FireStarter, the great Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick sideloaded app launcher, has just been updated byt its developer to version 3.2 with a great new feature. The app can now both install Kodi from scratch or update your current installation of Kodi to the latest version with just a single click. Updating Kodi with FireStarter will preserve your current settings and database. If you’re planning to install both FireStarter and Kodi on a new Fire TV, you might as well install FireStarter first and have it install Kodi to simplify the process. You can find this new ability in FireStarters “Updates” section. Be sure to hit the “Check for Update” button first before installing or updating Kodi with FireStarter to ensure you get the latest version. If Kodi is not installed on your Fire TV, selecting the”Update to latest Version” button will install Kodi from scratch.
Love this little app and it keeps getting better! Nice work!
Yeah this has been a great tool for fire tv owners. Rooting isn’t always a possibility so it’s really clever how the developer has gotten around needing root access.
Only option I would like to see is to not have new apps show up automatically. I generally only want sideloaded appa to appear on my Firestarter not amazon installed apps. It can be a little annoying having to hide any new amazon installed apps I’m trying out.
You can hide apps in the drawer in firestarter….
Edit: misread your post… This comment and the one above can be deleted…
My fire starter won’t update it says “download sucsessful” then “app not installed” then “new version available” what can I do???
Im not sure if its blocked by new updates? I cant sideload it or install the APK localy on the device -_-, lucky for my its not mine.
I would really like to do this with my gen 1 fire tv, but, I can’t tolerate how slow kodi is on the fire tv compared to my wetek openelec box. I even did a factory reset and that didn’t help. I don’t know if the problem is my large 12-20gb mkv files or because I use mysql to sync my libraries. I don’t have these problems with a gen 2 rpi either.
I actually tried and really liked the roku 4, but I returned it because I lost Netflix Dolby surround sound with my ancient non-hdmi receiver. No kodi on the roku 4 but plex was snappy on the roku 4 and I could live worth that. I will eventually get another roku 4 after I finally save up and get the Denon avr-x6200w receiver.
Kodi runs well on my Fire TV. Might be something the Android kodi doesn’t like with your setup. A good openelec system will generally run better though I wonder if shield tv would work better for you than fire tv.
I wouldn’t mind the shield tv if they can get amazon videos working. I know they had it working for a short time in May, but amazon squashed that work around quickly. I was reading this weekend on xda and they might have figured out another work around. I will see how long that one last.
It would make more sense, if Jarvis alphas were .included in update. Optionally of course
If I update kodi 14 to kodi 15 using FireStarter on my un-rooted FireTV1, will I preserve the Kodi icon in Home Screen?
Did you mean KODI on amazon homescreen or Firestarter Home screen? For sure, KODI will remain in Firestarter home screen even after updating to latest version of KODI.
Thanks rockster, I meant amazon homescreen. But doesn’t matter I gues as it is avaialable in Firestarter Home screen.
Yes it will zeta on amazon screen
THANKS,Firestarter has made it easy to install KODI.
Fantastic! At this level of development, I am definitely going to donate. What a great (and getting better) little app.
This is cool , will it make it onto the App Store ? Then no PCs required
We can dream
That’s what crossed my mind when I first saw the article.
Does anyone know where the download source is located when you update Kodi via FireStarter? Is it through the official Kodi server or is it through FireStarter’s own server/third-party server?
I think what Batman bin Emdad was referring to was not where the installation of Fire Stater comes from (as you noted) but where exactly does Fire Starter pull the Kodi update/installation file from?
Is it from the official website (http://kodi.tv/download/) or is it pulled from a different server (E.g. Fire Stater’s github, a 3rd party host, etc.).
I myself am curious about this, too.
It is pulling from http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/
I just checked the source.
Ah, open source software FTW!
I really appreciate you having a peak into the source for the answer, John. I shamefully admit that checking the source had never occurred to me having been inundated with closed sourced software as of late.
All the same, this is good news it is pulling directly from the Kodi website itself.
does this app have a way to put the FTV to sleep mode?
Not anymore. There was an option, but the devolper removed it because you can set sleep mode with the remote (long press home button). But AFAIK there’s an option to set the time until FireTV goes into sleep mode.
Removed Go-To-Sleep functionality, as it is anyway possible via long-press home-button. The existing implementation was not reliable enough and made some problems under specific circumstances.
FYI, For the purposes of updating Kodi, Fire Starter works on other Android devices, not just AFTVs. I know some of you have more than just an AFTV for Kodi purposes.
Tested on the Razer Forge device. Worked like a charm and kept my build with addons/configs intact.
I did have to disable all the monitoring options since I was getting errors.
Can I connect external USB Hard Drive (3TB) and can Kodi access media from it where media files can be as small as 5 mb (music) to 8gb (movie) each?
If I try and update Kodi via Firestarter on my AFTV, it downloads but then gives me an error message that my phone’s security settings won’t permit it to perform the update. Any idea how I modify my security settings? Thanks.
Never mind, its under Settings, Developer Options
So what is the procedures to install on a new ftv2?
I am confused. What am I suppose to do first. I need help on installing firestarter and then kodi.
When I try to update kodi from 14.1 to 15.2, it downloads and starts the process and errors out saying “App not installed” the reason being “An existing package by the same name with a conflicting signature is already installed”.
Can any one please help me figure out what I am doing wrong.
I have my kodi installed on ext usb and all data is on the usb too. If that helps.
i get a parsing error when trying to install/update Kodi from firestarter. i just installed it myself. firestarter itself is pretty slick but don’t count on being able to install Kodi directly from firestarter
I’ve got the same problem. I solved it by clicking just the “update” button.
Hello. If i try to update Kodi over FireStarter 3.2, i got the Parsing Issue Window and im not able to update Kodi.
PS. I got ADB/USB Debuggin etc on. Can someone help me?
I just updated my firestarter app because I kept getting a error message popping up on the bottom of my screen about firestarter. Now when I go to main menu and to apps it kicks me back up to Movies. Anyone know whats going on and what I can do?
I guess I figured it out. Firestarter is my app page now. Disregard.
Can yoi still get this version. I hate the new version
any where to download the firestarter 3.2.3? I have a AFTV 1 rooted with 184.108.40.206_user_510058520