How to Install The Boys Kodi Add-on

The Boys addon is an all-in-one video add-on for the Kodi media center, giving you access to thousands of movies and TV shows.

If you’re familiar with some of the other popular add-ons, such as Chains, Ghost, Wasteland, and Mad Titan, then you have an idea of what The Boys Kodi Add-on is all about. 

It is an excellent alternative to one of my favorite Kodi addons, The Crew.

The Boys Kodi addon menu

What Does The Boys Kodi Add-on Offer?

The Boys is a fork of the popular Shadow addon, and is similar to many popular Kodi addons. However, they put a different spin on some of the most popular features, with some new ones added to keep it fresh.

The add-on’s menu layout was reorganized to make it more user-friendly. It also supports trakt.tv, helping you keep track of the TV shows, movies, or any media you want to watch.

The Next Up feature allows you to create a queue of what to watch for continuous playback. You can just sit back, relax, and watch uninterrupted for hours on end.

When it comes to source selection, the screen was animated, making it more compelling. Choosing what to watch also was made easier with dedicated sections. With a single click, you can access documentaries, anime, and other genres. This feature is handy if you like watching specific types of programming.

As you can see, The Boys comes with a long list of benefits. That is why many consider it the best Kodi add-on so far.

The Boys Kodi addon: new movies

The Boys Kodi Add-on Compatibility

For this Kodi add-on to work, you need to have a premium account with Premiumize, Real Debrid, or All Debrid. Having a premium account will let you pull high-quality links and experience buffer-free streaming.

The add-on can be integrated with various scraper packages. It also supports Furk and Easynews accounts.

Best of all, The Boys is compatible with Kodi 19 Matrix, unlike many of the other popular Kodi addons. However, even if you haven’t updated your Kodi yet, don’t worry. The Boys still works well with Kodi 18 Leia.


Is The Boys Add-on Safe to Use?

The Boys is not included in Kodi’s official repository of add-ons. If you want to install it, you need to do so through an external provider. This might raise a few red flags for some people. The biggest concern is whether it is legal and safe to use.

If it is your first time installing an unofficial add-on, an alert will pop up saying that Kodi gives third-party add-ons access to personal information on the device. You need to acknowledge this notification to allow the installation. You will also have to change the settings, but you only need to do it once.

If you are apprehensive about doing this, just scan the repository URL for The Boys. You won’t find any malware or other suspicious files. That means you can use the add-on without having to worry about data breaches.

Still, it is better to take steps to protect yourself when streaming using this add-on. Use a virtual private network, or VPN, to get an anonymous connection while streaming or downloading using the add-on.


How to Install The Boys Addon for Kodi

In this tutorial, we’re going to start with a clean installation of Kodi 19 Matrix and install The Boys addon.

For this example, I haven’t installed any other addons on this device, or even set up my media library. That way it should be easy to follow along with this tutorial, even if it’s the only thing you want to install on your Kodi box.

Just follow these instructions and you’ll be up and running with The Boys in only a few minutes.


Step 1: Enable Addons from Unknown Sources

When you first install Kodi, you only get access to the official Kodi repository. This official repository includes hundreds of different addons to change the look & feel, add new video sources, backgrounds, or some really useful utilities.

There’s a lot to find in the official repository, but it doesn’t have many of the most popular addons.

If you want to install anything that’s not found 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, as shown below.

Enabling addons from unknown sources: Settings Menu

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

Kodi has several different levels for their Settings menu, from Basic to Expert. All of them will give you the option to enable unknown sources, so you don’t need to change the level if you don’t want to.

Enabling addons from unknown sources: Add-ons tab

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

Whenever you install a Kodi add-on, it inherits the same rights as Kodi itself. That includes access to your device’s files and network connections.

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

Enabling addons from unknown sources: message-box warning

Once you click Yes on that message box, the toggle switch turns white. You’re then able to install The Boys addon, as well as any other unofficial Kodi addon.

Enabling addons from unknown sources: Unknown Sources enabled

Step 2: Add The Chains Repo File Source

Installing any addon is usually a three-part process. First, we need to create a custom file location for the repository that houses The Boys addon. In this case, we’re installing The Chains repository.

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

Kodi 19 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.

File Manager menu: Add Source

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

Add File Source menu box

Here, you can enter a specific file path or URL for the new source. Usually, that’s a location either on your Kodi device itself, or a location on your local network.

In this case, we’re going to use the network URL for The Chain’s official website.

Type in the following URL and click OK:

http://thechains24.com/ChainsRepo
Adding the URL for the Chains repository

In this case, the name for this media source is already populated because our file location had a subfolder. When then happens, Kodi automatically uses the name of the folder. In this case, it’s named ChainsRepo.

You can rename it if you choose, but I’m going to keep it.

Click OK to continue.

Naming your custom file source

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.

Chains Repository added to the custom file source locations

Step 3: Install The Chains Repository from Zip File

Now that we’ve told Kodi where to find The Chains 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 addons 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.

The next window shows 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 ChainsRepo.

Click on it to continue.

Select the ChainsRepo custom file source

Then click on the repository.chainsrepo 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 ChainsRepo 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 Chains Repository has been installed.

Chains Repository addon installed

Step 4: Install The Boys Addon from the Repository

One final step to go!

With the Chains Repository installed, all we need to do is install The Boys addon.

Click Install From Repository to continue.

Kodi 19 addons menu: Install from repository

As I mentioned earlier, I’m installing The Boys addon to a clean install of Kodi 19. So the only repositories that I have on this device are the official Kodi repository and the one we just installed.

You may have a lot more repositories on your system.

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

Select Chains Repository

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

The Boys addon is located in the Video Add-ons section. Click on it to continue.

Select Video Addons

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

Select The Boys Kodi addon

This brings you to the addon detail page, which looks a lot like app detail pages in the Google Play Store or Aptoide TV.

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.

The Boys addon detail screen

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

The Boys addon installed

That’s it!

To watch content on The Boys, go to the Add-ons tab on the left-side menu and click on The Boys icon.

Launch The Boys Kodi addon from the icon

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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