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VPN Addons for Kodi

It’s a lot easier and more effective to install and run a dedicated VPN client than to tinker with a VPN add on on Kodi. Perhaps, the only benefit of using a Kodi VPN add on is that you can control your VPN from Kodi. However, this setup is limited to a few select platforms, and it’s not for the faint-hearted, technically speaking. My biggest gripe with this setup is that it's generally less secure than running a VPN client or setting up your VPN router. Dedicated VPN programs have robust privacy and security features and fine-grained controls you won’t find in VPN add ons for Kodi. You’ve been warned.

OpenVPN for Kodi (MacOS, Linux)

If you want a VPN addon for Kodi, check out OpenVPN for Kodi (also available on GitHub). It’s open-source, and you don’t need to download any repos, but it only works on Mac OS and Linux, including the Linux-based Raspberry Pi 3

Zomboided VPN Manager (Win, Linux)

Another option is the Zomboided VPN Manager, which supports over 30 VPN services. You can set it up on Kodi running on Windows, LibreELEC, OpenELEC, and other Linux installs.

Zomboided is customizable – you can have it connect to your VPN when you start Kodi or even before Kodi starts (on LibreELEC). It can switch automatically between various VPN connections or based on which Kodi addon or window you use. You can set it to switch connections from a remote control button, and further customize UDP, TCP and port connections.

The downside is it doesn’t support Kodi running on Android devices. And it’s not as secure as you might think because the VPN tunnel from your Kodi is not protected by your device’s firewall. If your VPN does not provide filtering or blocking, you are very much exposed to malicious attacks.

How to Install Zomboided VPN Manager Addon on Kodi

  • Download the Zomboided repo to your Kodi device.
  • In Kodi → System → Addons → Install from zip file → locate your Zomboided repository and select it.
  • Wait till the “addon enabled” notification appears → select Install from repository → Zomboided
  • Addon Repository → Services → Install → wait till the installation is completed.
  • Once Zomboided is installed, navigate to its VPN Configuration Window → select your provider → enter your VPN username and password.
  • Navigate to the VPN Connection tab → First VPN connection → choose your preferred VPN server location in the pop-up window.
  • At this point, Second VPN connection should pop up, allowing you to add up to 10 more VPN servers as your preferred locations.

If things get too tricky, you can always opt for a dedicated VPN client or set up your router to protect all your devices with a VPN.

The Best 5 VPNs to Use with Kodi VPN Addons

Do note that both OpenVPN for Kodi and Zomboided are just shells – VPN apps that allow you to connect to VPN servers, but they don’t provide any servers as such. You still need an active VPN subscription with one of the VPN providers to use either of the two VPN add ons for Kodi. Below are my top picks of VPNs that have been tested to work with VPN add ons for Kodi:

IPVanish

  • 1000+ servers in 60 countries
  • Top-notch speeds and security
  • P2P – yes
  • Five simultaneous connections
  • 7-day money-back guarantee
  • $10/mo

VyprVPN

  • 700+ servers worldwide
  • Bypasses firewalls with anti-DPI
  • Swiss-based
  • 3-day free trial
  • $9.95/mo

Invisible Browsing VPN

  • 140+ servers in 53 countries
  • DNS, Tor over VPN, Double VPN, NAT Firewall
  • Five simultaneous connections
  • 24-hour free trial
  • 15-day money-back guarantee
  • $4.95/mo

CyberGhost

  • 1,283 speedy servers in 60 countries
  • Five simultaneous connections
  • Zero logs
  • 7-day free trial
  • 30-day refund policy
  • $11.99/mo

Tiger VPN

  • 300 VPN servers in 43 countries
  • Excellent speeds and security
  • Up to five simultaneous connections
  • Free 500MB trial
  • $11.99/mo

The Best Kodi Addons – Covenant

Kindly note that neither BestVPN.org nor Kodi encourages piracy. BestVPN.org promotes the use of VPNs as efficient means of privacy and security protection.

Covenant is one of those uber-popular movie streaming addons for Kodi everyone has to try, and for a few good reasons. First off, it’s the major fork of Exodus coming from the same developers, Lambda.

Second, it boasts of a sleek UI and straightforward categories easy to sort out. Many Kodi users say Covenant not only fills up the shoes of Exodus perfectly well but is even better than its predecessor in features and stability. Third, its libraries are impressive. And finally, it works like a charm despite reportedly being discontinued.

It’s Colossus, the repository where you could traditionally find Covenant, that’s shut down. A new repo XvBMC provides Covenant, so you can still install it. If you already have Covenant installed, it should be working, but it is not receiving updates for the time being.

Always Use a VPN with Covenant

Your Internet Service Provider is logging your online activities. In many countries, ISPs are authorized to sell your data without your explicit consent. In the UK, Canada, and the US, ISPs can share your data with anti-piracy groups and copyright trolls.

