The Crew is one of the most popular 3rd-party addons for Kodi that allows you to stream movies, TV shows and live sports. It works with both Kodi 19 Matrix, as well as older versions of Kodi.
In this how-to-guide, I’ll cover some of the more popular questions that you might have, then walk you though step-by-step how to install The Crew to a fresh installation of Kodi 19. Finally, I’ll cover how to uninstall The Crew if you want to remove it from your system.
Ready? Let’s get started.
Do I Need a Build for The Crew on Kodi?
No. Even if your first exposure to The Crew addon for Kodi was in a dedicated build, you can install the addon by iteslf. In fact, the process I’m going to detail below will walk you through installing The Crew on a fresh installation of Kodi.
Is The Crew Compatible with Kodi 19 (Matrix)?
Yes! Kodi 19 uses a different version of the Python programming language than Kodi 18 did, which broke a lot of 3rd-party addons. However, The Crew addon had been updated so that it works perfectly with Kodi 19.
Can You Use Real-Debrid with The Crew?
Yes. The Crew addon is integrated with Real-Debrid. However, you still need a Real-Debrid account, if you don’t have one already.
What is The Crew’s Password?
There is a certain…shall we say…optional area for The Crew’s addon that is password protected to keep it safe from younger audiences. The password to enable that content is “lol” (case sensitive).
How to Fix “Check Log for More Information” Error
Occasionally you will see an pop-up box with the message “Check Log For More Information.” While that’s not terribly helpful, viewing the Kodi Log File will often give you an idea what the fix may be. I have a tutorial showing how to view the Kodi Log File that can walk you through the process.
How to Install The Crew Addon on Kodi
In this tutorial, we’re going to start with a clean installation of Kodi 19 Matrix and install The Crew addon.
On this particular device, I haven’t installed any other addons, or even set up my media library. So even if this is the only thing you want to use Kodi for, just follow these instructions and you’ll be up and running with The Crew in only a few minutes.
Step 1: Enable Addons from Unknown Sources
With every new installation, Team Kodi includes their official repository which includes hundreds of different addons to change the look & feel, add new video sources, backgrounds, or utilities like checking the Kodi log files.
It’s enough to give you a good start, but many of the most popular addons aren’t in the official Kodi repository. In order to install addons from other repositories, need 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, as shown below.
Then, on the Settings/System menu, scroll down to the Add-ons section.
I’m in the Standard menu settings, as you can see in the image below. But even the Basic level of settings will give you the option to enable unknown sources, so you don’t need to change anything.
As soon as you click on the Unknown Sources toggle switch, a menu box will appear.
By their nature, Kodi add-ons have the same rights as Kodi itself, which 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.
Once you click Yes on that message box, the toggle switch turns white, and you’re able to install The Crew addon, as well as any other unofficial Kodi addon.
Step 2: Add The Crew File Source
Installing The Crew addon is a three-part process. First, we need to add the location of The Crew’s repository file before we can install The Crew addon.
First, go to the Settings/System menu and click on the 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.
Highlight <None> and click on it to add a custom source.
This screen lets you input a specific file path, either on your device or on a network. In this case, we’re going to use the network URL for The Crew’s GitHub page. GitHub is a website where a team of developers can store the code that they’re working on so that everyone has access to the most up-to-date source code, no matter where they’re working in the world.
Type in the following URL and click OK:
Next, create a name for this media source. This can be anything you want, so I named mine The Crew.
Click OK to continue.
Once you type in the URL location and source name, click OK to finish up this step.
Step 3: Install The Crew Repository from Zip File
Now that we’ve told Kodi where to find The Crew’s 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.
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. In my case, I named my source location The Crew.
Click on it to continue.
Then click on the repository.thecrew 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 GitHub site for you.
Kodi will take you back to the main Add-ons menu. After a few seconds, you’ll get a message box that The Crew repository has been installed.
Step 4: Install The Crew Addon from the Repository
We’re almost done! Now that the repository is installed, the final step is to install The Crew addon.
Click Install From Repository to continue.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m installing The Crew 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 The Crew Repo and click on it.
This brings you to the sub-menu that shows all of the individual addons included in The Crew Repo, sorted into categories.
The Crew addon is located in the Video Add-ons section, so click on it to continue.
Scroll down until you see The Crew and click on it to continue.
This brings you to the addon detail page, which looks a lot like app detail pages in the Google Play Store or Aptoide TV. It shows you more 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.
After a few seconds, you’ll see a popup message the The Crew Add-on has been installed.
That’s it! To watch content on The Crew, go to the Add-ons tab on the left-side menu and click on The Crew icon.
How to Uninstall The Crew Add-on from Kodi
If the time comes when you don’t want to use The Crew addon in Kodi anymore, it’s pretty easy to uninstall. We’re going to walk through that process now.
To start, go to the Add-ons tab and click on My Add-ons.
When we installed The Crew addon, we found it in the Video Add-ons section. So we need to go back to that section to uninstall it.
Scroll down until you see The Crew and click on it.
That takes you to the addon detail page. From there, click on the Uninstall button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Kodi asks you to confirm if you really want to uninstall the addon. Click Yes to confirm.
You have the option of keeping any custom settings or deleting them as well. If you’re going to reinstall The Crew, or install a different version, then it’s a good idea to say No to this.
However, if you’re completely uninstalling The Crew, the click Yes.
After a few seconds, you’re returned to the Video Add-Ons page and the process is finished.