The Gaia Kodi addon is a powerful and popular multi-source addon that has integration with Real-Debrid, Premiumize, and other premium sources. Read our full setup and installation guide and get setup with Gaia today.
The Gaia Kodi addon is a fork of the old Bubbles addon, created originally in 2017. Following the retirement of the original Bubbles dev, the addon was forked and carried on as Gaia. Over the past several months, it has been refined to be quicker and faster. It is a hall of fame Kodi addon that we wanted to make sure we featured right in order to show off its true potential.
Our guide below has a ton of useful information, including:
Gaia Kodi Guide: Table of Contents
- Gaia Features
- Gaia Latest Version
- How to Install Gaia Kodi Addon
- Gaia Setup Guide
- Gaia Tips
- Gaia Alternatives
So, let’s get started:
Gaia Kodi Features
The Gaia addon comes packed with a ton of really great features to explore, including:
- Full integration with Real-Debrid and Premiumize
- Cached torrent support for even more returned links.
- Integration Universal, Incursion and Placenta Scrapers
- Full Trakt support
- Premium Usenet support
- Full customization features to configure and setup the way you want.
- Kodi Library Integration
- Audo and video quality settings and customization
Gaia Latest Version
The latest version of the Gaia Kodi addon is v4.0, released on February 15th. This is a massive release and update to Gaia. which includes:
- Faster menu speeds
- Better scraper times
- Better external hoster support
The full Gaia Kodi 4.0 change log is as follows:
- Added special progress and stream windows.
- Enable and disable individual external providers.
- Added sequential playback for failed streams.
- Premiumize improvements:
- Added support for free Premiumize access.
- Integrated new Premiumize API.
- Changed to Premiumize OAuth authentication.
- Updated Premiumize costs.
- Fixed metacache problem that caused slow menus.
- Fixed popularity colors
- Support to add custom links to the stream list.
- Disabled cache inspection for premium links.
- Added setting for stricter filename filtering.
- Fixed cache inspection timeout.
- Increased link list limit.
- Updated uploader name list.
- Added promotions.
- Kodi 18 improvements:
- Added Kodi 18 spinner.
- Fixed searching in Kodi 18.
- Fixed dialog scaling for Kodi 18.
- Fixed settings for new Kodi.
- Fixed people search.
- Added new torrent providers
- Added TorrentParadise distributed torrent provider.
- Added BtBit torrent provider.
- Added DigBt torrent provider.
- Added AbNzb usenet provider.
- Improved TorrentApi searches.
- Fixed iDope torrent provider.
- Fixed Zooqle torrent provider.
- Fixed LimeTorrent torrent provider.
- Fixed BtScene torrent provider.
- Fixed Prostylex torrent provider.
- Fixed YggTorrent torrent provider.
- Fixed BitLord file size.
- Fixed NzbFinder usenet provider.
- Stricter Newzleech usenet provider.
- Scraper updates:
- Updated Lambda Scrapers.
- Added Civitas Scrapers.
- Added Global Scrapers.
- Added Yoda Scrapers.
- Improved settings retrieval of external scrapers.
- Added duplicate and unsupported filter settings.
- Removed dysfunctional Alluc and PronTv providers.
- Improved the client request module.
- Added access status to playback dialog.
- Added lockup for special paths in the settings.
- Added file size secondary sorting.
- Automatically disable providers after verification process.
- Fixed service navigation menus.
- Added Remux release type.
- Separated audio system and codec.
- Extended the audio codec list.
- Updated history labels.
- Added external addon origin.
- Changed provider attribute.
- Fixed estimated file size for season packs.
- Better language detection.
- Optimized metadata loading.
- Fixed Orion release type.
- Added video quality icon support.
- Better cache handling on duplicate removal.
- Fixed RealDebrid server time.
- Added external Requests module.
- Added local CloudFlare support.
- Fixed Trakt title translation.
- Fixed exact search.
- Complete redesign of core scraping engine.
- Added file name filters.
- Support for dynamic filters in the stream list.
- Added version window splash.
- Fixed splash screen aspect ratio.
- Fixed audio filters.
- Improved settings help system.
- Added primary and secondary color customization.
- Cleaned up filter settings.
- Changed Orion voting.
- Better audio language detection.
- Directly scrape episodes from the Trakt progress list.
- Allow debrid streaming over ResolveUrl and UrlResolver.
- Fixed a number of preset bugs.
- Added advanced context menu.
- Improved automatic library updates.
- Add individual streams to the local library.
- Fixed local library bugs.
- Expanded the information menu.
- Fixed class variable access.
- Updated Trakt manager.
- Fixed IMDb release dates.
- Improved the movie home release list.
- Generic stream history implementation.
- Fixed shortcuts for Kodi 18.
- Improved launching scraping from library and widgets.
- Better IMDb watchlist caching.
- Fixed age and certificate lists.
- Fixed movies channels.
- Improved kids release lists.
- Fixed and improved movie channels.
- Improved movie collections.
- Fixed playcount and overlays.
- Optimized color gradient calculations.
- Create shortcuts inside the shortcut dialog.
- Added Orion voting and removing.
