Updated Wednesday August 16, 2017. *** This guide was updated today to show you how to install Kodi on Firestick.  Use this guide to install Kodi 17 FireStick (yes – the new Kodi 17.3) in about 5 minutes or less.

Kodi 17.3 Release Date: May 25, 2017. The newest version of Kodi (v17.3) emerged on May 25th, 2017. Prior to this, Kodi 17.1 was released on April 2nd, 2017 and Kodi 17.0 (Krypton) was released February 5th, 2017.

  • To continue enjoying streaming & TV Addons in Kodi, you must now upgrade to Kodi 17.3 from any previous Kodi version (directions below).  Why?  Because Kodi streaming sources are moving to HTTPS (for security).  HTTPS is only supported by Kodi 17.1 + future versions (like Kodi 17.2 and 17.3 +).
  • Need to fix Kodi?  Use my “Kodi not connecting” tutorial to Fix Kodi now.  This tutorial guides you through how to reset Kodi, re-install the latest version of Kodi, then install a Kodi build or TV addons.

Latest Version of Kodi:  17.3 Krypton

Now that Kodi 17.3 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 17.3 apk file.  To install Kodi 18 Beta, scroll down to the “Kodi 18” section of this tutorial.

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  • Kodi 17.3 Security Notice:  Since the release of Kodi 17.3, 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 on Firestick

  1. Using your FireStick / Fire TV, go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button on the Fire TV remote.

    Return to Firestick Homescreen by pressing Home on the Fire TV remote

    Go back to the Firestick / Fire TV home screen

  2. Go to Settings

    Select Settings from the Amazon Fire stick home screen

    Now select “Settings”

  3. Now select “Device

    Now select "Device"

    Select “Device”

  4. Make sure ADB Debugging is Enabled and Apps From Unknown Sources are both ON.  Your Firestick / Fire TV requires that both of these are turned on to install Kodi on Firestick.

    Now Enable ADB Debugging & Apps from Unknown Sources

    Enable ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources

  5. When your Firestick or Fire TV asks if you’re sure about Enabling Apps from Unknown Sources, select “Turn On“.

    Enable Apps from Unknown Sources on Firestick

    Press “Turn On” to Enable Apps from Unknown Sources

  6. After these are enabled, return to the Fire TV home screen

    Return to Firestick Homescreen by pressing Home on the Fire TV remote

    Go back to the Firestick / Fire TV home screen

  7. Go to Search

    Install Kodi on Firestick Step 1: Select Search icon

    Select the Search icon

  8. Enter the word “Downloader” by using the Up, Down, Left, Right, and Center buttons on the Fire TV remote to operate the “on-screen keyboard”.
  9. If you haven’t already done so, then select the word “Downloader” (using the Center button on the Fire TV remote) to search for the Downloader app

    Now select the word Downloader

    Select the word Downloader

  10. In the search results, select “Apps & Games” (for the updated version of Amazon Fire OS).  If your Firestick / Fire TV automatically display the “Downloader” app to you, then just go to the next step!

    Now choose Apps & Games

    Select “Apps & Games”

  11. Press the icon of the “Downloader” app.

    Now select Downloader

    Select “Downloader” to open the app info page

  12. Now press the Center button on the Fire TV remote to select the “Download” button on your screen.  This will install the “Downloader” app (which is exactly what we use to install Kodi on Firestick / Fire TV!).  Wait a few seconds for the Kodi Downloader app to install after you press the “Download” button.  Then move on to the next step.

    Install Kodi on Fire TV with Downloader App

    Press Download to install Downloader

  13. Now select OPEN using the Fire TV Remote to launch the Downloader app

    Press Open to Launch the Downloader app for Firestick

    Press “Open” to launch the Downloader app

  14. Then select the field in the Downloader app that says “http://” by pressing the Center button on the Fire TV remote.

    Now select the box that says "http"

    Select the Address field in the Downloader app

  15. In the Downloader app, Enterhttp://bit.ly/kodi173arm” without the quotes.
    Enter the address of the Kodi downloader (also known as the Kodi "APK file")

    Enter the address of the Kodi installer

    • The link above is the shortlink to direct download the Kodi 17.3 (“Krypton”) Official Release (released Feb 5th, 2017).
    • Alternatively, to install Kodi 17 Krypton on other devices, check out our install Kodi on Android or other Kodi install guides.  Previously, we could enter “http://bit.ly/kodi161arm” to install Kodi on Fire Stick, which is short for “Kodi 16.1 ARM version”.  But Kodi 16 Jarvis is no longer supported, so don’t use it.
    • (Not recommended, but available): For Kodi Release Candidate 3 FireStick installer file (“apk file”), enter http://bit.ly/kodi17rc3.
  16. Now press Go in the Downloader app to download Kodi Firestick!  Now wait for Kodi to download (it’s about 90 Megabytes).
  17. After the Kodi installer launches, your Fire TV will launch the Kodi installer for you.  Then it will ask if you’d like to “Install” Kodi on Firestick or “Cancel”.  Select “Install“.

    Press Install to install Kodi on Fire TV / Fire Stick

    Select “Install”

  18. Wait for Kodi to install.

    Wait for the Install Kodi on FIrestick process to finish.k.

    Wait for Kodi to install

  19. After Kodi installs, select “Open App” or “Launch App” to launch Kodi for the first time

    Press Open to Launch Kodi

    Press “Open” (in the bottom right corner)

  20. 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 17 Firestick install process sets up TV Addons on your device and secure your Internet connection permanently 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.  Furthermore, you should use a VPN to hide Firestick IP address (and all your other Internet) activity in general.

  • 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 on Firestick (Kodi 18 BETA)

Kodi 18 Beta Download for Firestick

Install Kodi 18 on Firestick using the steps below

As of Wednesday August 16, 2017, Kodi 18 is still in Alpha stage (you guessed it – it’s the stage before the actual Kodi Beta stage!).  But Kodi 18 Leia still works OK on Firestick – especially after you install Ares Wizard, Pulse Build, and Config Wizard on Kodi 18.

Kodi 18 Warning

But Kodi 18 Alpha is not for beginners.  In fact, if your current Kodi setup is working for you, then don’t install Kodi 18 yet.  Wait for the developers to work out all the bug first.  Then install Kodi 18 on Firestick.

WARNING:  Kodi 18 Beta / Alpha is very unstable and may erase all of your existing Kodi data (if you are forced to Clear Data after a failed Kodi 18 install).  Only proceed if you acknowledge that you are fully aware of the consequences.

The easiest way to install Kodi 18 on Firestick is to use the steps above (for installing Kodi 17) – but enter the address http://bit.ly/k18fskfiretv instead of the address for Kodi 17 Krypton.

  1. Using your FireStick / Fire TV, go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button on the Fire TV remote.
  2. Go to Search
  3. Search for “es file
  4. Select the yellow letters “es file” to perform the Search
  5. In the results, select ES File Explorer, then press Download / Install / OK
  6. After ES File Explorer has installed, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  7. Go to Apps
  8. Select ES File Explorer to launch ES File Explorer
  9. After ES File Explorer has launched, go to Download Manager (underneath Tools)
  10. Move the cursor to select the “+ New” button on the bottom of the screen.  Select the “+ New” button.
  11. In the File Path field, enter “http://bit.ly/k18fskfiretv
  12. In the Name field, enter “k18a” (short for Kodi 17 Alpha) or any name you want
  13. Move the cursor to the Download button and select Download
  14. Once the Kodi 18 Leia APK file has downloaded, select Open File
  15. Choose Install
  16. Once Kodi has installed, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  17. Go to Apps
  18. Select Kodi to launch Kodi!
  19. Optional and Recommended: Install TV Addons (Video guide)by adding “http://fusion.tvaddons.ag” as a new File Source in Kodi
  20. Optional and HIGHLY Recommended: Unblock Kodi Addons by using a VPN (60% off Coupon)

How to Install Kodi 17 (Beta 2) FireStick:

Use the steps above, but enter this URL:

http://downloadkodi.com/kodi17b2arm.apk

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Kodi 17 Beta 2 is not recommended, since the Final Release version of Kodi 17 Firestick (aka Krypton) is now available.  But some friends of KFireTV request it, so I’ll leave it here for now ;).

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 “http://downloadkodi.com“.  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 DownloadKodi.com “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 Not Working?

Check out our Fix Kodi Not Working guide!

Install Kodi on Firestick INFOGRAPHIC

Install Kodi on Firestick Infographic

How to Install Kodi on Firestick (click for full-size infographic)

Here’s the PDF version of the How to Install Kodi Firestick infographic (above): How to Install Kodi on Firestick Infographic (PDF File)

 

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 [easyazon_link identifier=”B00U3FPN4U” locale=”US” tag=”arizonacaorg-20″]Fire TV Box[/easyazon_link] 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.

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