Fix Kodi Update Failed

Fix Kodi Update Failed

Apart from organizing and managing your media files, Kodi allows you to download add-ons to listen to music, watch YouTube, Twitch, and many more. You can find hundreds of add-ons to download. Kodi updates these add-ons in the background, and sometimes you may receive Kodi update failed notification. If you are facing the same problem, then this article will help you to fix Kodi update failed error. So, continue reading!

Fix Kodi Update Failed

How to Fix Kodi Update Failed Error

Kodi is one of the popular streaming software to watch various videos, television shows, movies, and many more. Usually, Kodi updates add-ons in the background so that it goes unnoticed. If a new update is available, then Kodi will install the latest version and replace it with the older version. But sometimes, updating process may fail. If this happens, you will receive an error message.

Below are some of the reasons for the Kodi update failed error.

  • Incompatibility of the latest version with the older version
  • File structure modified by the repository
  • Versioning number modified with the add-on
  • The location of the new updated file is partially changed
  • Kodi corrupt database
  • Outdated Kodi version

Method 1: Modify Repository Source

You will receive an update failed error when an add-on fails to update. To fix this error, you first need to find the problematic repository, know whether the repository is active, and then update it manually.

Step 1: Search for Problematic Repository

Follow the instructions to know the problematic repository.

1. Launch the Kodi app.

2. Click Add-ons in the left pane.

Go to Add ons tab on the left pane. Fix Kodi Update Failed

3. Select the Install from repository option from the list.

Click on Install from repository

4. Then, click on the type of add-on. Here, we choose Video add-ons.

Note: If the problematic add-on is a music add-on, then choose Music add-ons.

click on video add ons in kodi app. Fix Kodi Update Failed

5. Find the problematic add-on (e.g. NBC Sports Live Extra).

select NBC Sports live add on in kodi

6. Right-click on the add-on and select Information.

Right click on the add on and select Information. Fix Kodi Update Failed

7. Note down the repository name that is given under the add-on icon on the left.

If you face issue with any add-on, read our guide to Fix Kodi Ares Wizard Not Working in Windows 10

Step 2: Modify the Repository Source

We need to find out whether the repository is still active. Many repositories have been shut down in recent years due to legal issues. To see if the repository is still active,

  • Browse the name of the repository online and check for any news stating the shutting down of the repository.
  • If the repository is shut down, then you have to remove that repository from Kodi.  After removing it, you won’t get any update for the add-ons, and also, you won’t receive any error notification.

If the repository is moved to a new location, then follow the below steps to update the location in Kodi.

1. Click on the gear icon to go to the Kodi Settings.

Click the Gear icon.

2. Then, click on File Manager.

Click File Manager. Fix Kodi Update Failed

3. Right-click on the repository and select Edit Source for which you are facing the update error.

Find the repository. Right click on it and select Edit Source.

4. Enter the new updated URL in the text field and click on OK.

Enter the new URL in the text field. Click OK. Fix Kodi Update Failed

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Method 2: Delete Corrupt Database Files

Sometimes, damaged database mismatching with the add-on may also cause Kodi update failed problem. To fix this issue, you need to delete the database file from Kodi. Deleting the database file won’t affect the functionality as this file will be rebuilt once the app is restarted. Follow the steps below to do so.

1. Navigate to the Kodi Settings.

Click the Gear icon. Fix Kodi Update Failed

2. Click on the File Manager.

Click File Manager.

3. Double-click on Profile directory.

Double click Profile directory.

4. Then, double-click on Database.

Double click Database.

5. Locate the add-ons database file i.e. Addons33.db.

Note: The file name may vary. The general format is Addonsxx.db, where xx is replaced by a number.

Find the add ons database file Addons33.db.

6. Right-click on the database file and select Delete.

Right-click on the add-ons database file and select Delete. Fix Kodi Update Failed

7. Click Yes to Confirm delete.

Click Yes to confirm

8. Finally, restart the Kodi app.

Method 3: Manually Update the Repository

If you receive Kodi update failed error, then you will need to update the repository manually. If you force an update manually, this issue might resolve. Here are the steps to manually update the repository.

1. Open the Kodi app and click on Add-ons in the left pane.

Go to Add ons tab on the left pane

2. Click on the open box icon on the left pane of the Add-ons menu, shown highlighted.

Click the open box icon on the left pane of Add ons menu. Fix Kodi Update Failed

3. Select Install from zip file.

Click the Install from zip file

4. Then, select the repository zip file and click on OK.

Select the repository

This will update the repository. You will get a notification at the top once the update is complete.

5. Now, go to the Add ons > Install from repository > Video add-ons.

click on video add ons in kodi app. Fix Kodi Update Failed

6. Locate the add-on (e.g. NBC Sports Live Extra).

select NBC Sports live add on in kodi

7. Right-click on the add-on and select Information.

Right-click on the add on and select Information.

