Netflix and chill; hell yeah! If you are both a Netflix subscriber and Kodi lover, you’re probably wanting to unite the two platforms. Including the channels and content from the Netflix app inside of Kodi’s interface provides cleaner access to all your favorites. Watch all the wonderful Netflix content while enjoying the customization possibilities of the great Kodi user interface.
Due to advancements made in Kodi 18 Leia, the free Netflix Kodi addon developed for the latest version of Kodi v18 Leia merges Netflix and Kodi beautifully! Originally developed by asciidisco, with code also contributed by over 30 other developers, watching Netflix on laggy, uninspired web browsers can now be a thing of the past.
As you most likely know, Netflix is a high-quality online subscription-based streaming service people use to watch some great TV shows and movies.
This US-based service has geo-restrictions for each region in which it is available, however. While they have versions available in many countries worldwide, every one of them is only available to a specific geographic region.
If you are traveling or live abroad, you’ll need a good VPN (Virtual Private Network) to bypass these restrictions.
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Netflix Addon Advanced Install Info
Repo Name: Absolut Repository
Netflix on Kodi Quick Steps
There is a step-by-step visual guide to installing Netflix on Kodi a bit farther down in the article if you need it. These quick steps are pretty self-explanatory if you’ve installed a few Kodi add-ons in the past, though.
- Go to the Kodi File manager found in the Settings System menu.
- Click Add source and then None. Then, enter
http://absolut-kodi.com/repoand name it absolut.
- In Add-on browser, click Install from zip file.
- Select the
absolutsource then click the
repository.Absolut.Kodi-1.0.5.zipwithin to install the repo.
- Once you notice the repo has installed, go back and click Install from Repository >> Absolut Repo >> Video addons.
- Select Netflix then click Install.
What is Kodi?
Those less familiar with the amazing multi-platform Kodi online streaming and media librarian may wish to reference our “What is Kodi?” guide.
This software began in 2002 as a simple XBox media player. Kodi has since been updated with the ability to find and provide access to nearly unlimited online media streams including free movies, TV shows, and music.
Better yet, it works on every major operating system and most internet capable devices including your TV, laptop, phone, and tablet. Kodi is a free open source media center with thousands of third-party add-ons available to enhance your Kodi entertainment experience.
Follow our MTM guide below and learn how to install Netflix on Kodi free for multiple operating systems such as Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, and more.
Consider this: you can install the Netflix add-on into any working Kodi 18 build.
Free Netflix Kodi Addon – Why Now?
Since Kodi’s 2002 inception and the launch of Netflix in 2007, the two have not been united due to restrictions in place by DRM (Digital Rights Management). This is a set of access control technologies that restrict the use of applications within other apps.
We would argue that these “technical protection measures” are nothing more than one of the many big business ways of stifling innovation and competition.
In a recent update, Kodi 18 Leia finally received support for DRM. This allows the possibility of watching streams from official apps such as Netflix on Kodi. This is seen as exciting news regarding the future of Kodi addon development by those with an ability to read between the lines.
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Sounds good, right? There are just a few restrictions we want to clarify before demonstrating how to install the new Kodi Netflix Add-on.
Kodi Netflix Addon Restrictions
In order for the Netflix Kodi addon to work, you’ll need the following.
- Kodi 18 Leia updated – Either the latest release or a more recent nightly build will work. There is also a Netflix add-on for Kodi v19 (Matrix).
- Inputstream Adaptive v2.0 or newer – Now automatically installed with Kodi 18 and later, Netflix will offer to enable this for you.
The InputStream client for adaptive streams is a Kodi module which enables streaming of DRM content such as that available from Netflix.
Please note the Netflix Kodi 18 Addon will NOT work on Kodi 17 Krypton. Kodi 18 Leia or later versions are required in order to stream the Netflix library right in your favorite media center software. There is also a version of the Netflix addon available for the upcoming Kodi 19 Matrix.
There is a catch if you want to connect and watch Netflix on Kodi when installed on other than an Android or Amazon Firestick device. Installation of Widevine in your Kodi folder is necessary before you can install and connect to Netflix on Kodi.
To install the Widevine library file (libwidevine) and access Netflix on Kodi, you must download the Widevine Library. You can right click the link or copy and paste the contents into a file named
widevinecdm.json. Then, place the downloaded widevinecdm.json file into the CDM folder of your Kodi special folder. Use these provided links for assistance.
