How to install Kodi Netflix Add-on on Kodi Devices? This article provides steps on installing the Kodi Netflix add-on on Kodi devices.
Kodi is a free, open-source media player that has been around for nearly two decades and was created with home entertainment in mind. Kodi also supports many streaming services such as Netflix, Disney Plus, Youtube, and more.
If your device doesn't support Netflix streaming, you might want to consider using a Kodi device. This article will guide you to install Netflix on Kodi devices.
Section 1: Kodi Overview
Kodi is a free and open-source media center application that runs on Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, Windows, smart TVs, Raspberry Pi, and TV boxes. Kodi is usually used to play movies, TV shows, and music. Besides that, you can also stream videos from media streaming services.
Kodi was originally named XBMC (Xbox Media Center) and was created by Microsoft. It was a media player for the Xbox game console. After Microsoft abandoned the program, it continued to evolve and expanded much beyond the Xbox. Long after separating support for the original Xbox into its own software branch in August 2014, XBMC was renamed Kodi.
Kodi does not supply any content. This implies you must provide all media (music, shows, movies, etc.) by yourself. Users usually install Kodi on their devices to watch the content they want. For example, your smart TV does not support or is not compatible with a streaming website. You can install Kodi on your smart TV and then add the website to stream the content.
Section 2: Is Netflix on Kodi?
The answer is yes; you can stream Netflix movies and shows on Kodi with the Kodi Netflix addon. However, it can be quite challenging to install a Netflix addon on Kodi. The Netflix Kodi add-on offers a simple way to access Netflix's movies and TV series directly on Kodi. But, it doesn't mean that you can watch Netflix for free; you still need a Netflix premium account to stream.
The Netflix add-on is not officially developed by Netflix, but it provides access to multiple profiles, recommendations, library integration, watched status synchronization, and high-resolution playback (on supported devices).
Section 3: How to Install Kodi Netflix Addon on Kodi Devices?
3.1 Allowing Third-party Add-on Installation
Before installing the add-on on Kodi, you will need to allow third-party add-on installation on Kodi. You can skip these steps if you already allow the third-party add-on installation.
- Firstly, on your Kodi home screen, tap the gear symbol in the screen's upper-left corner to access the Settings menu.
- After that, select the "System" menu at the bottom right.
- Select the "Add-ons" tab, and there should be a list of settings you can choose. Enable the "Unknown sources" by clicking the toggle on the right. Make sure the toggle is on the right side.
- At this point, you should be able to install third-party add-ons, including the Netflix add-on.
If you are wondering if the third-party add-on is safe, you can check if the add-on is official or not. For the unofficial add-ons, the popular ones are mostly safe. You just need to double-check the add-on because there have been cases in the past of add-ons operating DDoS bots and bitcoin miners.
3.2 Installing the Kodi Netflix Add-on
After enabling the unknown sources option to install the third-party add-on, you can now install the Netflix add-on on Kodi. Follow these steps to install the Netflix add-on.
- Firstly, before installing the add-on, you will need to know what Kodi version you are currently on. Click the gear icon from your Kodi home screen and choose the "System Information" menu.
- After that, you should see your Kodi version at the "Version Info" on the right side.
- After knowing your Kodi version, go to Castagnait's GitHub page and download the file according to your Kodi version. For Kodi 18 Leia, you should download the "repository.castagnait-1.0.1.zip" file. Meanwhile, Kodi 19 Matrix users should download the "repository.castagnait-1.0.0.zip" file.
- After downloading the file, we need to add the repository to our Kodi device for installing and updating the addon.
- Press the gear icon on the top left of your Kodi home screen and choose the "Add-ons" menu.
- At this point, there should be several options that you can choose from. Select the "Install from zip file" option. If you are on Kodi 19, you'll see a message about the auto-update feature; you can press Yes to continue.
- Next, browse your downloaded file location. Then, choose the downloaded zip file and select the "OK" button.
- The repository is now added to your Kodi device. We will use the repository to install the Netflix add-on and its dependencies.
- Back to the "Add-ons" menu, select the "Install from repository" option.
- After that, click the "CastagnaIT Repository for Kodi" to open the repository.
- Select the "Video add-ons" menu.
- Select the "Netflix" menu afterward.
- Finally, select the "Install" button on the bottom right.
- At this point, there will be a list of dependencies that need to be installed with the add-on. Press the "OK" button and wait for the installation to be finished.
- After the installation is finished, go back to your Kodi home screen. Then, select the "Add-ons" menu, and select the "Netflix" icon to open the add-on.
- When you launch the Netflix add-on for the first time, the setup wizard will launch. You should see a message that tells you to install the InputStream Adaptive add-on. Select the "Yes" button to proceed.
- After that, you should see the next pop-up that tells you to log in with the email/password method or use the authentication key method. Click the "E-mail/Password" button and enter your credentials to continue.
- Now, you should be able to select your Netflix profile.
