If you want a foolproof way of transforming your Firestick or Android TV box into an exceptional streaming device, look no further than the FSMC Kodi build.
In this jam-packed guide, I’ll be sharing everything you need to know to get FSMC up and running. Consider me your new best friend who will walk you through the entire process, from understanding what FSMC is to customizing it perfectly for your needs.
Get ready for the ultimate streaming experience!
A Quick Intro to Kodi and Builds
Before we dive in, let’s cover some Kodi basics for anyone unfamiliar.
Kodi is a popular free, open-source media center software. It provides features like:
- Streaming movies, shows, live TV, sports and more
- Playing local video files and music
- Viewing photos and browsing podcasts
- Skins and themes for customization
- Plugins and add-ons to extend functionality
While Kodi itself is 100% legal, it also allows third-party add-ons that potentially stream copyrighted content without permission. More on that later.
Kodi began gaining popularity in 2014 and now has over 30 million active users worldwide according to the latest Midia Research report.
The software runs on various platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and more. But one of the most popular devices to install Kodi on is the Amazon Firestick.
The Firestick and its upgraded model, the Fire TV Stick 4K, are inexpensive streaming dongles that plug into your TV’s HDMI port. Starting at just $30, they provide easy access to Kodi and its many add-ons.
However, it can be a headache installing and configuring various add-ons individually to create your perfect setup.
That’s where Kodi builds come to the rescue!
A Kodi build bundles tons of add-ons, customizations, and tools into one installable package. So with just a few clicks, you can have a fully decked out Kodi suite tailored to your streaming needs. It’s like getting a professional home theater PC setup without any technical expertise required.
Some of the top benefits of using a Kodi build include:
- Simplified streaming from one centralized menu
- No need to install add-ons one by one
- Pre-configured visual themes and layouts
- Integration of useful tools like Real-Debrid
- Regular updates and maintenance from the build creator
- Options for different categories like movies, shows, sports, kids, etc.
The main downside is that builds take up more local storage space compared to minimal Kodi installs. But with cheap microSD cards available to expand capacity, this is rarely an issue.
Okay, now that you know what Kodi and builds are all about, let’s move onto the star of the show…FSMC!
Introducing FSMC Kodi Build
FSMC (Full Metal Cinema) is one of the most popular Kodi builds available today. Created by the FunstersPlace team, FSMC aims to be an all-in-one entertainment solution on any Kodi-supported device.
Here’s an overview of what you’ll get:
- Sleek, easy to navigate menu for movies, shows, sports, etc.
- Packed with top video add-ons like Seren, The Crew, Fen, Umbrella, and many more
- Helpful tools like Real-Debrid integration, Trakt syncing, YouTube
- Beautiful minimalist visual design and theme
- Constant updates and maintenance from the FSMC community
- Available for Android, Windows, iOS, Android TV, Firestick and more
In my testing, I found FSMC to be super fast and stable across various hardware. It injected new life into my aging Firestick with its snappy performance and wealth of content.
But how does it stack up against other popular builds like Xenon or No Limits Magic? Let’s quickly compare:
- Lean and lightweight
- Simple design
- Focus on video streaming
- Elaborate menus and themes
- Jack of all trades
No Limits Magic
- Pre-loaded premium links
- Automated install
As you can see, FSMC keeps things simple and streamlined, Xenon goes all-out with features, and No Limits prioritizes ease of setup.
Choose based on your needs, but you really can‘t go wrong with FSMC for a clean streaming experience. Next I‘ll cover how to safely install it.
Is FSMC Legal and Safe to Use?
Before installing any third-party Kodi build, it‘s smart to do your due diligence and assess any risks. Let‘s tackle the biggest concerns around privacy and legality.
Is FSMC Safe from Malware or Spying?
Whenever you install an add-on from an unofficial source, you open yourself up to potential security risks. There‘s always a chance the software contains malware, spyware or other threats.
That‘s why I always recommend scanning the repository URL using a site like VirusTotal before proceeding with the install.
Here‘s the recent VirusTotal scan result for FSMC‘s repository:
This flagged 2 suspicious files, so FSMC should be approached with caution. A top-notch VPN is highly advised for privacy protection.
I personally use Surfshark VPN anytime I‘m streaming from questionable sources. It will encrypt your internet traffic and hide your IP address so your personal data remains safe and private.
Surfshark also has unlimited device support, meaning you can install it on all your Firesticks, phones, laptops, etc with the same account. Plans start as low as $2.49/month.
Kodi will also warn you about the privacy risks when enabling "Unknown Sources", which is required to install third-party builds:
Add-ons like FSMC have the potential to access your personal data stored locally on your device. So proceed with caution and use a VPN to be certain you stay protected.
Is FSMC Legal to Use?
The legality question has a bit more nuance. FSMC likely provides access to pirated streams and downloads of copyright-protected content.
However, there may also be legal open source material available that you have every right to access.
It ultimately comes down to the responsibility of the end user to avoid any actual piracy or illegal streaming. As the old saying goes, "better safe than sorry".
In general, I find that privacy is a much larger concern than outright illegality when using third-party builds like FSMC. Don‘t get yourself in trouble, but also realize your personal data is the bigger risk.
Now that we‘ve got those crucial considerations covered, let‘s dive into the full installation process!
Step-by-Step Guide to Install FSMC on Firestick / Android TV
The required steps to install FSMC are simple enough to follow even for total Kodi beginners. Just take it slow and steady.
I‘ll provide both written steps and visuals so you can see exactly what to do. Here‘s an overview:
- Enable "Unknown Sources" in Kodi Settings
- Add the FSMC Repository Source
- Install the FSMC Repository .zip file
- Install Funswizard from the FSMC Repo
- Use Funswizard to install FSMC
- Wait for the full build to download
Let‘s get started:
1. Enable "Unknown Sources"
- Launch Kodi and click the "Settings" icon
- Go to System > Add-ons
- Enable "Unknown Sources"
This allows you to install third-party add-ons outside Kodi‘s official repository:
Select Yes on the warning prompt.
2. Add the FSMC Repository
- Go to System > File Manager > Add source
- Name it "funs"
Tip: Finding the colon key can be tricky on the Firestick virtual keyboard. Click the CAPS/SYM button to reveal it.
3. Install the FSMC Zip File
- Go back to Add-ons > Install from zip file
- Select "funs" source
You‘ll get a notification that the Repository add-on was installed.
4. Install Funswizard
- Choose Install from repository
- Select funstersplace Repository
- Go to Program add-ons
- Install Funswizard
Funswizard is the program that manages FSMC installations.
5. Use Funswizard to Install FSMC
- Open Funswizard from the Add-ons menu
- Select FSMC Kodi Build
- Click Install
Now sit back and relax while the full FSMC build downloads and installs!
6. Wait for Download to Complete
- You‘ll see a progress bar as FSMC downloads
- This takes around 5-10 minutes total
- When finished, select Force Close
Once you Force Close Kodi, the installation is complete!
Reopen Kodi and you should see the FSMC homepage. Enjoy your brand new Kodi paradise!
Advanced Tip: Integrate Real-Debrid
To take your FSMC experience to the next level, I highly recommend integrating Real-Debrid for premium quality streams.
Real-Debrid unlocks file hosts and CDNs to provide blazing fast streaming, 4K quality, and more reliable sources overall. It‘s a game-changer!
Here are the simple steps to connect it:
- In FSMC, go to the Debrid section of the sidebar menu
- Choose Authorize under Real-Debrid
- Enter the generated code at real-debrid.com/device
- You‘ll receive a notification that RD authorized successfully
- Supported addons like Seren will now utilize RD links!
And that‘s all there is to it. The process takes under a minute.
A Real-Debrid subscription starts around $3 per month and trust me, it‘s more than worth it.
With Real-Debrid handling the premium streams, you‘ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy flawless 4K content with no buffering or lag. It really takes your streaming to the next level!
Now let‘s explore all the entertainment options available within FSMC itself.
FSMC Features and Add-Ons Overview
FSMC provides a beautifully simple homepage where you can dive right into different categories of content.
Let‘s look at some of the key sections:
Huge library of films sorted by genres, years, actors and more. Powered by add-ons like The Crew, Seren, and Umbrella.
Binge your favorite shows from networks like HBO, Netflix, AMC and more. Personalized with options like Trakt lists and next episode bookmarks.
Connect premium services like Real-Debrid or All Debrid for faster, higher quality streams.
Access live cable channels, 24/7 feeds, PPV events, wrestling and sports.
Note: For best results, I recommend a dedicated IPTV service over any Kodi live TV add-ons. But it‘s a nice bonus to have the live options in FSMC.
Child-friendly category with cartoons, family movies, and educational videos. Great for keeping the little ones entertained!
And much more like a YouTube add-on, search options, skin customization, and tools for managing your media library. Plus the list of included video add-ons is extremely comprehensive:
- The Crew
- Rising Tides
- The Loop
You‘ll have tons of options for finding the perfect stream. Most add-ons also integrate with Real-Debrid for premium 4K quality.
Overall, I‘m a huge fan of FSMC‘s simplicity while still providing everything needed for endless entertainment. The build is fast, reliable, and regularly updated by the community.
Next I‘ll cover some common questions when getting started with FSMC.
FAQ and Troubleshooting FSMC Install
Let‘s wrap up with answers to some frequently asked questions:
What devices work with FSMC Kodi build?
FSMC is compatible with any device that supports Kodi, including Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV boxes, Windows, iOS, Android, Raspberry Pi, and more.
Does FSMC work well for Kodi beginners?
Absolutely! The straightforward layout and menus make FSMC extremely beginner-friendly. No complex configuration needed.
Can I use FSMC on multiple devices with one account?
Yes, you can install FSMC on as many personal devices as you want with no limits. media.
Does FSMC integrate with Trakt?
Yes, FSMC supports connecting your Trakt account for features like tracking your show progress across devices.
Is a VPN required to use FSMC safely?
I strongly recommend using a VPN anytime you use third-party Kodi builds like FSMC. It protects your privacy and anonymity. Surfshark is my top choice.
What if I have trouble installing FSMC?
- Double check you entered the repository URL correctly
- Try a different web browser for authorization steps
- Ensure Unknown Sources are enabled
- Try a fresh Kodi install if all else fails
How do I uninstall FSMC if needed?
In Kodi, go to Add-ons > My Add-ons and uninstall Funswizard, then do a fresh start to completely remove it.
And there you have it! Hopefully this detailed guide served as the ultimate resource for installing the FSMC Kodi build and maximizing its potential. Enjoy endless entertainment!
Let me know if you have any other questions. I‘m always happy to provide friendly, personalized advice to get your streaming setup running smoothly. Feel free to reach out anytime.