Also, your ISP is authorized to censor and filter your content. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that many users report being unable to find a repo containing Covenant, or when the repo is installed they can’t locate Covenant within it. This is either a case of messed up settings, or your ISP is actively blocking you from accessing the content that’s been marked as facilitating piracy.

On top of that, your ISP is throttling your bandwidth when you stream movies online or play online games. That’s why you are well-advised to use a VPN with Kodi at all times – to protect your privacy and improve your Kodi experience.

Is Covenant Safe to Use?

Covenant is an unofficial Kodi addon for streaming movies. It’s definitely not legal in the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, or Australia, where streaming copyrighted content for free is considered a crime. That’s why you need a VPN to protect your Kodi traffic from your snooping ISP.

Covenant as such is safe to use in a way that it’s not spreading malware. You are advised to install it from a working repository, though, and remove the discontinued Colossus.

In fact, it’s the dropped repository that could potentially be a security issue if you do not uninstall it. Malicious parties and copyright trolls can take over the domain to try and track down copyright offenders or spread malware. With that in mind, you should always uninstall any discontinued repo from your Kodi.

Where to Get Covenant

Covenant for Kodi 17.6 Krypton can be installed from the following repositories:

  • Lazy Kodi Repo
  • XvBMC
  • All Eyes on Me
  • Kodil

Covenant Alternatives

If Covenant is not working or installing correctly for you for some reason, there are plenty of working alternatives:

  • Exodus
  • Incursion
  • Poseidon
  • Placenta
  • Genesis Reborn
  • Uranus
  • IceFilms
  • Bob
  • Gurzil
  • Oculus

How to Install Covenant with XvBMC Repo

  • Launch Kodi → Settings → File Manager → Add Source.
  • In the pop-up box, choose “None” → and type http://archive.org/download/repository.xvbmc/ → OK
  • Now name the repository XvBMC → OK.
  • Back in Kodi main menu → Addons → choose “Package Installer” (a box-shaped icon).
  • Choose “Install from Zip File” → XvBMC → select repository.xvbmc-4.2.0.zip → let the installation complete.
  • After the XvBMC repository has completed its installation, go to Install from Repository → XvBMC Add-on Repository → Video Add-ons → locate Covenant on the list → choose Install. You are all set to stream movies now.

Note: you should remove Exodus if you are planning to install Covenant.

The Best Kodi Addons – SportsDevil

Kindly note that neither BestVPN.org nor Kodi encourages piracy. BestVPN.org promotes the use of VPNs as efficient means of privacy and security protection.

With thousands of Kodi add ons across a myriad of repositories, it takes no-nonsense features for an add on to stand out from the herd. If Exodus, Covenant and Neptune Rising (Poseidon) are the renown movie streaming add ons, SportsDevil is the holy grail of sports streaming aficionados.

SportsDevil is the first thing any sports enthusiast installs on Kodi because it bundles an impressive wealth of sports channels, covering cricket, soccer, including the English Premier League, football, NHL, NBA, hockey, tennis, and whatnot. SportsDevil offers a lot for everyone. The best part is you can catch live streams and on-demand replays in 480p, 720p, 1080p, and HD.

Always Use a VPN with SportsDevil

Before you start streaming with Kodi, be it with SportsDevil, Covenant or any other addon, be advised that everything you do online is visible to your Internet Service Provider. Your ISP, in its turn, may share your browsing logs with copyright trolls, anti-piracy groups, law enforcement and data brokers. Nothing you ever do online is private unless you use a reliable VPN.

As a result, streaming copyrighted content with SportsDevil can land you a hefty fine in many countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Japan, France, and Germany.

Also, your ISP is throttling your bandwidth when you stream and filters your content. Many streams within SportsDevil will be blocked from your location due to geo-blocks, too. Again, a good VPN helps you fix these issues and unleash SportsDevil potential to its full extent.

Is SportsDevil Safe to Use?

Yes, despite being an unofficial Kodi addon, SportsDevil itself is perfectly safe to install and use – always and if you use it with a VPN. It works on pretty much all Kodi devices, gets regular updates, and is available through a variety of repositories.

