What to Do When Exodus Is Not Working

Screenshot of Fix Your Exodus Problems In Kodi

Despite being an add-on, Exodus is a fairly complex Python application piggybacking on top of Kodi. Like any other application, Exodus will encounter problems and need occasional maintenance. So what can you do when Exodus is not working?

Most problems can be fixed fairly simply, but there are occasions in which more drastic measures are required. Exodus isn't an official product of even an organized open source project, and as such, it can be volatile. You should be ready to consider different repositories or alternative add-ons, just in case.

Before you get to that point, though, walk through these potential fixes to get Exodus back running.

Exodus Not Working on Kodi? Clear the Cache

The simplest thing that you can try in the process of fixing errors in Exodus is clearing out the add-on's own cache. Exodus caches streams, and that pool of streams it draws from changes. If Exodus tries to load a stream from a cache that's no longer available, it will fail. Clearing the cache avoids this problem.

  1. Browse to the Add-ons tab in Kodi.

  2. From there, go to My Add-ons > Video Add-ons > Exodus.

  3. Select the Tools option under Exodus.

  4. Scroll down, then select Clear cache.

    Screenshot of Clear Exodus Cache
  5. Kodi will ask if you're sure. Once you confirm, Exodus will clear out the cache.

Exodus or Kodi Not Working? Clear Kodi's Cache and Temp Files

Occasionally, you'll need to go beyond Exodus itself and clear out the temporary files and cache in Kodi itself. Unfortunately, there isn't an easy way to do that without the help of another plugin. The good news is, that add-on is available in the Kodi Bae repository you should have added when installing Exodus.

  1. Head back to your Add-ons tab.

  2. Select Downloads.

  3. Select the Program Add-ons square.

  4. Scroll through the gigantic alphabetical list to find Merlin Wizard. Select it, then select the install button at the lower right corner of the screen.

    Screenshot of Install Merlin Wizard
  5. Open Merlin Wizard. You'll notice an animation, and the Kodi UI will shift. That's the Merlin UI, and it does look a bit strange, but you're not here for the UI.

    Screenshot of Merlin Wizard For Kodi
  6. Select the Tool Box at the top of the screen. The UI will shift to the Merlin toolbox.

  7. Look to the bottom right of the screen. Under the House Keeping section, select all three Clear Cache, Delete Packages, and Delete Thumbnails. The thumbnails will restart Kodi, so do that last.

    Screenshot of Clear Cache With Merlin
  8. When Kodi comes back up, your cache will be cleared.

Exodus Streaming Issues? Adjust Your Timeout Settings

  1. Return to Exodus. Select the Tools listing again.

  2. Select the General settings at the top, which will open a new control panel window.

  3. Towards the top, you'll see a slider labeled Providers Timeout. Slide that down from 60 to around 30.

    Screenshot of Exodus General Settings
  4. The reduced timeout setting will stop Exodus from waiting around for a provider. If a provider is slow, Exodus will just drop it and move on to a different source.

Is Exodus Down? Ensure You're Connected Through Your VPN

It really shouldn't come as any surprise that the film and television industries hate Kodi and Exodus. Exodus provides its content for free, and those industries see that as a direct threat.

As a result of all this, there has been a concerted effort to shut down streaming add-ons like Kodi. ISPs will send you DMCA notices, throttle your speed, or even block content from Exodus entirely.

There is a clear way to avoid these problems with a good VPN. Make sure whichever device you're using to for Exodus streaming is connected to the Internet through a VPN. That VPN connection should be strong, and it shouldn't be leaking. There are a couple of ways to ensure both of those things.

  • Check that your VPN connection is strong. When you start, pick a server that doesn't have a ton of other traffic. It's also a better idea to pick a server that's relatively near your actual location. Test your VPN connection with a regular internet speed test.
  • If your VPN is leaking data about your connection, you can still run into consequences from your ISP. Make sure it's not leaking DNS information by performing a leak test. Implement a VPN kill switch to ensure no data can leak and your Internet connection is dependent on your VPN.

Look For An Exodus Update

When a Kodi add-on breaks, there's probably an update available. Broken add-ons are usually a good indication you're due for an update.

  1. Navigate to your Add-ons tab.

  2. From there, go to Video Add-ons > Exodus. This will bring up the Exodus add-on page.

  3. At the bottom, select the button to check for an update.

    Screenshot of Exodus Available Updates
  4. A window will open to show you available updates. Select the latest one and install it.

Reinstall Exodus

If all else fails, consider reinstalling Exodus. This isn't super ideal, and it's not always going to work, but it's worth a shot as a last resort.

In the same Exodus add-on page you arrived at during the last section, select the Uninstall button at the bottom right corner. This will uninstall Exodus completely from Kodi. Navigate to the Exodus add-on page again, then select the Install button.

Look for a New Repository or Switch Add-Ons

Finally, you might just need to move on. There's always a chance that Exodus will be dropped and unmaintained again. There's also a chance a different repository will become the primary home or best place to get Exodus. There's no way to predict that, but it's worth checking into with some web searches before you jump ship.

Furthermore, there are other add-ons. You don't need to strictly stick with Exodus. The Kodi landscape is in no way static, and you'll find add-ons rise and fall. Check out alternatives like Covenant, Genesis, or Neptune Rising.

Whatever may come in Kodi's future, you'll be sure to find either a new iteration of Exodus or the latest leader in the streaming space. Obviously, it's always best to escalate through these stages. Try the simplest and least destructive methods first, then move on to the more drastic options. In any case, you should always be able to solve your Kodi problems and get back to streaming.