8. Click Update at the bottom.

9. Select the recently updated repository in the Select version window. The add-on will now be updated.

Also Read: How to Fix Kodi Keeps Crashing on Startup

Method 4: Replace Repository

If the repository is shut down, then you need to replace it with a new repository. It is advised to delete the repository from the system since this may lead to security risks. Follow the steps below to remove the older repository and replace it with a newer one.

Option 1: Remove Kodi Repository

Without using any third-party tools, you can easily uninstall the Kodi repository. The in-built feature allows you to delete only one repository at a time. You can delete the repositories one by one and install them again. Follow the steps below to remove Kodi repository to fix Kodi update failed issue.

1. Launch Kodi app and go to Add-ons in the left pane.

Go to Add ons tab on the left pane

2. Click on the open box icon on the left pane of the Add-ons menu, shown highlighted.

Click the open box icon on the left pane of Add ons menu. Fix Kodi Update Failed

3. Select the My add-ons option.

select my add ons in kodi

4. Click Add-on repository.

Click Add on repository.

5. Scroll and select the repository to be removed.

6. Click Uninstall at the bottom.

7. Click Yes to confirm. The repository and its associated files will now be removed.

Option 2: Remove Repository Sources

You can also remove the repository source from the system to fix Kodi update failed issue. Removing the repository will only delete the repository and its associated files. If you feel that the source list is cluttered, then delete the source for the deleted repository. Follow the steps below.

1. Launch Kodi app on your device.

2. Click on the Settings icon at the top.

Click the Gear icon. Fix Kodi Update Failed

3. Click File Manager.

Click File Manager.

4. Scroll and right-click on the deleted repository name and select Remove source.

Scroll and right-click on the deleted repository name and select Remove source.

5. Click Yes to confirm.

Click Yes to confirm. Fix Kodi Update Failed

After removing the repository source or repository then follow our guide to install Kodi add ons.

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Method 5: Reinstall Kodi

If none of the above methods fix Kodi update failed issue, then follow these steps to reinstall Kodi.

1. Hit the Windows key, type apps and features, and click on Open

type apps and features and click on Open in Windows 10 search bar

2. Search for Kodi in Search this list field.

3. Then, select Kodi and click on the Uninstall button shown highlighted.

uninstall Kodi media player from apps and features setting

4. Again, click on Uninstall to confirm.

5. Click on the Next > button in the Kodi Uninstall wizard.

click on Next button in Kodi uninstall wizard

6. Again, click on the Next > button.

click on Next in the the Kodi uninstall wizard after selecting the installed location. Fix Kodi Update Failed

7. Check the Yes, I am sure and grant permission to also delete the profile folder and click on Uninstall.

check yes i am sure and grant permission to also delete the profile folder and click on Next in Kodi Uninstall wizard

8. Wait for the Uninstalling process to finish.

uninstall Kodi in Kodi uninstall wizard. Fix Kodi Update Failed

9. Then, click on Finish and restart your PC.

click on Finish in Kodi uninstall wizard

10. Next, download Kodi from its official website.

download kodi from webpage. Fix Kodi Update Failed

11. Run the downloaded Kodi 19.3 Matrix 64 bit installer by double-clicking on it.

Kodi 19.3 Matrix 64 bit installer

12. Click on Next in the Kodi Setup window, as shown.

select next in kodi installer window. Fix Kodi Update Failed

13. Read the License Agreement. Then, click I Agree button.

read the licence agreement and select I agree button in kodi installer window

14. Choose the Full option under select the type of install: drop-down menu.

15. Also, check the box titled Microsoft Visual C++ packages. Then, click Next.

select type of installation and click on next in kodi installer window. Fix Kodi Update Failed

16. Choose your Destination Folder to install the app by clicking on Browse… and then, click Next, shown highlighted.

click on browse to select the destination folder and click next in kodi installer window

17. Now, select the folder in which you would like to create the program’s shortcuts as Start Menu folder or new folder. Then, click on Install.

Note: We have created a folder titled Kodi in the example below.

select the start menu folder and click install in kodi installer window

18. Wait for the installation process to finish.

wait for kodi app installation to finish

19. Finally, click on Finish button. Now, you can run & use Kodi app as explained in the next section.

click on Finish to complete the kodi app installation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How can I remove all Kodi repositories at once?

Ans. If you want to delete all the repositories, then you can factory reset to delete all the repositories and add-ons.

Q2. What are the best VPNs to use with Kodi?

Ans. NordVPN, IPVanish, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, and VyprVPN are the top best VPNs to use with Kodi.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

1 Comment

  1. hello. I am using Kodi v19.3 on an android TV. I keep on having the error message “failed to install addon from zip file”; i have tried the majority of the above points but none works.
    i do not manage to install any addon whatsoever now…
    do you have any other suggestions?

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