Have you heard about the Chain Reaction Kodi addon and want to get it installed on your device? If so, you’ve come to the right place!
In this detailed guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get Chain Reaction up and running on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Android TV box.
- Is Chain Reaction safe to install?
- Step-by-step installation instructions
- How to use a VPN with Kodi
- A deep dive into all of Chain Reaction’s features
- Legal considerations around Kodi addons
- Troubleshooting tips
- And much more!
By the end of this guide, you‘ll have the amazing Chain Reaction addon installed on your device and ready to start streaming.
Let‘s get started!
Is Chain Reaction Safe to Install?
The first question many people have about Chain Reaction is – is this addon safe to use? It‘s an important question to ask about any third-party Kodi addon.
Since Chain Reaction comes from an external repository, rather than Kodi‘s official repository, there is always an element of risk involved. However, a few factors suggest this addon is likely safe:
- The ChainsRepo repository has a positive reputation in the Kodi community.
- I scanned the repository URL using VirusTotal and it came back clean.
- Chain Reaction is open source code that can be audited.
- There are no widespread reports of the addon containing malware or viruses.
According to my research, there are no obvious red flags or reasons to be concerned about the safety of installing Chain Reaction itself.
However, I still recommend taking precautions anytime you install an unknown third-party addon:
Use a VPN – A VPN like IPVanish will encrypt all Kodi traffic and hide your IP address while streaming.
Avoid "builds" – Stick to addons from their official repositories rather than pre-configured builds.
Check for updates – Keep Chain Reaction and Kodi updated to the latest versions for security patches.
Monitor permissions – Pay attention to any permissions addons request during installation.
Scan for malware – Periodically scan your device for viruses or other threats.
By being cautious and smart with security protocols, you can feel comfortable using Chain Reaction Kodi addon. Next, let‘s get into the installation process.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
Installing Chain Reaction only takes a few minutes if you carefully follow these steps:
1. Enable Unknown Sources
Since Chain Reaction isn‘t in the official Kodi repository, you‘ll first need to enable "Unknown Sources" in Kodi‘s settings:
Open Kodi and click the "gear" icon ⚙ to access the Settings menu.
Select "System Settings" on the left sidebar.
Choose "Add-ons" from the list.
Enable the toggle next to "Unknown Sources".
When prompted, click Yes to confirm you want to enable this.
Enabling Unknown Sources allows Kodi to install addons from outside repositories rather than just the official one. This is required to be able to install Chain Reaction from the ChainsRepo.
2. Add the ChainsRepo Source
Now you need to tell Kodi where to install Chain Reaction from – this comes from the ChainsRepo source:
Go back to the main Settings menu and click on "File Manager".
Select "Add Source" from the list.
Click on and enter
http://thechains24.com/ChainsRepo. Make sure to enter this exactly as written.
Enter a name like "ChainsRepo" and click OK.
This adds the official URL for the ChainsRepo repository as a source in Kodi. You‘ll need this source installed so Kodi knows where to grab the Chain Reaction addon files from.
3. Install the Chains Repository
With the source added, you can now install the Chains repository itself:
Go back to Kodi‘s main menu screen and hover over the "Add-ons" tab.
Click on the small box icon to open the Add-on browser.
Select "Install from zip file".
Click on the "ChainsRepo" source you added.
repository.chainsrepo-0.0.11.zipfile to install.
After installing this zip, you‘ll see a notification that the Chains repository has been installed successfully. This contains the Chain Reaction addon files we need.
4. Install the Chain Reaction Addon
The final step is to open the Chains repository and grab Chain Reaction:
Go back to the Add-on browser in Kodi.
This time, select "Install from repository".
Choose the "Chains Repository" you just installed.
Click on "Video add-ons".
Select the "Chain Reaction" addon.
Choose "Install" to download it.
Once installed, you‘ll get a notification confirming Chain Reaction was added. And that‘s it – you now have this great addon ready to use in Kodi!
The whole installation process takes just a few minutes when you follow these steps. Next I‘ll provide an overview of what this addon can do.
An Overview of Chain Reaction‘s Features
Chain Reaction is jam-packed full of great content, which is why many consider it the best video addon for Kodi right now. Let‘s look at some of the key sections:
The Movies section gives you tons of films to choose from, including:
- Recent popular movies
- Classics and old movies
- 4K and 1080p quality sections
- Every genre imaginable like action, comedy, horror, romance, sci-fi, and more
You can browse movies by genre, search for a specific title, view categories like Top IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes, or dive into curated lists like "Based on True Story" or "Stand Up Comedies".
In testing, streams load very quickly and most are in crisp 1080p quality. This section makes finding your next favorite flick easy.
For TV addicts, Chain Reaction has a huge selection of shows including:
- Ongoing hit shows from networks like AMC, FX, HBO, and more
- Classic throwback series from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s
- Every genre like reality, drama, comedy, sci-fi, and more
You can browse shows by new episodes, networks like ABC, FOX, and NBC, view IMDB top lists, or dig into genre categories.
Most shows have streams available for every season and episode. So you can truly binge watch to your heart‘s content!
If you want to watch events as they happen, the Live TV section delivers streams for:
- News channels like CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and more
- Sports including ESPN, NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports networks
- Entertainment like AMC, HBO, TNT, Comedy Central, and additional cable channels
With live streams, you can cut the cord completely and still watch your favorite news, sports, and other programs.
To keep the little ones entertained, Kids Zone has:
- Disney films and shows
- Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon programs
- Educational content
- Family comedies and movies
- Biblical and holiday cartoons
Let them safely stream their favorite cartoons and family-friendly movies to their heart‘s content!
