How to Install the Seren Kodi Addon [2021]

If you have a Real-Debrid subscription, then you absolutely need to have the Seren addon for Kodi.

Seren is an addon specifically designed to work with premium unrestricted downloaders, like Real-Debrid so you can get buffer-free streaming from Kodi. Unlike many of the most popular Kodi addons, it works with both Kodi 18 Leia and Kodi 19 Matrix.

Additionally, its integration with Trak.tv, allows you to keep track of your favorite video content, for a more premium streaming experience.

In this guide, we’ll discuss the features of Seren 2.0, the process of installing the add-on, how to add a premium provider package, and how to link your Real Debrid account.


What’s New in Seren 2.0?

Seren was rebuilt from the ground up in early 2021. That rewrite of the code allowed it to be compatible with Kodi 19.

Thanks to the update, you get a range of new features, including:

  • Metadata and Trakt handling and synching, which is completely rewritten
  • New Download Manager
  • More cached TV show and movie metadata to speed up streaming
  • Python 3 support (required for Kodi 19)
  • OMDB API implemented
  • Zip manager implemented to handle zip files

Arguably, the most outstanding feature of Seren 2.0 is speed. The add-on’s menu is extremely fast since it uses scraped information cached to ensure faster streaming. Furthermore, unlike the previous version of the add-on, every line of code is written from scratch.

The Seren Kodi addon also has a Netflix-like behavior since it creates playlists of content you select by default automatically. Therefore, if you stop watching a show in the middle, you can always resume it afterward.

Seren Kodi addon: main menu

Linking Your Real Debrid Account to Seren

You won’t be able to stream your favorite shows after installing Seren on Kodi until you link your Real Debrid account.

Real-Debrid offers unrestricted access to cached torrents and hosters.

With Real-Debrid, your devices won’t connect to the p2p network directly. Instead, Real Debrid will locate the file for you before allowing you to access it as a normal download. Also, you need to install providers used in the scraping sources to enable you to find sources. 


Seren isn’t available on the official Kodi repository, which may leave you wondering, “Is the add-on legal and safe to use?”

Well, Seren is legal and safe since it’s only accessible to those with Premiumize or Real-Debrid accounts. 

Anyone who has never used a streaming add-on or app and is concerned about the safety of the Seren Kodi addon should rest easy. A quick scan of the add-on’s repository URL doesn’t yield any malware or suspicious files.

That said, it’s always a good idea to protect yourself online, and that includes when streaming with Kodi.


How to Install The Seren Addon for Kodi

In this tutorial, we’re going to walk through how to install the Seren addon to a clean installation of Kodi 19 Matri.

I like using a clean installation of Kodi for my walkthroughs because it gives you an easy-to-follow way to get up and running with any addon. You don’t need to worry if I’ve got something crazy installed on my Kodi box that makes it look different than it does for you.

That means I haven’t installed any other addons on this device, or even set up my media library. Even if Seren is the only thing you want to install on your Kodi box, this will get you up and running in only a few minutes.


Step 1: Enable Addons from Unknown Sources

The only repository installed by default is the official Kodi repository. It includes hundreds of different addons to change the look & feel, add new video sources, backgrounds, as well as some really useful utilities.

Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t have many of the most popular addons.

To install anything that’s not in the official Kodi repository, you need to change a setting to allow addons from unknown sources.

First, go to the Settings menu. You can get there either from the gear icon on the left-hand menu, or in the Add-ons tab, click on Settings.

Kodi Settings menu: System

Then, on the Settings/System menu, scroll down to the Add-ons section.

Kodi Settings Menu: Add-ons tab

As soon as you click on the Unknown Sources toggle switch, a menu box will appear.

Any addon you install on your Kodi device inherits the same rights to your files as Kodi itself. That includes access to your device’s files and network connections.

With that in mind, never install an add-on that you don’t trust, even if you don’t store any personal data on your Kodi box.

Click Yes to continue.

Add-ons Warning Box

Once you do, the toggle switch turns white and you’ll be able to install Seren, as well as any other unofficial Kodi addon.

Kodi Settings Menu: Unknown Sources enabled

Step 2: Add The Nixgates Repo File Source

Our first step is to create a custom file location for the Nixgates repository that houses the Seren addon.

First, go to the Settings/System menu and click on the File Manager icon.

Kodi Settings Menu: File Manager icon

Most of the time, we use the File Manager screen to point Kodi to the locations of our media library. This time, we’re going to tell it where the repository file is located.

Click on Add Source to continue.

Kodi File Manager: Add Source

Highlight <None> and click on it to add a custom source.

Kodi Add File Source menu box

Normally we enter a location either on your Kodi device itself, or a location on your local network. The location can either be a specific file path or URL for the new source.

In this case, we’re going to use the network URL for Nixgate’s official GitHub page.

Type in the following URL and click OK:

https://nixgates.github.io/packages
Add custom file source for nixgates GitHub page

Because this file location includes a sub-folder, the name for this media source is already populated. Kodi automatically uses the name of the folder.

Add File Source box: enter name

You can keep the name if you like. However, I prefer to name my file sources something that makes sense, so I can easily identify them later. In this case, I’m going to name it Seren.

Once you’ve entered a name, click OK to continue.

Enter Seren as your custom file source name

Once you have the URL location and source name, click OK to finish up this step.

Click OK to continue

Kodi does a quick check to verify that it can reach that URL.

If everything goes well, it’ll pop you back to the File Manager screen, and your new custom file source will appear in the list on the left.

Seren custom file source

Step 3: Install The Nixgates Repository from Zip File

Now that we’ve told Kodi where to find the Nixgates repository file, let’s go ahead and install it.

Go back to the System menu and click on the Add-ons icon.

Next, click Install From Zip File.

Kodi Add-ons tab: Install from Zip File

A pop-up window will appear, reminding you that any add-ons installed from a zip file will not auto-update. This means you will need to manually update them from time to time.

Click Yes to close that popup box.

Add-ons Warning Box

Next, a window appears with all of the standard Kodi locations, as well as any custom file locations you’ve specified on that particular device. For example, if you have a network file share, it will be listed here.

Scroll down until you see the source name you entered in the previous section. If you didn’t name it anything different, you should be looking for Seren.

Click on it to continue.

Select the Seren custom file source

Then click on the repository.nixgates zip file.

Don’t worry if the version number appears a little differently than what you see below. Kodi will automatically pull the latest version from their website for you.

Select the Nixgates repository zip file

Kodi will take you back to the main Add-ons menu.

After a few seconds, you’ll get a message box that the Nixgates Repository add-on has been installed.

Nixgates repository installed

Step 4: Install The Seren Addon from the Repository

Now that the repository has been installed, all that’s left is to is install he Seren addon.

Click Install From Repository to continue.

Kodi Add-ons tab: Install from Repository

As I mentioned at the start, I’m installing Seren on a fresh installation of Kodi 19. The only repositories that I have on this device are the official Kodi repository and the Nixgates repository we just installed.

You may have a lot more repositories on your system.

Scroll down until you see Nixgates Repository and click on it.

Select Nixgates repository

Kodi breaks the add-ons into sub-categories, to make it easier to browse.

Seren is a Video Add-on, so you will find it in that section.

Click on it to continue.

Select Video Add-ons

Scroll down until you see Seren and click on it to continue.

Select the Seren Kodi addon

This opens up the addon detail page. If you’ve installed an app from the Google Play Store, this will look very familiar.

Here, you’ll see details like different versions of the addon that are available, as well as any dependencies that will be installed along with the addon.

Click Install to continue.

Seren Kodi addon detail page

After a few seconds, you’ll see a popup message saying the Seren Add-on has been installed.

Seren Add-on Installed

That’s it!

To launch Seren, go to the Add-ons tab on the left-side menu and click on its icon.

Open the Seren addon from the Kodi Add-ons tab

Tim Wells

Tim Wells got his first computer at the age of ten and hasn't stopped tinkering ever since. After discovering Android TV boxes in 2013, he created a popular Android PC Review website and guided it to over 8 million pageviews before stepping away in 2018. After a brief hiatus from the industry he's back at the helm of AndroidTVNews.com to bring Android TV and TV boxes to the forefront of the streaming world. When he's not writing, he spends as much time as he can with his beautiful wife and his bulldog.

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