Alternatives Exodus Kodi

When TVAddons.ag shut down few days ago, all the addons that it was connected to broke.  Exodus– one of the best video addons out there– went down along with the rest of the addons that were hosted on the massive site. This article was created to point Kodi users to the best alternatives and workarounds to deal with the recent Exodus situation.

The official home for Exodus software is gone and its creators are silent.  However, the code itself is still very much alive and available.  All you need to do is install 6 zip files if you want to continue using Exodus. The 6 zip files contain artwork, URL resolvers and other bits of code that used to be hosted on the TVAddons site.  We’ve provided a link to all 6 zips in the article below, along with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Another way to get your Kodi box up and streaming again is to simply switch to a different movie addon.  Our second favorite streaming video addon Specto is still online, though it has been laggy in recent days due to traffic increases.  Additionally, there are several other quality addons that are also still available.

Disclaimer: This guide is intended to help readers access content they already have purchased the rights to access, but are for whatever reason unable to access either temporarily, or permanently. TvAddonsGuide does not support software piracy, and bears no responsibility for what you decide to do with the contents of this article. Furthermore, please note that TvAddonsGuide in no way hosts, develops, or produces any of the software mentioned within this article. For more information, please see our full disclaimer here.

Before we Proceed

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What happened?

The last few weeks have been tough for the people that make and host Kodi addons. First, the EU courts decided that watching an unlicensed stream is just as illegal as downloading a pirated file.  This decision has caused many UK and Europe based developers to stop working on Kodi projects.

Next, an American direct broadcast satellite service provider called Dish Network sued the creators of TVAddons and Zem TV.  Other addon makers panicked and started shutting down. As a result, many popular addons are currently offline.  Also, the ones that have remained are experiencing slowdowns due to increased traffic.

Beasts with many heads

Once a website goes down, nobody can open its webpages anymore until someone brings its server back online.  That’s why controversial sites often have to relocate to stay alive.  For example, the torrenting site Pirate Bay has operated out of Greenland, Iceland, St. Martin, Peru and Guyana at various times over the course of its history.

However, a Kodi video addon is a totally different sort of beast.  You can shut down an ordinary website for a while by chopping off its head.  However, Kodi addons have multiple heads.  And if you chop one off, another one can sprout up at any time.

When you pull up a list of video streams with a video addon, what you’re actually doing is connecting to hundreds of different computers located all over the world.  In order to shut down a video addon for good, you’d have to kill off every single one of its sources.  However, there is no easy way to do that because many of the computers that store video streams are located in countries that either don’t enforce copyright laws or don’t have any copyright laws at all.

Authorities have been trying to shutdown streaming sources for years, but they haven’t been very successful.  So now, they are going after addon makers and the sites that host the actual addon files.  But that’s an even more difficult thing to do, because addon installation files are extremely tiny– and very easy to share online.

  • Note: One way a Kodi addon can stop working is if the developers deliberately render it inert via an automatic update. In order to avoid this, you may want to turn off automatic updates for your addons. To see how to do that, please read our guide here.

Option #1: Install the full version of Exodus

As mentioned above, if you have the full Exodus code you can run Exodus without the help of a website.  Here’s how to install the full version of Exodus.

Before you begin

To avoid errors and conflicts, we recommend that you uninstall your current version of Exodus before you proceed.  This will help you avoid any potential conflicts.  The steps listed below were verified on a fresh Kodi installation.

1.  Download the Exodus installation files.

Download Exodus_3.1_Full.zip from TinyUpload.

Note: If the download link doesn’t work when you click on it, disable your adblocker and try it again.

2.  Extract the 6 zip files

Inside Exodus_3.1_Full.zip, you’ll find 6 additional zip files.

Extract all 6 zips, and then open up Kodi.

3.  Install the 6 zip files

Once you’re in Kodi, click addons from the side menu.  Then, click the box icon.

Next, click install from zip file.  After you install all 6 zip files, you’ll be able to use Exodus again.

Pros

If you install the standalone version of Exodus using the method described above, Kodi won’t generate errors when you try to open Exodus anymore.  You’ll be able to use Exodus to look for streams again, and your experience will be the same as it was before TVAddons shut down.

Cons

The main downside of opting to use the the standalone version of Exodus is that it prevents you from downloading Exodus updates.  The Exodus team used to update Exodus’s source list on a regular basis.  If a source went offline, they would remove it from the list.  But now that TVAddons is down and Exodus is no longer getting updates, Exodus will slowly become irrelevant as its source list ages.

Option #2: Install Exodus via a different repository

Update 6/27/2017: This method no longer works because the administrator of Simply Caz decided to remove Exodus from his repository.

Another alternative way to install Exodus without TVAddons is to install it using a totally different repository.  Currently, the repository called Simply Caz has a working version of Exodus.  So, if you have Simply Caz you can use Exodus normally without running into errors.

Here’s how to install Exodus via Simply Caz:

Quick installation

  1. From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol at the top left
  2. Click on file manager
  3. Select add source
  4. Click where you see <None> and enter the following address: http://repo.cazwall.com/sc/
  5. Give it a name at the bottom, then click OK
  6. Return to your Kodi home screen
  7. Hover over addons on the right and then click on my addons
  8. Click on install from zip
  9. Click on repository (Click Here)
  10. Click on the zip file: repository.simplycaz-x.x.x.zip
  11. Click install from repository
  12. Click simply caz repo
  13. Click video addons
  14. Click exodus
  15. Click install

For screenshots and detailed information, read: Alternative for TVAddons Repo for Kodi – TVAddons Replacement

Pros

If whoever runs the Simply Caz repo decides to update Exodus’s source list occasionally, Exodus will stay up-to-date.

Cons

If the Simply Caz repo goes offline, you’ll have to start all over from scratch and find another way to stream movies and TV shows.

