How to Fix 'Failed to Install a Dependency' Error on Kodi in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 27 Oct 2022

Introduction

Addons have to be one of the best features Kodi has in its toolkit. Addons fetch streaming links from multiple host servers and let you stream your favorite movies, TV serials, and dramas online. Without them, Kodi might not be as popular as it currently is.

One thing most people don’t know about these addons is that they don’t function on their own. Instead, they rely on what users call ‘dependencies’. As a result, when these dependencies fail to install, you’ll get the error ‘failed to install a dependency’.

When this error shows up on the screen, it means that the addon has failed to install. This, in turn, means you can’t enjoy the perks that particular addon has to offer. That’s why we’ve come up with this step-by-step guide to help you fix this error.

Solutions for 'Failed to Install a Dependency' Error on Kodi

There are multiple reasons why this error might have popped up on your screen. All of them cannot be resolved with a single solution. That’s why we’re going to provide you with multiple solutions. Apply all of them one by one, and we’re confident you’d be able to fix this error.

Let’s explore all the solutions:

Clear Kodi's Cache

The cache is a short-term memory for an app. It stores the frequently used information and helps you navigate faster when using the app. Clearing Kodi’s cache will free up this temporary memory and boost the media player’s speed. Hopefully, it will also fix the ‘Failed to install a Dependency’ error.

Follow these steps to clear Kodi’s cache:

  • Open Firestick Settings.Amazon Firestick Settings menu with Settings icon highlighted
  • Click on Applications.Firestick gallery, Application menu highlighted
  • Select Manage Installed Applications

Manage Installed Application window

  • Scroll down and find Kodi.
  • Open Kodi, and scroll down.Manage Installed Application window KODI highlighted
  • Select Clear Cache.Kodi screen, clear cache highlighted

To clear the cache in Kodi, you will require a tool called Ares Wizard. If Ares Wizard isn’t already installed, you can easily install it in 4-5 minutes. Keep in mind that Ares Wizard is a third-party addon. You cannot download it. Instead, you’d have to sideload it. 

After installing Ares Wizard, follow these steps to clear Kodi’s cache:

  1. Launch Ares Wizard. Ares Wizard can be found in Program addons under the addons category on Kodi’s home screen. 
  2. On the wizard’s home screen, you will see the Maintenance tab. This tab can be found at the top.
  3. On the right side, you will see the Cache section. Click on ‘Delete Cache/Temp‘ to clear the cache.
  4. The following prompt will appear when you’ve cleared the cache; click on OK to proceed.

Clearing cache often will optimize the Kodi app. When you use Kodi for a long time and have many addons, the size of the cache will continue to grow, slowing down the app. Therefore, it’s recommended that you clear your Kodi app’s cache every once in a while.

Clear Kodi's Data

If clearing your cache hasn’t fixed the ‘failed to install dependency’ error, then it might be time to clear your Kodi data. The other solution requires you to delete Kodi and then reinstall it.

Given how drastic the alternative option is, we suggest you don’t apply it before exhausting all the other possible scenarios. One of which is cleaning the media player’s data. 

 Follow these steps to clear Kodi’s data:

  • Open Firestick Settings.Amazon Firestick Settings menu with Settings icon highlighted
  • Click and open Applications.Firestick gallery, Application menu highlighted
  • Click on Manage Installed ApplicationsManage Installed Application window
  • Scroll down and find Kodi.
  • Open Kodi, and scroll down.Manage Installed Application window KODI highlighted
  • Click on Clear Data.
  • Another menu will open; click on Clear Data.Kodi app screen Clear data highlighted

Restart Kodi and reinstall the addons you require.

Remove and Reinstate Kodi's Database

Kodi’s database contains many things. When it gets corrupted, you start getting all sorts of errors, one of which is the ‘Failed to Install a Dependency’ error. Removing and reinstating Kodi’s database might help you get rid of this error. 

 Follow these steps to remove and reinstate Kodi’s database:

  • Launch Kodi and open Settings.Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  • Click and open File Manager.Kodi File Manager in settings
  • Select Profile Directory.Kodi File Manager Profile Directory
  • Select and open Database.Kodi File Manager screen Database highlighted
  • From the list, select ‘Addons27.db’ and open the pop-up menu. Click on Delete and proceed.Kodi File Manager screen Addons27.db highlighted
  • Kodi File Manager screen Addons27.db pop-up Delete highlightedA prompt will appear; click on Yes to continue.
  • Kodi Addons27.db pop-up delete confirmation pop-upThe next step is to close Kodi and wait for a few minutes. After waiting, restart Kodi and try to install the addon you were trying to install earlier.

