99% of the time there really is only one source you need adding to your file manager and that’s the noobsandnerds one. It’s not us being cocky or trying to show off, it’s just a simple fact. You can install 99.9% of all known add-ons and repositories direct from this source and the automated system means it’s all maintained regularly which in turn means you won’t find outdated content like you can on other sources.
Many new users often get misled into thinking “sources” are actually Kodi repositories, they are not. Things that you add in file manager do nothing but offer an easy way to access zip files from online, they will NOT auto update your add-ons or do anything clever – it’s just a simple shortcut and installing add-ons from a source should be highly discouraged.
When installing add-ons always make sure you install the relevant Kodi repository for that add-on and do not just install a standalone zip file from a source (or use Community Portal which will auto install the devs repo for you).
Can I install repositories from sources? Yes that’s perfectly fine and what the online sources were designed for but installing add-ons this way is a big no-no as they will not self-update. You’ll often find certain YouTubers promoting this method so they can get more clicks (ad money) off you as and when the add-on dies and you need a fix. Do yourself a favour and just install the relevant developers repository in the first place and you won’t have to worry about continually doing manual updates.
If you’d like to learn more about what repositories and add-ons actually are and how they work please take a look at this post – it’s very noob friendly.
Ok so here goes, lets install the noobsandnerds repository which will then give you access to over 5,000 add-ons!
Step 1: Click on the file manager on the home page (sub-menu of System on Confluence skin).
Step 2: Click on Add Source and then click on where it says NONE in the next popup window.
Step 3: Type in the following: http://noobsandnerds.com/portal
Step 4: Give the source a name and click OK once you’re done, you can call it anything you like but if you put a dot as the first letter it will add it to the top of the list which makes it easier in the long run. We suggest calling it something like: .noobsandnerds
Step 5: Go to System->Add-Ons->Install From Zip
Step 6: Now click on .noobsandnerds where you’ll see the noobsandnerds_repo.zip file. Click on that and it will now install the noobsandnerds repository into Kodi.
Step 7: Go to System->Add-ons->Install from repository->noobsandnerds Repository
In here you’ll be able to access all the noobsandnerds (Community Portal) add-ons but if you click on the top category which is Add-on Repositories you’ll have access to pretty much every repository ever created, it should look something like the screenshot below:
Show broken status
Unfortunately in the world of Kodi today there are a lot of flash in the pan here today gone tomorrow type repositories. These are very often quick money making scheme repo’s (usually IPTV) and many different sources out there still have these listed as well as other old broken repositories. As you can see in the screenshot above we’re actually using the built-in Kodi add-on engine to install repositories instead of manually installing from zip and that allows us to offer real up to date information on whether something is working or broken. In that screenshot if you look in the bottom right corner you’ll see it says there are 352 items listed, at time of writing this article we actually have 500 but by default when using this method Kodi will automatically filter out the broken ones. If you want to see ALL the repositories even if they are broken click left (presuming you’re using the confluence skin) and untick the “Hide Incompatible” button.
Now you should see there are a whole lot more repositories that you can install (500), you’ll also see each item that’s marked as incompatible/broken will have text next to it to show this. If you click on the item it will even give you details of WHY it’s marked as broken/incompatible.
So the question is why would you use any other method for installing repositories? Well as previously mentioned there seems to be a lot of sites out there deliberately misleading users so they get more traffic to their websites/videos, it’s not in their best interests financially for you to have a self updating system that’s easy to use. There is another reason you may not want to use this method though…
If you install the Community Portal add-on from the programs section of the noobsandnerds repo it has a section called Add-on Portal. This hooks into the database at noobsandnerds and gives access to all of those 5,000+ add-ons directly from within a nice easy to search interface. The relevant repository will be installed along with the add-on itself and it really is the simplest way to search for new content. The lists are dynamically created which means nothing on there is our opinion and it’s completely unbiased – we don’t do “recommended” or “featured” in there, it’s all automated.
Want to see the latest add-ons just released? No problem just click on the “Brand New” link and they will all be listed in order of newest.
Want to search for a particular keyword? Maybe you want something by a specific developer or you can only remember a partial word in the add-on title or maybe you want to search for something that has one of your interests in the description (e.g. football). Well the Manual Search option will do just that, you can type in whatever you want and it will search the database for any reference to it, bring up the matching add-ons and you can click on them and install.
With all the add-ons listed in Community Portal anyone can help by adding notes, marking things as broken, adding video guides, marking as Xbox compatible… there’s plenty of extra information anyone can add. More details can be found on the forum but any information added by the community such as videos/notescan be viewed directly inside the add-on too – think of it as the Google Play Store for Kodi…
Why are repository version numbers showing as 0.0.0.1?
The way the system is designed we need a universal version number, there are a number of reasons for this but the main one being this: There is always a chance the official developers repository may have updated to a different version number while the daily scan at NaN was taking place. By setting the version number so low we can essentially use it as a placeholder, kind of a shortcut to the real repo. Once you install this placeholder Kodi checks the details inside the files, it see’s a newer version is available and it will grab and install the latest version direct from the devs repo immediately.
What add-ons hosted on the noobsandnerds repo?
Only official noobsandnerds add-ons are hosted on the repository and unlike other options out there we do not re-upload others work. When you install content either via Community Portal or the Addon Repositories section on the repo you’ll find the content you’re installing is always grabbed from the official developers repos. In certain circumstances a temporary placeholder file will be installed which is then overwritten with the real content by Kodi.