If you use the Exodus add-on for Kodi, you may want to consider switching to a different video add-on.
As many of you may very well know by now, TVAddons, the former home of Exodus, was temporarily shut down earlier this year. The founders of TVAddons have reported that they are being sued by Bell, Videotron, Rogers and TVA.
Exodus is still available in various small repositories, but its main developer has moved on to other projects. However, many Exodus alternatives have recently appeared. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Exodus forks that can be used as a substitute for Exodus.
Some Kodi users are wondering what might happen if Exodus fails completely. This scenario seems likely if it continues to receive no new support or updates. After the TVAddons crackdown, Exodus’s lead developer c0ldfire announced that he was discontinuing support for Exodus in the future.
Fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives for Exodus. Thanks to the open-source nature of Kodi add-ons, many third-party developers have begun creating “forks” that are based on Exodus but provide different functionality.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best Exodus forks for Kodi. Whether you’re interested in expanding your Kodi add-on library or simply worried that Exodus may be shut down in the future, you’re sure to find this guide helpful.
What is an Exodus Fork?
Because Kodi add-ons are open source, the entire source code of an add-on can be downloaded and modified by anyone. Indie developers often change the UI, functionality, and underlying code of Kodi add-ons and the result is what’s known as a “fork”.
Forked add-ons usually seem quite similar to the original. However, over time, developers add in new features, code, and functionality. Over time, a forked add-on can become something completely new.
Because Exodus is such a popular Kodi add-on, it has quite a few forked variants. Many forks are almost identical to Exodus. However, some come with totally unique features and interfaces.
What are the Most Popular Exodus Forks?
Covenant, Specto, Gurzil, Elysium and No Name are 5 of the most popular Exodus forks out there right now.
When c0ldfire announced that he was discontinuing support for Exodus, other indie developers took up the mantle and created Covenant. Today, Covenant is one of the most well-regarded and popular Exodus forks.
Covenant features a user interface that looks quite similar to the original Exodus fork. This was likely an intentional move. Covenant’s designers probably aimed to stay true to the original look and feel of Exodus that made it a hit.
As you can see from the above screenshot, Covenant maintains the exact same user interface as Exodus, with categories for:
- TV Shows
- My Movies
- My TV Shows
- New Movies
- New Episodes
Just like Exodus, there are a wide variety of powerful filtering options that can be used to find shows to watch. Movies can be sorted by genre, year of release, starring actors, popularity, and more.
Similarly, TV shows can be filtered by network, genre, people watching, recently aired, and a variety of other filter categories.
You’ll find Covenant very easy to use if you’re familiar with Exodus. Covenant has been designed as an Exodus fork specifically to provide a near 1:1 experience to Exodus.
The primary benefit of using Covenant over Exodus is that it continues to receive support, updates, and additional scrapers. It’s likely to continue working far into the future. Exodus, on the other hand, will eventually stop working because it is no longer being updated.
Specto may be the oldest Exodus fork in existence. Its history dates back to a precursor to Exodus called Genesis. When Genesis got shut down, Specto emerged on the scene before Exodus came out.
Let’s take a look at some of its UI and features.
As you can see, the main menu of Specto differs quite a bit from the Exodus menu. Technically, Specto is an Exodus fork. However, it’s not just a clone.
In the main menu, you’ll find quite a few options:
- TV Shows
- My Specto
- Latest Movies
- Latest Episodes
The most notable change from Exodus is the addition of My Specto. My Specto provides users with a way to view media that they’ve tagged as a favorite. Users can tag individual movies, TV shows, or even TV episodes as favorites so that they can view them later.
Specto also offers some different settings compared to Exodus. One of the most powerful tools available on Specto is a setting that gives you the ability to prioritize HD streams and list your favorite stream providers first. There is no way to do that in Exodus.
Overall, Specto is a solid Exodus fork, with some features that make it distinct from the original Exodus add-on.
Gurzil is one of the newest Exodus forks around. It’s the work of an experienced Kodi developer named Smash.
Right now, Gurzil is basically just another Exodus clone with a different wallpaper and color scheme. However, Smash appears to be working hard at improving Gurzil. He maintains it often and pushes out frequent updates.
Let’s take a look at some of Gurzil’s major features.
