How to Install Kodi on FireStick in 2 Minutes [Step-by-Step]

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In this tutorial, you will learn to install Kodi 20 Nexus and Kodi 19 Matrix on FireStick. It just takes a few minutes to get Kodi. The methods outlined here work on Fire TV Cube, FireStick 4K, New FireStick 4K, New FireStick 4K Max and other Fire TV devices.

how to install kodi on firestick

What’s Kodi?

Kodi is a free and open-source media player. It lets you stream content from local device storage or various online sources. You can watch or stream movies, TV shows, music, and much more.

Kodi also allows the integration of a variety of official and unofficial (third-party) addons. Kodi offers a customizable interface and a huge collection of addons, making it extremely popular among streaming enthusiasts.

You can install Kodi on a wide range of devices, including FireStick. FireStick is an uncomplicated gadget that quickly connects to any TV with an HDMI port.

Kodi gives you more streaming choices than other services, such as Hulu, Netflix, or even Amazon Prime. What’s even more exciting is that most of what you want to watch is free. All thanks to official and third-party addons.

Kodi is not available on the Amazon Store. However, it is officially available on Google Play Store.

Attention KODI Users: Read before you continue

Government and ISPs endlessly monitor your online activities using your IP address (exposed to everyone). Kodi is an excellent platform for streaming movies, TV shows, and sports, but streaming copyrighted content can get you into legal trouble. 

You should use a reliable Kodi VPN and protect your streaming activities and privacy. A VPN will hide your IP address and bypass government surveillance and geo-restrictions.

I trust and use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure Kodi VPN. It’s easy to install on any Kodi device, including Amazon FireStick, PCs, and Smartphones. In addition, it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, and 3 free months with the annual plan.

Read: How to Install & Use the best VPN for Kodi.

Is Kodi Safe?

Kodi is a 100% safe app. Although it’s not available on Amazon App Store, it’s available via Google Play Store and other reliable stores.

Kodi is an open-source home theater software that comes with only official and safe addons. However, it may get unsafe when you install third-party addons on it.

Overall, Kodi itself is fully safe and sound for your FireStick.

Is Kodi Legal?

As an open-source home theater software, there’s nothing illegal with Kodi. This app consists of tons of official addons that you can install to access other services legally.

However, the legal stance of third-party addons is unknown. There’s no way for us at to determine whether those are legal to use.

That said, I recommend using ExpressVPN or any other reliable VPN with Kodi.

Features of Kodi

Here’s what Kodi can do for you:

  • Supports all the major video formats
  • Lets you import, browse and play your video collections
  • Features support for PVR, Games, Skins, and Web Interface
  • The real power of Kodi comes from its official and unofficial add-ons
  • Support a bunch of remote controllers

How to Install Kodi on FireStick

I will demonstrate multiple methods to install Kodi on FireStick. But first, I will start with my favorite method, which involves the Downloader app. I prefer this method better than the others because Downloader is one incredibly easy-to-use sideloading app.

Part 1: Set Up Your FireStick to Allow Kodi Installation

This is an essential part. You cannot install Kodi or any other third-party apps without taking care of this.

To set up FireStick, you install the Downloader app and enable it for sideloading. Follow these quick instructions:

1. On the home screen of FireStick, select Find and click Search.

how to install kodi on firestick

2. Type and search for Downloader and install the app by following the onscreen instructions.

search downloader

3. Select Settings > My Fire TV on the FireStick home screen.


4. Click Developer Options.

firestick kodi

5. You either see Apps from Unknown Sources or Install Unknown Apps.

Note: If it is Apps from Unknown Sources, click it and turn it ON (and ignore step 6). If it is Install Unknown Apps, click it and go to step 6.

kodi firestick

6. Click and enable Downloader.

enable downloader

You are now ready to install Kodi.

Part 2: Install Kodi on FireStick

Now that you have set up FireStick let’s install Kodi.

