Learn how to install Kodi on your Fire TV/Stick and other devices as Kodi 17.6. This last major revision of the Kodi 17 Krypton line of official builds before Kodi 18 Leia officially gets released fixes most of the remaining bugs. This guide shows you how to install Kodi on Firestick or update to Kodi 17.6.

What is Kodi 17.6?

This build version, the last Kodi Krypton major revision before Kodi 18 Leia, doesn’t seem to affect much aside from those few bugs that have been annihilated. Of course, a few issues remain; else, why would anyone look forward to a build of Kodi 18 Leia? I believe Kodi 18 should be absolutely legen… wait for it—and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant, because… awe heck. Never mind. Let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming and learn how to install Kodi on Firestick the easy way.

What’s in this Kodi 17.6 Install / Update Guide?

The first section below shows you how to very easily update Firestick Kodi Krypton to the latest Kodi 17.6 build appropriate to your particular Firestick or Fire TV. This method uses the Kodi Android Updater within Kodi itself!

The second section below includes steps showing you how to install Kodi 17.6 on Firestick or Fire TV using an Android app called Downloader. This installation process will overwrite your existing Kodi if you have it installed already, though will let you keep your settings if you wish.




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Kodi 17.6 Post-Install:  How to Install Builds

Last but not least, we show you how to make the most of your Kodi Firestick installation by installing a full build or some TV add-ons. As a final bonus, we’ve included information concerning the up-and-coming, though not yet quite ready for prime-time, Kodi 18 Leia. Enjoy the final Krypton release—Kodi 17.6—on your Firestick or Fire TV!

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How to Update to Kodi 17.6 from Within Kodi Itself

This super-simple process can only be done from within an existing installation of Kodi 17 Krypton or higher. If you don’t already have Kodi installed, head down to How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton Final on Firestick / Fire TV. If you do have Kodi installed, you probably already know how important it is to run it through a secure VPN while using it, right? The massively coordinated takedown of Kodi repository and add-on developers just this past week should serve as a warning to Kodi users without protection.

Install Kodi Android Installer

This beautiful little plug-in lets you select from nearly every version of Kodi from 15 “Isengard” to the latest release of 17.6 for installation. It even cleans up after itself once the install is completed!

  1. First, go into the Kodi Add-on menu.

    Update Kodi - choose add-ons menu item

    Choose Add-ons in the main menu

  2. Then, enter the Add-on browser top menu item, which resembles an open box icon.

    Kodi 17.6 Update - Add-on Browser

    Select the Add-on Browser (AKA the Package Manager)

  3. Once there, elect to Install from repository.

    Update to Kodi 17.6 - Choose Install from Repository

    Choose Install from Repository

  4. Choose the official Kodi repository. If it is the only one you have installed (it comes with Kodi), then this is unnecessary. It will open automatically for you.

    Choose the Official Kodi Add-on repository

    Choose the Official Kodi Add-on repository

  5. Then, go into the Program add-ons directory where you will find Kodi Android Installer; click on it.

    Select Kodi Android Installer

    Select Kodi Android Installer

  6. Hit the Install button.

    Install Kodi Android Installer

    Install Kodi Android Installer

  7. Kodi Android Installer shows up as installed.

    Kodi Android Installer Successfully Installed

    Kodi Android Installer Successfully Installed

  8. Find Kodi Android Installer in Kodi Add-ons > Program add-ons.

    Kodi Android Installer found in Program add-ons

    Kodi Android Installer found in Program add-ons

Update to Kodi 17.6 with Kodi Android Installer

The Kodi Android Installer has made updating Kodi on any android device as simple as installing any other add-on. Watch how quickly this process is completed. Follow along…

  1. Open the Kodi Android Installer, then choose Releases. Unless, of course, you feel courageous or adventurous and have nothing better to do. Then, go ahead and select one of the other, less stable, versions to gamble with.

    Choose Releases

    Choose Releases

  2. Select the arm Kodi release. I recommend this for every Amazon Fire device. See the note below if you have a generation 2 Fire TV, which has an Ethernet port and MicroSD slot built-in.

    Select arm

    Select arm

  3. Now, choose the version of Kodi you wish to install; Kodi 17.6 for this tutorial.

    Kodi 17.6 apk

    Kodi 17.6 apk

  4. Notice the svelte 82.79Mb for such a thing of beauty as Kodi 17.6 downloads.

    Kodi 17.6 Update Downloads

    The Kodi 17.6 Update Downloads

  5. Once the Kodi 17.6 installer finishes downloading, a dialog comes up asking if you want to install an update. It also lets you know your data will not be lost and informs you of any updated permissions. The image shows an update from Kodi 17.4 to 17.6, so no new permissions were necessary.

