How to Install and Setup Arctic Horizon Skin on Kodi

Arctic Horizon is one of the best Kodi skins. This page is the step-by-step installation and setup guide on Arctic Horizon. By following this guide, you'll learn how to make use of Arctic Horizon skin to achieve better browsing experience and handier addon access on Kodi.

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Oswald Oswald | Updated on July 3, 2023

1. What Is Arctic Horizon Kodi Skin

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2. How to Install Arctic Horizon Skin on Kodi

3. How to Setup Arctic Horizon Skin on Kodi

4. Best Kodi Add-ons to Use with Arctic Horizon Skin

1. What Is Arctic Horizon Kodi Skin

Arctic Horizon Kodi Skin

Arctic Horizon is one of the Arctic skins developed by jurialmunkey, whose skins enjoy great popularity among the community. Arctic Horizon is an outstanding Kodi skin with dark-gray color scheme, vertical home hubs and horizontal widgets design. It's the integration of condensed features, minimalism, and streamline interface, and supports flexible customizations of widgets and home display styles.

Arctic Horizon earned its place on WonderFox Best Kodi Skins , on this list you can find more best Kodi skin choices.

More Kodi Skin Setup Guides: AuraMod | Titan Bingie | Arctic Zephyr 2

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    2. How to Install Arctic Horizon Skin on Kodi

    • Update Kodi to the latest stable release version, that helps to avoid potential skin issues like 'The dependency on version could not be satisfied'. See our Kodi update guide on Windows | Fire Stick

    • Make sure you are following the tutorial below to install Arctic Horizon skin from jurialmunkey repository which contains all the essential scripts and dependencies the skin needs to function.

    • Since Kodi prohibits the installation of third-party addons/repos by default for security issues, we need to set Kodi to allow installation from unknown sources to go on.

    Step 1. Launch Kodi, from the main menu, click System icon from the upper side of the left panel.

    Step 2. Click on the File manager module from the System menu.

    Step 3. Double click on the Add source bar on the left side.

    Step 4. Click on <None>.

    Step 5. Copy and paste or type exactly into the popup location box, then click OK. Check for typos if you encounter couldn't retrieve directory information.

    Step 6. Enter a name jurialmunkey for the added media source in the lower box. Then click OK.

    Step 7. Go back to the main menu and click Add-ons from the left panel.

    Step 8. Click on the box icon from upper side of the left panel.

    Step 9. Click on Install from zip file.

    Step 10. Click on the source jurialmunkey we just added to Kodi.

    Step 11. Click on the zip file within. If you see failed to install addon from Zip file, check your internet connection, reboot Kodi, and install again.

    Step 12. Wait until you can see a message pops up on the upper-right side saying jurialmunkey Alpha Repository Add-on installed. Then click Install from repository.

    Step 13. Select jurialmunkey Alpha Repository. If you encounter "Could not connect to repository" error message, check out our troubleshooting.

    Step 14. Click Look and feel.

    Step 15. Select Skins.

    Step 16. Select Arctic Horizon, then click Install. Click OK to install additional dependencies and add-ons when a dialog pops up. Try installing the required dependencies respectively, if you encounter failed to install a dependency.

    Step 17. Wait for the skin to install. Once the skin is installed, you'll be asked whether to switch to Arctic Horizon, select Yes. Then select Yes to keep the change. Later you can always switch back to default Estuary skin from Settings > Interface Settings > Skin tab > Skin.

    It's advised to disable auto-update feature of the skin. To update skin in the future, switch your Kodi to default Estuary skin, update Arctic Horizon, and then restart Kodi and switch it to Arctic Horizon skin. That should avoid Arctic Horizon black screen and freezing loading screen issue.

    3. How to Setup Arctic Horizon Skin on Kodi

    • Most Kodi skins require your local library integration for home screen display. On first startup, the Arctic Horizon home screen will be blank if you haven't import your movie and TV shows collection to Kodi, if you haven't and don't know how to do so, you can learn from our guide on how to add local library to Kodi.

    • To setup Arctic Horizon skin, you should hit the cog icon from the main screen and go to Skin Settings. The following setups all take place in Skin Settings menu.

