How to Install The Boys Kodi Add-on [November 2023]

Last Updated on November 2, 2023 by Tim Wells

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 popular add-ons like Chains, Ghost, Wasteland, and Mad Titan Sports V2.0, then you know what The Boys Kodi Add-on is all about. 

It is an excellent alternative to one of my favorite Kodi addons, The Crew (see my tutorial here). Both are on my list of the best Kodi addons I’ve found in 2023.

You can check out the rest of the list after you finish this article!

The Boys Kodi addon menu

What Does The Boys Kodi Add-on Offer?

The Boys is a fork of the popular Shadow Kodi addon, similar to many popular Kodi addons. However, they put a different spin on some of the most popular features, adding new ones to keep them 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 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. You can access documentaries, anime, and other genres with a single click. This feature is handy if you like watching specific types of programming.

As you can see, The Boys has 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

Debrid Account Necessary

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

The use of Real Debrid is also recommended for maximum content availability as well as safety. You can easily signup an account of Real Debrid here. If you are wondering what Real Debrid is, I have written a detailed guide of it, explaining how it works, why you should use it, and how to set it up.

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

Kodi Compatibility

Best of all, The Boys is compatible with Kodi 19 Matrix and Kodi 20 Nexus, unlike many 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.

An alert will pop up if it is your first time installing an unofficial add-on. It tells you 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, 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 worrying about data breaches.

What Your ISP isn’t telling you…

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Your IP address is your online fingerprint. It logs everything you do online and is visible to your Internet Service Provider, the apps & addons you use, and even the government.

Currently, your IP Address 44.213.60.33 in Ashburn is visible to everyone.

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How to Install The Boys Addon for Kodi

This tutorial will start with a clean installation of Kodi 20 Nexus 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.

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 installing 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 handy utilities.

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

You need to change a setting if you want to install anything not found in the official Kodi repository. This will allow addons from unknown sources.

First, go to the Settings menu. You can get there from the gear icon on the left-hand menu or 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 levels for its Settings menu, from Basic to Expert.

They will allow you 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

A menu box will appear as soon as you click on the Unknown Sources toggle switch.

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 personal data on your Kodi box, never install an add-on you don’t trust.

Enabling addons from unknown sources: message-box warning

The toggle switch turns white once you click Yes on that message box. 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 must 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 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 will 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

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

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

Type in the following URL and click OK:

https://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 will keep it.

Click OK to continue.

Naming your custom file source

Once you have the URL location and source name, click OK to finish 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 popup 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 following window shows the standard Kodi locations and 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 20.

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 like app detail pages in the Google Play Store or Aptoide TV.

Here, you’ll see details like different versions of the available addon and 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 that 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