Come check out all of the unique things about Fen and why you should add it to your Kodi addon collection today.
Our full guide below includes features list, sections list, setup guide, and tips to make sure that the addon is working great for you!
Fen Kodi 19 Compatibility
The developer of Fen has released the following statement on Kodi 19 compatibility.
Fen is currently ~100% Python 3 compatible and ~90% Kodi 19 compatible (very little testing has been done). The 2 external modules Fen relies upon (FenomScrapers and My Accounts) are ~85% Python 3 compatible and ~50% Kodi 19 compatible.
There is NOT a mountain of work left to be done for Fen and the 2 external modules to become 100% compatible for Python 3/Kodi 19. So, things are looking good in this regard.
Fen TVDB Compatibility
At the end of 2020, TVDB announced that it is moving to a paid subscription model. The developer has Fen has released the following statement on the move.
This is more difficult.
Whilst Fen is in a stronger position than Exodus forks, there will still be a considerable amount of work needed to ensure Fen remains workable after March.
Movies are unaffected and therefore nothing needs to be done in this regard.
For TV Shows, currently Fen uses a “mix” of tmdb and tvdb for metadata in regards to TV Shows (plus fanart.tv if enabled). This is to ensure the most data with the least amount of api calls. This works well currently and is fast, but will unfortunately definitely not work in the same way moving forward for many users.
Thus the plan is as follows:
If a user wishes to buy a $12US/year subscription to TVDB, then Fen will continue to utilize the “mixed” method of TMDb + TVDb for metadata. Slight re-writes may be needed for some methods, but nothing drastic.
Otherwise, all TV Show metadata will come from TMDb, with a slight decrease in performance speed (there will need to be an extra API call when moving from Season–>Episode lists). A larger re-write is needed to support this model, but most of the needed calls have been made by Fen in the past, and are still already there as backups when TVDb fails.
Because I have not yet decided whether to purchase a TVDb API key for myself, I am unable to re-code the “mixed” approach. If I decide NOT to purchase a personal API key from TVDb, then this approach will be abandoned, as I cannot produce code for it if I cannot test it.
The ethics of TVDB’s actions: Many in the Kodi addon “community” (if there is such a thing) are voicing strong objections to TVDb’s move to a subscription based service, and are hoping for addons not to adopt the v4 API and let TVDb die a slow death. I do share these objections, and it is currently what is stopping me from purchasing an API from them for testing.
However, I really enjoy the speed at which I can grab metadata from both TMDb and TVDb quickly, and minimise API calls in the process (remember, I use Fen daily myself, so want to keep features of the addon which I enjoy). I am still up in the air on what to do, so at this moment only count on Fen supporting purely TMDb metadata for TV Shows.
Fen Kodi Features
The Fen Kodi addon is multi-source addon, similar to Exodus , which is a Kodi addon that combines providers and resolvers to give you links to specific media queries.
The added perk of Fen is that it support both Easynews and Furk, two premium providers. Easynews is a usenet provider, which gives access to private servers with millions of media files that never get removed (unlike a free file host).
A full list of Fen Kodi features are:
- Full free user support from Fen’s scrapers and ResolveURL
- Cached torrent support
- Easynews support
- Furk support
- Download support
- Quickly access your Kodi library
- Search Trakt, Easynews, Furk, or by People
One thing that immediately impressed us about Fen was the high number of good quality links returned by the addon. Thanks to cached torrent support, we saw hundreds of 1080p or better links for a recent popular title.
After installing the Fen Kodi addon, you’ll see the following sections from the main menu:
- TV Shows
- My Trakt Lists
- In Progress
- Kodi Library
How to Install Fen Kodi Add-on (Jarvis, Krypton, Leia)
This guide will show you how to install the Fen Kodi addon.
Total Time: 2 minutes
Access SYSTEM Page
Access the Kodi SYSTEM screen by clicking on the gear icon on the Kodi main menu.
Click on File Manager
Click on the File Manager tile.
Select Add Source
Click on Add Source at the button of the left side pane.
Add File Source
First, click on None and enter in http://tikipeter.github.io and then select Done.
Click on the empty box underneath “Enter a name for this media source” and name it .tiki and then click on OK.
Access Kodi Add-ons screen
Go back to the Kodi home screen and then click on the Add-ons button.
Select the Add-on Browser
Access the Kodi Add-on Browser by clicking on the package icon in the upper-left corner of this screen.
Install the Tikipeter Repository
Install the Dejavu repository by clicking on Install from Zip File then .tiki then repository.tikipeter-x-x-x.zip and waiting for the repository installed icon to appear in the top right corner.
Install the Fen Kodi Addon
Next, select Install From Repository then Tikipeter Repo then Video Add-ons then Fen. Click on Install and wait for the Add-on Enabled Notification.
First, sign up for an Furk account.
- Launch the Fen Kodi addon
- Navigate to Settings > SETTINGS: Accounts
- Enter in your Furk username and password in this page.
- Scroll down to the Search tab.
- Enable the Furk source.
- If you’d like, you can limit the number of sources returned by Furk so that you don’t waste any quotas or limits.
Fen Cached Torrent Tip
If you have a debrid account setup in Fen, you can cut down on your search time significantly by turning on cached torrents only and enabling torrent scrapers in the Tikiscraper settings.
Typically, searches with these settings take well under 20 seconds and you are assured of only seeing links which are definitely available to streak (no dead links!). If you subscribe to Furk, turn those scrapers on too in Fen’s settings.
Fen Additional Scrapers
In the settings of Fen, there is a Scrapers tab that allows you to setup custom scrapers that are unique to the addon.
When you go into this section of the settings, here are your options:
- Furk – You must enter your Furk account details.
- PM Cloud – Allows you to stream directly from your Premiumize cloud.
- RD Cloud – Allows you to stream directly from your Real Debrid cloud.
- Local Library – Lets you play media files stored on your local computer or server.
- Downloads – Let’s you play from the downloads folder
- Source 1/Source 2/Source 3 – Custom sources that you can setup tp import scraper modules from any other addon.
That’s it! When you search for a media title, it will bring in results from Furk. As well, the Search section of the Fen Kodi addon also has specific searches for Furk as well.
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