How to sideload apps like Kodi or SPMC on the Amazon Fire TV & Stick using Downloader

This guide will walk you through the steps of installing (a.k.a. sideloading) a 3rd-party app, like Kodi or SPMC, onto an Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. This guide uses my own app, called Downloader, which is available for free from the Amazon Appstore. You do not need a computer, an external drive, a keyboard, ADB, or anything else to follow this guide. All you need is your Fire TV remote and about a minute of your time. This is currently the quickest way to sideload apps on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, and is easier than using ES File Explorer.

Video Guide

Written Guide: Using Direct Download URL

  1. Be sure you have “Apps from Unknown Sources” turned on.

    For the new Fire TV interface, this is under
    Settings > Device > Developer Options

    For the old Fire TV interface, this is under
    Settings > System > Developer Options
    apps-from-unknown-sources

  2. Install Downloader from Amazon’s Appstore onto your device. You can find it by simply searching for “Downloader” on your device.
  3. Launch Downloader and enter the URL of the APK file you want to install.
    For Kodi v17.6, use the short URL:
    bit.ly/kodi176 (Mirror: bit.ly/kodi176mirror)
    For SPMC v16.7.1, use the short URL:
    bit.ly/spmc1671
  4. Select the “Download” button and wait for the APK file to download.
  5. Once the file finishes downloading, it will automatically ask to be installed. Press down a few times on your remote to select the “Install” button at the bottom right of the screen.
    downloader-confirm-kodi-install
  6. When the APK file finishes installing, you can select to delete the APK you downloaded now that the app is installed.
  7. Please consider donating through the buttons on the app’s Home screen to support the app, or support AFTVnews as a whole by becoming a patron on Patreon.

Written Guide: Using Browser
(for when direct URL is unknown)

  1. Be sure you have “Apps from Unknown Sources” turned on.

    For the new Fire TV interface, this is under
    Settings > Device > Developer Options

    For the old Fire TV interface, this is under
    Settings > System > Developer Options
    apps-from-unknown-sources

  2. Install Downloader from Amazon’s Appstore onto your device. You can find it by simply searching for “Downloader” on your device.
  3. Launch Downloader and enter the website URL where the app you want to install is located. For example, enter kodi.tv for Kodi or enter spmc.semperpax.com for SPMC. You can try sites like apkmirror.com or apkpure.com to see if they have the app you want. Note that you may need to enable JavaScript in the settings of Downloader for certain websites to work correctly. When asked, select to open the URL in the browser.

  4. To navigate the page, use the circular direction buttons on your Fire TV remote to move the cursor and the center button to click links. Find and click the app download link. For example, for Kodi click “Downloads” at the top of the page and select the “ARM” link, and for SPMC select the “ARM32 APK” link.
  5. Once the file finishes downloading, it will automatically ask to be installed. Press down a few times on your remote to select the “Install” button at the bottom right of the screen.
    downloader-confirm-kodi-install
  6. When the APK file finishes installing, you can select to delete the APK you downloaded now that the app is installed.
  7. Please consider donating through the buttons on the app’s Home screen to support the app, or support AFTVnews as a whole by becoming a patron on Patreon.

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89 comments
  1. Ricardo Arcila says:

    Love the idea and would love to see it have a option of just downloading
    To a certain location like the root of internal storage.I use a app kodi back up a and restore and when i backup it creates a kodi.zip file in root of internal storage
    And i want to be able to have a link to it so i can share it with friends and family

  2. DJ1 says:

    Is there an option to delete the apk file after install ?

  3. JEHart says:

    Bravo, Thanks!
    The only way I can think of to improve on this genius toy is to start developing a library of short URLs.

  4. Andy says:

    Well done !! You guys rock !!

  5. Guy Eugen Holmes says:

    How do you know if an app will work on the fire tv? Will any android app work on the fire tv ? Would the XFINITY app for an android phone work on
    My fire tv ?

  6. sunrise495 says:

    Wow…. Look at you! Way to go. Not only can you write great articles, but now you are writing code! Great helper app. Simple, clean, and I bet you it will become very popular…. and it’s free! Keep up the great work!

    • AFTVnews says:

      Thanks! Actually, writing code came first, then the articles. ;-) I was a front-end developer for 7 years before starting AFTVnews. However, this is my first attempt at Android development.

  7. Ken Kuehnl says:

    I have Kodi loaded onto my tablet, will this app work with my tablet?

  8. Mark says:

    Congratulations!

  9. Robert says:

    I really like this. Thank you for the simple design. Using a sideloaded browser, I just copied and pasted the sample Kodi URL into Downloader. Very easy. Just curious, although I know how to resize sideloaded app icons to the necessary resolution to look better in the Recent menu, is there a possibility that this function could be built into Downloader?

