How to Install Shadow on Kodi for Fast and Stable RD Streams

Shadow is a new movie & TV show addon that uses Real-Debrid to fast and steadily stream high-quality links. Learn from this detailed guide on out review on Shadow and how to install Shadow addon on Kodi.

I'll demonstrate the installation on Kodi Leia 18.9, the latest stable release version of Kodi. This installation guide applies to all compatible devices including Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Android & iOS, Mac, Android TV, Android Boxes, etc.

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Oswald Oswald | Updated on July 18, 2023

1. What is Shadow Kodi Addon

2. How to Install Shadow Addon on Kodi

Shadow Not Working Fix

Important Update

This addon has been updated to be compatible with Kodi Nexus and Matrix from various repositories. You can use the URLs below to install it. For more working addons on Kodi Matrix, please see our list of Kodi Matrix 19 Addons.

The Shadow project has been taken on by various developers, updated Shadow addon can be found in the following repositories, please note that forks based on Shadow's code and template may bear different names.

Magnetic Repo:

Narcacist Repo:

What is Shadow Kodi Addon?

Shadow Kodi addon

Important update. The developer of Shadow addon has given up this project, whilst Shadow addon is still working. If you'd like to stick to Shadow addon, we advise you disable its auto-update feature.

If you're looking for a video addon that can fully take the advantage of Real-Debrid to deliver buffering-free streams without fuss, the newly developed Shadow addon is definitely a good choice. Powered by Real-Debrid, Shadow addon is a concise directory, robust link prober and easy to use searching engine for movies & TV shows. Its main menu simply provides playlists sourced from Real-Debrid & and related functionalities, and its subsections are for various filters. It doesn't have an attractive layout, but it's rather practical especially for advanced Kodi users since it's very configurable and powerful.

Shadow addon is continuously updated and is working perfectly as of this writing. In view of its impressive performance, we've put it on our best Kodi addons list, best movies & TV shows addons section.

We suggest users to install Shadow addon from The Crew Repository since many Kodi users have The Crew Repo already installed as The Crew addon is a must-have. If you do have The Crew Repo installed, you can install Shadows from video add-ons of The Crew Repo. Follow the tutorial in the following otherwise.

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    Addon Info

    Addon name: Shadow

    Repo name: THE CREW REPO

    The latest working source URL:

    Media source naming: the crew

    Disclaimer: This guide is for educational purposes only and should only be used to stream movies or TV shows under the public domain. WonderFox is in no way collaborated, affiliated with or hosting any Kodi add-ons, repositories or builds. We do not endorse or advocate copyright infringement, the end-user should be responsible for any content accessed via the services or apps referenced on this post.

    How to Install Shadow Addon on Kodi

    · For new users, install Kodi on your device to get started. Installation guide: Windows | Fire TV Stick | Android Phone | Android Box

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

    · Update Kodi to the latest version to avoid potential issues. . Update guide: Windows | Fire TV Stick

    Hit the cog icon

    Step 1. Launch Kodi. Hit the cog icon from the upper side of the left panel to enter System.

    Hit File manager

    Step 2. Hit File manager from System page.

    Double hit Add source

    Step 3. Double hit Add source from the left column.

    Hit None from the box in the middle

    Step 4. Double hit <None> from the box in the middle.

    Enter the path of media location

    Step 5. In the pop-up box, copy & paste or type in exactly to the media location box, and hit OK button from the lower-right side. Check for typos if you encounter Couldn't retrieve directory information.

    Name the media source the crew

    Step 6. Define a name for the media source we just added as the crew. Make sure all characters of the source name are lower-cases, or you might encounter a problem connecting to internet server later during installation. Then hit OK underneath.

    Select Addons from the left panel

    Step 7. Then get back to the main menu. Click Addons from the left panel.

    Hit the box icon

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

    Select Install from zip file

    Step 9. Select Install from zip file.

    Select the source the crew

    Step 10. Select the media source the crew we just added to Kodi.

    Select the .zip file within

    Step 11. Select the .zip file within.

    The Crew Repo Add-on installed

    Step 12. Wait until you can see a message pops up on the upper-right side saying THE CREW REPO Add-on installed. Please note that's just the installation of the repository, then it's time to add addon to Kodi from repository. Select Install from repository from the current page.

    Select The Crew Repository

    Step 13. Select THE CREW REPO. If you encounter "Could not connect to repository" error message, check out our troubleshootings.

    Select Video add-ons

    Step 14. Select Video add-ons.

    Select Shadow

    Step 15. Locate and select Shadow.

    Install Kodi Shadow addon

    Step 16. Hit Install from the lower-right side to install Shadow addon.

    Hit OK to install dependencies

    Step 17. Hit OK to allow installing additional dependencies when this dialog pops up. Select No if a setup-wizard message pops up. Try installing again if you see Failed to install a dependency.

    Shadow addon installed

    Step 18. Wait till you can see the message Shadow Add-on installed pops up. That's it! You can now find you Shadow addon from main menu > Addons.


    The trusted sources where you can currently install Shadow addon from include The Crew repo, Bugatsinho repository, Magnetic Repo, EzzerMacs Wizard Repository and Diamond Build Repo, all providing the latest version of Shadow: 2.1.8.

    As mentioned, The Crew Repo is the recommended repository to download and install Shadow addon. However, The Crew addon/repo might have been blocked on your device if you have Indigo addon installed. In that case, learn how to fix The Crew Repo working. If the problem doesn't fix whatsoever, you can also install Shadow addon from other mentioned repositories.

    Shadow Not Working Fix

    • Shadow No Stream Available/Streaming Buffering/Stream Pending after Loading but Won't Play

    The causes of no stream available and other streaming failed issue vary, most effective solutions include:

    1. Use the option in your device settings or maintenance addons to clear Kodi cache.

    2. Reauthorize debrid services like Real-Debrid, Premiumize and All Debrid with the updated ResolveURL.

    3. Go to addon settings and switch Auto Play feature to Source Select.

    4. Stop using VPN with debrid services.

    5. Use a proxy to bypass ISPs blocking.

    • Shadow Fails to Start/Launch

    That could be the addon stopped working, we'll put up an announcement from the top of the page, in that case, stay tuned to our updates. In addition, working addons will also fail to launch, try the following methods to sort that.

    1. Make sure the server and port number in your Kodi Internet access match the ones of your network. Check that especially if you're using a VPN. Learn more: Kodi Proxy Settings

    2. Try clearing Kodi app cache in your device settings or with maintenance tools like Open Wizard, reboot Kodi, and launch the addon again.

    • Shadow Error Check the Log for More Information

    First try clearing Kodi app cache from your device settings, reboot Kodi, and try the previous behavior again and see if this issue still occurs. If so, learn how to check log file on Kodi and draw support from someone who can read it. Please note that don't seek assistance for third-party addons from official Kodi support channels.

    • Shadow Links Fails to Play Requiring Stream Authorization

    If you're asked to authorize stream when trying to play a link, you can either:

    1. Use a static IP address to pair with the hoster site.

    2. Use a debrid service with Kodi and disable free hosters in addon settings.

    Learn more: Stream Authorizations on Kodi – Is it Safe? Several Ways to Deal with Them

    • Shadow The Dependencies Could Not be Satisfied

    This issue results from python code discrepancy of addon's dependencies. In that case, you should use a compatible version of Kodi for the addon. As always, we only advise the use of the latest stable release version of Kodi and the latest version of continually-updated addons.

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