If you work with Kodi a lot and you often install add-ons, then you know that this process can be a bit of a pain. If you want to try out lots of new add-ons, then you’ll need to hunt down information on which repository is hosting the add-on before you install it, as you need to add this repo to your file manager. A big problem with Kodi add-ons is that repositories frequently get taken offline or moved to new URLs, so the older installation instructions for add-ons that you find online might not be still accurate. Even when you do find the right repository, you still have to go through several steps in order to install the add-on.
Fortunately, there is a way to make this process smoother. Indigo is a sort of meta add-on – that is, it’s an add-on for managing your other add-ons. Indigo has a function which lets you install new add-ons very easily, even if you don’t know which specific repo that the add-on is located in. It makes installing new add-ons so much quicker than having to install each new one manually.
The Indigo add-on does more than this though. It also includes a toolkit for working with Kodi, such as maintenance tools and backup and restore functions. If you are an advanced Kodi user who often needs to tweak settings, clear the cache, or check the logs, then the Indigo toolkit has everything that you need in one place.
Today we’ll show you how to configure your Kodi system and install add-ons with the Indigo toolkit.
You Must Have A VPN When Installing Add-ons For Kodi
Before we get into the exact details of installing and using the Indigo toolkit, we should address an issue of security. Although the Kodi software is open source, free, and totally legal to use, you need to be careful when installing add-ons. Add-ons are often created by third party developers and are not officially supported by the Kodi developers. This means that these add-ons can be for all sorts of purposes. Sometimes, add-ons can allow you to access copyrighted content for free, such as by allowing you to stream movies or TV show episodes unofficially. This is illegal in most countries, so if you are caught using these add-ons then you could be liable for prosecution or a fine.
To avoid any potential legal problems, then you need to protect yourself when using Kodi add-ons. The best method of protection that we recommend is using a VPN, which is a piece of software which encrypts all of the data that your device sends over the internet. This encryption makes it impossible for you ISP or any other outside observer to see whether you are streaming content or not.
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How To Install The Indigo Add-on For Kodi
Installing the Indigo toolkit is just like installing any other add-on, in that you will first need to add a repository as a source (in this case, the fusion TV add-ons repository). Once that is done you can download Indigo, and then in future you can use Indigo to manage your add-on downloads. Here’s how to install the repository and the Indigo add-on:
- Start on your Kodi home screen
- Find the settings icon that looks like a cog, then go to File Manager
- Click on Add source
- Click on the box where it says <None>
- Enter in this URL: http://fusion.tvaddons.co Make sure to include the http:// and type it just right or it won’t work
- Give the source a name, like fusion
- Click OK
- Go back to your home screen
- Click on Add-ons
- Click on the icon that looks like an open box
- Click on Install from zip file
- Click on fusion, then on kodi-repos, then on english, then on repository.xmbchub-3.0.0.zip
- Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the source has been installed
- Click on Install from repository
- Click on TVADDONS.CO Add-on Repository
- Click on Program add-ons
- Go to Indigo and click on it
- A screen will open describing the add-on. Select Install from the menu at the bottom
- Wait for a moment and you’ll see a notification once the add-on has been installed
How To Use The Indigo Add-on For Kodi
Now that the Indigo add-on has been installed, you can start using it to download other add-ons and to perform system maintainable. Here’s a quick guide to using the Indigo toolkit and to all of the features that it offers:
- Start on your Kodi home screen
- Go to Add-ons
- Go to Program add-ons
- Click on Indigo
- Now you’ll see the following options:
Config Wizard is a one-click setup for new Kodi systems. You can use it to automatically install a selection of add-ons and tweaks which have been selected by Indigo. Remember that using this option might effect your current system, so it’s best to use this only on a new install.
The addon installer is the main appeal of Indigo for most users. It is designed to streamline the process of installing add-ons by helping you find the right repository or file source for the add-on and updating it to make sure that you are using the latest version of the add-on. If you don’t want to go digging through a bunch of repositories when you want to install a new add-on, then you should use the add-on installer. With the addon installer menu you’ll find options to either browse add-ons (organised into categories like video add-ons, audio add-ons, or program add-ons) or to search for a particular add-on that you’re looking for.
