Kodi Not Working? How to Fix It

If you are one of those people who uses Kodi to watch TV shows or movies, and the service stops running or starts buffering in the middle of the show, you might get annoyed. And for a good reason. Even so, when the service displays ‘No stream available,’ or ‘Exodus Error Message,’ there are easy fixes for it.

However, in order to solve the issues, you must have a bit of knowledge about Kodi. This article details everything you need to know about the service, and how you can fix the errors.

Here are the most common Kodi problems and bugs:

  • It crashes when it loads
  • Add-ons won’t function
  • Issues with hardware acceleration
  • Buffering issues
  • Video stuttering
  • It freezes during playback
  • Search not working on add-ons
  • HD and 4K streams stuttering

PLEASE NOTE that when you use Kodi, ensure you watch only legal and not pirated content. Streaming services like Moviebox and Showbox shut down due to legal issues regarding pirated content.

Also, use ONLY official Kodi add-ons, as the third-party ones are not reliable and unsteady. There is also a chance that third-party add-ons suffered due to illegal and unlicensed content, so it’s best to avoid them.

Always Use a VPN When Running Kodi

VPN stands for ‘virtual private networks,’ which are incredibly useful to watch safe online movies and TV shows. These VPNs used to hide illegal and unlicensed content, but when you use it, you don’t have to worry about legal issues. VPNs are also useful when looking for and watching official streaming services.

An excellent VPN service is Hola, and also ExpressVPN.

Kodi – Common Issues

Consistent Crashing or Freezing While Running the Service

Here are the steps to follow if Kodi keeps crashing or freezing.

  1. If the service has one of the two issues, you might want to add an add-on. Also, you will want to update any add-on you installed recently. Consider uninstalling, then reinstalling the add-on or the update as well, and even removing it completely until Kodi works again.
  2. The reason for the freezing issue could be the hardware acceleration. To fix it, you want to turn off the hardware acceleration. To do so, go to ‘Settings,’ and select ‘Disable Kodi Hardware Acceleration.’
  3. Sometimes, it can be the cache data, so you need to clean it manually. If this is the real issue, the videos will appear chopped. Because there is no built-in tool to remove the cache, you have to install the ‘Indigo Add-on’ from TV Addons Repository. After you install the add-on, click on the ‘Clear Cache’ button in the maintenance tool.
  4. If you tried these steps and Kodi still doesn’t work, you need to uninstall the current version of the service and install the newest one. To download it, go to the official website. You will find the latest version there.

Kodi Streaming Not Loading

  1. First off, make sure you have a steady Internet connection.
  2. If you DO have a great Internet connection, check the add-ons, which might have stopped working. The add-ons could stop functioning anytime due to legal issues. To ensure this doesn’t happen again, only download add-ons from the official Kodi website, and not from third-party apps.
  3. The third reason this error might occur is that you accessed the service from a region where it is restricted. For instance, if you attempted to use Kodi using the iPlayer WWW add-on from outside the UK, the service won’t work.

Add-ons Won’t Install

  1. ​The reason for it could, firstly, be that you are trying to install an outdated add-on or one that is not supported by the service. You must find the functioning and newest add-on, otherwise, the old version will not work and could be risky for the system.
  2. If you have also tried adding an outdated add-on on the new version of the service, it is no surprise it doesn’t work. The updated version can now read and analyze them because the older add-ons can be harmful to the app.
  3. Finally, some add-ons need and depend on other add-ons to work. These add-ons are, once again, third-party tools, and can put your system at risk by using them.

Black or Blank Screen Issues

Many users encounter this problem while streaming the service. Generally, the issue is related to users who are upgrading Kodi 16 to Kodi 17 and newer versions, and it appears in the Addons.db file.

  1. To fix this issue, you need to delete the Addons.db file. This file has the cached data of all your add-ons; you won’t lose any add-ons by deleting it.​

You can find the file in these locations, based on your operating system:

  • Android: Android/data/orgkodi/files/.kodi/userdata/Database
  • Windows: Click start and type %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata\Database
  • Mac: /Users/[YOURUSERNAME]/Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/Database
  • Linux: ~/.kodi/userdata/Database
  • iOS: /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/Database
  • OpenElec/LibreElec: /storage/kodi/userdata/Database


These are the most reported issues on Kodi, and the instructions given above should help you fix them. If you still didn’t manage to solve them, there is always the option to contact the developers via the official website of the service.

What other issues did you encounter with Kodi? Let us know in the comments section below.​

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