You will need to enable your addons again when you’ve cleared the database. You can do that by going to Add-ons> My Add-ons and enabling them from here.

Installing Dependencies Manually

Applied all the abovementioned solutions but the error still appears? It’s time you go for our favorite solution—the one which requires you to install dependencies from the TVAddons repository. Keep in mind that this is the final solution. Go for it only after you’ve exhausted all other avenues. 

Let’s see how we can manually install dependencies.

  • Launch Kodi and open Settings. Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  • Select System from the settings menu. Kodi System option in settings
  • Click on addons.

Afterward, from the right-side menu, toggle Unknown Sources on.

  • Under Settings/System category, choosing Add-ons shows Unknown sources with an on-off slider buttonA warning prompt will appear; select Yes.Warning Pop-Up
  • Head back to Kodi’s settings and click on File Manager.File Manager Option
  • Select Add Source.In Kodi File Manager, Add source appears as an option
  • A smaller window will open; click on <None>.Kodi Addon None highlighted
  • Another window will open. In the URL bar, type this URL: http://fusion.tvaddons.co. Make sure to type the URL correctly, as any mistakes will prevent you from adding the source. Adding URL fusion.tvaddons.co in Kodi add source window

Select OK to continue.

  • Add a name for the source you added by typing a name in the field for ‘Enter a name for this media source’. Any name would work, and we are naming it tvaddon. Click on OK to continue.Naming URL fusion.tvaddons.co in Kodi add source window
  • From the Settings, select Add-ons.System menu and then click on Add-ons
  • Click on Install from zip file.Kodi install from zip file
  • Search for the name you gave the source earlier and click on it. In our case, it is tvaddon.Kodi Addon screen Install from Zip file tvaddon highlighted
  • Select ‘Kodi-repos.’Kodi Addon screen Install from Zip file Kodi-repos highlighted
  • Choose English.Kodi Addon screen Install from Zip file English highlighted
  • You will see a list. Scroll to find ‘repository.xbmchug-3.0.0.zip.’Kodi Addon screen Install from Zip file repository.xbmchug-3.0.0.zip highlighted
  • An installation confirmation notification ‘TV addons Co repo installed’ will appear on the top right corner; wait for it to appear.

Installation confirmation notification 'TV addons Co repo installed'If you need to install more dependencies, here’s how you can do it:

  • From the addons menu, select Install from zip.
  • Select tvaddons (or the name you gave the source earlier) and open Kodi ScriptsKodi Addon screen Install from Zip file Kodi-scripts highlighted
  • There will be two zip files here; they will contain names Metahandler and Urlresolver.Kodi Addon screen Install from Zip file Kodi-scripts Metahandler and Urlresolver highlighted
  • One by one, install both the scripts.

All the necessary dependencies have been installed, and you should be able to install the addon you were trying to install earlier. 

Error: Kodi Dependencies Not Met

Another common error you might get while installing an addon in Kodi is ‘Kodi Dependencies Not Met’. Since this is a standard error, it only made sense to include it in this article. 

This error might appear when you try to use a Kodi addon that has been updated for Kodi’s latest version on one of the media player’s older versions. For instance, you’ll get the ‘Kodi Dependencies Not Met’ error if you try to install an addon updated for the Kodi 19 Matrix version on Kodi 18 Leia.

If you’re seeing this error on your Kodi’s home screen, the solution is pretty simple. Just update Kodi to the latest version. This means deleting the Kodi app you’re currently using and reinstalling it. This means losing all your settings, bookmarks, builds, and addons. You’d have to reinstall everything. 

Here are other ways you can fix ‘Kodi Dependencies Not Met‘ error:

Checking Kodi's Log File

If nothing seems to work and you are still facing errors, we suggest checking the Kodi error log file. This will help you in determining what is causing the error. Once you have determined the root cause of the problem, you’d be able to find a solution.

Kodi’s log file is a simple text file and can be accessed via other devices, such as Windows PC, Mac PC, Firestick devices, or Android devices. Given that it is a simple text file, you will have to manually go through it and search for the error log. Most probably, it will be at the end of the log file. 

You can also upload the log file and ask for help online. Alternatively, you can find the error log on your own and then consult Kodi users for a solution. Either way, you’d have to install addons to access Kodi’s log file. As long as you haven’t installed the addons, you won’t be able to open the log file.

