
    • Select Add
    • Now select the Path field and enter ““.  Press “OK”.
    • Then select the Name field and enter “k17b2” or any name you’d like to give it, then press OK.
    • Select Add
    • Find and select the newly added Favorite at the bottom of the Favorite menu on the left hand side of ES File Explorer. Once the new Favorite loads in the ES File Explorer window, you should see “Index of /” and a list of files and folders just below that.
Kodi 17 Firestick Install Guide

Kodi 17 FireStick (Install Method #2)

  • After the “Index of /” screen appears in ES File Explorer, select the “kodi17b2arm.apk” file to download Kodi Krypton 17 Beta 2.
    • The “kodi161arm.apk” file is for Kodi 17 Jarvis – the “kodi17b2arm.apk” file is for Kodi 17 Krypton BETA 2.
  • After the download has finished, select Open File.
  • Select Install
  • After Kodi finishes installing, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  • Go to Apps
  • Select Kodi to launch Kodi!

Key Differences Between Kodi 16 Jarvis and Kodi 17 Krypton

  • Kodi 17 has a New default skin that’s smoother and easier on the eyes than the Confluence skin from Kodi 17 (though I will still love Confluence forever!)
  • Improved media playback throughout Kodi in Kodi 17Note: Kodi 17 Krypton is WAY better than Kodi 17 Jarvis, so you should definitely download Kodi 17 Krypton and install that BEAST.  Installing Kodi 17 is just like installing Kodi 16 Jarvis.

Kodi 17 First Impressions

Wow – What an improvement Kodi Krypton is over Kodi Jarvis!  Right off the bat, the dashboard home screen is very “smooth”, or has lots of fine detail.  The animations are also smooth.  Although having the Fire TV Box as opposed to Firestick does help, because the additional CPU power allows Kodi menus to animate more smoothly.

The playback and TV Addon install process was extremely fast and successful as well.  Finally, I downloaded & installed Kodi 17.  Right after that, I downloaded and installed TV Addons and was watching a movie in about 5 minutes flat.

Kodi 17 wins.

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