Where to Get SportsDevil

Fortunately, SportsDevil is uber-popular, most unofficial Kodi addons repos have it readily available:

  • Lazy Kodi
  • Supremacy
  • Kodil
  • XvBMC
  • Zero Tolerance
  • All Eyez on Me
  • GoodFellas
  • TkNorris
  • UK Turk Addon
  • Lucifer’s Repository
  • Rising Tides

SportsDevil Alternatives

It’s hard to come up with a reason why you may want to use something else, but there are competent sports streaming addons worth installing alongside SportsDevil:

  • ZiggoSport
  • Joker Sports
  • Pro Sports Kodi Addon
  • Veilside
  • Brit Flix
  • Sports World
  • StreamHub
  • Elektra Vault
  • Channel Pear
  • Rising Tides

How to Install SportsDevil from the Kodi Repo

This method works for Kodi on PC and Fire Stick:

  • Launch Kodi → Settings → File Manager → Add Source.
  • A pop-up menu will appear → enter http://kdil.co/repo/ → click OK.
  • The next pop-up menu will ask for the media source name → type “Kodil” → click OK.
  • Back in Kodi main menu → Addons menu → open Package Installer → Install from Zip file → select Kodil.zip from the available options → OK → wait for the installation of Kodil repo to complete.
  • Head back to the previous menu → select Install from Repository → choose Kodil Repository → Video Addons → find SportsDevil.
  • Open SportsDevil → Install. At this point, if you haven’t toggled ON installation from Unknown Sources, you will be taken back to Settings. Toggle ON the option and head back to the installation of SportsDevil.

Once it is installed, you can head to Addons, find SportsDevil in the video addons section, and enjoy your sports streams. Just remember to enable your VPN before you stream.

The Best Kodi Addons – Poseidon

Kindly note that neither BestVPN.org nor Kodi encourages piracy. BestVPN.org promotes the use of VPNs as efficient means of privacy and security protection.

Poseidon is a veteran among Kodi addons for streaming movies and TV shows. In the past few months, it had to endure legal pressure and turmoil but then resurfaced as an updated and renamed Neptune Rising.

Neptune Rising is a direct fork of Poseidon, but improved and maintained, which means it gets regular updates, and its performance is stable. That said, Neptune Rising is one of the most popular working Kodi addons for the moment. It sports a beautiful layout, simple navigation, and access to a gazillion of movies and TV shows.

If you’ve ever used Covenant, Exodus, or Genesis, you will feel right at home with Neptune Rising. It contains loads of categories and content in 1080p and HD quality sorted by genre, actor, year, and more. It also sports a nifty Critter’s Corner, where you can find a list of the top 100 movies for each genre – ideal for times when you have no idea what you want to watch. On top of that, it integrates well with your Trakt TV account and comes loaded with personalization options, where you can customize subtitles, playback, downloads, library, and more options.

Always Use a VPN with Neptune Rising (aka: Poseidon)

Anti-piracy laws are getting more draconian by the day. Always use a VPN with Kodi, especially when streaming with Neptune Rising, formerly Poseidon, because your Internet Service Provider keeps a close eye on your activities.

In many Western countries, streaming copyrighted content for free is equally a crime as downloading it. Also, your ISP is actively throttling your bandwidth when you stream and filters your content, so you may have difficulty finding some Kodi repos and addons if you browse without a VPN.

Is Poseidon Safe to Use?

Yes, Poseidon is safe despite being an unofficial Kodi addon. I would suggest installing Neptune Rising since it’s regularly updated.

Where to Get Poseidon, Renamed Neptune Rising

The Mr Blamo Repository is currently your one-stop shop for Neptune Rising, formerly Poseidon Kodi addon. But you can still find the old Poseidon from the Kodil Repository.

Do note that since Poseidon in its previous iteration is no longer updated, you may experience bugs and errors. At the same time, errors don’t necessarily mean Poseidon is not working. Such frequent errors as “Failed to Install a Dependency” or “No Stream Available” can be fixed by installing the latest version of the addon, restarting Kodi, or cleaning its cache.

Your safest bet, though, would be to uninstall Poseidon and install Neptune Rising to ensure you get the updates.

Poseidon Alternatives

  • Genesis Reborn
  • Placenta
  • Exodus
  • Covenant
  • Uranus
  • IceFilms
  • Oculus

How to Install Poseidon (Currently Neptune Rising)

If you are familiar with installing Kodi addons, just head over to Neptune Rising within your Mr Blamo repo found at http://repo.mrblamo.xyz/.

If not, below is a step-by-step instruction on how to install Neptune Rising, aka Poseidon on Kodi:

  • Launch Kodi → go to System Settings → File Manager → on the left, choose Add Source → click where it says NONE → enter http://repo.mrblamo.xyz/ → click OK.
  • In the next box, name the repo as Blamo or Mr Blamo and click OK.
  • Back to Kodi Main Menu → Addons → click the “Package Installer” in the top left corner → Install from zip file.
  • In the pop-up box, select Blamo → click repository.blamo-0.1.3.zip → let the repo complete the installation (a popup window should say Blamo Repo Installed).
  • Click Install from Repository → choose Blamo Repo → Video Addons → Neptune Rising → Install.

Once the installation is complete, you should be all set to stream. Just remember to enable your VPN first.

Kodi VPN Setup Guides

The most effective way to keep your Kodi streaming private and your files secure is to use a VPN. Staying below the radar of copyright trolls is useful, too. So let’s look at how you can install a VPN on various Kodi devices. 