1. Click the Apps icon on the home screen (highlighted in the image below).

click apps

2. Open Downloader.

open downloader

3. On the Downloader home screen, click the URL field/search box on the right.

click the url field

4. Type in and click GO to install Kodi 20 Nexus.

If you want to install Kodi 19 Matrix, enter the URL

Note: does not host the Kodi APK. This link redirects and downloads the APK from an external source.

kodi on firestick

5. Allow the Downloader app to download the Kodi APK on FireStick. This may take a minute or two.

how to install kodi on firestick

6. Scroll down to the bottom right of the next window and click Install.

install kodi on fire tv

7. When Kodi has been installed on FireStick, click OPEN to run it. If you want to use it any time later, click DONE.

click open or done

How to Start Using Kodi on FireStick

Great! So, you have finally installed Kodi on FireStick and are ready to explore the streaming world without any boundaries. That’s true. With Kodi, there are limitless streaming opportunities.

However, before you start streaming on FireStick through Kodi, I would like to draw your attention to something extremely important. Know that all your Kodi streaming activities are visible to your ISP as well as your Government. You could get involved in major legal hassles if you are caught watching licensed/copyrighted content such as free TV Shows, Movies, etc.

I have excellent news for you, though. You can now watch all you want, whenever you want, without having to remain constantly worried that someone might be watching. All you need is a trustworthy VPN service that will hide all your streaming activities from ISP, Government, and other entities. A VPN will help you maintain your online privacy. At the same time, it will help you avoid Internet throttling and also let you bypass geo-restrictions.

Please note that we do not condone any practices that infringe copyright laws. Such infractions must be avoided. However, we also want to ensure you stay clear of legal troubles and maintain your privacy.

For smooth, buffer-free streaming, you need a fast VPN that does not curb your connection speed. ExpressVPN is widely known as the fastest VPN. After having used ExpressVPN for a long time, I confidently recommend it to you.

Here is how you can secure your Kodi streaming activities with ExpressVPN:

Subscribe to ExpressVPN: Click HERE to get your ExpressVPN subscription. This subscription comes with a 30-day, hundred percent money-back guarantee. In other words, if, for any unlikely reason, you do not wish to continue with ExpressVPN, you can cancel the subscription within 30 days and get a full refund. No questions will be asked.

Install ExpressVPN on FireStick: Now, what you want is the ExpressVPN app on your FireStick. You can download it from the Amazon Store. Follow these steps:

1. Choose the Find > Search option on the FireStick home screen.

expressvpn for kodi

2. Click ExpressVPN when you see it in the search results

click expressvpn

3. Click the ExpressVPN icon on the next window.

click the expressvpn icon

4. Now, click Download or Get when this screen is displayed.

firestick vpn

5. When the ExpressVPN app is downloaded and installed, click Open. You may also open it later from the Your Apps & Channels section.

open expressvpn on firestick

6. Enter the ExpressVPN account credentials you created during the subscription process. Click Sign In

vpn on firestick

7. Click the Connect button and connect to the ExpressVPN server. You may connect to the recommended server ExpressVPN has already chosen for you. You may also pick a server of your choice to connect to.

connect kodi vpn on firestick

You have secured your connection. You can now stream safely and without any worries.

Are you using Kodi for the first time on FireStick? Don’t worry, I’ll walk you through. Before that, I recommend creating a Kodi shortcut by following this guide. Now, let’s continue. Select the icon with Three-Squares.

firestick apps

Open Kodi.

kodi on firestick

Click Continue to allow Kodi to access your media and files to function properly.

click on continue button

Click Allow to allow Kodi to record audio.

Note: You can click Deny to disallow. However, it will close the Kodi app.

click on allow button

Select Allow to let Kodi access your photos, media, and files.

kodi for firestick

Wait for Kodi to launch for the first time on your device.


Welcome to Kodi’s home screen!

kodi home screen

Select the Cog Gear to open the Kodi settings.

kodi settings

Here, you can explore Kodi setting sections like File manager, System, Event log, System information, Games, etc.

how to install kodi on firestick

Do you remember I told you that Kodi is only a media player and does not host any content? So for online streaming through Kodi, you need addons. There are dozens of addons out there for all your streaming needs. Movies, Shows, Live TV, Sports, you can watch it all.