Some other noteworthy sections in Chain Reaction include:
Docs – Hundreds of documentary films on every topic imaginable.
Music – Huge selection of music videos from all genres, decades, and artists.
Comedy – Stand up specials, improv shows, comedy films, and TV series.
IMDB Lists – Hand-picked movie and TV lists based on IMDB data.
Crackle – A selection of Crackle‘s original movies and shows.
As you can see, the diversity of content available in Chain Reaction is incredible. It‘s the all-in-one addon for all your streaming needs.
To take your streaming experience to the next level, I highly recommend integrating Real-Debrid with Chain Reaction.
Real-Debrid unlocks premium high-speed streams from file locker sites. The benefits are:
Faster streaming speeds – Videos buffer way quicker with RD links.
Higher quality video – You get streams in crystal clear 1080p and 4K.
More stream options – RD provides way more working links for obscure content.
Fewer captchas/ads – Unlocks restricted streams so they play without hassles.
With an active Real-Debrid account, you‘ll notice a huge improvement in both speed and quality in Chain Reaction. It‘s 100% worth the small investment for premium streaming.
Check out my guide on how to setup Real-Debrid in Kodi to get it configured.
VPN Recommendations for Kodi
No matter which addons you use, I always recommend connecting a VPN for Kodi. A VPN like IPVanish will:
Encrypt your traffic so your ISP can‘t see what you‘re streaming.
Hide your IP address and physical location.
Protect you from fines/lawsuits if you access any potentially illegal content.
Prevent throttling or blocking from your ISP when streaming large videos.
Beef up your privacy and security against malware or hacking.
Especially when using addons like Chain Reaction that access unverified streams, going VPN is crucial.
IPVanish is my top choice for Kodi due to its blazing speeds, zero log policy, and easy installation on streaming devices. Other good options are ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and Surfshark.
Check out my guide for setting up a VPN on Kodi to get protected.
Legal Considerations for Kodi Addons
Now that you see all the amazing content Chain Reaction provides, you may be wondering – is using Kodi addons completely legal?
The short answer is: it‘s complicated. Here are some key points on the legal landscape:
Kodi itself is 100% legal open-source software. The developers do not promote illegal streaming.
However, many third-party addons provide access to pirated streams of copyrighted material. Accessing these specific streams is illegal.
Simply installing an addon itself is not illegal – it depends on how the end user utilizes it.
Streaming copyrighted material without the proper licensing or permissions is considered copyright infringement.
Sports and PPV live streams are almost always unlicensed and illegal.
According to TorrentFreak, over 5 billion visits have been made to stream piracy sites in 2022 so far. And a 2021 Sandvine report found that over 50% of downstream traffic on some networks comes from Kodi addon usage.
So it‘s clear that media streaming piracy is extremely common. However, there have also been lawsuits against Kodi addon developers, hosts, and even individual streamers in the past.
The bottom line is that using addons like Chain Reaction to watch legal, public domain, or independently created content is fine. But accessing illegal pirated streams still carries risk.
My recommendation is to use common sense – don‘t stream new Hollywood blockbusters or live pay-per-view events for example. Stay safe and always use a VPN!
Advanced Kodi Tips and Tricks
To really maximize your Chain Reaction experience, here are some additional Kodi tips:
Adjust Cache Settings
Increasing Kodi‘s cache can help speed up stream buffering:
- Go to Settings > Player > Videos
- Set Network cache to 20-30 MB (instead of default 5MB)
Editing advancedsettings.xml can dramatically improve buffering:
- Increase memory size to size of device‘s RAM
- Bump up buffer mode and cache membuffers
- Adjust readfactor based on internet speed
See Kodi‘s guide for specifics.
Pair with Ezra, The Oath, Seren
Complement Chain Reaction with top addons like Ezra (movies/shows), The Oath (movies/shows), and Seren (providers) for even more streaming options.
Use Aeon Nox or Titan Bingie Mod Skin
For a better viewing experience, try the Aeon Nox or Titan Bingie Mod skin.
Add Subtitles Addon
Install the Subtitles addon and get subtitles for foreign language content.
For best performance, use a streaming box with at least 2GB RAM and good WiFi antenna like the Firestick 4K Max or Nvidia Shield.
Troubleshooting Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction is generally very stable, but if you do run into issues, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Make sure your internet speed is at least 25 Mbps. Slow speeds will prevent streams from loading correctly.
Try clearing the addon cache under Tools > Clear Cache. Old cached data can cause problems.
Re-authorize your Real-Debrid account if you stop getting RD links.
Temporarily disable Chain Reaction, restart Kodi, then re-enable the addon. This often fixes issues.
Try a different player like MX Player or VLC as the default player instead of Kodi‘s built-in one.
If live streams aren‘t working, double check you entered the right username/password info for the Live section access.
As a last resort, completely uninstall and delete Chain Reaction, then reinstall from the repository.
With some patience and experimentation, you should be able to resolve most any issues popping up with Chain Reaction. It‘s one of the most reliable Kodi addons available.
Hopefully this guide has helped explain everything you need to know to successfully install and start using Chain Reaction Kodi addon.
The key takeaways are:
Take security precautions, but Chain Reaction is likely safe to install if you‘re careful.
Carefully follow each step of the installation process to avoid issues.
Chain Reaction gives you unlimited movies, shows, live TV, and more at your fingertips.
Pair it with Real-Debrid for premium streaming quality and speed.
Use a quality VPN anytime you stream over Kodi.
Be selective in only accessing legal, licensed content to protect yourself.
Adjust Kodi‘s cache settings, use advancedsettings.xml tweaks, and experiment with different hardware/skins.
Thanks for reading and enjoy this amazing addon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Android TV device! Let me know if you have any other questions.