Even though there are many automatic installers for plugins and scripts we only describe the manual installation here.

Direct install via Kodi

This is the most preferred way of installing Retrospect within Kodi. With this method, the Retrospect add-on repository is installed directly from within Kodi with the need for FTP, SSH or ADB access. The following video shows you how to do this:

  1. Go to the Kodi File Manager
  2. Add a new source pointing to http://www.rieter.net/install and name it Retrospect Installation
  3. Go back to the home screen and navigate to the Kodi Add-on manager under Settings, Add-ons
  4. Select Install from zip file
  5. In the listing you will see the Retrospect Installation source. Select it and select the .zip file that is present there called net.rieter.xot.repository-<version>.zip
  6. Kodi will now install the Retrospect repository
  7. After the installation is complete go to Get Addons and select the Retrospect Add-ons. There you will find “Retrospect” under Video Add-ons.
  8. Select it and then click Install. This will download Retrospect and install it.

If all went well, Retrospect should appear under the System -> Addons -> Enabled Addons -> Video Add-ons. It will show up within Kodi under Videos -> Video Add-ons.

Install Retrospect in Kodi

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In order to install Retrospect as an addon you need to install the Retrospect repository.

The following needs to be done once to make the repository available in Kodi:

  1. Download the Retrospect repository (not Retrospect itself) from the download page
  2. If your Kodi is on another system, upload the ZIP file to your Kodi system
  3. Start Kodi and go to System -> Settings -> Add-ons
  4. Select the Install from a zip file option
  5. Browse to the location of the repository zip file and select it
  6. After the installation is complete go to Get Addons and select the Retrospect Add-ons. There you will find “Retrospect” under Video Add-ons.
  7. Select it and then click Install. This will download Retrospect and install it.

If all went well, Retrospect should appear under the System -> Addons -> Enabled Addons -> Video Add-ons. It will show up within Kodi under Videos -> Video Add-ons.

Install Retrospect in XBMC4Xbox

Install Retrospect as plugin

Download the most recent version of the Retrospect zip file (Not the repository). Extract the contents of the Retrospect archives in your Kodi plugins/video/ folder. The location can be found here:

/plugins/video/

Adding plugins sources in Kodi GUI

Plugin sources can automatically be added from within Kodi via the “Add Source” command accessible from the root folder of “Videos”, “Music”, “Pictures”, and “Programs” section of Kodi. The actual file that is invoked by Kodi is “plugins\default.py” (this “default.py” file must be present for the plugin to show up in “Add Source” the dialog).
Plugins will show up automatically in Library Mode.

You may also use “Video Plugins”, in the video window root folder to view the plugins present in the Kodi video plugins folder, and the respective links in the music and pictures windows.

  1. Start Kodi
  2. Go into the “Video” section if you like to add a video-plugin, the “Music” section if you like to add a music-plugin, etc. In this example we chosen to install a video-plugin.
  3. Select “Add Source”
  4. Select “Browse”
  5. Select “VideoPlugins”
  6. Select the video plugin you want to add from the list and press enter.
  7. Select “OK”
  8. Select “OK”

Your installed plugin will now be displayed in the list of available sources.

Common user errors when trying to add a plugin

Do not try to add a plugin as a normal file by browsing your harddrive for the plugins folder. Instead, after choosing “Add Source“, select {Video|Music} Plugins and then the plugin you want to add as a source.

More info

Most of this information is taken from the Kodi Wiki page. More details can be found in the following Kodi wiki pages: