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Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV in a few simple steps

In this post, I will show you how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV (including Fire TV 4K 2015 version) and take advantage of the awesome Kodi experience that the FireTV can offer. I have been a long-time Raspberry Pi XBMC user. In my recent comparison of Amazon Fire TV vs Raspberry Pi for use as Kodi media center, I was pleasantly surprised with the performance my new AFTV Kodi box. Sideloading Kodi to Amazon Fire TV takes less than 10 minutes and best of all you do NOT need to root your AFTV. If everything is setting the right way, at this point Amazon Fire TV is the best non-HTPC option available for Kodi / Streaming media player. In fact, I like my Amazon FTV better than my Raw Mini HTPC, which takes a few seconds to boot up. Amazon Fire TV starts almost instantly (technically waking up from sleep). So let us see how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV. This method should also be able to sideload Kodi or XBMC on Fire TV stick.

New to Amazon Fire TV and Kodi? Check out: Beginner Blueprint: Complete Amazon Fire TV Kodi Guide. It covers everything you need to know on Amazon Fire TV Kodi setup.

Update Oct 6, 2015: Confirmed to work on new Amazon Fire TV 2015 4K UHD. The procedure is exactly the same.
Update Dec 5, 2015: If this method does not work for you, there is another easier method to install Kodi on AFTV and Stick without adbFire or Computer.

Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV

Most guides show to how to sideload Kodi on Amazon Fire TV using the Android SDK. This method of installing XBMC on Fire TV requires commandline work and downloading and updating the huge SDK. There is also SPMC, which is a customized or slightly updated version of Kodi; in fact, it’s easy to install SPMC on Amazon Fire TV. But Kodi has performed quite well for me and I am going to stick with it in this tutorial. Also, I am only going to show the easier method to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV. Why complicate something when there are tools available to simplify the task? [Read: How to upgrade XBMC to Kodi Media Center?]

Update July 10, 2016: adbFire is now known as adbLink. In this article adbFire refers to adbLink.
Update Jul 22, 2015: Don’t have the patience to read through the guide? Here is a video guide to sideloading Kodi on Fire TV Gen 2 with adbFire app:

You never know when Amazon would block Kodi, so ensure that you are blocking automatic software updates from Amazon.

1. Download Kodi for Amazon Fire TV

Head over to the Kodi download page, and download the latest stable Kodi apk available for Android ARM architecture.

Download Kodi Entertainment Center
Download Kodi Entertainment Center

2. Enable ADB Debugging on Amazon Fire TV

The first thing that needs to be done is to enable AD Debugging on Amazon Fire TV. This will allow you to connect and make modifications or sideload XBMC on Amazon Fire TV. To this go to Settings -> Developer Options and turn ADB Debugging to ON.

Enable ADB Debugging Amazon Fire TV
Enable ADB Debugging Amazon Fire TV

3. Find Fire TV’s IP Address

Then go to Settings -> AboutNetwork and note down the IP address of your Fire TV. In my case it was 192.168.1.187. [Read: 10 of the Best XBMC Addons in 2014]

Amazon Fire TV IP Address
Amazon Fire TV IP Address

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4. Download Fire TV Sideloading ToolKit

There are currently two major tools that allow rooting and sideloading apps on Amazon Fire TV: Amazon Fire TV Utility App and the adbFire app. The adbFire app is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and is my application of choice for sideloading apps to Fire TV. Download adbFire and extract the compressed folder to a location of your choice.

Fire TV Toolkit Location

While I have used both apps to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV UHD, in this FireTV Kodi guide I am showing only the adbFire app.

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About the author

Anand

Anand is a self-learned computer enthusiast, a part-time blogger, and a Food Scientist by career. He has been blogging since 2010 on Linux, Ubuntu, Home/Media/File Servers, Smart Home Automation, and related HOW-TOs on htpcbeginner.com and smarthomebeginner.com.