In this guide, we will discuss how to backup Kodi addons without indigo.
Kodi Indigo was a very popular third-party Kodi maintenance addon, and the demise of TVAddons will result in the demise of the Indigo addon as well. A lot of peeps used the Indigo addon to create a backup of their Kodi addons and then restore the backup to another Kodi box.
Creating a backup Kodi addon can be just for backup purposes, for sharing your Kodi setup with a friend, or just simply want a replica of your Kodi addons on another device without much hassle. In this post, we are going to tell you how to backup Kodi builds without an Indigo addon.
How to Backup Kodi Addons Without Indigo
Pre-Requisites: We are assuming you are on Kodi 17.x Krypton.
Step 1 – Enable Unknown Sources and Notifications
Go to Kodi’s home screen and head over to Settings -> System Settings -> Addons and Enable Unknown Sources. Click Yes when prompted.
Also, make sure to enable Show Notifications.
Step 2 – Download script.module.yaml
This is one of the scripts needed for the successful installation of the Kodi Backup addon in Step 3. When we tried to install the Kodi Backup and Restore, its installation failed and on checking the log file we found that this script was missing. Hit the below to download the zip file for script.module.yaml.
Place the zip file in a location where it you can access it from within Kodi. Amazon Fire TV Stick/Box users can enter the shortened URL in the Downloader app, and the file will be downloaded in a folder called Downloader.Android Box owners can enter the above-shortened URL in their browser and note the location where the file is downloaded.
Step 3 – Install script.module.yaml
From your Kodi home screen, click on Addons and then click on the Addon Browser icon on the top left of the screen (marked below).
On the next screen click on Install from Zip File, and in the popup window navigate to and select the script.module.yaml zip file downloaded in Step 2. Wait till you get a notification saying Addon installed on the top right of the screen.
Step 4 – Install Backup Addon (Kodi backup addon zip download)
Click on Install from Repository -> Kodi Add-on Repository -> Program Add-Ons. Scroll down the list and select Backup, click on Install. If a popup window shows up select the one from the backup Kodi Add-on repository.
Wait for the download to complete, and once the addon is installed you will get a message saying Backup Addon Installed on the top right.
Step 5 – Open and Setup Backup Addon
Go back to Kodi’s main screen, and then go to Add-ons -> Program Add-ons and select Backup. In the pop-up window select Open Settings (we need to do this when we open the addon for the first time).
Next click on General, set Remote Path Type as Browse Path (using the up and down arrows), and then click on Browse Remote Path and select the folder where you want the backup to be stored. Make sure Compress Archives is enabled.
You can also set up remote Path Type as Google Drive, Dropbox in which case your backups will be stored online. There is a Type Path option as well, in which case you have to manually type in the path.
Using the Backup addon you can schedule backups, in which case you can set up a number in the Backup to keep the field; 0 means keep all backups, and any number greater than 0 would keep that many backups. For example, if you enter 2 then the 2 latest backups would be kept.
The Progress Display field is used to set the kind of progress bar you want while the backup or restore is taking place, it can also be set to None (in which case you will not see a progress bar).
Next click on File Selection and make sure the below options are checked. Enable the Profiles option only if you have multiple profiles set up in Kodi.
If you want to schedule automated backups, you can do so by using the Scheduling section.
Once you are through with the above steps, click on Ok.
Step 6 – Backup
Next, click on Backup and if you have set the Progress Display as Progress Bar you will see the backup progress. Once the backup is complete the Progress Bar will disappear. You can cancel anytime you want to using the Cancel button.
You can now access your backup zip file in the folder you selected or your Dropbox or Google Drive. Backups are named in YYYYMMDDHHmm format.
That’s it peeps, you have successfully created a backup of your Kodi addons. Let us know what you think about our Backup Kodi addons tutorial via the comments below.
How to Restore Kodi Addons Without Indigo
If you are looking to restore a backup on a fresh Kodi installation follow the steps used above in the below order.
- Step 1
- Step 2
- Step 3
- Step 4
- In Step 5, follow only to set up the remote path. This is the location where you have the backup zip file. If you are using Google Drive or Dropbox use the same account that was used for creating the backup.
- In Step 6, select Restore and you will see a popup window with the zip file name if the path you selected in Step 5 is correct. Select the file and wait for the restore process to finish.
- Reboot Kodi and you should be good to go.
Kodi backup and restore Video tutorial: