How to add sources in Kodi

To install add-ons and repositories from Kodi, you’ll need to add a source. It’s a pretty easy thing to do, and you will need to know the Source URL.

A source is always just a web address, and you can always check to see if a Kodi sources is working by typing the URL into your browser. If the source works, you should see ZIP files on a web page.

If you receive a ‘Couldn’t retrieve directory information error‘ in Kodi, there are a few steps you can take.


How to add a source in Kodi

  1. From the Kodi home screen, open the System settings by clicking the cog icon in the top centre.
  2. Choose ‘File Manager’, found on the bottom row.
  3. On the left-hand side, select ‘Add Source’.
  4. In the window that pops up, it will have two text fields. The top one that says <None> is where you can input the source URL. (See Figure 1).
  5. Once you’ve inputted the Source URL, you can choose a name for it in the bottom box. You can name sources whatever you’d like.
How to add a source in Kodi
The Kodi add source window

Installing add-ons and repositories from a Kodi source

Now that you’ve added a source, you can install content.

  1. From the Kodi home screen, choose add-ons.
  2. Open the add-on browser by selecting the top left icon, which looks like an open box.
  3. Choose ‘Install from ZIP File’. In the list should be an option with the name you chose before for the source URL.
  4. Inside you will find the contents of the source.
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  1. when I add a source file I keep getting couldn’t retrieve directory information due to network not being connected. what can iI do to over come this problem.


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