Want to know how to install Kodi on a Firestick? In this detailed step-by-step guide, I show you how to install Kodi 17.3 on your Firestick so you can play your videos and stream movies in no time.
Kodi is arguably the most popular media center software around. This amazing piece of open-source software lets you play video files, stream videos online and even share your music and movies around the house – all for free.
So naturally, installing Kodi on your Fire Stick is a no-brainer. You’re combining Amazon’s excellent Android streaming player with a best-of-breed media center application.
The latest version of Kodi is Kodi 17.3 so this guide will cover how to install Kodi 17.3 on your Firestick.
If you’re wanting to know how to update your Firestick to Kodi 17.3, check out my guide on how to update Kodi here.
If you need a Fire Stick, you can buy one directly from Amazon.
How to Install Kodi on the FirestickAmazon’s Firestick doesn’t support the Google Play store which complicates installing Kodi on the Amazon Firestick.
As there’s no way to install the Google Play Store on a Firestick, we’ll install Kodi directly on the Firestick by sideloading the Kodi APK using Downloader.
Whilst it’s more complicated than installing Kodi using the Google Play store, I’ll take you through the steps.
Step 1: Enable Installation from Unknown Sources
Before we get started, you’ll need to allow installation of apps from unknown sources on your Fire TV stick.
This means allowing installation of Android applications that don’t come from the Amazon App store.
To do this, go into Settings>Device>Developer Options and turn “Apps from Unknown Sources” on.
This’ll let us install the Kodi APK that we’ll download in the next step.
Step 2: Install Downloader from the Amazon App Store
Now that you’ve allowed installation from Unknown Sources, we can download and install Kodi 17.3 on your Firestick using Downloader.
Downloader allows you to download and install apps directly on your Firestick. We’ll use it to download the Kodi 17.3 APK and install it.
- On your Firestick, search for Downloader on the Amazon app store
- Click on the Downloader tile and and install the app.
- When it’s installed, launch the app
Step 3: Install Kodi on the Firestick
- With Downloader open, enter the following URL which links to the Kodi 17.3 APK:
- Downloader will now download Kodi 17.3 from the official servers.
- When the download is complete, click Install on the Installation prompt to install Kodi app.
- When Kodi has finished installing on your Firestick, click Open to launch Kodi for the first time.
32bit or 64bit Kodi for the Firestick?
I get asked whether you should use 32bit or 64bit Kodi on the Firestick quite a bit.
The download link for Kodi 17.3 I’ve provided is for the 32bit version of Kodi as both Generation 1 and Generation 2 of the Amazon Fire Stick have 32-bit processors.
If you’re wanting to install Kodi on the 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV, you’d need to use the 64bit Kodi APK instead.
Step 4: Set Up Kodi
Setting everything up and figuring out how to Use Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV stick is too much to cover here.
Thankfully, I’ve pulled together a massive Kodi setup guide which walks you through everything step-by-step so you’ll be streaming movies in no time.
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Kodi is probably the best media center software around today and combining it with the Amazon Fire TV stick is a perfect match for media bliss.
Now that you’ve installed Kodi on your Firestick, all you need to do is grab the popcorn and enjoy!
How’d you go installing Kodi on your Firestick? Did you have any issues? Let me know in the comments!