How to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick

Installing Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick isn’t as easy it should be. That’s down to the fact that Amazon have decided to remove the app from their app store for fear of piracy problems. Therefore, it’s not possible just to search the Amazon store for a Kodi app and download it to your Fire Stick as you would with any other app.

Instead, we need to download the APK from the Kodi community and then copy it across (or ‘sideload’ it) on to the Fire Stick from your laptop or other machine.

Note: There is another way of installing Kodi on to a Fire Stick – and it involves using ES File Explorer to download Kodi directly on to your Fire Stick. I’ll write a tutorial for that shortly, but this is my preferred way as ES File Explorer is a real pain to use with a standard Fire Stick remote.


Here’s how we do it.

First of all, we need to make sure that the Fire Stick will allow the installation of apps that come from outside of the app store. To do that:

1. Click on ‘Settings’ from the your Amazon Fire homepage.

2. Now choose ‘System’

3. Click on ‘Developer Options’

4.Click on ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ to change the option from ‘Off’ to ‘On’

5. Amazon will display a warning screen about the risks of installing apps from unknown sources. If you feel worried about leaving this setting on for the long term, you can always come back to this screen and turn the Unknown Sources option off again, but for the moment we need to turn this on to be able to install Kodi. Click OK.

6. Download adbFire from

Video of Amazon Fire Stick installation

If you’ve had a problem with any of the above (or just prefer to watch the installation process rather than read about it!), then we’ve produced a video on our YouTube channel that walks through the process above. You can see it below.