How to Install Netflix on Kodi – Your Ultimate Guide (2018)
Installing Netflix on Kodi puts all of your favorite shows on the easy-to-use Kodi interface—as long as you do it right. Here’s a free, step-by-step tutorial to help you use Netflix with Kodi’s latest 17 Krypton version. Share
You love Netflix. You love Kodi. And now, you can combine the two – putting all your favorite shows in one place while still using Kodi’s clean and intuitive interface.
With Kodi’s latest 17 Krypton version, the breakthrough open-source media player is the perfect place to access your Netflix service – as long as you know how to install it correctly.
Unfortunately, it’s not the most straightforward process and can quickly turn into a confusing mess if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s why we’ve created this easy, step-by-step guide on how to integrate Netflix into Kodi’s v17 Krypton.
Installing Netflix on Kodi
To install Netflix on Kodi, you’re going to need the NetflixXBMC add-on, an “alelec repository,” some patience and – if you’re outside the United States – a solid VPN. Let’s get started.
- Get the alelec repository
The first step is to download the “alelec repository,” or “repo.” If you’re thinking, “the what??”, no worries, here’s the direct link to it. Save the .zip file and remember where you saved it.
- Download and install the Kodi app
With the repo sorted, you need to get your Kodi app ready. Download it (if you don’t have it already), launch it and navigate to the Settings menu (look for the cogwheel in the top left corner.)
- Click on “System Settings”
- Switch to Expert Mode to enable Unknown Sources Click on the “Setting” cogwheel at the bottom left of the screen. Assuming it’s your first time configuring this, you’ll need to start at Basic Mode, then through Standard and Advanced, with Expert Mode showing up after three clicks.
Once in Expert Mode, click on the Add-ons menu and enable the Unknown sources option. When the warning pop-up appears, choose “yes.” This allows you to install the alelec repository.
- Install the alelec repository
Return to Kodi’s home screen and click on the Add-ons menu. Note that this is a different directory than the one you just saw (just to make things even more confusing).
- Access the add-on browser
Your next step is to access the Add-on browser – it should appear in the middle of the app. You’re looking for the Install from zip file option – don’t worry if you don’t see it right away. If you’re sent to a different directory, simply press backspace once and you should be set. This step is a little buggy, so a foolproof way to get through is to click the opened-box icon in the top left corner. Once you’re in the add-on browser, select Install from .zip file from the list:
- Navigate to where you saved your repo, then install it.
You’ll see a notification when it’s successfully installed.
- Install alelec Kodi Repo
You’re almost there! Go back to the add-on browser in Kodi. This time, choose the option Install from repository. You’ll see alelec Kodi Repo—click on it. In the next menu, choose Program add-ons:
- Launch Chrome and select NetfliXBMC
No room for confusion here; there should be just one option available in the add-ons menu – Chrome Launcher. Install and enable it. You might have to wait a bit until you get the notification that it was successful. Once it’s installed, go back to alelecKodi Repo. This time select Video add-ons and select NetfliXBMC. Here’s what you should see:
- Finish it up
The last step requires you to return to the Kodi home screen, select Videos, then Add-ons and NetfliXBMC. A quick login to your Netflix account later, you have Netflix available on your Kodi 17 Krypton media player!
- Get the alelec repository
IMPORTANT: As an open-source platform, Kodi’s Netflix integration add-ons aren’t official. This means that with each update, there’s a chance your add-on may stop working.
If that happens, you have two options: change the add-on or change the media player. We chose NetfliXBMC for its great track record and reliable performance. It’s tested and working at the time of writing this guide, but we can’t guarantee it will work flawlessly forever.
VPN to the Rescue
Chances are, if you’re looking to watch Netflix on Kodi, or, let’s face it, if you want to watch Netflix in general, you want the US version.
Since the US Netflix is geoblocked, you’ll need a top-shelf VPN to bypass the restrictions. The process is simple: get a VPN that unblocks Netflix, launch it and choose a server before opening the Kodi app. Then, just follow the guide above and you’re good to go!
With Netflix cracking down on VPN workarounds, there are only a handful of providers that are still guaranteed to unblock Netflix. If you’re looking for a VPN to unlock Netflix so you can watch it on Kodi, here are our favorites:
The Bottom Line
Installing Netflix on Kodi 17 Krypton isn’t easy, but with this guide, you should be up and running in no time.
If these steps don’t work for you, it might be because there is a short period of downtime for the add-on. If that’s the case, wait a couple hours and try again.
And if they do work – which they should – you’ll have your favorite shows on a game-changing media platform. Enjoy!
If this guide worked for you, we’d love it if you’d share it with your friends on social media. Thanks!