Are you seeing a “Failed to Install Dependency” error in Kodi when trying to install a Kodi addon or repository? Lately, the issue has popped up when installing Blamo or Griffin addons such as Neptune Rising, Uranus, Placenta, and others. Read this guide for details.
The “Failed to Install Dependency” Kodi error pops up on occasion when trying to install a Kodi repository or addon. The error prevents you from installing what you want within much explanation or detail.
In the last week or so, this issue has popped up with both the Blamo (Neptune Rising, Uranus, Placenta) and Griffin (Uranus, Joshua) repository addons. It is also affecting some addons which use the Universal Scrapers dependency, a fork of NaN Scrapers.
What is the “Failed to Install Dependency” Error?
Kodi repositories and addons often install dependencies along with their base code. Dependencies are side modules and addons that provide metadata and additional information. They can be reused multiple times by different addons so that developers don’t have to do all of the coding themself each time.
When this error comes up, it means that a dependency failed to install. This can happen for a number of reasons:
- The dependency listed in the addon code is out of date or not compatible with your version of Kodi (prevalent if you are running an old version).
- The host is currently offline for maintenance.
- The dependency does not exist at the address anymore.
If you have an old version of Kodi, it is recommended that you upgrade right away as good practice.
If the dependency doesn’t exist at the address anymore, there is nothing you can do until the developer of the dependency uploads it to another location. As well, the developer of the repository or addon you are trying to install must update their code with the new location.
Blamo & Griffin Repository “Failed to Install Dependency” Error
If you are just recently seeing this error when trying to install a repository such as Blamo or Griffin, the issue falls into the third note above.
Recently, some developers have moved their Kodi code to GitLab, an alternative to the popular GitHub website. However, GitLab appears to be proactively banning Kodi related content from its website. Universal Scrapers, which is used by addons in Blamo and Griffin, was originally being stored on GitLab and was banned.
Moving Universal Scrapers off of GitLab required an address change in the Blamo/Griffin repo code and a new repository version.
Forcing Updates in Kodi
To force an update of all Kodi addons and repositories in Kodi, follow these instructions:
- From the Kodi main menu, navigate to Add-ons > Add-on Browser.
- Press the left button to open up the side menu and select Check For Updates.
Hopefully with this information, you know what the “Failed to Install Dependency” Kodi error means and you can safely get the latest working version of each addon without getting too frustrated.