How to Fix ” Failed to Install a Dependency ” Error in Kodi 2018

If there is any error that’s common among almost all the Kodi users, it is – Failed to Install a Dependency. This error shows up sometimes when you are trying to install an addon. The error shows up from nowhere, suddenly while installing the addon, even if you have installed the same addon hundred times over in the past.

There could be many reasons why you run into this issue. It could be a missing file on Kodi, a corrupted file, accidentally deleted dependency file, etc. The good news is that even though this error is common, it can be easily fixed. In this guide, I am going to show you how to fix the Failed to Install a Dependency on Kodi error.

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Solutions to Fix Failed to Install a Dependency Error in Kodi

The solutions I have demonstrated in this guide have always worked for me. I see no reason why they shouldn’t for you. These solutions are applicable to all the devices on which Kodi could be used. Keep reading!

Solution 1: Restart Kodi

What appears to be oversimplified is a very effective way to resolve errors like Failed to Install a Dependency on Kodi. Rebooting an app or platform is known to have fixed plenty of issues related to digital media.

So, if you run into this error, it would be a good idea to close Kodi and reopen it. There is fair chance it will take care of the problem. And if it does resolve the issue, it will save you time, which you would otherwise spend in trying other, lengthier solutions.

Just in case restarting Kodi doesn’t work, go ahead and reboot the device on which you are using it. You will have even better chances of fixing the problem.

However, if restarting doesn’t work, I have other solutions for you.

Solution 2: Clear Kodi Cache

I have noticed that for the most part, clearing Kodi cache is a sure shot way of fixing the Failed to install a Dependency error. In fact, cache files tend to be the cause of many other Kodi related issues too. Getting rid of the cache will make your Kodi healthier.

There are two ways to clear the Kodi cache:

  • First, you can do that from within Kodi by installing the maintenance tool called Ares Wizard
  • Second, you can use the device settings

Clear Cache Using Ares Wizard

Every device has its own setting structure to delete the cache. However, Ares Wizard method is common to all the Kodi supported devices. That’s because you clear the cache from within Kodi.

Ares Wizard is a maintenance addon for Kodi and it works on all the devices. So, whether you are using Kodi on Windows, FireStick, Mac, iOS, Android, the method I am going to show you will work on all. Therefore, I prefer using Ares Wizard to clear cache over using the device settings.

Here is how you can go about it:

  • Install Ares Wizard on Kodi <<<Please interlink it with the Ares Wizard article>>>
  • From the homescreen of Kodi open Add-ons and then go to Program Addons
  • Open Ares Wizard and click the Maintenance tab on topares wizard home screen
  • Click the button Delete Cache\Temp on the right under the Cache As you can see in the image, there is 60MB of cache right nowdelete cache on ares wizard
  • Cache Deleted prompt will appear showing the number of files deleted. Click OK>

cache reset on ares wizard

  • You will now see that the Cache has been reduced to 0 MBkodi cache is reset

This is how you delete the Cache on Kodi using the Ares Wizard. Go ahead and try to install the same addon again, which was throwing the Failed to Install a Dependency error.

Clear Cache from Device Settings

If you have Ares Wizard, you don’t need to follow the long-drawn path of deleting the Cache from the device settings. However, if for some reason you can’t get Ares Wizard, here is how you can delete cache on various devices.

Amazon FireStick

  • Select Settings on the FireStick home-screen
  • Click Applications
  • Click Manage Applications
  • Scroll down and then click Kodi
  • Next, click Clear Cache

Android Devices (Mobiles & Tablets)

Open the Settings on Android and look for the option related to Apps. It could be Manage Apps or simply Apps. Click this option and then click Kodi. You will find the option to delete cache.

Android Box/Android TV

Android Box is much like Android mobile. Open Settings and go to Apps. Select Kodi and click the button that deletes the cache.

Computers (Windows PC/Mac OS/Linux)

You will need to go to the folder in which Kodi is installed and delete the temp files. But, this gets tricky and many users can’t find the folder. If you are using Kodi on a computer, I recommend using Ares Wizard instead. That would be the best way to go about clearing the cache.

Solution 3: Install the Dependency Through TVAddons Repository

When the dependence is missing or isn’t installing, you can have it reinstated by installing it again. The TVAddons Repository has all the required dependencies. When you install this repository, the Failed to Install a Dependency on Kodi error is automatically fixed. Here is how you can do that:

  1. Click Settings on the Kodi homescreen

kodi settings on firestick

  1. Click System settings

kodi system settings on firestick

  1. Select Add-ons and enable the Unknown Sources option on the right

enable unknown sources on kodi

  1. Go back to the Kodi home-screen and click Settings again
  2. Click File Manager

file manager on kodi

  1. Open Add source

add source on kodi firestick

  1. Click <None>

click none to add source

  1. Enter the following URL and click OK

tv addons path

  1. Enter the name tvaddons and click OK (or you can choose any name you want with which you would like to identify this source with a little later)

give a name to the path

  1. Press back button until you are on the Kodi homescreen again. Click Add-ons

select addons on kodi

  1. Click the open box icon on the top-left, called Package Installer

package installer on kodi

  1. Open Install from zip file

install from zip on kodi

  1. Click tvaddons

select tv addons

  1. Open Kodi-repos

select kodi repos

  1. Click English

choose english language

  1. Click the zip file (click this file even if it has a different version number when you attempt to install the TVAddons Repository)

select right repository

  1. Wait for the Add-ons installed notification to appear

addon is installed

You have successfully installed the TVAddons repository now. Try to reinstall the addon that caused the Failed to Install a Dependency on Kodi error. This is very likely to have fixed the problem.

Solution 4: Reinstate the File Addons27.db

Failed to Install a Dependency error on Kodi is also caused when this file is corrupted. You can easily fix it by reinstating the uncorrupted file. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Settings on Kodi homescreen
  2. Click File manager
  3. Open Profile Directory

go to profile directory

  1. Open Database

  1. Select the file Addons27.db

select addons27.db

  1. Right click the file if you are using Kodi on a computer. On touch devices, long tap the file. If you are using a TV device, press the options or menu button on your remote.

When this popup menu appears, click Delete

delete database to fix Failed to Install a Dependency

  1. Click Yes

delete confirmation

Now close Kodi application and restart it. This file will be reinstated. Try to install the addon again that caused the Failed to Install a Dependency error.

Solution 5: Uninstall and Reinstall Kodi (or reset Kodi Data)

I am confident that one of the above solutions would work and it wouldn’t get to the point where you must uninstall Kodi. However, this is the solution that always works without fail as you start fresh with Kodi. Therefore, you should know it.

You can either reset the Kodi data or just uninstall and reinstall this app.

Please note that resetting or uninstalling Kodi means you are going to lose all your addons and settings. You will need to reinstall your addons and configure your settings all over again. But, you can take the backup with Ares Wizard before uninstalling. I will tell you about it later.

If you want to uninstall Kodi, follow the usual method of uninstalling it from your device. Once uninstalled, reinstall it and you will fix the Failed to Install a Dependency error on Kodi.

We now talk about resetting Kodi data in detail.

Reset Kodi Data

If you want to reset the data without uninstalling, you could do that from the device Settings or even from within Kodi using Ares Wizard.

Amazon FireStick

  • Go to FireStick Home-screen > Settings
  • Go to Applications > Manager Applications
  • Click Kodi from the list of the apps
  • Click Clear Data

Android Mobile Devices

  • Open Settings
  • Open Apps or Applications (or something like that)
  • Tap Kodi
  • Tap Clear Data

Android TV & TV Boxes

  • Go to Settings
  • Click Apps
  • Click Kodi
  • Click Clear Data

Computers (Windows, Mac OS etc)

Again, it is best to use Ares Wizard if you want to reset Kodi data on a computer. Resetting Kodi on a computer otherwise is tricky.

Reset Data Using Ares Wizard

Ares Wizard lets you reset the data from within Kodi. Therefore, the method is the same for all the devices including computers. When you reset Kodi using Ares Wizard, everything is wiped out except Ares Wizard itself, which is restored. Install Ares Wizard and follow the steps below:

  1. Open Ares Wizard from Add-ons > Program Add-ons (navigate from Kodi homescreen)
  2. Click the Backup tab if you want to take the backup of the data before resetting. In the Backup tab is the Backup section from where you can select the backup destination and the data you wish to back up. Click Make Backup to back up the data

make back up on ares wizard

  1. Click the More tab on the Ares Wizard

more option on ares wizard

  1. Next, click Erase all data/Fresh Start

erase all data on kodi

  1. Confirm your action by clicking Yes

confirm fresh start

That will be all!

Wrapping Up

In this guide, we learned various methods to fix Failed to Install a Dependency on Kodi error. I have run into this error a few times and one of these solutions has always worked. I am more than confident that it will fix the issue for you as well. If you have any questions or comments, please do let me know by typing in the comments section below.