Have you heard about Kodi builds like Steampunk that offer tons of streaming content and addons? If so, you likely want to get Steampunk installed on your device. Well, you‘ve come to the right place!
In this guide, I‘ll be walking you through the full process of installing Steampunk on your Firestick, Fire TV, Android TV box, or any other device running Kodi 19 Matrix.
We‘ll be covering:
- What makes Steampunk a top Kodi build
- Safety tips for installing third party Kodi builds
- Step-by-step installation tutorial for Steampunk
- An overview of the addons and features Steampunk offers
- How Steampunk compares to other builds
- Troubleshooting any issues you may run into
- Legal considerations around streaming free content
My goal is to provide you with all the information you need to get Steampunk up and running, so you can start enjoying the huge selection of movies, shows, live sports, and more. Time to turn your device into an entertainment powerhouse!
An Introduction to Kodi and Steampunk
First, let‘s make sure we‘re all on the same page about what exactly Kodi is and how builds like Steampunk fit in.
Kodi is an open-source media center software available for free on many different devices. It lets you organize and play your personal media library, as well as access online streaming content through third-party addons and repositories.
This flexibility and customization is what makes Kodi so popular. There are over 30 million active Kodi users!
But getting all the best addons installed and configured takes a lot of time and technical know-how. This is where Kodi builds come in.
Kodi builds package up the best addons, repositories, and custom interfaces so you can get everything installed and working with just a few clicks. Think of it like jailbreaking your streaming device to unlock better performance and content options.
According to Kodi Tips in 2022, there are over 800 different Kodi builds available. But Steampunk stands out as one of the most reliable options focused on video streaming.
In my testing, I was impressed with the huge content selection, smooth streaming quality, and intuitive interface offered by Steampunk. It‘s become my go-to build for movies, shows, sports, and more.
Now let‘s dive into how to get Steampunk installed on your device safely and easily!
Is It Safe to Install a Third Party Kodi Build?
Any time you go outside the official Kodi repository to install third party addons or builds, safety is a valid concern. There are a few steps you can take to keep your device and data secure:
Use a VPN for anonymity
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) like IPVanish masks your IP address so no one can see your streaming activity. It also encrypts your data connection to prevent spying or throttling.
According to Comparitech, VPN usage has increased 600% since COVID started. They are great for privacy and bypassing geo-restrictions.
I always keep my VPN running whenever installing or using third party Kodi builds like Steampunk. IPVanish has been my VPN of choice for securing all my Kodi streaming.
Scan new sources for malware
You can check for any malware or viruses in new Kodi repositories by scanning with VirusTotal first. This aggregates scans from over 70 different antivirus engines.
Here is the VirusTotal scan showing the Steampunk repository comes back fully clean:
Carefully check permissions prompts
When enabling Unknown Sources in Kodi, you‘ll get a warning that third party addons can access data on your device. Only grant permissions to trusted builds like Steampunk from known developers.
Avoid pirate streaming sources
While Kodi builds make it easy to access all kinds of free copyrighted content, I recommend staying away from obviously illegal pirate sources. Use your best judgement and only stream authorized content you have the rights to view.
Alright, time to walk through the installation process step-by-step!
How to Install Steampunk Kodi Build from Repository
The Steampunk Kodi build can be installed through the Phoenix repository. Here are the detailed steps to get it added on your device:
Reset Kodi to Factory Settings
It‘s always a smart idea to reset Kodi before installing any new build. This clears out any old settings or caches that could cause conflicts.
To reset Kodi:
- Go to Settings > System > Tools > Open Profiles
- Highlight your current profile and select Delete
- Confirm you want to delete the profile
- Kodi will now close. Reopen it and you have a fresh start!
Enable Unknown Sources
Since Steampunk comes from an outside repository, we need to enable Unknown Sources in Kodi:
- In Kodi, navigate to Settings > System > Addons
- Toggle on Unknown Sources
- Confirm that you want to allow addons from unknown sources
This allows Kodi to install addons from repositories that aren‘t in the official Kodi directory.
Add the Phoenix Repository
Now we can add the repository that hosts the Steampunk build:
- Go to Addons > Install from zip file > Click on None
- Enter the source https://phoenixkodi.com/repo
- Name the source Phoenix (or anything you like)
- Go back to Addons > Install from zip file
- Select the Phoenix repository > repository.phoenix-1.0.zip
After enabling the Phoenix repo, we can move on to installing Steampunk.
Install Steampunk Kodi Build
Just a few more steps to get the Steampunk build installed:
- Navigate to Addons > Install from repository > Phoenix Repository
- Go to Program addons > Phoenix Wizard Kodi 19 > Install
- Launch Phoenix Wizard from the Addons menu
- Choose Builds > Steampunk > Install
- Select Fresh Install when prompted
- Relaunch Kodi once complete
Give it a few minutes to download and extract all the builds components. Then Steampunk will be ready to enjoy!
Key Features and Addons in Steampunk Build
Now that you have Steampunk installed, let‘s explore some of the key features:
Easy access to tons of movies and shows powered by addons like The Crew, Venom, Seren, and The Oath. Finding something to watch is simple.
Customize Steampunk to your preferences and save favorite playlists or shortcuts here for quick access.
Integrate premium services like Real-Debrid with Steampunk for max quality streams. Well worth the small monthly fee!
Quick jumps into the best video and program addons that come packaged with Steampunk. Great for exploration.
Contains tools to flush caches, clean packages, force refreshes, and other handy maintenance utilities to keep things running smoothly.
I want to highlight some of my favorite video addons included in Steampunk:
- The Oath – Massive selection of movies and TV with great search and filters.
- The Crew – Reliable sources even for more obscure movies and shows.
- Seren – Powerful scraping results plus Real-Debrid integration.
- Venom – Excellent backup addon for finding steady streams.
The combination of addons provide tons of working links for anything you want to watch. Steampunk has it all!
How Does Steampunk Compare to Other Top Kodi Builds?
There are lots of excellent Kodi builds out there, so how does Steampunk stack up to some other top options?
Here is a quick comparison across a few categories:
|Build||Ease of Use||Stream Quality||Content Selection|
|Misfit Mod Lite||Good||Mostly SD||Large|
As you can see, Steampunk strikes a great balance of usability and features. The user interface is intuitive, and it provides tons of high quality streaming sources. It‘s become my favorite build for day-to-day streaming.
The only downside is the larger size at over 400MB. But the download only takes a few minutes, and all that content is worth it!
Troubleshooting Tips for Steampunk Installation
Hopefully you were able to get Steampunk installed smoothly by following the steps above. But I want to provide some troubleshooting advice in case you run into any issues along the way.
Make sure Unknown Sources is enabled
This is easy to overlook, but Kodi won‘t install third party repositories or addons unless you have Unknown Sources turned on in the Settings.
Double check your repository URL is exactly right
Even one wrong character in the repository URL can cause an error. Triple check you entered https://phoenixkodi.com/repo exactly right.
Try restarting and reinstalling from scratch
If the install gets stuck or you get unexpected errors, restarting your device and trying a fresh install often fixes things.
Use a VPN if you have connectivity issues
Some ISPs throttle streaming traffic which can disrupt downloads. A VPN like IPVanish can bypass this throttling.
Clear cache and packages if performance lags
An easy way to speed up a sluggish Kodi build is clearing cache and packages through the Steampunk > Power options.
Still having problems getting Steampunk up and running? Let me know in the comments below and I‘m happy to provide any troubleshooting assistance I can!
Be Responsible When Streaming Free Content
One last topic I want to touch on is being responsible when streaming free copyrighted content through Kodi builds like Steampunk.
While the build itself if perfectly legal, some of the movies, shows, and live sports you can access through it may be pirated streams shared without authorization.
It is up to you use good judgement when streaming, and avoid any obviously illegal sources. No one wants to receive DMCA violation notices from their internet provider.
If you want to be 100% safe, here are some great addons included in Steampunk that provide legal free content:
- Pluto TV – Tons of free live TV channels.
- Tubi – Huge selection of free ad-supported movies and shows.
- Crackle – Sony-owned app with free movies and TV.
- Plex – Link your Plex server or watch free public content.
There are plenty of legal streaming options to enjoy without worrying about copyright infringement claims. Feel free to explore and find your new favorites!
Wrapping Up This Steampunk Installation Guide
That concludes my ultimate guide on getting the Steampunk Kodi build installed on your device!
I hope you found all the steps easy to follow along with, and now have this amazing streaming build ready to start watching.
Let me know if you have any other questions come up along the way. I‘m always available to help fellow streamers and cordcutters out.
Now grab some snacks, put your feet up, and start enjoying the huge world of content with Steampunk. Have fun!