Sandman is a known name in the world of Kodi and now it brings to you a decent inventory of various Kodi builds. Most of the Sandman Kodi builds are light in size and hence offer great performance on most devices, including the ones with moderate or low-specs. I have tried their builds and was convinced that they must be the part of our Best Kodi Builds catalog.
I will take you through the complete set of steps to install the Sandman Builds on Kodi. These builds are similar on many levels, but also offer unique experience through distinct interfaces, addon library and to some extent performance. I will focus on the Vengeance Kodi build here for the demonstration purposes. But, you may install any build you like. Let’s get started!
How to Install Sandman Builds on Kodi
Installing a build is usually a multi-part process. Sandman Kodi Builds installation process includes five parts as follows:
- Enable Unknown Sources
- Add the Sandman source URL to Kodi
- Install the Sandman Media Repo
- Install the Sandman Media Wizard
- Install one of the Sandman builds
Let me take you through each part in the order laid out above.
Part 1: Enable Unknown Sources
This is the part where you tweak Kodi settings to allow the installation of third-party builds like Sandman Kodi builds.
#1: Click the Settings icon on the home-screen of Kodi
#2: Open the option System settings
#3: Click the item Add-ons (it is on the left menu)
#4: While staying on the same window (with Add-ons selected), enable or switch on the Unknown Sources
#5: Click Yes when prompted
Unknown Sources is now enabled.
Part 2: Add the Sandman Source URL to Kodi
In this part, you will supply Kodi with the path to the source from where Sandman Media repo will be installed
#6: Open the Kodi Settings again from its home-screen
#7: Now open the option File manager
#8: Go ahead and open the item Add source on either side of the next Kodi window
#9: You must now see this new window. Click where you see
#10: Now type the URL or path in the field on the top. When you are done, click OK.
Here is the URL: repo.entersandman.xyz
#11: You must now give a name to the URL/path you just added. Give it a name you like.
I am naming it sandman
You have successfully added the source for Sandman Kodi builds
Part 3: Install the Sandman Media Repo
In this part, you will install the repository from the added source
#12: Press the back or escape button/key on your device and head back to the Kodi home-screen
#13: Click Add-ons
#14: Open the item Package installer. You will find this item in the top-left corner of this screen. Remember that it is like an open box
#15: Now choose Install from zip file
#16: You should now see the source name you added earlier on this window. Click it.
For instance, I am clicking sandman, the name I chose
#17: Now click and open the file named repository.sm-2.1.zip
Note: In the event, you notice a different version number of the zip file, go ahead and open it anyway
#18: Wait for the alert saying Sandman Media Repo Add-on installed to appear on the top-right. It won’t take long
You have successfully installed the Sandman Media Repo
Part 4: Install the Sandman Media Wizard
We now install the addon called Sandman Media Wizard. This addon hosts all the Sandman Kodi builds
#19: (Continuing from Step 18 above) Click Install from repository
#20: Click Sandman Media Repo
#21: Open Program add-ons
#22: Click Sandman Media Wizard
#23: Click Install
#24: Now wait for the Sandman Media Wizard Add-on installed notification. This usually takes 2-3 minutes
#25: Click Dismiss on this popup (it will appear within a few seconds after the Wizard is installed)
#27: You will see another popup. Click Continue
Note: You may select any settings you want to change before clicking Continue
#28: Click Ignore
Note: In the next part, you will see how to access the Build Menu from the Kodi home-screen
Note 2: The above popups usually reappear after you get rid of them. Click the same options again.
Sandman Media Wizard has thus been installed.
Part 5: Install a Sandman Kodi Build
This is the part where we finally install one of the Sandman Kodi builds. Keep reading!
#29: Go to the home-screen of Kodi. Click Add-ons
#30: Click Program addons
#31: Click the Sandman Media Wizard
#32: Click (SANDMAN MEDIA) Builds
#34: Click Fresh Install
Note: The reason why I choose Fresh Install is that it will reset Kodi on your device to the factory defaults. This is the best way to install any build.
#35: When prompted, click Continue to allow the Wizard to reset Kodi to its default state
#36: Now simply wait for the build to download. It will first download the files and later install automatically
Note: The download size is approximately 199 MB, but the build will unpack and take nearly 256 MB data
#37: When the Sandman Kodi build has been installed, click Force Close
Note: There is no need to click Reload Profile as will eventually only crash Kodi (in a way Force Close it)
Great! You have successfully installed the Vengeance Sandman Kodi Build on your device.
An Overview of Sandman Kodi Builds
This is the home screen of the Vengeance build
The menu and submenu bars are aligned to the top edge of the screen. And, when you select a media item in the menu, corresponding video options are displayed on the bottom. As you see, I have selected Movies and the list of the featured movies appears around the bottom.
Vengeance is smooth, lightweight build. But, if you are running it for the first time, make sure you give it enough time to update the addons. Vengeance build’s addon library is not that great. Yet, you will find enough addons to stream your favorite movies and shows. Live TV is a challenge. If you are lucky, you will stumble upon an addon that streams live channels. But, none of them are consistent.
Let’s dig a little into the Vendetta build.
Vendetta Kodi build from Sandman inventory looks better as far as the addons are concerned. It looks a little dramatic, but has a good line-up of addons with Redemption, The Magic Dragon, Maverick TV, Numbers, and more.
Sandman Media Wizard has a decent line-up of Kodi builds including Vengeance, Vendetta, Hellboy, Survival, Red Dead Redemption and more.
The builds are generally lightweight and thus offer satisfactory performance. Stability is a little concern as both the builds I tested recently – Vengeance and Vendetta – crashed at least once.
If you are looking for on-demand movies and shows, the builds are just fine. For Live TV, it would be a good idea to install some addons separately.
All in all, Sandman Kodi Builds are worth a try.
In this tutorial, you learned how to install the Sandman Kodi Builds. This repository has a bunch of decent Kodi builds for your entertainment pleasures. I have mentioned Vengeance and Vendetta builds here, but please feel free to try other builds too. In fact, I would love to hear your feedback on the builds. Please take some time out and let me know what do you think about these builds from Sandman via the comments section below.
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