How to Fix ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ Error on Kodi

Seeing a ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error message on Kodi when installing an add-on or build?

Kodi is a powerful media player capable of playing media files on your local storage and streaming content online. The app also supports third-party add-ons, which fetch video streams from any source and play it on your device. 

However, not all add-ons are stable, and some of them may cause you some issues during installation. 

If you’re here, you probably see a ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error on Kodi. 

Based on what we know, this issue is caused by missing dependencies, corrupted files, broken database, or improper device configuration. When this error message occurs, you won’t be able to install your favorite add-ons on Kodi. 

Fortunately, you’ve come to the right place. 

Today, we will show you what to do if you see a ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error message on Kodi. 

Let’s get started!

1. Check Other Add-Ons. 

Before changing your system configuration, we suggest that you identify first where the problem is coming from. You can do this by installing other add-ons on Kodi to check if the issue is isolated on one add-on or your entire system. 

If you can install other add-ons without problems, this means that the add-on you’re trying to install initially is either broken or requires additional dependencies. 

Proceed to the next method below to start troubleshooting the error message. 

2. Clear Kodi Cache. 

If you keep running into an error message while installing an add-on, it may indicate that there’s something wrong with Kodi’s cache. To rule this out, we suggest clearing your app cache to ensure there is no broken or corrupted data. 

For Windows computers, see the steps below to clear Kodi’s cache: 

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows + R keys to access the Run Command
  2. After that, type ‘%temp%’ and hit Enter to open the folder. 
  3. Finally, select all the files inside the folder and delete them. 
Clear Kodi Cache Windows

On Android devices, here’s how you can clear Kodi’s cache: 

  1. First, locate Kodi from your app drawer. 
  2. Next, press and hold its app icon to access the selection menu. 
  3. After that, tap on App Info and open the Storage & Cache tab. 
  4. Lastly, tap the Clear Cache button. 
Clear Kodi Cache Android

If you are using a Firestick device, go to your device’s Settings and click on App > Kodi > Clear Cache

Try installing your add-ons again to check if the problem is solved. 

3. Rebuild Your Database. 

There are instances when Kodi’s database becomes corrupted due to bugs and glitches on the platform. When this happens, you may experience difficulties installing new add-ons and builds on the app. 

To fix this, follow the steps below to rebuild Kodi’s database: 

  1. On Kodi, access the Settings and click on File Manager
  2. After that, go to Profile Directory and open the Database folder. 
  3. Finally, locate the Addons(number).db file and delete it. 
Failed to Install Dependency error on Kodi

Once done, restart Kodi and try installing your add-ons to see if the ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error still occurs. 

4. Manually Install Dependency. 

If you still see the ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error on Kodi, we recommend installing the required dependencies manually on your device. 

Here’s how you can do this: 

  1. Launch Kodi on your device and access the Settings
  2. Next, go to the File Manager and select Add Source
Failed to Install Dependency error on Kodi
  1. After that, click on <NONE> and type ‘’.
  2. Provide a name for this new source and hit OK
Failed to Install Dependency error on Kodi
  1. Go back to your home screen afterward and open the Add-ons tab. 
  2. In the upper left corner of your screen, click the Open Package button and choose Install from ZIP File
Failed to Install Dependency error on Kodi
  1. Finally, select the source you’ve added and click on Kodi-Scripts. Install all the files inside the folder to complete the process. 
Failed to Install Dependency error on Kodi

Go back to the add-on you want to install afterward and check if the problem is solved. 

That ends our guide for fixing the ‘Failed to Install Dependency’ error message on Kodi. If you have questions, please let us know in the comment section, and we’ll be glad to help. 

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  • John Sixto

    John is a staff writer at Saint and comes from a SAP ABAP development background. He has a Bachelors in IT and has been writing since 2018, with over 500 posts published. He loves to build PCs and has a deep curiosity in understanding how different components and configurations work. John spends hundreds of hours at a time, researching and testing the software and apps, before he proceeds to write about it. LinkedIn X (Twitter)

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