Before installing Netflix on Kodi running in a Linux operating system environment, you must first install the PyCryptodome Python library. Run the following command from a Linux terminal to get this working:
pip install –user pycryptodomex
Now, let’s install Netflix on Kodi for free!
Required Before Installing Netflix on Kodi
The Netflix addon itself is unofficial so won’t be included in Kodi’s default add-ons. Kodi 17 Krypton and later security settings require you to toggle enable unknown sources on before installing any third-party addons.
This step is important. Kodi won’t allow you to install any third-party addons without doing this first. If you need help with it, reference our MTM Enable Unknown Sources guide to make Kodi ready to accept the Netflix addon.
How to Install Netflix Kodi Add-on
Provide the Netflix Repo Source to Kodi
You can find the Netflix Kodi 18 addon within the Absolut Repo located at
http://absolut-kodi.com/repo for now. I usually suggest you download straight from the Github repository source, but reader Jools reported earlier today that the CastagnaIT repo is not working at this time. While the developer’s Github repository will always have the latest Netflix add-on version, the repo that contains the add-on was broken in a recent update of the Netflix add-on itself.
Install Kodi Netflix Add-on Home Repo: Absolut
The Absolut repo houses the latest working add-on for your Netflix and chill moments, so let’s give Kodi the address.
- If you haven’t already, launch Kodi and go into the System page by clicking the cog icon.
- Within the System menu, press File Manager (top left of screen).
- Choose Add Source in the left column.
- Then, click <None> to input an external file source.
- Enter the
http://absolut-kodi.com/reposource URL exactly.
- Highlight the box beneath the URL and name it absolut, then check for errors and press OK.
How To Install Absolut Repository
Once Kodi has the repo source, installing the Netflix Kodi addon is easy.
- Back in the System menu, click the Add-ons tile to enter the Add-ons browser (AKA Package Manager).
- Next, click on Install from zip file.
- Then, pick the absolut repo source and press OK.
- Select the most recent
repository.Absolut.Kodi-1.0.5.zipfile and click OK again.
- As soon as you see the notification informing that Absolut Kodi Repository Add-on installed, you’re ready to download the Netflix Kodi Addon.
How To Install Netflix Kodi Addon
Feel free to explore all that Netflix has to offer with the user-friendly Kodi interface.
- Back in the Add-ons browser, choose Install from repository.
- Choose Absolut Kodi Repository to open the current Netflix add-on home repo.
- Enter into the Video Add-ons directory of the repo, then scroll to and click Netflix.
- Finally, press the Install button in the bottom right of the Netflix Add-on Kodi dialog.
- Accept the dependency add-ons to be installed for Netflix to work properly in Kodi.
- Soon, you should see success with a “Netflix Add-on Installed” dialog sliding in to tell you the good news.
The Netflix Kodi addon will be found in your Kodi video addons!
The only restrictions will be the regional limitations imposed by Netflix itself, which you can easily unblock using your Surfshark VPN app.
If accessing Netflix from outside the region streaming videos of the shows you want to watch, remember there is a workaround…
Read all about it: VPN + Netflix = Chill
Configuring the Free Netflix Kodi Addon
Setting up your log-in details in the addon varies depending on the platform you have Kodi installed on.
For Android and Firestick devices, simply log in with your Netflix account email and password when prompted.
For all the rest, head over to the Netflix addon settings. On some platforms, you can hover on this great addon and press “c” to bring up the menu. Enter the Account tab in settings to log-in with your Netflix username and password.
You can also use the Auto Login tab to choose a default if you have more than one account set up.
Android Netflix ESN ID
If installing Netflix on Kodi running in an Andriod device, you’ll also need to input your Android Netflix ESN number into the Kodi addon settings. This Android Netflix ID can be found in your Android device settings under About.
Type that number into the Kodi addon settings. Once done, you should be able to watch Netflix on Kodi the same way you do in their official app.
Thanks for Reading!
In this MTM tutorial, we’ve illustrated how to install Netflix Kodi 18 Addon and log in from anywhere in the world. Now that Kodi is DRM friendly, we can expect even more exciting Kodi addons in the near future. Just don’t forget to use a VPN for Kodi.
Stay tuned as we keep you up to date with Kodi Community releases and news. Who knows, maybe Amazon Prime Video and Hulu addons are just around the corner. Let’s keep our eyes on these and…
May your streams never run dry!