Option #3: Switch to Specto

As mentioned above, Specto is still up and running.  If you like Exodus, you’ll have no trouble using Specto.  Specto’s interface is almost exactly the same as Exodus’s.

In terms of features, the only real difference between Exodus and Specto boils down to favorites.  With Exodus, you have to get an IMDb or Trakt account if you want to bookmark your favorite shows and movies.  But with Specto, you can setup your favorites from inside the addon by saving your favorite content to the “My Specto” directory.

Specto is awesome.  And because it’s still online, it’s still receiving updates.  If you use option #1 or option #2 to restore access to Exodus, you’ll be stuck using an older version of it until the Exodus team comes back and starts pushing out updates.

On the other hand, Specto is currently a little bit slow right now.  Because the sites that hosted the Phoenix and Exodus repos are offline, more people are switching over to Specto.  As a result, Specto is sluggish at certain traffic heavy times of the day.

Quick Specto installation guide

  1. Go to http://kodi.filmkodi.com/repository.filmkodi.com/ and download repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
  2. Open Kodi and click addons, then click the box icon and choose install from zip file.
  3. Click desktop then select repository.filmkodi.com[VERSION].zip.
  4. Click install from repository.

Click filmkodi.com repository – mrknow, then video addons, then specto.

For more information about Specto and installation screenshots, read: Specto Kodi Addon – How to Install Specto on Kodi

Pros

The Specto developers seem to be committed to continuing the Specto project.  Following the fall of TVAddons, Specto developers have continued to maintain Specto and expand its source list.

Cons

As mentioned above, Specto is slow these days due to increased traffic.  Also, if Dish Network is willing to sue Zem TV it may target Specto next.

Option #4 Switch to Elysium

Update 6/27/2017: The instructions listed below no longer work because the administrator of the Simply Caz repo decided to remove Elysium from his repository.

Like Specto, Elysium looks the same as Exodus on the surface.  The menus and features are just about identical.  The only apparent difference between Elysium and Exodus is the artwork and the source list.

Here’s how to install Elysium via the Simply Caz repository:

Quick installation

  1. From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol at the top left
  2. Click on file manager
  3. Select add source
  4. Click where you see <None> and enter the following address: http://repo.cazwall.com/sc/
  5. Give it a name at the bottom, then click OK
  6. Return to your Kodi home screen
  7. Hover over addons on the right and then click on my addons
  8. Click on install from zip
  9. Click on repository (Click Here)
  10. Click on the zip file: repository.simplycaz-x.x.x.zip
  11. Click install from repository
  12. Click simply caz repo
  13. Click video addons
  14. Click elysium
  15. Click install

Pros

Elysium is not as popular as Specto, so it’s not as likely to be targeted by authorities.

Cons

Elysium appears to have a pretty solid source list, but it may not be as big as Specto’s or Exodus’s.

Option #5: Switch to SolarMovie

Update 6/27/2017: The instructions listed below no longer work because the administrator of the Simply Caz repo decided to remove SolarMovie from his repository.

SolarMovie is different compared to the other video addons on this list because much of its content comes from a website source.

The SolarMovie website rarely goes down, but it has a mysterious history.  A Quora user has speculated that the original SolarMovie site may have been owned by Artem Vaulin– the same person who operated the Kick Ass Torrents torrent site.  Around the time Vaulin was arrested for copyright infringement, the original SolarMovies site went down and a group of copycat sites sprung up in its place.

There’s no sure way to tell who is behind SolarMovie these days, but one thing is clear: its streams are reliable and of high quality.  The SolarMovie addon gives you access to the SolarMovie websites via Kodi, plus a few additional sources.

Quick Installation

  1. From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol at the top left
  2. Click on file manager
  3. Select add source
  4. Click where you see <None> and enter the following address: http://repo.cazwall.com/sc/
  5. Give it a name at the bottom, then click OK
  6. Return to your Kodi home screen
  7. Hover over addons on the right and then click on my addons
  8. Click on install from zip
  9. Click on repository (Click Here)
  10. Click on the zip file: repository.simplycaz-x.x.x.zip
  11. Click install from repository
  12. Click simply caz repo
  13. Click video addons
  14. Click solarmovie
  15. Click install

For more information and installation screenshots, read: Solar Movie Addon for Kodi – How to Install Solar Movie on Kodi

Pros

Much of Solar Movie’s content comes from a website that has stood the test of time and is unlikely to go down anytime soon.

Cons

This addon doesn’t have as much content compared to competing video addons.

Option #6: Switch to Bubbles

Update 6/27/2017: The instructions listed below no longer work because the administrator of the Simply Caz repo decided to remove Bubbles from his repository.

Bubbles is a new streaming addon that has started gaining popularity in recent weeks.

Bubbles is not as good as Specto and Elysium because you have to pay to get access to high definition streams.  However, it may be a good idea to get Bubbles if you simply want a backup in the event that Specto and Elysium both go offline.

  1. From your Kodi home page, click on the gear symbol at the top left
  2. Click on file manager
  3. Select add source
  4. Click where you see <None> and enter the following address: http://repo.cazwall.com/sc/
  5. Give it a name at the bottom, then click OK
  6. Return to your Kodi home screen
  7. Hover over addons on the right and then click on my addons
  8. Click on install from zip
  9. Click on repository (Click Here)
  10. Click on the zip file: repository.simplycaz-x.x.x.zip
  11. Click install from repository
  12. Click simply caz repo
  13. Click video addons
  14. Click bubbles
  15. Click install

Pros

Bubbles isn’t the best video addon out there, but it’s a good one to have for backup purposes.

Cons

You have to pay extra if you want to get HD streams.

Which addons are you using?

If you’re using an addon that isn’t on this list, let us know in the comments section below.


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