Update Kodi on Amazon Fire TV

Update Kodi on Amazon Fire TV


Hi folks, here’s a short tutorial on updating your Amazon Fire TV to the latest version of Kodi. As of this post, Kodi is at version 15.1.

Here’s what you’ll need for the update:

  • adbFire (software to connect and push the Kodi installation pack)
  • latest version of Kodi
  • know your Copy and Paste keyboard shortcuts (hehehe, just a little humour)

After you download the latest Kodi APK (choose the Android ARM version from the Kodi website).

In the next step we need to Push the file to our Amazon Fire TV. We will use the “temp” folder for that as follows:

Start ADBFire, selecttemp” under “Push/Pull/Delete Files”, click the “Push” button and select the downloaded APK file.

Once the push completed (ADBFire will show a message), click the “ADB Shell”.

In the shell, type  cd /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/temp  and press ENTER.

After that type, in the shell:  adb install -r kodi-14.1-Helix-armeabi-v7a.apk  (the APK filename depends on the Kodi version – it’s the filename of the file you just downloaded). After pressing ENTER, you’ll see something like this:

Update Kodi on Amazon Fire TV

Now that we completed the update, we will remove the APK, just to keep things clean, by typing this in the shell: rm kodi-15.1.1-Isengard-armeabi-v7a.apk .

Now you’re done, restart Kodi and you’ll see a “first run” message, despite the ‘first run’ all your settings and plugins are still there.

Sal Ciampa

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2 thoughts on “Update Kodi on Amazon Fire TV

  1. not understanding why after I enter ADB SHELL When I Change Directory (cd) that I have to type “sdcard” where in your tutorial does a sd card come into play. Also not all settings remain if you have a skin thats gone, and if you have a custom build that will be lost, or kodi will crash and your pre-installed kodi will be lost, if you installed a custom build. I do like this way of updating Kodi but I don’t understand why when I change directory that I have to enter /sd card/ when AFTV doesn’t even have a sd slot, explain.

  2. I got ‘error:device offline’ as soon as the daemon started… ended up doing an adb install -r from the adbfire local directory, rather than from the remote temp.

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