When you find an add-on that you want to install, you just have to click on it. You’ll see a message asking if Indigo should install both the chosen add-on and its corresponding repository if needed, to which you should select Install.
Once installation is complete – and it’s usually very fast – you can either continue browsing add-ons or hit Restart to go back to your Kodi home page and start using your new add-on. Now when you go to your add-ons section in Kodi, you’ll see the recently installed add-on there and you can use it as normal.
Another handy part of Indigo is the maintenance tools section. If you are an advanced Kodi user then you’ll want to use this section often. Here you can do tasks like clearing your cache, deleting thumbnails or packages and crash logs or textures to free up hard drive space, or deleting all of your currently installed add-ons. There are also options to automate this process, so for example you can set up a weekly auto maintenance schedule which will clear your cache once a week. This is useful when you are having problems with Kodi or with an add-on – sometimes clearing the cache will fix it. Other options are for updating add-ons, using debugging mode, installing custom keymaps, and reloading your current skin.
This option will wipe your current Kodi installation and reconfigure Kodi with the latest Config Wizard update. This means that all of your settings and files will be deleted, but you will have a new and updated version of Kodi to use instead.
This option lets you reset your Kodi installation to its default state. This removes all files, add-ons, skins, and other settings. This might be useful for when you want to wipe your Kodi system and start fresh from scratch.
This is a quick and easy way for you to send your Kodi logs to yourself or to someone else. The logs are text files which show the operations which Kodi has gone through, and they can contain useful error information is an add-on or service is not working correctly. This is why you’ll sometimes be asked to send your logs if you are describing a problem that you’ve had with Kodi. Of course, you can also access the log files by browsing through your device’s explorer and finding the files manually, but the log uploader option on Indigo lets you email these logs very simply from within Kodi.
Network Speed Test
This is a handy feature which lets you see how fast you can pass data over your internet connection. This is useful if you want to check whether you can stream video in high definition without having to worry about buffering issues. It is also useful if you’re using a VPN and you want to check that you’re connected to as fast a server as required. When you perform a speed test, it will take a moment and then you’ll see information about your average and maximum internet speeds, plus an indicator of whether this is fast enough to stream content in high definition or standard definition.
The system information option is very handy when you need to check information about your Kodi installation, such as what version of Kodi you are running or what time you have set on the system. Here you will also see information about your IP, DNS, and network settings which you will need if you are setting up a remote to control Kodi over the internet. You can also see information about the disk space and memory which is available on whatever device that Kodi is running on.
Here you can find the latest news updates on various sports, like football, ice hockey, basketball, cricket, and more. You’ll see a list of headlines organised by sport and you can click on any one for more information
Backup / Restore
This option allows you to create backups of your Kodi system so that you can save your settings, add-ons, and other functions and reload this information later. This is useful if you’re planning to upgrade your Kodi system or to experiment with it in some way, and you want to be able to restore your system to its previous version if something goes wrong.
Log Viewer lets you see the log of your Kodi system, showing every action that you have taken. If you are an advanced Kodi user and you know what you are doing, the log can be very helpful if you need to work out some issue that you’ve had with an add-on. But if you’re not an advanced user, then the log is probably rather technical and confusing, so don’t worry about using it.
Notifications (Opt Out)
This option allows you to turn off Kodi system notifications about Indigo community notifications. We recommend turning this option off as the notifications can get annoying. Clicking on this option will bring up a dialogue asking if you want to opt out of notifications, then you have the options of Yes to opt out or No to keep notifications on.
If you’re new to Kodi and you only use a few add-ons regularly, then you probably don’t need an add-on as complicated as Indigo. However, if you’re a medium to advanced user and you install a lot of add-ons or you want a way to easily perform system maintenance on your Kodi system, then Indigo is really helpful. Probably the most useful feature is the add-on installer, which makes the process of installing both add-ons and their respective repositories really quick and easy. The maintenance tools let you perform essential tasks such as clearing the Kodi cache which are vital when you are trying to diagnose a problem with an add-on that is not behaving as it should. The backup and restore functions are also an essential for regular Kodi users, and the network speed test is ideal if you are using a VPN.
Do you use Indigo on your Kodi system? Do you like using an add-on installer like this, or do you prefer to find your own add-ons and select your own repositories? Let us know your thoughts about this in the comments below.