- Fixed local cache downloads and streaming.
- Hide download dialog for RealDebrid cached files.
- Improved database locking.
- Fixed trailer playback.
- Improved OffCloud cached streams.
- Fixed RealDebrid supported hosts.
- Fixed external hoster providers.
- Fixed Premiumize usage statistics.
- Premiumize service factors update dynamically.
- Premiumize service domain alias support.
- RealDebrid service domain alias support.
- Better episode selection from season packs.
- Use manual filters for autoplay.
- Added support to manually select a file from a pack.
- Enable external providers by language.
- Option to force Trakt rating dialog.
- Code cleanup, bug fixes, and many improvements.
Other recent changes and bug fixes for the Orion Kodi addon include:
- Added Exodus Redux support
- Integrated Orion
- Way faster menu loading
- Possible fix for constant settings reset
- Fixed resolving from external addons
- Fixed bug that incorrectly filtered out unsupported links
- Many fixes for hoster stream playback failures
- Better integration of Orion hoster streams
- Support for 1440p video quality detection
- Faster menu loading
- Updated a bunch of torrent providers
- Fixed major bug in Incursion and Placenta scrapers
- Fixed enabling and disabling Placenta scraper
- Better Incorporation of Incursion and Placenta resolvers
- Added ResolveURL to list of hoster domains.
- Fixed automatic backup import.
- Changed general drug movie list
- Expanded filter settings
- Improved metadata features
- Fixed a provider verification bug
- Extended uploader list
- Added new video codecs
- Added new audio codecs
- Fixed language order
- Fixed VPN detection
- Fixed autoplay cancel loop
With the latest 3.0 update, Gaia is running very fast! If you found Gaia to be slow in the past, you are going to want to give it a try as it feels like a completely brand new addon.
How to Install Gaia Kodi Addon
Before you install the Gaia Kodi addon, it is recommend that you already have Incursion and Placenta installed if you want to take advantage of using the scrapers from those addons. You can always install them later and then go back and run the Gaia setup guide below to integrate properly with them.
- From the Kodi main menu, navigate to SYSTEM > File Manager > Add Source > None
- Type the following EXACTLY http://repo.gaiakodi.com and select Done
- Highlight the box underneath and enter a name for this media Source like gaia and then click OK
- Go back to your home screen.
- ON Kodi 17 Krypton or later: Select Add-ons > Add-on Browser
- ON Kodi 16 or earlier: Select SYSTEM > Add-Ons
- Select Install from Zip File > gaia > repository.gaia.zip and wait for the Add-on enabled notification
- Select Install from Repository > Gaia repository 1 > Video Add-ons > Gaia > Install
- Wait for Add-on enabled notification
Git Browser Method
If you don’t already have the Git Browser Kodi addon installed, click here to read our guide and then come back here and use the instructions below.
- From your Kodi home screen.
- ON Kodi 17 Krypton or later: Select Add-ons > Add-on Browser
- ON Kodi 16 or earlier: Select SYSTEM > Add-Ons
- Select My Addons > Program Add-ons > Indigo
- Navigate to Addon Installer > Git Browser > Search By GitHub Username > **New Search**
- Enter gaiaorigin into the search bar and then click OK. Select repository.gaia.zip from the list, making sure you select the highest revision of the repository.
- After the repository has installed, click Continue when you get the popup.
- Back out of the Indigo addon and navigate to SYSTEM > Add-ons > Install From Repository > Gaia Repository 1 > Video Addons > Gaia > Install
- Wait for the Add-on Enabled Notification
Gaia Kodi Setup Guide
The first time you launch Gaia, you will be asked to execute the Setup Wizard, which we will walk you through below. If you accidentally select no, you can run through the Setup Wizard by selecting the option in the Gaia addon settings.
- For the first part of the setup, you have to Accept the Gaia Disclaimer at the front of the wizard.
- When you get to the prompt asking you about “Full” or “Basic” settings selection, stop and read below:
- If you are on Kodi 17 Krypton, you can use the Full Settings with Help Labels option.
- If you are on Kodi 18 Leia you MUST use the Basic Settings Without Help Labels option.
- When the setup guide launches, you are asked to select which Setup Mode you want to complete. The options are below, but we are going to select the Reaper Setup. It only takes a few minutes and is optimized for Kodi users
- Automatic Setup (0 Minutes): Use default settings
- Reaper Setup (3 minutes): Use Reaper’s custom settings
- Quick Setup (5 minutes): Configure essential settings
- Extensive Setup (10 minutes): Configure major settings
- Manual Setup (15 minutes): Configure settings manually
- You will see two popups next. The first warns you that these settings may not return maximum results for all users. The next warning tells you that all questions and comments if you use the Reaper Setup must be directed to Reaper on Reddit. Click OK and then YES.
- Next, you’ll see “Gaia provides integration for various external services that improve the functionality of the addon. You can activate your accounts or continue to only use basic services.” Click on Continue.
- In the first part of the Gaia setup, you are asked to enter in your credentials for all of the various services that Gaia uses. The more services you have accounts for, the better Gaia will perform for you. Check out the accounts list below and click to read our guide for each. When you click on each option, select Activate Account and follow the steps on the screen.