Here is our list of recommended addons for Kodi: Best Kodi Addons

You may want to try the following:

You may also want to try a Kodi build. A build gives a visual makeover to Kodi for a better user experience. At the same time, it gives you access to multiple addons in one place without you having to install them separately. Explore our list of Best Kodi Builds and pick the one you like the most.

Alternative Methods to Install Kodi on FireStick

If you have already installed Kodi using the primary method I have outlined above, you don’t need to follow these alternative methods.

Install Kodi on FireStick via AppLinked

AppLinked is a third-party app store for FireStick and Android devices. It hosts tons of FireStick apps. In addition, it lets you install these apps from one place. First, however, you must have a working Applinked Code.

Let me show you how to install Kodi from an Applinked Code:

1. Install AppLinked on FireStick.

2. Go to FireStick Settings > Developer Options > Install Unknow Apps and enable Applinked.

Note: If your device shows Apps from Unknown Sources, click and enable it.

enable applinked

3. Open Applinked and click Add a Store.

click add a store

4. Click the input box on the popup.

click the input box

5. Type the code 4554 and click Next.

type the code

6. Click Submit.

click submit

7. Click Saved Stores.

click saved stores

8. Choose 4554 from the dropdown and click Open.

click open

9. Click the Search box.

click the search box

10. Type Kodi. Click Next.

click next

11. Click the latest Kodi version (Kodi 20) or any other version you wish to install (such as Kodi 19 Matrix).

install kodi on firestick

12. Click Download.

click download

13. Wait for the download to finish.

wait for the download

14. Click Install.

click install

You have successfully installed Kodi on FireStick.

How to Install Kodi on FireStick from a PC

To install Kodi from a PC, you will need the following two apps:

  1. ES File Explorer: To transfer the Kodi APK file from a PC to FireStick.
  2. Downloader: To install the transferred APK file.

Please follow the steps below:

1. Select Find > Search on the FireStick home screen.

select find search

2. Search for ES File Explorer and follow the onscreen instructions to install it on your device.

install es file explorer

3. Install the Downloader app in the same way if you haven’t done that already. You may also follow our guide, which shows how to install Downloader and set up FireStick for sideloading.

search downloader

4. On your PC, use any browser to download the Kodi APK from the following link:

5. Go back to FireStick. Open ES File Explorer and click View on PC on the right.

install kodi on fire tv

6. Click TURN ON.

install kodi on firestick

7. You should see an FTP address on the ES File Explorer screen (like mine is Note it down.

ftp address

8. Now open any folder window on your PC and enter the above FTP path in the address bar. It will show the list of all the FireStick folders on your PC. Open the Downloader folder and copy the Kodi APK file you downloaded in step 4 in it.

firestick folders

9. Return to FireStick and open the Downloader app. Click Files in the menu on the left.

click files

10. Click the Kodi APK file on the next window.

click the kodi apk file

11. Click Install and wait for Kodi to install on FireStick.

how to install kodi on firestick

This is how you install Kodi on FireStick using your PC


Is Kodi on Fire TV Sticks legal?

Yes. Kodi is a perfectly legal service.

Is Kodi on FireStick safe?

Yes, it is perfectly safe to use Kodi on your FireStick.

Can you jailbreak a FireStick Kodi?

As Kodi is unavailable on the Amazon App Store, sideloading means you are jailbreaking it.

What is the latest version of Kodi?

Kodi 20.2 Matrix is the latest version of Kodi.

How to remove Kodi from FireStick?

Scroll over to the Kodi icon. Instead of selecting it, press the button with three horizontal lines on your remote. You will find the option to uninstall the app there. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the application and remove it from your FireStick.

What is the difference between Kodi addons and Kodi builds?

Kodi addons allow you to stream content through them. Kodi builds help you to revamp the interface of the app and get pre-loaded addons.

Wrapping Up

So, here we are with how to install Kodi on FireStick. Once you have Kodi, you will want to get streaming right away. You will need some Kodi addons. Go ahead and look at our extensive list of the best Kodi addons. You may further want to try out some Kodi builds as well. There is so much to stream and enjoy. But, we recommend you stream only the content in the public domain and not any copyrighted content.

If you have any questions or feedback, the comments section is below. Feel free to drop them down below.


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