How to check the Kodi log file on Firestick?

To check Kodi’s log file on Firestick devices, you need to use a File Manager app. Kodi’s log file is saved on the Firestick storage and can be accessed via a file manager app. Follow these steps to download the ES File Manager app to check your Kodi’s log file:

  1. Go to your Firestick home screen and select Find and then Search. Find Search
  1. Search for ES File Explorer.Search window in downloader app loading ES File Explorer app
  2. Download it and wait for the installation to finish.
  3. Now from your Apps collection, select and launch ES File Explorer
  4. Open the Settings of ES File Explorer.Settings of ES File Explorer
  5. Select and open Display Settings.ES File Explorer app setting Display setting highlighted
  6. Scroll down till you find the option Show hidden files. Check the box next to it to enable it.ES File Explorer app display setting, Show hidden files highlighted
  7. Return to the ES File Explorer home screen, choose the local option, and expand it.ES File Explorer app Local, Home, Download highlighted
  8. Select the Second Home option (there will be two Home options) from the expanded list.
  9. From the right-side menu, open the Android folder.ES File Explorer app Android folder highlighted
  10. Click open a series of folders inside the Android folder, follow this path data > org.xbmc.kodi > files >  temp here you will find Kodi.log File.ES File Explorer app Android folder kodi.log file highlighted

Once you’ve accessed the log file, patiently go through it and try to find the cause of the error. If you can’t seem to pinpoint the error, feel free to get in touch.

Wait! Read This Before You Start Streaming on Kodi

Kodi is a unique media player, letting you stream high-quality video content for free. It lets you install as many addons as you want, and these addons will search the web to find HD streaming links for you. You can then use these links to stream your favorite movies and TV shows

However, while Kodi isn’t illegal, you might get in hot waters with your government if you’re found streaming copyrighted content on this media player. Most people think this cannot happen to them, but the reality is often different.  

Your internet browsing activity, whatever you search, watch, play or buy, is often monitored by your ISP and the government in the name of cyber security. This means that your ISP and government regularly keep a log of all of your online data without your consent.

Worse, while the government only keeps a watchful eye on your online data, your internet service provider sells your data to advertisement companies. These companies then use your data to show you relevant ads whenever you’re browsing the internet. 

That is why we suggest that you use ExpressVPN whenever you stream your favorite content on Kodi. As explained in our ExpressVPN review, this virtual private network has what it takes to shield your data from your ISP as well as your government. 

ExpressVPN is a subscription-based VPN, meaning you will have to buy a subscription to use it. However, given that it comes with a 30-day moneyback guarantee, you can easily claim a refund if you’re unsatisfied with its services (the chances of which happening are pretty slim).

Setting up ExpressVPN on your Amazon Firestick Devices is easy, and all you need to do is buy a subscription using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Please note that you can’t make an account or buy a subscription for ExpressVPN on your Firestick device. Make sure to do that on one of your other devices before installing ExpressVPN on your Firestick.

How to Setup ExpressVPN?

Follow these steps to setup ExpressVPN on your Firestick:

  1. Go to the ExpressVPN website and make an account. ExpressVPN gives you three packages – choose the one that meets your requirements the best. Once you’ve selected the package that best meets your needs, follow the steps given on the website to make your ExpressVPN account.Screenshot of ExpressVPN signup page with subscription plans and payment options
  2. Go to your Firestick’s home screen, select Find and Search.Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  3. Type ‘ExpressVPN‘ and press enter.
  4. Select the ExpressVPN icon from the search results. Start the download and wait until it’s complete.ExpressVPN installation option on Firestick
  5. Once the download is complete, sign in to ExpressVPN by entering your login details (email and password)Sign In option on ExpressVPN  
  6. The only thing left to do now is connect to a server location. You will see the connecting symbol on the screen. Click on it and let the VPN automatically connect you to a reliable server location.ExpressVPN home screen with Connect button highlighted
  7. ExpressVPN is installed and set up. You can start browsing freely.ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlighted

We also recommend you start using the same ExpressVPN account on your personal computer, laptop, and handheld devices such as tablets and smartphones.

Conclusion

Kodi addons rely on dependencies to fetch streaming links for you. Failure to install a dependency can result in various errors, one of which is the “Failed to Install a Dependency’ error. This error is highly frustrating as it prevents you from installing your favorite addon on Kodi. If you’re facing this error, fix it by applying the solutions given above.