Although Kodi peaked in popularity in 2018, there are still hundreds of thousands of people using it to stream content all over the world. One of the best ways to watch live sports on Kodi is with the SportsDevil Kodi addon.
However, it’s a little more challenging to install the SportsDevil addon in 2021.
In this article, I’m going to give you a brief overview of the SportsDevil addon, and which version of Kodi you need to run it. Then, I’m going to walk you through the installation process…including a big change that could cause your installation to fail.
Let’s get started.
SportsDevil Kodi Addon: Overview
SportsDevil is a third-party add-on for the popular Kodi media center. It works by scraping the web for links to on-demand and live sporting events.
SportsDevil groups content into several convenient categories: Favorites, Highlights, Blogs, Live Sports, and Sports TV.
Each group has specific items and channels. For example, the Highlights section has Goalsarena.org and Live TV.ru-Archive. Blogs include major companies like Sport1.de and Capital-Trikot.de.
SportsDevil lacks any search capability. What you do is pick a provider from proffered websites. This will return a list of what sports a variety of providers cover.
Like any third-party Kodi add-ons, SportsDevil may access content that is questionable, depending on your local laws and regulations. While neither Kodi, nor SportsDevil provide any content directly, they may access content that they otherwise shouldn’t.
As such, you may come across some broken links, or ‘stream not available’ messages. It might take several attempts to locate a working stream.
Finally, as with any Kodi addon, it’s a good idea to get a reliable VPN. You don’t want to risk anyone monitoring your internet traffic by anyone, including your ISP.
A VPN is the best way to maintain a secure and anonymous connection, allowing you to stream with no restrictions.
How to Install the SportsDevil Kodi Addon
In this section, I’m going to walk you through how to install the SportsDevil addon. I’m going to be using a clean installation of Kodi 18.9.
Important Note: For version 19 (Matrix), Team Kodi upgraded the programming language they used to Python 3, which subsequently broke many popular addons who were built on Python 2. As a result, SportsDevil will not run properly on Kodi 19! You can still use it on previous versions of Kodi, however.
To make things easier to follow, I haven’t installed any other addons, or even set up my media library on this device. Even if you only want to run SportsDevil on your Kodi installation, just follow these instructions and you’ll be up and running in only a few minutes.
Step 1: Enable Addons from Unknown Sources
On brand new installations, the only repository that Team Kodi includes is their official repository. That has hundreds of different addons to change the look & feel, add new video sources, backgrounds, or utilities like checking the Kodi log files.
However, you won’t be able to find many of the most popular Kodi addons in the official repository. The first thing we’ll need to do it to enable 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.
Next, click on the System icon. This is normally found in the bottom-right hand corner of your screen.
Once you’re in the Settings\System menu, scroll down to the Add-ons section.
Kodi allows for different levels of Settings, depending on how detailed you want to get. In this case, I’m in the Standard settings options, as you can see on the bottom-left part of my screen.
The option we’re looking for will show up at any level, including Basic.
Click on the Unknown Sources setting.
As soon as you do, you’ll get a pop-up box asking you to confirm your selection.
When you’re installing third-party addons, you need to exercise a little caution. These addons will have the same rights to your system that Kodi does. That means they can access all the files on your device.
While that’s not necessarily a big deal for streaming devices, it could potentially be a problem if you run Kodi on your PC, which also stores a lot of personal data.
Click Yes to proceed.
Once you do, the toggle switch turns white and you’ll be able to install the SportsDevil addon, as well as any other unofficial Kodi addon.
Step 2: Add SportsDevil’s File Source
With that out of the way, installing the SportsDevil addon is a three-part process. First, we need to tell Kodi where to find the repository that houses the addon we want.
First, go to the Settings/System menu and click on the File Manager icon.
Here we can add media libraries, either files stored locally on the same device or on your home network. In this case, we’re going to be pointing Kodi to the location of the repository we need.
Click on Add Source to continue.
In the Add Source menu box, click on <None> to add a custom source.
Important Note: The main repository from the actual SportsDevil no longer works. It will let you install SportsDevil, but the addon won’t actually run. Thankfully, there are a handful of other repositories that still have the addon so you can install it. We’ll be using one of those here.
Type in the following URL and click OK:
As I mentioned, this is not the official repository. At the end of this tutorial, I’ll show you what happens when you install from the developer’s GitHub page.
Next, create a name for this media source. I was lazy this time and just kept the suggested name ‘Repo.’
Click OK to continue.
Once you have the URL location and named the source, click OK to exit the Add File Source menu box.
Your new file source will now appear in the File Manager menu, and we’re ready to move on to the next step.
Step 3: Install SportsDevil’s Repository from Zip File
With that out of the way, we can install the repository that has the SportsDevil Kodi addon.
Go back to your Kodi home screen, and scroll down until you get to the Add-ons section.
Then, click on the Install from Zip File icon.
A pop-up window appears with all of the file locations that you’ve configured on this particular device. If you’ve mapped any network drives on this device, they’ll appear here as well.
Scroll down until you see the source that you created in the previous section.
Click on it to continue.
The next window will show any zip files that are in that file location.
Click on the repository.EzzerMacsWizard.zip file to continue.
That takes you back to the Add-ons section menu. After a few moments, you’ll get a pop-up message in the upper-right hand corner that the EzzerMacs Wizard Repository has successfully installed.
Step 4: Install the SportsDevil Addon from the Repository
Now for the final step. We can install the SportsDevil addon from the repository itself.
I like installing addons directly from the developer, when I can. Not only does that ensure that you’re getting the latest version of the addon, but it means there are a lot less options in this step.
No such luck here, though.
Click Install From Repository to continue.
Since I’m installing the SportsDevil addon to a clean installation of Kodi 18.9, the only repositories on this device are the official Kodi repository and the one we just installed.
You might have a lot more repositories on your system.
Scroll down until you see EzzerMacs Wizard Repository and click on it.
This takes you to a sub-menu that shows all of the individual addons included in this repository.
I’m going to warn you ahead of time…there’s a lot here.
SportsDevil is located in the Video Add-ons section, so click on it to continue.
Scroll down until you get to the SportsDevil addon, and click on it to continue.
That takes you to the addon’s detail page. This gives you some basic info on what the addon does, and (occasionally) some screenshots.
Click on the Install button to continue.
Depending on your system, you may have some dependent addons that need to be installed to make SportsDevil work. If so, click OK to approve them.
After a few moments, you’re taken back to the Add-ons section, and the SportsDevil Kodi addon is installed.
What Happens If You Use the Developer’s Repository?
As I mentioned earlier, we’re not installing SportsDevil from the developer’s official repository: https://cy4root2.github.io/zip
That’s because I wasn’t able to get the addon to work in either Kodi 19 or Kodi 18.9. After doing some research and reaching out to several members of the Kodi addon community, it seems this has been going on for some time.
It’s possible that the developer simply took the repository offline. If so, the alternate sources, like the one we used, may be the last places to find the SportsDevil addon.
Still, if it does ever come back, that would be the best option to use.
Here’s what happened when I tried to install from that repo:
I was able to add the repository as a source, and complete the “Install from Zip File” section.
However, when I tried to browse the cy4root repository, I got an error message that I couldn’t connect to the repository. This happened in both Kodi 18.9 and Kodi 19.
No matter what I tried, I couldn’t get around this error, which is why I recommend using an alternative repository like EzzerMacs.
Here are some of the questions we commonly see regarding the SportsDevil add-on. The answers may be beneficial to installing and properly using the application.
Will SportsDevil work with Kodi 19?
No. Like many popular addons, SportsDevil is based off of Python version 2. For Kodi 19, Team Kodi upgraded to Python version 3, which rendered many popular addons inoperable.
What Do I Get with SportsDevil?
The SportsDevil add-on provides content from all major sports leagues. It streams NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB, UFC, MMA, English Premier League, Indian Premier League, the U.S. Open, and more. It is the outlet for watching all forms of sports live and streaming. There’s Cricket, Formula 1 racing, boxing, baseball, basketball, soccer, and more.
What Is Kodi?
Kodi is an application for utilizing and playing all forms of media. With Kodi, you change a media player into a global multimedia center. The platform already comes with many add-ons. Third-party add-ons like SportsDevil give sports fans all-new potential.
What Is a Repository?
In a control system for revisions (updates and add-ons), a repository is a platform for hosting code sources and other metadata.
Why Is SportsDevil Not Working?
If you have trouble getting SportsDevil to work, the first thing you want to do is make sure the add-on version is on point. It may be a buggy version. Try reinstalling or seeing if there’s an update.
Is SportsDevil Illegal?
SportsDevil allows you to see any sporting event you want pretty much anywhere, but this does not necessarily mean you automatically have the right to view it.
What If My Download Fails?
This usually happens if you don’t enter the URL correctly or there’s an issue on the website. Double-check to see if you got the URL right or perhaps look into the site undergoing maintenance.
Where Do I Get Kodi?
I have several tutorials that can walk you through how to install Kodi on Android TV’s and TV boxes, as well as how to install it on FireSticks and the FireTV Cube.