Unknown Sources in Kodi

Enabling Unknown Sources in Kodi is very important, as it allows you to install custom builds from online that you may be wanting to try out. Check out our builds section here to give some a try. It’s a very quick process, and you only have to do it once (Unless you delete your Kodi setup or files in the AppData folder).

This guide is for Kodi Krypton (V17), however the steps are pretty much identical for previous versions. If the guide below is a little confusing, further instructions containing images can be found.

If you’re having any problems, leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you.

Before we start

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How to enable Unknown Sources

  1. From the Kodi Home menu, click the settings icon in the top centre.
  2. Head into “System”
  3. Go into the “Add-ons” area on the left
  4. One of the options will say “Unknown Sources”, check the box to enable it
  5. If a window pops up, just click yes.
  6. You can now install custom builds and add-ons

Enabling Unknown Sources in Kodi (Image guide)

go into the settings menu

Click the Settings icon in the home menu

head into the system section

Choose the “System” option. It may be in a different location on this screen depending on your Kodi build.

go into add-ons on the left hand side to find unknown sources

Head into the “Add-Ons” section on the left hand side.

tick the box on the right next to unknown sources

On the right, you will see “Unknown Sources”, click the little checkbox on the right to enable it.

hit yes if a window pops up. unknown sources is now enabled.

If another window pops up asking if you’d like to proceed, hit “Yes”. That’s it, you now have Unknown sources enabled and you can install custom add-ons and build for Kodi.

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  • john

    i love your build stardust i had it installed but when i played movies they would quit and go back to beginning so i tried to reinstall but quits half way threw i do fresh start before i start how can i fix this thanks

    • Phillip

      Sadly I don’t actually own any builds that are listed on this site, I just give previews and show how to install them. That sounds like a strange problem. You might just want to try a different build and see if you have any luck.