How to Fix Failed to Install A Dependency Error in Kodi


Kodi is generally is known as a reliable and fast-performing application and, you can run Kodi on any platform for media streaming. But that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter any issues and the common is Failed to install a Dependency error that will prevent Kodi for installing and using add-ons. If you’re using Kodi for long then, I am pretty sure more than likely you have encountered this error. Most of the dependency error may arise whenever you try to install Kodi add-on or build. So let’s go straight to the guide for fixing this dreaded error.


Fix Kodi’s ‘Failed to Install a Dependency’ Error

You can delete a database file if it doesn’t work then you can follow the following steps.

Step 1: Clear Kodi Cache

  • First, you need to clear Kodi’s cache by doing so it may improve the stability of the application and solves playback issues as well. Below are different Kodi-compatible devices showing that how this is done.
  • Android Boxes: Open the settings on your device then go to Apps and Kodi and you will see Clear Cache’ button click on it and confirm your action.
  • Amazon Fire TV / Fire TV Stick: By going to the setting and apps then Manage Installed Applications after that, Kodi tap on Clear Cache.
  • Nvidia Shield TV: In Nvidia Shield TV Kodi can install easily as this is power by Android go to the settings then apps and Kodi after that, Clear Cache.

Step 2. Rebuild Kodi’s Database

Kodi database file might get corrupt but, this won’t prevent from using Kodi it will give a problem while installing add-ons. By following the steps below, you will be able to fix the issue.

Note: If you have more than one addons then rebuilding Kodi’s database might delete your addons, this method is for new Kodi users who are starting to experiment with addon on their own.

  • First, you need to make sure that Kodi is using admin privileges so on your device, right-click on Kodi’s icon and select Run as Administrator.
  • Then Launch Kodi and on the top-left corner click on the Gear Icon.


  • And click next on File Manager.


  • Double click on the left side of the screen to open Profile Directory.


  • After that, open the Database folder.


  • Inside the folder, there will be a file Addon27.db so right click on it then delete it.


  • Again delete the file to confirm an action.


  • Now shut down Kodi then wait for few seconds and open Kodi once again try installing some addon see that the Dependency error will occur again or not.

Installing add-ons will be without issue sometimes it might not help but still we’ll continue our search for a solution.

Step 3. Install Dependencies Manually

By this way, you can install well-known dependencies manually but must be done before installing an addon. So follow the following steps.

  • First, Open Kodi and on the top-left side click on the Gear icon.


  • Then you have to go to the File Manager.


  • After that, double-click on the Add Source.


  • So by this time, you should see a pop-up.
  • After that, click on None, it will ask the adders so, you have to copy and paste this URL: then give a name for the source and click on OK.


  • Now go to the Home screen of Kodi by pressing the backspace button.
  • And using the main menu open the Add-ons section.


  • You will see the package in the left corner tap to open it.
  • Now select install from the ZIP file.


  • Then open the recently add a source by clicking on the TV Add-ons folder.
  • After that open the Kodi script folder.


  • You will get two zip files both you have to install so go ahead and click on the first one.


  • After a few seconds the dependency will install then you will get a notification too.


  • You have to repeat the steps for other dependencies found on Kodi script folder.


So for the Kodi users, this was a simple way to overcome a dreaded error. I hope by following this guide, you can easily overcome this issue. You can ask your queries regarding this article in the comment section below. And if you like this article then please share. Thank you!



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