Just before we delve into installing Ares Wizard and reviewing the updates – please note the .uk and .co.uk urls have been disabled and now the only place to get the install from is the Ares Project repo. There are NO OTHER sources, please do not download from anywhere else as we cannot guarantee it hasn't been tampered with.

The Wizard must be a huge install?

Just to reassure users of the Ares Wizard – its a very light install – the zip 403.3 kilobytes and fully installed with all graphics etc is a mere 7.6 megabytes. We use a series of backend technologies to keep the install light and efficient. Yes we know trolls are claiming it adds 400Mb to installs (but they have no proof of course – please confirm your install in the comments to prove how tiny this install is!)

** Dont forget to check out the Ares APK portal add-on – easy installs of Android Kodi alternatives **

Ares APK portal <—<< install guide

APK list >>—> Ares Portal site

 

Ares Wizard Updated, Current version of this addon is 0.0.65 – first detected 2017-08-29

Critical Info – We have rejigged files and download sources to move the troublesome files to a new host. We have tested and this now works for Kodi 16 – no more SSL_Hello errors :). This is a backend update so no update required. Just install as normal.

Change Log Summary

  • 65 Sees the add-on installer fixed.
  • 64 Kodi 16.1 SSL errors fixed
  • 63 Several fixes, force Ares repo install to ensure updates.

Kodi 16.1 Poor Performance?

If you cannot update to 17/Krypton due to an old device you can use one of a few “https” patched forks or even MyGica to put 17 on your old box. The HTTPS patch will improve the chances of gaining HD links. You can get more info on forks here Which Kodi Fork For me

 

Ares Wizard Common Problems

I will cover some of common issues after this install guide, so if you have blank screens or failing to load build lists – skip to the last bit of the article for common problems.

Ares Wizard Updates

The Ares Wizard update includes a fix for the “build version notifications” – a useful popup when your build updates. In addtion, if you look under “tweaks” a new API manager has been included. This will swap keys for both YouTube and Trakt ensuring you dont have further issues with keys being banned or using up quotas.

All the usual things are there, 500+ builds to choose from, Games, IPTV apps and the most popular addons for extra content if you need it. However, there's some key upgrades, a new backup feature ” addon settings”, essential with widespread use of Real, Trakt and the mods we all make to SALTS, Exodus and so forth. The first automated cache tweak wizard now works with your Krypton installs!

Summary of Recent Updates

  • Ares Repo check for presence
  • Limit Installs on Pulse build per day (keeps killing hosts!)
  • Log File “saves” between builds to diagnose install issues.
  • API Manager – Auto changes keys for YouTube & Trakt.
  • 17 Install tweaks – making 17 build installs more reliable.
  • Colours changed on some buttons for those with colour blindness (yes you John!)
  • Backup tweaks.
  • Various bug fixes

This add on is “unofficial” and therefore not supported by Kodi TV or XBMC foundation, please do not ask on their forums for help, goto ares-project.uk for further support.

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 Multiple Builds – One Device

This is now VERY easy to do, Ares Wizard now includes several version of the Kodi app, installing these will allow you to add a build to each (currently seven available), each will come with Ares Wizard pre-installed to speed up grabbing a build. Just take note –  a lot of devices, including many boxes have quite small storage – throwing on 4 or 5 builds will eat up space fast… be careful.

TV Addons “Must Upgrade” to Krypton

TVA are not the only ones parroting this misleading info around the Kodi scene at the moment, but please ignore it. We have already covered this “no need to upgrade to 17“, but in simple terms, the https wasn't such a big deal. For those wanting to stay with 16 or are unable to move to 17 due to older hardware (less than Android 5) we have added two forks to Ares Wizard CEMC (Android 4.2.2 or higher) and FTMC (Android 4.4.2 or higher) that will fix the https problem. Use CEMC and FTMC with Jarvis compatible builds.

You can also download forks and other utilities from here Ares Downloads

We have provided videos for 16 & 17 installs and a written guides too for 16 & 17 below the videos.