The main menu of Gurzil features options that are identical to Exodus:
- TV Shows
- My Movies
- My TV Shows
- New Movies
- New Episodes
Gurzil is pretty much a 1:1 clone of the original Exodus fork. However, it has a prettier color scheme and a different wallpaper. Gurzil provides a very similar experience to the original Exodus add-on. In this way, Gurzil is similar to Covenant.
Elysium was originally developed as an Exodus fork by a developer named Schism. Its original name was “Zen”. Once Schism retired, the upkeep and development of Elysium fell upon Noobs and Nerds— one of the leading third-party development teams for Kodi.
To avoid confusion, Noobs And Nerds decided to rename their add-on “Elysium”, thus making it distinct from Zen. In the months since this group has taken over the Elysium Exodus fork, they have made many improvements made to this Kodi add-on. Let’s take a closer look.
As one of the older Exodus forks out there, Elysium differs in functionality quite a bit compared to the original Exodus add-on. The listing of options is as follows:
- TV Shows
- New Movies
- New TV Shows
- My Elysium
- TV Calendar
The primary area in which Elysium differs from Exodus is the addition of the TV Calendar. This is a fantastic resource for TV enthusiasts. It allows users to browse shows based on upload date. For example, if you chose “02 September” you would be able to browse a comprehensive list of every uploaded show that aired on that date.
This is a great feature, as it’s very easy to browse and can help users find new and interesting TV shows to watch.
Elysium is reliable, regularly updated and features some functionality that distinguishes it from the primary Exodus add-on. Whether you’re seeking a new Kodi add-on or just a replacement for Exodus, it’s a solid choice.
No Name is a newer Exodus fork developed by c0ldfire – the developer who until recently maintained the original Exodus add-on. The first version was released in early 2017.
This add-on has been going through significant changes since its release. As a result, it is quite different from the other Exodus forks on our list. The UI has been changed significantly and several new sections have been added.
Most interestingly, No Name focuses on providing live TV streams. To learn more about this new Exodus fork, let’s dig into the features walk through now.
The primary menu of No Name differs dramatically from Exodus, with categories for:
- TV Shows
- 3D Movies
- Live TV
- Clear Cache DB
The Movies and TV Shows categories are quite similar to those found on Exodus – however, c0ldfire has integrated more scrapers. As a result, No Name has a larger variety of media available compared to other Exodus forks.
Kids is a category focused on providing children’s movies, and has a large selection of both new and classic movies to choose from.
3D Movies is also a unique category on No Name, providing users with the ability to browse through a large selection of 3D-enabled movies. While this is certainly more of a niche feature, it’s nice to have.
Live TV is where No Name really differentiates itself. As far as we know, this is the only Exodus fork to integrate live TV streaming.
No Name is a great alternative to Exodus. This Exodus fork doesn’t just provide the same features as the original Exodus add-on. No Name adds live TV, kids movies, 3D movies, and more. And because it’s being developed by c0ldfire, it seems likely that this add-on will receive plenty of support and updates in the future.
To get No Name, first download the Colossus Repo from http://mediarepos.net/kodistuff. Then, open Colossus and install the Agent 47 Repo.
Which Exodus Fork is the Best?
The answer to this question depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for a replacement for Exodus that maintains almost the exact same functionality and UI, Covenant would probably be the best choice for you.
Gurzil is also a viable and well-maintained alternative to Exodus. We have a hunch that Gurzil developer Smash is interested in doing more than just creating a replacement for Exodus. In the future, Gurzil may evolve into an all-new add-on with powerful features of its own.
Elysium and Specto are also acceptable alternatives to Exodus. Though they have different interfaces and features, each provide an easy method to stream much of the same media that can be found on Exodus.
No Name is the most unique Exodus clone that we’ve encountered. It was certainly unexpected for c0ldfire to release his own Exodus fork so soon after discontinuing his support of the official Exodus add-on. Its emergence is a pleasant surprise.
No Name integrates the same scrapers for movies and TV shows as Exodus and includes additional scrapers to provide an even bigger library of movies and TV shows. It also provides a variety of streaming options. Streaming availability distinguishes No Name from the rest of the Exodus forks mentioned here.
Overall, we would select Covenant as our favorite Exodus fork if you’re looking to maintain the same user experience as the original Exodus add-on. However, all of the Exodus forks are we tried are perfectly viable replacements for Exodus.