For the record, BestVPN.org does not condone copyright infringement but promotes the use of VPNs as effective means of privacy protection.

​Desktop Platforms

Most VPNs now support a wide range of platforms, so you can install a native VPN app on pretty much any device. If you run Kodi on a computer, setting up a VPN on Windows or Mac is hassle-free with most providers offering native VPN clients.

  • The first thing you need is an active VPN subscription, be it a short-term free trial or a purchase backed by a money-back guarantee.
  • The next step is to log in to your client area with your VPN provider and locate the downloads. In most cases, Downloads are accessible from providers’ main page, in others – only to registered users.
  • Once you locate the installation files, choose your operating system, its version, and download the installer. Then proceed with the installation and follow the prompts of the installation wizard.
  • I always recommend making a copy of the End User License Agreement. Nobody really reads it during the installation, but it might be a good idea to gloss over it at a later point to make sure you are dealing with a thorough and trustworthy provider.
  • After the installation, launch your VPN client and log in. It is worth noting some providers assign you a VPN login and pass combo that’s different from the credentials you use to access your client area. That’s good because it helps you protect your identity while using your VPN client. But it also means you need to keep your VPN credentials in an orderly manner to avoid confusion.

I firmly suggest that you familiarize yourself with your VPN client before streaming with Kodi.

  • Locate your VPN settings to see the available VPN protocols, a kill switch, and NAT firewall. 
  • See if your VPN has pre-configured profiles for streaming, torrenting, or for boosted security.
  • Study your list of servers and run speed and DNS leak tests.
  • If everything works as advertised, you are ready to stream with Kodi through your VPN.

​Mobile Platforms

If you run Kodi on a mobile device, Smart TV, or a Kodi Android box, you should have no problem installing a VPN client to protect your Kodi streaming.

The easiest way is to go with a VPN provider that offers a native VPN app for mobile. As is the case with installing a VPN on desktop platforms, you will find your detailed installation instructions in your VPN provider’s knowledge base. But here is an outline of how things work on most Android devices.

  • You can find your VPN app installation file either in Google Play or the provider’s downloads repository. If you download the VPN app from Google Play, ensure you follow the download link from your provider’s website rather than searching for the app manually. Many scam VPN apps emulate the names and design of popular VPNs to spread malware among unsuspecting users.
  • Once you’ve located your VPN app in Google Play, proceed with the installation, as usual, granting the app necessary permissions. A VPN app typically requires extensive permissions to route your traffic through its servers.
  • After you’ve installed the app, log in using your VPN credentials. Now take a moment to study your VPN settings and the list of servers. Also, run your speed and DNS leak tests. If everything works fine, you’re all set to stream with Kodi.
  • If your VPN app is not on Google Play, you need to download an APK file from your provider’s repository and sideload it (install it manually). First, download the APK file and make a mental note of where it’s saved.
  • Next, go to your device’s Settings → Security → Unknown Sources (allow installation of apps from sources other than Google Play) and enable this option.
  • Now you can tap on your downloaded APK file and install your VPN client manually following the prompts of the installation wizard. The only difference is the VPN app icon may not appear on your home screen after the installation. In which case, just go to your apps, locate the VPN and drag its icon to your home screen.

​Raspberry Pi OpenELEC

OpenELEC is also a popular platform among Kodi aficionados. Even though installing a VPN takes a little more mingling with it, most well-established providers have detailed installation guides for all supported platforms.

  • In most cases, you need to download a Zomboided VPN manager and get the configuration files from your VPN provider. The config files work like your VPN smart card – they carry the information about your VPN servers, and in some cases, even your VPN credentials.
  • Your config files are in a compressed folder, so once they are downloaded, extract the ovpn.zip and your Zomboided Master.zip to your OpenElec device. If it’s connected to your local network, you will be able to move files to its shared folders. Otherwise, use a USB flash drive to transfer the files.
  • Once your VPN manager and config files are moved, open Kodi and go to Addons → Addons browser (at the top-left) → choose Install from the zip file.
  • A window that opens next allows you to browse files, so navigate to the folder where you saved the VPN manager and the config files. In most cases, it’s either in your Home folder or Windows network (SMB).
  • Install your VPN manager and go to Addons → Program addons → launch your VPN manager.
  • Then go to Addon Settings → select VPN configuration tab → scroll down and choose User Defined import wizard.
  • The wizard lets you import select files or the entire directory of your config files. I don’t know if you need them all – in some cases, there are hundreds of them, depending on a provider. I would suggest manually selecting the files of interest instead.
  • After importing your configuration files, your VPN provider is set to User Defined automatically.
  • Now you can enter your VPN username and password, choose VPN Connections and launch your VPN.
  • If you use more than one provider, merely add its config files the same way. You can switch between locations and servers, or providers, to get a better idea of which connection works best for you.