    • The setup guide in the following will focus on hubs, spotlight and widgets configurations. Appearance, layouts, color scheme, sorting, etc. are more of subjective preferences so I'll just leave them to you.

    Hubs Setup

    Let's start with Hubs, which refer to the home menu items (shortcuts) you can access from the left pane in home screen. Though the default hubs should suffice for average usage, we can add more hubs if we want to, and we can also use them as shortcut to any directory in Kodi.

    To setup main menu items, go to Skin settings > Home > Customize home menu. Highlight a main menu shortcut and you can click the buttons on it to remove it, position it or add a new menu shortcut subsequent to it. And you can customize the labels, icons and more for menu shortcuts on the right side.

    After you create a menu shortcut, it's vital to assign an action for it. Click Choose item for menu so you can link a shortcut to a directory from an addon, a playlist from an addons or your favorite Trakt lists, to access from home screen.

    Create menu shortcut

    Widgets Setup

    Widgets configuration can be really important especially when you don't have a local movies/TV shows library, because we can add movies and TV shows from video addons to Arctic Horizon home screen, for spotlight display. The common usage of widgets is shortcuts that link to playlists from video addons (if you haven't got any good addons installed on Kodi, check out the last section of this guide).

    To setup widgets, go to Skin settings > Home > Customize home menu. Highlight an existing menu item, and select Widget on the right side to configure widgets for it. There are two major view type of widgets called Widgets Home and Widgets Fullscreen and Hub.

    Choose the preferred view type for every hubs and add widgets to them to make them work.

    Widgets home: Added shortcuts will present movies and TV shows in lineups from a hub. While browsing, you can scroll left and right for different titles, up and down for different lists.

    Widgets home view type

    Widgets fullscreen and hub: Added shortcuts will present movies and TV shows from the playlist in the fullscreen spotlight, and you can click in to see more info or scroll left or right for other titles.

    You can create multiple widgets that link to different playlists from addons to display lists in parallel rows from hubs. However, too many widgets may bog down your Kodi and three would be the best amount of widgets for each sub.

    Widgets fullscreen and hub viewtype

    Submenu Setup

    Submenu in Arctic Horizon are the submenus that can expand from a home menu item. There are three different ways to display submenus in the skin: Submenu Widget, Submenu Popup, and Submenu/Showcase Hub.

    Submenu widgets can be added/customized from Skin settings> Home > Customize home menu > Widgets > Choose Widget > Special Widgets > Submenu

    Submenu Setup

    4. Best Kodi Add-ons to Use with Arctic Horizon Skin

    We recommend you to give these addons a go as they deliver incomparable using and viewing enjoyment when used with Kodi skins. If you're interested in any of them, hit the addon's name for the installation guideline.

    Playlist Browser

    TMDb Helper: The gathering of OpenMeta and Open Info features with external player support

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    Playlist browsers enables you to browse The MovieDb, The TVDb and Trakt on an attractive and responsive info screen in Kodi. They can even play videos directly with the addition of external player file.

    Video Addons

    Seren - Multi-source addon with netflix-like next-up dialog and great skin compatibility

    Venom - A frequently updated Exodus fork with auto-playback feature, now debrid only

    Fen – A movies & TV shows addon specializes in Furk and Easynews, with debrid account support

    Video addons help to stream the movies & TV shows from available sources. If needed, you can find out more satisfying streaming solutions on our Best Kodi Addons list.

    Playlist Provider

    Trakt - A popular scrobble service that tracks your viewing history and playback process and runs in the background.

    External Widgets

    AutoWidget: A practical external widget that's compatible with various popular skins

    AutoWidget is a program addon favored by the community. It creates widgets and submenu-style shortcut widgets and presents them in an automatically cycling way.


    That'll be all the major configurations you need to use Arctic Horizon Kodi skin, and there're still many other practical features for you to poke around and find out.

    In conclusion, with the installation and proper setup of Arctic Horizon skin, you Kodi will be not just better-looking, but much more efficient and practical. Additionally, you're suggested to try the introduced addons, which will definitely facilitate your browsing and viewing even more.

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