    No New Permissions From 17.4

    No New Permissions From 17.4

  6. You can view all of Kodi’s permissions if you like, then click Install.

    Kodi 17.6 Update - Select and Click Install

    Kodi 17.6 Update – Select and Click Install

  7. Then, you are given the option to simply end the process, which is completed, or go ahead and open your new Kodi 17.6 installation.

    Kodi 17.6 Update Installed

    Kodi 17.6 Update Installed

  8. Installation of Kodi 17.6 finishes during its first run.

    Kodi 17.6 Update Finishes During First Run

    Update of Kodi 17.6 Finishes During First Run

  9. Now, the Kodi Android Installer lets you know the installation is complete and the mess created by installation has been cleaned up.

    Kodi 17.6 Installation Complete

    Kodi 17.6 Installation Complete

  10. Make certain nobody either blocks your access or records your online activities; install the best VPN for Kodi. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee along with free applications just for the Fire TV and Firestick!
  11. To get the most out of your new Kodi 17.6 installation, be sure to also load a build, or at least some TV add-ons into it! Jump on down to Part 3 for some great up-to-date suggestions!

I cannot imagine the process being simpler than that. Well… yes; maybe I can, but then I’ve been told I have a really freakin’ wild imagination. I still don’t think flying unicorns farting rainbow lasers through cotton candy clouds to alight upon my Fire TV while granting the wish of an instant Kodi update can really happen. Can it?

This update process is brought to visual life with this infographic. Feel free to click on the image for a pdf representation of our Kodi 17.6 Update Infographic.

Kodi 17.6 Firestick Update

Kodi 17.6 Firestick Update Process

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How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton Final on Firestick / Fire TV

Part 1: Install Downloader & Enable Apps From Unknown Sources

Enable Unknown Sources

If you’ve already enabled unknown sources on your Firestick or Fire TV (perhaps you installed Terrarium TV?), you can jump ahead to the Downloader Installation.

  1. While at the Fire TV / Firestick home screen, choose “Settings” from the menu at the top of your screen.  Not sure where the menu is?  Press the “Home” button on your Fire TV remote, then tap the top of the remote’s ring button until you see the horizontal menu containing “Home – Your Videos – Movies – TV Shows – Apps – Settings” at the top of your screen.

    Select Settings from the Amazon Fire stick home screen

    Select “Settings”

  2. Choose “Device” under the Settings item, then select “Developer Options“.

    Install Kodi 17 on Firestick - Go to Developer Options

    Go to Developer Options

  3. At this point, select “ADB Debugging,” then “Apps from Unknown Sources“.  Toggle it to “Turn On,” then confirm Apps from Unknown Sources has been enabled.

    Now Enable ADB Debugging & Apps from Unknown Sources

    Enable ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources

Download & Install Downloader App

If you’ve already downloaded and installed the Downloader app to your Firestick or Fire TV, then feel free to jump ahead to the Part 2: Download & Install or Update Kodi section below.

  1. Then, head back to the Firestick / Fire TV home screen.

    Fire TV Kodi 17 Install

    Go to the Firestick / Fire TV home screen

  2. Now, go left to the “Search” icon, which looks like a magnifying glass.

    Press Search icon to Search for Downloader on Firestick

    Choose the Search icon on the Firestick home screen

  3. Then, start typing “Downloader” in the search text box.  Once you see the word “Downloader” appear in the list below, tap on the bottom of the ring button (aka “down” button) on your Fire TV remote until you’ve selected the word “Downloader” in the list below the OSK.  The word turns yellow to let you know when you’ve selected it.

    Now select the word Downloader

    Select the word Downloader

  4. Within the search results, choose the icon for the Downloader app in Apps & Games.

    Now select Downloader

    Select “Downloader” to open the app info page

  5. Then, elect to install the Downloader app by telling your Fire TV / Firestick to “Download” it. We’ll now use this to download then install Kodi 17.6 Krypton (Final) onto your Firestick or FireTV!

    Install Kodi on Fire TV with Downloader App

    Press Download to install Downloader

Launch the Downloader app once successfully installed, then follow these next steps to install Kodi 17.6 on your Firestick and/or FireTV.

