Venom build has gained popularity in 2019 as being a super-fast cut-down version fork of Exodus. A great build for those using the Amazon Fire Stick or another low RAM device that needs cut down add ons to work optimally.
What is Kodi?
Kodi was first released in 2002, as a free piece of software put together by hobbyist coders to allow media to be played on the original Xbox. Since then the software has been downloaded tens of millions of times and has become one of the most popular all in one piece of media software.
Kodi has become popular because it can play almost any type of media file and has a ten-foot user interface which allows any add on or build to be resized for TV effectively and enable interaction with a regular remote control.
Kodi is completely legal but also features an unofficial library of thousands of add ons which allow users to access the latest music, films, TV shows and live TV for free.
What is an Add On?
A Kodi add on is an additional application that gives you added functionality. These add ons serve a specific function like accessing movies and tv shows, live TV or streaming music.
There are thousands of add ons available through Kodi’s unofficial library and if you can think of a type of media you want to access, there’s an add on for it.
You can search and install add ons directly through your Kodi application.
What is Venom?
Venom is a fork of the Exodus add on. It’s gained popularity for being snappy, regularly updated and has a wide range of features.
- Quick to load and search
- Easy to navigate menu
- TV Shows and Films
- Music TV and Videos
- Fringe TV
- Recommended section
- Real Debrid compatible
- Trakt.TV integrated
- Live TV Channels
- Access to Open Scrapers scraper set to help find the best links
- Cached torrents are supported
- Up next function
- Kids TV
- Additional features have been cut to reduce bloat
How to Install Venom
Use the following steps to get Venom up and running on your Kodi application. We always recommend that you have a working VPN prior to running Kodi or many of the add ons may not work without it
- Open up Kodi and click on the gear icon in the top left-hand corner
- Click on System
- Turn on the toggle next to Unknown sources
- Go back to the previous screen and click on File Manager
- Click add source
- Click “Add None”
- You should see pop up screen which says “Enter the paths or browse for the media locations” In the URL bar type the following exactly: https://123venom.github.io/ (Sometimes URL’s change to mirror sites if they are blocked, you can find the newest mirror site by typing in the URL we have given + “mirror site”
- Give the source a recognizable name like Venom, as you will need it later
- Click on Add ons then install from .zip file
- Click on your Venom file and it will run through the installation process
- Now click on install file from repository
- Click the Venom Repository then click video add ons
- Click install and you can also install any additional add ons
- You can now go back to the original home screen and when you click add ons you should see the Venom icon
How to Install Venom on Kodi with Screenshots
- From the home screen, select the cogwheel at the upper left.
2. Select System in the bottom right corner.
3. Select Add-ons on the left side of the screen.
4. Select Unknown sources.
5. Click Yes to allow unknown sources.
6. Select File manager.
7. Click Add source.
8. Click on <None>.
9. Type exactly: https://123venom.github.io/
10. Click on OK.
11. Select enter a name for this media source.
12. Name is Venom (this part isn’t critical as long as you remember the name).
13. Click on OK.
14. Click on OK.
15. Take one step back and click on Add-ons.
16. Select install from zip file.
17. Click on Venom (or whatever you named the source).
18. Click on repository.venom-1.6.zip
19. Select on Install from repository.
20. Click on Venom Repo.
21. Pick Video add-ons.
22. Select Venom again.
23. Click on Install.
24. Select OK after reviewing the add-ons that will be installed.
25. You should see a popup in the upper right corner saying Venom has installed. There will actually be multiple popups for the various components.
26. Click on Open to start the Venom add-on.
Is it Safe to Use?
Venom is still relatively new but has gained popularity quickly, which is generally a good sign that the add on is safe and stable.
We always recommend that you install it only from the official library rather than a third-party server or library. There have been plenty of stories of add ons which are then adapted with malware or viruses.
If you are unsure of the source of your download, scan it first with a program like Malwarebytes.
Is it Legal or Grey?
Venom is in a grey area. A lot of add ons avoid being banned entirely because they act as a platform between users and torrent platforms. They don’t host the content themselves.
Having said if you are using Venom you do so knowing full well that most of the content you watch won’t have been distributed legally.
Should I Use This App With a VPN?
You should always use Venom with a VPN. Without it you may find that Venom and in fact many other popular add ons just won’t work.
Kodi add ons are high on the target list for large media companies and Internet Service Providers. Their IP’s will be blocked, and if you try to connect to them from an unencrypted request you won’t be able to access their content.
A Virtual Private Network works by encrypting your requests from your device through your ISP and to your VPN’s DNS Server. Your ISP would normally be able to see where your traffic is going to. But once encrypted by your VPN using unbreakable 256-bit AES encryption, all they can see is your traffics endpoint at the VPN’s DNS server.
If your ISP can’t tell where your traffic is going, then they have no ground to block it. Your data just looks like normal secured data packets.
A VPN allows you to maintain anonymity and privacy online and gives you the freedom to watch restricted content.
Is it Free?
When Was It Released?
Venom was released in 2019
There are so many good add ons out there, many of which are older than Venom and still stable like:
- Destiny of Deathstar
- Exodus Redux
- 7 of 9
Add ons do have a habit of going down for periods of time, so we recommend you have a few installed so you always have a contingency plan.
Venom is a really nice add on which is lightweight and snappy. The developers have really concentrated on making it as responsive as possible and cutting out bloated features which can slow down your user experience.
Venom is a great add on for those who want to keep it simple and just use the basics. You can also download additional features. You can also increase its functionality by synchronizing it with your Real Debrid account which allows you to access high-quality streams.