If you want to expand your video streaming options on Kodi with access to tons of high-quality indie films, documentaries and creators not found on YouTube or other platforms, installing the Vimeo add-on is a great choice.
This comprehensive guide will walk you through how to install Vimeo on the Kodi media server and start watching unique curated content from the popular video sharing site.
Let‘s get started!
An Introduction to Vimeo
For those unfamiliar, Vimeo is a popular video-sharing site founded in 2004 that provides a platform for creators to upload and share high-definition video content.
The key differentiator from YouTube is that Vimeo focuses on curated, original videos rather than user-generated content. You‘ll find indie films, music videos, documentaries, animations, and more professional-level videos.
Some quick facts on Vimeo:
- Founded in 2004 in New York City
- Has over 200 million registered users worldwide
- Videos average 1080p resolution for optimum quality
- Over 9 million creators in the Vimeo community
- Strict content moderation leads to more curated videos
The Vimeo Kodi add-on makes all this amazing content easily accessible from right within your Kodi home theater setup!
Step-by-Step Installation of Vimeo Kodi Addon
Before we dive into the install, it‘s important your Kodi meets a few requirements:
- Running Kodi 18.0 or later
- "Unknown Sources" enabled in settings
- Latest updates installed
Ready to install? Let‘s begin:
Step 1) Launch Kodi and click the Settings icon.
This opens the general settings menu.
Step 2) Click "Add-ons" from the left sidebar.
This brings you to the Add-ons browser.
Step 3) Select "Install from repository"
Step 4) You‘ll now be in the default Kodi Repository. Click on "Video add-ons"
This displays all available video add-ons.
Step 5) Select the "Vimeo" add-on.
Step 6) Click the "Install" button in the bottom right.
Step 7) A pop-up may show additional dependencies that will be installed. Click "OK" to proceed.
Step 8) Wait for the "Addon Installed" confirmation message.
This means Vimeo has been successfully installed!
Step 9) Go back to the Kodi home screen and under "Add-ons" you‘ll now see the Vimeo icon.
Launch the add-on and start watching amazing videos!
Customizing and Configuring the Vimeo Addon
Once installed, there are a few recommended tweaks to get the best performance from Vimeo:
- Enable "Update on startup" to keep the add-on updated.
- Increase cached memory allocation in settings for faster streaming.
- Optimize the skin for extra large textures to display highest quality thumbnails.
Also check for any available updates to the add-on by going into the add-on settings.
Troubleshooting the Vimeo Kodi Addon
The Vimeo add-on should work flawlessly once installed, but here are some tips if you run into any issues:
- Check that Kodi, Vimeo addon and system software are up-to-date
- Try reauthorizing Real Debrid or Trakt in the add-on settings
- Clear cached data for the add-on under Kodi settings
- Completely uninstall and reinstall the Vimeo addon
- As a last resort, perform a factory reset on Kodi
This will help troubleshoot and resolve any problems streaming content from Vimeo.
Using a VPN for Privacy & Security
When streaming content online, it‘s highly recommended to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for maximum privacy and security.
A VPN will encrypt all of your Kodi traffic and mask your IP address and location. This prevents your internet provider or any third parties from tracking what you stream through Kodi.
Some top VPNs we recommend include:
Sign up for a premium VPN before streaming copyright-protected material for complete peace of mind.
Final Thoughts on the Vimeo Kodi Addon
The Vimeo addon opens up a world of spectacular independent content to enjoy on your home theater. From breathtaking nature documentaries to award-winning animations and mind-expanding talks, you‘ll never run out of incredible videos to watch.
We hope this guide has successfully walked you through installing Vimeo on your Kodi setup. Let us know if you have any other questions in the comments!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Vimeo add-on legal to install?
Yes, the Vimeo addon itself if perfectly legal to install and use. However, you should avoid streaming copyright-protected content without owner permission.
Can I use Vimeo on my Amazon Fire Stick with Kodi?
Absolutely! These instructions work flawlessly for installing Vimeo on Fire TV devices. Just be sure to allow apps from unknown sources first.
What‘s the difference between a Kodi "addon" vs a "repository"?
An addon like Vimeo contains the actual content and streams videos. A repository is a collection of many addons that you can install from.
Will the Vimeo addon work on Nvidia Shield, Android Boxes, etc?
Yes, you can install this addon on any device running Kodi 18 or later, including Nvidia Shield TV, Android TV boxes, tablets, smartphones, Windows and more.
Can I install Vimeo on Kodi 19 Matrix?
At this time, the Vimeo addon is still only available up through Kodi 18 Leia. It has not yet been migrated to the new Kodi 19 release. Please install on Kodi 18 for now.