Part 2: Download & Install or Update Kodi

Download Kodi 17.6 apk

  1. Launch the Downloader app, then dismiss popups if any appear.

    Press Open to Launch the Downloader app for Firestick

    Press “Open” to launch the Downloader app

  2. Now, choose the address box (it has “http://” in it) with the center button on your Fire TV remote. After this, an on-screen keyboard should show up.

    Now select the box that says "http"

    Select the Address field in the Downloader app

  3. Then, type in the apk file’s address:  http://bit.ly/kodi176kftv

    Install Kodi 17.6 on Firestick - Enter URL

    Enter the Kodi 17.6 apk URL into Downloader

  4. Allow the download of Kodi 17.6 to finish. If installing on the new 3rd Generation 4K Fire TV, then jump ahead to the Install Kodi on 4K Fire TV section.

Install Kodi 17.6 on Firestick and Fire TV (NOT gen3 Fire TV)

  1. Once Kodi 17.6 has finished downloading, the installer should launch automatically, then ask “Do you want to install this app?” if this is a new installation. However, you will see “Do you want to install an update to this existing application?” if Kodi exists already. Choose “Install“, then wait for the installation of Kodi to finish.

    Kodi 17.6 Install - Select and Click Install

    Install Kodi 17.6 – Select and Click Install

  2. Once your device lets you know “App Installed”, click on “Open” to launch Kodi!

    Open Kodi 17.6 Installed Update

    Launch Kodi 17.6 Installed Update

  3. When Kodi launches for the first time, it may take several second as it finalizes its install and clean-up. You will see “Preparing for First Run.. Please wait.” on the screen while you wait.

    Update to Kodi 17.6 Finishes Install During First Run

    Kodi 17.6 Update Finishes Install During First Run

  4. Avoid having your access blocked or announcing your online activities; the best VPN for Kodi will give you peace of mind for less than the price of a monthly cup of coffee. They even have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out without worry. Also, check out the free applications they made especially for Fire TV & Firestick users!
  5. The one thing left to do? Install a build, or at least some video addons. Jump down to Part 3 for a few great suggestions.

Part 3: Install a Kodi BUILD

Kodi 17 Post-Install Tutorial Video

The video below shows you what to do after you install Kodi 17 FireStick. These instructions also work for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV Box, or practically any device with enough storage available and Kodi installed (because Kodi is the same on all operating systems, or “cross-platform”):


We’ve used the immensely popular Kodi Xenon Build in this example, but you don’t have to install this one. There are many more available to suit your tastes. A few of the best can be found below.

Kodi 17 Firestick Builds and TV Addons

To make the most of your Kodi Firestick / Fire TV installation, try out one of these current favorite builds.

You can also browse the KFire TV front page, which brings you the latest and greatest TV add-ons Kodi has to offer every day!

After the installation of a Kodi build or some add-ons, then TV streams, movies, music, sports, and much more await your perusal from within the latest Kodi 17.6 Firestick / Fire TV version. Remember to always use the latest Kodi version your hardware is capable of and remain safe when doing so by using a VPN. Enjoy!

Use the latest Kodi 17.6 and always remain safe with a VPN

How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton on Windows

If you’re using Kodi on a Windows computer, you might want to update to Kodi 17.6. If so, you’re in the right place! Here, we’ll tell you how to install Kodi 17.6 on Windows OS. 

The first thing you’ll want to do is go to Kodi’s downloads and updates page, which you can access by clicking this link.

Where it says “Current release: Kodi v17.6 Krypton,” click the Installer link that will show up on the page. This will automatically start downloading the .exe file you need to update your Kodi system.

Once the file is installed, follow any prompts it gives you in order to complete the update. 

An important thing to note is that if you already have a different version of Kodi installed on your Windows computer, make sure to install the .exe file in the exact same location as you installed that version. This will ensure a clean download and full upgrade success.

How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton on Mac

To update to Kodi 17.6 on Mac OS systems, you’ll want to follow a similar process to the Windows tutorial. Go to the Kodi downloads page by following this link to get started. 

When you click the Installer link, the difference will be that a .dmg file will start downloading that contains the Kodi update. When it’s done downloading, double click on it to start the installation process.

Follow the prompts that the system gives you to finish integrating Kodi 17.6 on your Mac. Make sure to follow the step of dragging and dropping the application into your Applications folder so that the update completes successfully.

If you have a previous version of Kodi installed on your Mac, it won’t be hard to update to the new one. Mac OS makes this easy; no extra steps are required here. 

Simply install the new version of Kodi onto your Mac computer and the old version will be overridden. 

How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton on Linux

If you’re running a Linux operating system and want to update to Kodi 17.6, it may look complicated at first but is actually very simple. 

If you have Ubuntu or an Ubuntu-based distribution, Kodi updates are included in them already. This means that you can install 17.6 directly from Ubuntu using simple commands. 

Below, we’ll provide the code you need to install the Kodi update. Make sure to type this in very carefully so that the installation can proceed without a hitch.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

That’s all! Once you enter the code, Kodi should start installing the newest update on the system. If you have a third-party distribution, they aren’t usually supported by Kodi like Ubuntu, so make sure it’s running correctly if you install over a different one.

How to Install Kodi 17.6 Krypton on a Raspberry Pi

When you have a Raspberry Pi device, there is a built-in operating system called the Raspbian. Unfortunately, Kodi 17.6 is not supported yet on this OS, so you won’t be able to use the default OS to install the update.

But, don’t worry! There are many distributions that you can use with the Raspberry Pi that can help install Kodi updates. So, you can technically use Raspberry Pi to do this but make sure you have a distribution that supports it.

One distribution that we can recommend we use is LibreELEC. LibreELEC has released new software in its beta stages that is compatible with the Kodi 17.6 update. 

If you can manage to install the LibreELEC onto an SD card and integrate it into your Raspberry Pi, you can launch its distribution and install Kodi updates. 

Luckily, if you have any of the other systems listed above, you can go to the LibreELEC Krypton update page here and they will download the LibreELEC creator tool for you.

Kodi 17.6 Changes, Fixes & Updates

The Kodi 17.6 and 17.5 updates contained mostly bugfixes. Major new features really haven’t appeared in Krypton for some time. I’m sure the Kodi team of developers is holding all of the amazeballs for their Kodi 18 release.

Until you try out Kodi 17.6 Firestick for yourself, check out these bugs that have been fixed since the previously latest Kodi version (Kodi 17.5 Krypton):

  • Potential controller dialog crashes fixed
  • Occasional internal browser connection issues fixed
  • Fixed crashing when peripheral joystick add-on is disabled
  • Update standard scrapers to most current versions as of release date

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How to Install Kodi on Firestick (Kodi 18 Sneak Peek)

  1. Using your FireStick / Fire TV, go to the Home screen by pressing the Home button on the Fire TV remote.
  2. Go to Search
  3. Start typing to search for “es file explorer” until you see ES File Explorer show up in the list below
  4. Within the result list, select ES File Explorer, then press Download / Install / OK
  5. After ES File Explorer has installed, go back to the Fire TV Stick home screen
  6. Go to Apps
  7. Select ES File Explorer to launch ES File Explorer
  8. After ES File Explorer has launched, go to Download Manager (underneath Tools)
  9. Move the cursor to select the “+ New” button on the bottom of the screen.  Select the “+ New” button.
  10. In the File Path field, enter “https://bit.ly/Kodi18nightly2017-11-17”
  11. In the Name field, enter “Kodi 18” (or any name you want)
  12. Move the cursor to the Download button and select Download
  13. Once the Kodi 18 Leia APK file has downloaded, select Open File
  14. Choose Install
  15. Once Kodi has installed, go back to the Fire TV home screen
  16. Go to Apps
  17. Select Kodi to launch Kodi!
  18. Optional, yet HIGHLY Recommended: Unblock Kodi Addons by using a VPN (60% off right here!)

Don’t forget the last step of the process above!

Why? Because the last step of the Kodi 17 Firestick install process sets up TV Addons on your device and The best VPN for Kodi secures your Internet connection permanently by using automated, military-grade encryption and location masking. Use my Kodi VPN YouTube video to set this up in just a few minutes on FireStick, Android, iPhone, PC or any other device. Furthermore, you should use a VPN to hide Firestick IP address along with all your other Internet activity in general.

Kodi 17 First and Last Impressions

All things considered, Kodi 17.6 Firestick is a welcomed upgrade. Furthermore, what an improvement Kodi Krypton itself has been over Kodi Jarvis! Right off the bat, the dashboard home screen became very “smooth”, with lots of fine detail. The animations have also been much smoother. Although, having the Fire TV Box as opposed to a Firestick does help, because the additional CPU power allows Kodi menus to animate more smoothly.

The playback and TV Addon install process was extremely fast and successful as well. Finally, being able to download Kodi 17, install it along with some add-ons, then be watching a movie all in 5 minutes flat… Kodi 17 wins! Bring on Kodi 18!

If you have trouble with the Kodi 17 Firestick install process, then look for answers on the KFireTV website!