How to Clear Cache on Kodi

how to clear cache in Kodi

Acting as a virtual hub for both local and cloud-based multimedia, Kodi is a great tool for playing or streaming movies, music, TV shows.

Although updated often and relatively stable, Kodi is like most other software in that it can behave strangely at times and require a quick tune-up.

Whether you've noticed that videos are buffering more than usual, add-ons are running slow or you've encountered any other oddities in the way Kodi is functioning, clearing the cache can sometimes be the remedy that you need.

There is no way to clear Kodi's cache through the application's native feature set, however, so you'll need to install a third-party add-on in order to do so. While several add-ons promise this functionality, many either do not get the job done or are not readily available. 

Because of this we recommend using the Merlin Wizard to clear Kodi's cache, a free software add-on found in the SuperRepo repository. We also recommend upgrading to the latest version of Kodi beforehand, if you have not already done so.

Install SuperRepo Repository

In order to download the Merlin Wizard software you'll first need to install the SuperRepo repository. SuperRepo is one of the largest virtual depots for Kodi add-ons, containing thousands of third-party programs.

  1. Launch the Kodi application.

  2. Select the System Settings icon, represented by a gear icon and located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

    kodi settings icon
  3. On the System screen, choose the File Manager option.

    kodi select file manager
  4. The File manager interface should now be displayed. Select Add source.

    kodi add source
  5. The Add file source dialog will now appear, overlaying the main Kodi window. Select <None>, located in the Enter the paths... section.

    kodi enter source path
  6. You'll now be asked to enter a path. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter the following URL: http://srp.nu

    

    kodi superrepo url
  7. Hit the OK button.

  8. Select the edit field found under the label Enter a name for this media source.

  9. Type the name SuperRepo using the on-screen keyboard, selecting the OK button once complete.

    kodi enter media source name
  10. Return to Kodi's home screen via the Esc button on your keyboard, or by pressing the appropriate button on your device's remote.

  11. Select Add-ons, located in the left menu pane.

    kodi select add-ons
  12. The Add-ons screen should now be visible. Select the Installer icon, located in the upper left-hand corner and represented by an open box.

    kodi add-on installer
  13. Choose the Install from zip file menu option.

    kodi install from zip file
  14. If installation of add-ons from unknown sources is disabled, you'll be asked to push the Settings button and enable that option. You can always return to that setting at a later time and disable it for security purposes, if you like.

  15. The Install from zip file screen should appear. Choose SuperRepo.

    kodi install from zip path
  16. A set of sub-folders should be presented. Select the following folders, in this order: krypton (or your version of Kodi) -> repositories -> superrepo.

    kodi install from zip subfolders
  17. A filename with the .zip extension will now appear. Select that file and press the OK button.

    kodi superrepo zip file
  18. A confirmation message should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen once the Superrepo repository is installed. Return to Kodi's Add-ons screen via the Esc button on your keyboard, or by pressing the appropriate button on your device's remote.

  19. The Add-ons screen should now be visible. Select the Installer icon, located in the upper left-hand corner and represented by an open box.

  20. Choose the Install from repository menu option.

    kodi install from repository
  21. A list of available repos will now be displayed. Choose SuperRepo Repositories.

    kodi superrepo repositories
  22. Select the folder labeled Add-on repository.

    kodi add-on repository
  23. Next, choose SuperRepo All from the list provided.

    kodi superrepo all
  24. The SuperRepo All profile screen should now appear. Press the Install button.

    kodi install superrepo all
  25. A confirmation message should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen once SuperRepo All is installed.

Install the Merlin Wizard Add-on

Now that the proper repositories are installed and configured, it's time to obtain the Merlin Wizard add-on.

  1. Return to Kodi's Add-ons screen via the Esc button on your keyboard, or by pressing the appropriate button on your device's remote.

  2. Select the Installer icon, located in the upper left-hand corner and represented by an open box.

  3. Choose Install from repository.

  4. A list of available repos will now be displayed. Select SuperRepo All.

    install from superrepo all repo
  5. Scroll down and choose the Program add-ons option.

    kodi program add-ons
  6. Select Merlin Wizard from the Program add-ons list.

    kodi merlin wizard
  7. The Merlin Wizard profile screen should now be visible. Press the Install button.

    kodi install merlin wizard
  8. A confirmation message should appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen once the Merlin Wizard add-on has been installed.

Clear Cache, Packages and Thumbnails

Whew! You're almost there!

  1. Return to Kodi's home screen via the Esc button on your keyboard, or by pressing the appropriate button on your device's remote.

  2. Select Add-ons, located in the left menu pane.

  3. Choose the Merlin Wizard logo, now located in the Program add-ons section.

    kodi launch merlin wizard
  4. The Merlin Wizard add-on interface should now be displayed. Press the Clear Cache button, found under the Housekeeping heading. Once complete, the word HEALTHY should appear directly below the button. It's recommended that you repeat this step for both the Delete Packages and Delete Thumbnails buttons, also located in the same section.