If you enjoy streaming unlimited movies and TV shows for free, it‘s time to supercharge your Kodi setup with the Venom addon.
With over 100,000 movies and TV show episodes available from dozens of scrapers and torrent sites, Venom provides seamless access to a massive media library.
The streaming landscape has changed drastically in recent years as more consumers cut the cord. Kodi and its community of third-party addon developers have stepped in to pick up the slack from expensive cable subscriptions and streaming services.
In this guide, we‘ll cover everything you need to know to get Venom installed and streaming on your preferred device.
An Introduction to the Venom Kodi Addon
The Venom addon has been a staple of the Kodi ecosystem since 2018. With its eye-catching design, constant updates, and wealth of multimedia content, it‘s easy to see why Venom has developed a passionate user base.
Here are just some of the features that make Venom a fan-favorite:
- Access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows from various scraper sites
- Support for Real-Debrid to stream high-quality files in original quality
- Chromecast support for beaming videos to the big screen
- Integration with cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive
- Customizable home screen with frequently accessed sections
- Content requests and bug reporting features to engage with developers
- Active community support through Discord server and GitHub
Venom sets itself apart from other Exodus/Covenant forks by integrating with TorrentAPI scrapers. This allows it to aggregate torrents in addition to direct download and streaming links from hosters like Google Drive and Openload.
The addon also utilizes the power of Orion and its decentralized, peer-to-peer network for stream searching. This helps surface obscure, high-quality files not available through traditional scraping methods.
With Venom installed alongside Real-Debrid, you get the closest experience to a premium streaming service like Netflix that you can find in the world of Kodi addons. It provides endless content with minimal buffering or lag.
Now let‘s dive into the installation process step-by-step.
How to Install Venom on Kodi 19 Matrix and Kodi 18 Leia
The good news is that installing Venom takes just a few clicks thanks to the detailed installer wizard. But we first need to change a couple settings in Kodi to allow third-party addons from outside repositories.
Here are the steps to get Venom installed:
Enable Unknown Sources in Kodi Settings
Open Kodi and click the gear icon ⚙️ to enter the Settings menu.
Navigate to System Settings > Addons.
Make sure the toggle for Unknown Sources is shifted to the ON position.
When the warning pops up, click Yes to confirm you want to allow installation of third-party addons.
This gives you permission to install addons hosted outside of the official Kodi repository, like Venom and other community-developed addons.
Enabling the Unknown Sources setting in Kodi
Add the Venom Repository Source
Go back to the main Kodi menu and click Add-ons from the sidebar.
Click the open box icon at the top to open the package installer.
Select Install from zip file.
Click on the name you assigned to the Venom repository source (or click if you haven‘t added it yet).
Choose repository.venom.zip to install the repository.
Once installed, you‘ll see a notification that the Venom Repository has been added. Now the repository will be available for us to browse and install addons.
Install the Venom Addon from the Repository
Return to the Kodi Add-ons menu.
This time, select Install from repository
Choose the Venom Repository
Go into the Video add-ons section.
Select the Venom addon and click Install.
After a few moments, you‘ll receive a message that Venom has been installed successfully. It will now be available in your Kodi Add-ons menu and home screen.
And that‘s all there is to it! Within a couple minutes you can have the Venom addon up and running on any Kodi device.
Why Use Venom Over Other Kodi Addons?
With so many great addons available for Kodi, you might be wondering what makes Venom special. Here are some of the key advantages that Venom provides:
- Huge media library – Over 100,000 movies and shows from various scrapers
- Minimal buffering – Caches torrent files in the background for smooth playback
- 4K/HDR content – Tons of high-quality streams up to 2160p thanks to Orion and Real-Debrid
- Customization – Rearrange menu sections and set content filters
- Active development – The Venom team frequently fixes bugs and adds new features
- Chromecast support – Beam videos straight to your TV via Google Chromecast
- Trakt integration – Sync your watched history across devices
In comparison to older addons like Exodus, Venom pulls links from a wider variety of torrent sites beyond just Lambda Scrapers. This results in many more high-quality streams being available.
The integration with Real-Debrid also means you can stream crystal clear 4K and HDR video without endless buffering or pixelation.
For cord-cutters looking to replicate that premium streaming experience, Venom paired with Real-Debrid comes closer than almost any other Kodi addon available today.
Configuring Real-Debrid with the Venom Addon
To take full advantage of everything Venom has to offer, you‘ll want to link your Real-Debrid account. This takes just a couple minutes and provides huge streaming benefits.
Here‘s how to integrate Real-Debrid:
Create a Real-Debrid account on their website if you don‘t have one already. Make sure to verify your email address.
From Kodi, open the Venom addon.
Go to Tools > Accounts > Real-Debrid.
Input your Real-Debrid username and password. Select OK.
Return to the main Venom menu – you‘ll now see Real-Debrid enabled.
And that‘s all there is to it! Real-Debrid authentication allows Venom to resolve premium file hoster and torrent streams that would be unavailable otherwise.
A standard Real-Debrid subscription provides access to over 30 quality hosts and auto-converts torrent files for instant streaming. It‘s an essential upgrade for serious media streamers.
Accessing Movies, TV Shows, and More
Now that Venom is installed, let‘s briefly discuss how you can access content. The addon has dedicated sections for:
Movies – Thousands of films sorted by genre, year, most popular, etc. Use search to find a specific movie.
TV Shows – Virtually any show from networks like ABC, NBC, Netflix, and more. Organized by new episodes, new seasons, networks, and genres.
My Movies – Link your own local media library or cloud sources like Google Drive.
My TV Shows – Integrate your personal media collection and get notified when new episodes air.
New Movies & New Episodes – Quick shortcuts to the latest movie releases and newest episodes.
Most Popular Movies & Shows – Top trending flicks and series based on user activity.
Search – Directly search Venom‘s providers for a specific piece of content.
Tools – Settings and management features like library integration, Trakt syncing, log viewer, etc.
Thanks to Orion integration, even obscure indie films and classic TV shows pulled from torrent sites will have multiple high-quality sources. Just click a title, select your desired quality, and start streaming instantly or caching to your Real-Debrid cloud.
Is the Venom Addon Legal to Use?
When it comes to the complex question around Kodi addon legality, there are a few key points to be aware of:
The Venom addon itself is 100% legal. The developers are not hosting or distributing any copyright-protected content.
Linking to freely available content from legal open directories, public domain archives, and Creative Commons sources is permissible. Many addons like Venom scrape legal streams from these sources alongside more questionable ones.
However, some of the content aggregated through these addons may come from pirated sources. Accessing streams hosted without permission from the copyright holder may be illegal depending on your local laws.
Use of a VPN is recommended not only for privacy, but also to prevent your ISP from seeing that you are streaming potentially pirated material.
So in essence, the Venom addon is legal and safe to use. But users do bear responsibility for any infringing content accessed through the addon. As with any third-party Kodi addon, streaming personal media backups is recommended over copyrighted material.
Here are some great legal sources of free movies, TV shows, and documentaries to explore:
- Archive.org – Public domain films and media
- Crackle – Sony‘s free movie and TV streaming service
- Pluto TV – Ad-supported video on demand service with hundreds of free movies
- Tubi – Ad-supported streaming with thousands of titles
- PopcornFlix – Ad-supported streaming movie service
- PBS – Tons of free documentaries and educational programming
Using addons like Venom to stream this type of 100% legal content can provide all the entertainment you need without any of the risks.
Advanced Tips and Options for Venom
Let‘s wrap up with some pro tips for power users:
Enable debug logging in Venom settings to monitor performance and check for errors.
Adjust cache and buffer settings for optimal performance based on your device and internet speeds.
Use a 75-100 GB Real-Debrid subscription for the best experience and access to full-size files.
For the fastest scraping, use Venom alongside performance-focused skins like AuraMod.
Keep your library integration settings updated and enable notifications to keep tabs on your favorite shows.
Utilize Orion or Premiumize cloud services for NEXT LEVEL 4K and 8K streams.
Join the Venom Telegram or Discord groups and GitHub to request features or report any bugs.
The developers are constantly improving Venom and releasing updates, so be sure to keep it updated for the best performance.
As you can see, Venom offers an exceptional viewing experience on Kodi for the cord-cutting generation. With this addon installed, you may never need another paid streaming subscription again!
I hope you found this guide helpful. Feel free to reach out with any other questions about setting up Venom or building the ultimate Kodi setup.