How to Sideload Kodi Add-ons to Fire TV with adbFire

We get tons of requests asking how to sideload kodi add-ons to the Fire Stick, which does not have a USB slot that you can easily plug into! Click here for our Fire TV stick adbFire tutorial guide.

Some Kodi add-ons are not apart of an official repo. This means that you cannot use the Kodi interface to install the repo and the add-ons inside of the repo. Luckily, there is a piece of software called adbFire that makes it very easy to install Kodi add-ons from your computer onto your Fire TV and Fire TV stick.

The following guide focuses on how use adbFire to sideload Kodi add-on zip files from your PC to the Fire TV so that you can install from zip on Kodi.


How to Sideload Kodi Addons

Step 1 Enable Debugging in Kodi on the Fire TV

In order to have the capability to sideload Kodi files onto your Fire TV, you need to enable a few options on the Fire TV.

  • From the Fire TV home screen, navigate to Settings > System > Developer Options and enable both the ADB Debugging and the Apps from Unknown Sources
  • Also, go to Settings > System > About > Network and take note of the Fire TV IP address, which you will need later.


Step 2: Install adbFire

Installing adbFire will allow you to connect to the Fire TV from your computer and move files over. Once you install adbFire once, you don’t need to ever again and this whole process becomes painless! To install adbFire, click here or use our direct links below:

Once downloaded, extract the adbFire zip file to somewhere you can access it later. On Windows, you can just create a folder on your desktop or Documents folder. On Mac, you can move the adbFire package into the Applications folder.


Step 3: Sideload Kodi add-ons to the Fire TV with adbFire!

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Launch the adbFire application and you will see an interface similar to the one below:


  • If you haven’t added your Fire TV device yet, click “New” to the right of the Current Device and add a new device by giving it a name and entering the IP address you jotted down earlier.
  • Select the device you added above and click the Connect button to connect to your Fire TV. You should get a “Device Connected” and “ADB Running” indication on the bottom toolbar.
  • The Preset directories pull down gives you some options for common folders on the Fire TV that you may want to sideload Kodi add-ons to. Click on this dropdown and select sdcard, then click the Push button, and select any Kodi add-on zip file to push to your Fire TV!



Just like all of our tutorials on Kodi Tips say, you can now install the zip file by going to System > Add-ons > Install From Zip and then finding the zip file in you just sideloaded onto Kodi to the sdcard folder and clicking on it!

adbFire contains a bunch of other buttons and options:

  • Pull = Move a file from the Fire Stick back onto your computer.
  • Backup = Backup your Fire TV data onto your computer.
  • Restore = Restore your Fire TV data from your computer onto the Fire TV.

If you do not know what a button does, we recommend not touching it!

Once you do this process to sideload Kodi files from your PC onto the Fire TV once, you will find that the process is pretty easy! Next time, you only need to do step 3 and not the first two steps since they will already be done.

Still have questions? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook if you have any other tips to sideload Kodi add-ons onto your Fire Stick!

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17 thoughts on “How to Sideload Kodi Add-ons to Fire TV with adbFire”

  1. I understand how many people have these devices already and they are being sold at very low price, however there are several other boxes like the Jynxbox 4K Ultra Android TV Box that is being sold at $79 USD and has Kodi already installed and takes 3 seconds to install any kodi add-on. Not to mention that its much more powerful and you get much more for your money. Check it out here:

  2. I use the adult addon White Cream. I would to hide the the addon from view in the addon field. I tried putting it in my favorites but that didn’t work. Any suggestions?

  3. To copy kodi to another stick with adbFire do i have to install kodi first on the new FireStick or will ADB install everything ?

  4. I have same problem, (org.xbmc.kodi not installed), slight twist is that Kodi is not showing on my applications on fire stick. i start it by using TVMC.

    Successful backup done on abdfire but when I try to restore, i always get org.xbmc.kodi not installed.

    Ive followed the instructions here. Switched kodi off, it returns to Amazon home page so I assume its off. Forced stop the TVMC after reading above. any more ideas would be appreciated. I’m a newbie to all this so bear with me please.

  5. hi when i go to install apk for kodi and i got to the unzip kodi file i cant find the apk file to click and install and also wont let me click the whole folder,,im using windows,,but dont know whats going on…iv downloaded kodi for android arm saved it to a folder unziped it and cant do nuffin from there please can you help…

  6. Mel,

    You need to have Kodi installed in order to restore a config file to the new stick. What you have to do is launch Kodi on the new stick. Then go back into your Fire Stick’s managed applications and select Kodi and “Force Stop” it. Once you do that now you can click on restore in ADB Fire of course if you’re connected to the device. I had a difficult time myself and finally figured it out. Hope this helps you out.

  7. How do I load genesis on kodi in the firestick? I see Llama on your adb fire, it’s not on mine. Appreciate the help in advance.

  8. Hi guys, I’m stuck! In using adbfire and iv backed up my fire stick. I’m trying to restore it from my laptop to my Inlaws fire stick. At first it said “can restore while kodi is running” so I uninstalled it from firestick, now when I hit restore I’m getting “org.xbmc.kodi not installed” any ideas? Iv never backed up before, so I must be doing something wrong!! Cheers

  9. Es File Explorer works good after you’ve side loaded it using the above method, handy for sending files from your mobile phone.

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