  10. W lsurie says:

    Can you download stb emulator like this? Do you know the link?

  11. Billy says:

    Definitely need to add some layer of security to this. Unfortunately this kind of utility could compromise the device.

  12. Mike says:

    Will the app come to uk?
    Thanks mike

  13. Paul says:

    How would I find the URL for say kodi 17 nightly build?

  14. Joe Blanco says:

    I guess Amazon is ALL in now for side-loading apps. Finally, Amazon realizes that it’s because of Kodi, Modro and other apps, it’s product sells so well.

  15. greg says:

    someone can help me with Express Vpn app?
    I installed the app on Firetv 2 but when i open the app the screen is outsize and i cannot use nothing cause all firetv apps are outsized.
    What happen on my firetv?

    Thanks a lot

  16. Damien says:

    Where is your post about creating an app. Your post says you put it on you tube but i cant find it. I wanna make an app

  17. Steve says:

    This is really nice! I hadn’t loaded Kodi onto my wife’s home office tv’s 1st gen stick because she mainly did Netflix, Prime, etc. But she asked the other day so I literally just did a full Kodi plus the Kodi for Emby addon (we use Emby for all our local stuff) and it took me maybe 5 minutes to get it all loaded. That vs. a process that would take maybe 5x as long.

    This thing is just a very nice, easy to use, handy little app. Many thanks, going right now back to Amazon to give it 5 stars!!!!

  18. Joe says:

    Thank you so much!! This is really appreciated.

  19. Oscar says:

    Hi Elias, Great job on all the Amazon Updates of how to’s and sales and everything else.
    Aside from that….on you Downloader App. I have a quick question maybe you or another person reading this can help me with…. I download an APK but I keep getting ”Parse Error”. Any idea what I’m doing wrong or what I can do to fix it? Thanks in advance!

  20. pwntrik says:

    Does anything like this exist in the Google Play store? An app that can download an apk file and request to install it? Or could we ever see a Google Play version of this? Thanks

  21. PLS27 says:

    Does anyone have a URL for the latest Xfinity TV App to be used with Downloader to install it on a Fire TV?

  22. Jim says:

    Does anyone knows if kodi can be installed using downloader to the fire 7″ tablet that was selling for ~$33?

  23. phs says:

    Thank you for your great app. I was very hesitant to try and load Kodi on my fire stick, but did it in about 3 minutes, and watched UFC last night.
    Happy New Year

  24. Chelsey says:

    Bravo! So happy to find this. Have been looking for awhile. I hate using ES Explorer.

  25. Judd Cohen says:

    What is the url for the settings app. I am trying to download so I can connect a wireless keyboard to my fire tv. Thanks.

  26. scott says:

    Can this be used to download the google play store?

  27. linda says:

    I used #1 …once I download every thing then what I’m not technology savy at all

  28. Andy says:

    I have google play and kodi on my fire tablet but always d es explora

  29. Andy says:

    Hi
    Love your app. It worked great. I used it to roll back from kodi 17 back to kodi Jarvis the file is there stored on the left hand side under files as it should be. Problem is for me to launch kodi. I have to press install every time I want to use kodi.
    Do you now a way I can link it to my apps on the firestick from your downloader app so the kodi icon is there ready to use on my firestick homepage as was Before I went updated kodi 17.and had to uninstall it. Please would be. Rey grateful for help

  30. lauren says:

    can i use downloader to get google movies??

  31. Godmax says:

    Is it possible via Kodi 17 and streaming apps also including acestream to switch automatically between 50 and 60hz? Doesnt work with Kodi 16.1 atm!

  32. Mike says:

    When I used it to download Kodi 161 it gives the downloaded .apk file a .txt extension. Am I doing something wrong?

  33. Bob C. says:

    Thanks for great app. Very easy to use. ES File Explorer can be rather clunky.

    Can the app handle zip files?

    Also, any chance of adding a way to donate with Pay Pal? If not through the app itself, then at least here at the website?

  34. dan says:

    the link to SPMC v16.6 isn’t working

  35. Steve says:

    Will I automatically see the installed app in the menu? It worked great to download HD Homerun app but I don’t see it in the Fire Stick menu.

  36. Jared says:

    kodi.tv seized

  37. Kylie says:

    I downloaded the downloaded and made sure the adb debugging and the apps from unknown are turned on and when I type in the URL in the downloaded it says an unknown error has occurred. Check the URL and connection. I checked both of them but still can’t figure out the problem. Any suggestions??

  38. Mark says:

    Ever since I updated to the newest/current version of Downloader, when I try to download my apk it thinks its a dot zip? Its an apk file that works from any other device even downloading from ES File Explorer, but that’s a awful app… Downloader list it as a .zip and will not install it. Anyone else see this with the new version? If so anyone know how to fix this, and if it will be patch?

    Thanks!

    • Mike says:

      I don’t get a .apk file extension changed to a .zip but Downloader does change it from a .apk to a .txt file on my Fire TV 1. I can rename the file back to a .apk with another app and then I can install it but I have no idea why the file gets renamed by Downloader. I get this when trying to download Kodi 161 from the link on this page used as an example:

      For Kodi v16.1, use the short URL: http://bit.ly/kodi161arm

  39. Mike says:

    Thanks for the links to download so easy to use and update. I picked the 171 link key it in and loaded to ftv. I just installed it over k16.1 all my apps were there in the 17.1 started watching . This is the easiest loading of K I have done,no more side load crap on to the ftv.

  40. Dave11 says:

    Hello, I need some help.

    I’m trying to install Kodi on my amazon fire tv. I followed all your steps. I used downloader and downloaded the APK file. However I could not install it since the option “Allow Appsfrom unknown sources are not enabled”. The problem is in my device under settings=>Developer Options i only have ADB debugging option only. I dont have other options as shown in your screen shot. My software version is: 51.1.1.0_user_511070220.

    Pls help me out on how to install kodi . Thanks in advance

  41. Carlos says:

    I’m going Kobi download and say “Parse Error” and “There was a problem the package” I need help me! :-(

  42. Jon says:

    The Kodi 17.1 link is no good, the extension of the file it downloads is .txt instead of .apk.

  43. Matt says:

    Sorry I am new to this and a little confused all i really need to sideload is the nick jr. App that is in he android store. I can’t find a way to get the short urL. Does anyone know what it is? OR how to just download that Apple. THANk you

  44. DaddioPlus says:

    Can downloader be setup to use an external USB device as its download location? If so how?

  45. James says:

    Every time i try to download something i get an error saying no connection? But have full wifi connection.

  46. Rob says:

    Trying to download vpn apk from a OneDrive location.
    Is this possible?
    Link starts https:/

  47. Jesse says:

    So i use kodi on my amazon firestick as a rotating picture frame for when guests come over. I have the original firestick and had 16.1 loaded on it. When i attempted to upgrade to 17.1 now that 17.3 is out everything went pretty smooth. That is until i tried reloading kodi after the update. Now all that loads is a black screen. I even tried reinstalling 16.1 back on it and still get nothing but a black screen. Any ideas how i can get kodi back?

  48. Luis says:

    Hi, I am trying to download kodi for my mate bit he doesn’t want to sign into his Amazon account, is the a way of watching kodi without signing in??
    I heard of firestarter? Which pops up on the registration page, if so can you direct me please

  49. scott says:

    What is the URL for Appstarter?

  50. I finally got it to download with your URL so now what does it do? I thought it was jail breaking my Fire Tv if so a tutorial for is not so savvy individuals would be welcome

  51. Max says:

    Need zip Support
    Then is perfect

  52. Jose Luis Lopez says:

    I type a url but it doesnt respond only show connecting… my internet connection is very good but i dont know whats the problem, can yoy help me?

  53. nemenk says:

    Everytime I click on ‘downloader’ I get a black screen. Any advise?

  54. Jean Rooney says:

    I am a total novice but followed your instructions and got as far as typing in the URL on downloader. It then says GO but nothing happens. HELP! I´m running out of hair.

  55. Sonny says:

    Why do I need to delete Apk after I download I thought that was part of kodi

  56. Mike says:

    Hello trying to download kodi 17.5 on new Fire tv (3rd gen brand new one) going though downloader using kodi.tv clicking on all the android icons then pick the 32bit like before now I get a message saying. An unknown error has occurred. Check your URL and connection. I get the same trying the 64bit version too

  57. Jim says:

    New FireTV3. Downloaded Kodi v17.5 but won’t install. Error message is No app found to handle this file

  58. Jim says:

    Used ES file explorer and installed it. Now I wonder if it can have a short cut on the Home screen

  59. aaron ford says:

    i have modro installed but cant watch alot of shows due to it being off line . will it eventually fix itself or is there something i need to do. ihave v 2.0

  60. Barb says:

    I have a brand New Fire tv and I can’t get Kodi to load. Tried http://Kodi.tv/ download. I get an error message. An unknown error has occurred. Check your URL and connection

  61. Sally Solomon says:

    Hi I just purchased a new 10 inch kindle fire tablet I believe a 7th generation. I’m not seeing a option to download the downloaded app on it. Is this app not compatible with my device? Thank you

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