- When you are done, click Continue at the top of the page.
- The next page asks you to enable or disable some popular free Kodi scrapers. We’ve listed our recommendations below. When you are done, click Continue.
- Local Providers – Disabled
- Premium Providers – Enabled
- Universal Providers – Disabled
- Universal Scraper Providers – Disabled
- Noobs and Nerds Providers – Disabled (These are now obsolete)
- Incursion Providers – Disabled
- Placenta Providers – Disabled
- Civitas Providers – Enabled
- Next, the wizard says “You can automatically start playback after streams have been found, or manually select a stream from the list of results according to your preferences. Note: Each one has its own set of filters. Which playback mode do you want to use?” If you want to be completely hands off, select Automatic. If you are picky about the stream quality and want to see the links returned, select Manual.
- And that’s it! Select Finish to complete the setup wizard.
Gaia Kodi Tips
You can launch the Gaia Kodi settings by hovering over the addon, pressing the menu (‘c’) button, and selecting Settings. The first time you launch the settings, you will see the following window: “Do you want to automatically setup Gaia using the stepwise configuration wizard, or tune individual options using the advanced settings?
The Wizard will take you through some basic configuration steps, but if you are going to follow our guide below, select Advanced. The following options are ones worth considering to toggle. The rest can be left as default.
Secondary, Tertiary Language: If you want to activate non-English providers, activate these languages as you wish.
Settings Cache: This will cache the addons settings in memory to increase performance. Older Kodi hardware devices may have issues with this setting such as users who run SPMC or don’t have Android 5+. If Gaia does not work for you, turn this setting off.
Status Tracking / Progress Tracking: If you have a single Trakt account for everyone that will use Gaia on this device, change this option to Trakt. If you don’t want all usage to update in your Trakt account, keep this at Local.
VPN: You can enable a VPN for use right within Gaia. Click Enable if you want to enable it, and then click Configuration to run through the setup wizard. A VPN can give you unrestricted access to the internet and return more streams. Use the links below to sign up for a VPN today.
Premiumize Information / EasyNews Information: You can track your daily usage and cost stats within the Gaia Kodi addon for these services so that you don’t go over your allocated bandwidth. If you want to see this info, set both settings to All.
Title Layout (Section): If you use Trakt, you MUST set the Movie, Show, Documentary, and Short Layout options to TITLE.
Provider Optimization: Select this option to have Gaia automatically pick your provider timeout that matches your internet connection speed. If you use the Amazon Fire Stick or run on wi-fi network, expect your timeout to be higher.
Page Limit: This can speed up searching by limiting the number of pages that a single provider can return to you. We recommend 1 or 2 here. Remember, you only need 1 search result!
Failure Detection: This can automatically disable providers if they do not return results before the timeout value. If you want to be proactive and not waste time with dead providers, Enable this option, set the Stop Threshold to 3, and the Retry Delay to 2
Preemptive Termination: This setting allows the Gaia Kodi addon to stop searching for results when a certain criteria are met. This is really key to speeding up search results so pay attention to each option. Personally, I am happy when I receive 10 HD streams to select from, so I set my Minimum Streams to 10, and my Video Quality to HD720. If you prefer to see specific codecs or audio channels, adjust to your liking.
The Setup guide wizard you performed above should enable all of the providers you selected in that area and I don’t think you have to touch any of the settings in here. If you find that one of your providers packs is slowing you down or you get enough results from premium links without Incursion or Placenta, you may want to come and disable those options in the Gaia Kodi settings here.
Again, these settings should be configured fine from the work you did in the setup guide above. You can come here and tweak minor options for each provider if you wish.
Default (Under Torrent Streaming): Select the default service torrent method you want to use. If you use Premiumize, make that the default option. If you don’t, but you Real-Debrid, make that the default option. Otherwise, this can stay at Default.
Default (Under Hoster Streaming): We recommend speeding up search results by disabling ONE of either ResolveURL or URLResolver and enabling the other so that you don’t duplicate efforts.
Manual & Automation Settings
These two areas are identical depending on whether you have Automatic or Manual playback selected. If you have Automatic selected, then click Enable in the Automation area and setup the addon in that tab.
Premium Streams (under Sorting Restrictions): If you have setup premium accounts, then set this option to 2nd. Otherwise, leave this as default.
Direct Streams (under Sorting Restrictions): If you have set Premium to 2nd above, then change this to 3rd. Otherwise, leave it as default.
The rest of the options in this section are fairly self-explanatory and are picked based on your preferences. You can enable or disable whether you see dubbed audio, subtitles, high or low quality video files, and more.
If you want to download files using the Gaia Kodi addon, you must enable the option here and then select your download path.
The other sections for Subtitles, Library, and Lightpack should be enabled if you wish to use those services. If you enable them, follow through each step to configure settings as you wish!
Gaia Kodi Alternatives
In terms of customization and integration with premium services, there is no better Kodi addon other than Gaia. If you are a new user and want a few alternatives to have at your disposal, here are some other hall of fame worthy Kodi addons to check out:
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