- After choosing your profile, you can just navigate to the categories and choose a movie or show you want to watch.
Section 4: Can We Download Videos From Kodi Netflix Add-on?
Unfortunately, Kodi does not provide a download feature to download Netflix videos. That means you cannot watch Netflix videos offline on a Kodi device. If you want to watch Netflix videos offline on Kodi, you will need to use a Netflix video downloader like StreamFab Netflix Downloader.
StreamFab is software that you can use to download videos from multiple streaming services such as Netflix, Youtube, Disney+, and more. Meanwhile, StreamFab Netflix Downloader is a product from StreamFab that you can use to download videos from Netflix.
4.1 Steps on Using The StreamFab Netflix Downloader
Follow these steps to download Netflix videos with StreamFab Netflix Downloader:
- After that, open the downloaded file and follow the instructions until the installation is completed.
- In the left tab, select "VIP Services" and then choose the Netflix card from the list.
- Next, log in with your Netflix account credentials.
- Search for the video that you like to download. You can also choose the video from categories. After finding the video, allow it to play as usual.
- At this point, you should see the "Analyzing video URL..." pop-up.
- After that, you should see a list of downloadable episodes (for shows) and you can click the "Download Now" button to start the download process. Besides that, you can also click the "Add to Queue" button to download it later.
- You can see your download progress by selecting the "Downloading" tab on the left side.
- To access your finished downloads, you can select the "Downloaded" tab. Click on the folder icon beside your downloaded videos to find the file location. You can also directly play the video by clicking the play icon.
StreamFab Netflix Downloader will also download the metadata information of your file. The metadata information includes the episode's title, cast, season, episode title, and a poster will be downloaded. This is very useful for managing libraries in media servers like Kodi. StreamFab Netflix Downloader will also download the files in MP4, which is compatible with the Kodi device.
To prevent being blacklisted by streaming providers, a StreamFab licensed account is limited to 50 downloads per day and 350 downloads per week from each supported streaming service.
4.2 Stream Videos From PC to Kodi Device
After downloading the videos to your PC, you can stream the video with a Kodi device. You will need to set up a shared folder and then connect the folder to your Kodi device. Here are the steps to stream video from a PC with a Kodi device. We will use a Windows 10 PC for this example.
4.2.1 Share Folder From PC
- Firstly, you have to organize the files on your PC. Locate your downloaded files and make a folder for each video. Create a folder, we will use "Movies" for this example and store the downloaded file in a separate folder (For TV shows, put it into the same folder). To make things easier, you can name it with the title and the release year of the video.
- After that, we will share the "Movies" folder so that it can be accessed by Kodi. Make sure your PC and Kodi share the same network.
- Press your Windows button and type in "settings". Then, go to the "Accounts" section and select the "Family & other users" menu.
- Next, select the "Add someone else to this PC".
- Select the "I don't have this person's sign-in information" option. Then on the next page, choose the "Add a user without a Microsoft account" option.
- At this point, you should be at create user page, fill in the credentials and click on the "Next" button.
- After that, go back to your "Movies" folder, right-click and select "Properties". In the "Sharing" tab, click on the "Advanced Sharing" button.
- Tick the "Share this folder" checkbox and click the "Permissions" button.
- In the "Security" tab, Add the created user to the list of "Groups or user names". Click the "Add…" button and type in the created user. After that, click the "OK" button. You will be back on the "Advanced Sharing" menu; click the "OK" button again.
4.2.2 Connect Shared Folder to Kodi
- On your Kodi home screen, select the "Videos" menu. There should be a list of options that you can choose; select the "Files" option.
- Then, the "Add video source" pop-up will appear, and click the "Browse" button.
- After that, select the "Add network location…" option.
- Select the "Windows network (SMB)" for the Protocol and enter your PC IP address. Then, enter the shared folder name, which is, for this example, "Movies". Enter the user name and password that has been created earlier.
- Select the newly created network location (the "smb//192/168.101.139/Movies" on this example). Click the "OK" button and click the "OK" button again.
- You should see the "Set content" pop-up window. In "This directory contains", select the shared folder name ("Movies" in this example). Toggle the "Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title" and "Scan recursively" to the right side, then click the “OK” button.
- Finally, click the "Yes" button, and Kodi will scan the shared folder and build the "Movies" library.
Kodi is a free media player application that is available on Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, Windows, smart TVs, Raspberry Pi, and TV boxes. Kodi does not provide any media (not a streaming service); you will have to provide the videos or music by yourself. But, you can connect to the streaming service with an add-on, for example, the Netflix add-on for Kodi.
After installing and configuring the add-on, you should be able to watch Netflix in Kodi. Kodi also does not provide a download feature for the Netflix add-on. That means, if you want to watch Netflix offline on Kodi, you will need to download Netflix videos with Netflix downloader like StreamFab. After that, connect the Kodi device to your PC-shared folder to enjoy videos offline.