Tired of paying for multiple streaming subscriptions? Want to expand your media library with free movies and shows? Then it‘s time to try out Crackle Kodi addon.
Crackle is one of the best free streaming services, offering an impressive catalog of movies, classic TV, and original content. In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll show you how to install Crackle on Kodi to watch unlimited ad-supported videos at no cost.
What is Crackle?
Crackle is a popular, free, ad-supported streaming platform owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. It has a library of over 150 movies and 50 shows spanning classics, recent hits and original content.
Some key details about Crackle:
Completely free access – No subscription or signup required
Ad-supported model – Around 6-8 minutes of ads/hour
Owned content – Has a number of original dramas, comedies and documentaries
Devices – Available as apps for mobile, web, smart TVs and gaming consoles
Content Quality – Streams upto 1080p resolution
Compared to other free services like Tubi or Pluto TV, Crackle has a smaller but often more recognizable library thanks to licensing popular Sony movies. It‘s also fully free versus the paid tiers on Tubi and Pluto.
Overall, Crackle offers a light streaming option for casual viewing without needing a subscription. Next, let‘s see how to access all its movies and shows on Kodi.
Crackle vs Other Free Streaming Services
|Service||Library Size||Video Quality||Offers Originals||Has Ads||Additional Features|
|Crackle||150 movies, 50 shows||1080p||Yes||6-8 mins/hour||N/A|
|Tubi||20,000+ movies and shows||720p||No||3-4 mins/hour||Offers paid subscription without ads|
|Pluto TV||1000+ movies, 100+ live channels||480p||No||6 mins/hour||Has themed news and sports channels|
Install Crackle Kodi Addon on Firestick / Fire TV
Here are the simple steps to install Crackle on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, FireStick 4K, or Fire TV Cube running Kodi:
1. Enable Unknown Sources
To install third-party addons, open Kodi Settings > System > Add-ons and turn on "Unknown Sources".
2. Add the Kodi Bae Repository
- Go to Add-ons > Add-on Browser > Install from Repository > Kodi Add-on Repository
- Select Program Add-ons > Kodi Bae Repository > Install
3. Install the Crackle Addon
- Return to Add-on Browser > Install from Repository > Kodi Bae Repository
- Navigate to Video Add-ons > Crackle > Install
Once installed, the Crackle icon will show up in your Kodi Add-ons menu.
4. Launch and Stream Crackle Content
- From Kodi‘s main menu, select Add-ons > Crackle
- Choose Movies or TV section to browse and watch for free
And that‘s it! You can now watch unlimited Crackle movies, TV shows, originals and more on your Firestick with Kodi.
Installing Crackle Addon in Kodi on Android
The process to get Crackle on Android boxes or phones running Kodi 18 Leia or Kodi 19 Matrix is exactly the same:
- Enable Unknown Sources
- Install Kodi Bae Repository
- Install Crackle from Repository
- Access Crackle Addon
So follow the Fire TV installation steps above to get it working on any Android Kodi device.
The addon supports Android mobiles, Android box, NVIDIA Shield, etc. running the latest Kodi version.
Why Use a VPN with Kodi?
I highly recommend using a good VPN like Surfshark or Ivacy when streaming with Kodi addons.
Here are some of the benefits a VPN provides:
- Encrypts all Kodi traffic and hides your IP address
- Avoids ISP throttling and protects from hackers
- Bypasses geo-restrictions to access more content
- Improves speed by routing connections through faster servers
For instance, you can install Kodi VPN addons like Surfshark to encrypt all addon streams through their secure tunnel. This prevents snooping and blocks interference from internet providers.
A top-rated VPN like Surfshark is available for just $2.21/month and works seamlessly with Kodi 18/19 across various hardware.
Streaming Crackle Movies and Shows in Kodi
Once you have the addon installed, streaming free videos from Crackle‘s library is easy. Here are some tips for the best viewing experience:
Browsing the Content Library
The Crackle add-on divides their movies and shows into handy categories:
Movies: Drama, Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Classics, Crackle Originals
TV: Reality, Comedy, Drama, Action, Documentary, Classics, Crackle Originals
I recommend browsing through Comedy and Classics which have some surprisingly good hits from the 80s/90s. You can also search for a specific title.
Keep in mind Crackle has commercials – usually 6-8 minutes per hour of content. Their movie selection rotates monthly, so not all titles are available forever.
Video quality maxes out at 1080p on web/mobile and 720p on other streaming devices.
Fixing Playback Issues
If you face playback errors or lag, try:
- Clearing addon cache from Kodi settings
- Restarting your device
- Using a faster DNS like Google DNS or Cloudflare 18.104.22.168
- Connecting with an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi
In most cases, this resolves any buffering or streaming issues with the Crackle addon.
Getting HQ Streams with Real-Debrid
You can boost streaming quality in addons like Crackle by enabling Real-Debrid in Kodi.
Real-Debrid provides premium cached torrents and high-quality streams for supported addons. It removes buffering and unlocks 1080p+ quality.
The process is:
- Purchase Real-Debrid subscription
- Configure Real-Debrid account in Kodi settings
- Enable Real-Debrid in Crackle addon settings
With Real-Debrid integration, the Crackle addon will play crystal clear HD streams perfectly!
Crackle Kodi Addon FAQs
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Crackle Kodi addon:
Is the Crackle Kodi addon legal?
Yes, the Crackle addon itself simply provides access to the free, legal library of movies and shows on Crackle. As long as you stream this official content using the addon, it is 100% legal.
Why am I getting "Crackle API Error" in the addon?
This error pops up when the Crackle servers are down for maintenance or there‘s a temporary issue on their end. Try clear cache and restart Kodi. If it still doesn‘t work, wait a few hours for Crackle to resolve it.
Does the Crackle addon work on Kodi 19 Matrix?
Yes, the Crackle addon is fully compatible with the latest Kodi 19 release. The installation process remains exactly the same.
Can I use Crackle Kodi addon on Roku?
Unfortunately Crackle addon is not available for Roku devices. You can only install it on Kodi for Firestick, Android Box, Android TV, Windows, etc.
Does Crackle provide offline viewing?
No, the Crackle Kodi addon does not have offline caching support currently. You need an active internet connection for streaming.
How do I update the Crackle addon in Kodi?
The addon will auto-update when new versions are released. You can also manually update by going into the Addon Information and selecting "Update".
And there you have it! With this easy tutorial, you can now unlock unlimited ad-supported streaming with the Crackle Kodi addon across your favorite devices.