Ares Wizard Key Functions

Ares Wizard Full Guide

  • Builds
  • Browse Addons
    • Video Add ons
    • Program Add-ons
    • Repositories
    • Android Apps
    • Android IPTV apps
    • Android Launchers
    • Games (android only)
    • Kodi Forks (9!) – Includes FTMC & CEMC (these are https patched for older boxes unable to use 17)
  • Maintenance
    • Maintenance Reminder options (Daily, Weekly, Monthly)
  • Backup – Backup Guide
    • Many options, inc Favs, Sources, Advanced Settings, GUI etc
    • Addon Settings (save between builds!)
      • This saves – Real Debrid, Trakt, SALTS tweaks, Exodus tweaks, YouTube tweaks etc
  • Tweaks
    • Advanced Settings Wizard (The original and still the best cache tweaks for reduced buffering)
    • API Manager for YouTube & Trakt
  • More (includes)
    • Speed Test
    • Kodi log uploads
    • Convert paths to special (fixed)
    • Fresh start
  • Settings
    • Backup – set destination (only to local device)
    • Build Update reminders
    • Build Options
      • Keep my Favourites
      • Keep my Sources
    • Show/Hide (opens up Adult addons in the addons sections)

 

Video Ares Wizard Jarvis (16) Install

Video Ares Wizard Krypton (17) Install

Ares Wizard Installation to Kodi Jarvis (16)

  • Click SYSTEM > File Manager
  • Double Click Add Source
  • Click “None” text window
  • Type EXACTLY http://ares-repo.eu
  • Click the box underneath “Enter a name for this media source
  • Type Ares Repo (or a name you will remember!)
  • Click OK
  • Back out or hit the “Home icon” to go back to your Home Screen
  • Click SYSTEM
  • Click Add-Ons
  • Click Install from zip file
  • Click Ares Repo (or whatever you called it)
  • Click respository.aresproject.zip
  • Now wait for “Add-on enabled” message
  • Click Install from repository
  • Click Ares Repo
  • Click Program add-ons
  • Click Ares Wizard
  • Click Install
  • Now wait for ” Add-on enabled” message
    You can find the Ares Wizard in program Add-ons.

Ares Wizard Installation to Kodi Krypton (17)

If you have a clean 17 install, you will have to enable unknown sources first.

NOTE: We have added a new link for Krypton installs due to some weird Kodi bug not showing the repo zip properly.

  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Click System Settings
  • Click Add-ons
  • Toggle Unknown Sources
  • A warning pop-up will appear

“Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on this device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behaviour, or damage to your device. Proceed?”

This is your choice, if you wish to install 3rd Part add-ons you must agree. We strongly advise against installing headline grabbing “the best add-on ever…” etc and use only official developers with a proven track record.

  • Click Settings (cog)
  • Click File Manager
  • Double Click Add source
  • Click “None” text window
  • Type EXACTLY http://ares-repo.eu
  • Click OK
  • Click the box underneath “Enter a name for this media source
  • Type Ares Repo (or a name you will remember!)
  • Click OK
  • Back out to your “Home Screen
  • Click Add-ons
  • Click Add-on browser (the open box icon)
  • Click Install from zip file
  • Click Ares Repo (or whatever you called it)
  • Click respository.aresproject.zip
  • Now wait for “Add-on enabled” message
  • Click Install from repository
  • Click Ares Repo
  • Click Program add-ons
  • Click Ares Wizard
  • Click Install
  • Now Wait for “Add-on enabled” message
    You can find the Ares Wizard in Programs > or Add-ons (open box)

 Useful Links

Ares Wizard Common Issues

Ares Repo not installed error” _ this is caused by builds or 3rd party installs brining deprecated addons##.db with their installs.  Full info here Ares Wizard repo not installed error

Failed Installs” – Black Screen, Black with odd icons

There are lots of reason a build can fail to install. You can be left with a variety of issues – but on Krypton its usually a black screen or a few weird icons on the menu bar.

Build Failed – No Programs option to Fresh Start!

If your current build doesn't have a programs or file manager option available, then you will need follow;

  • Android Locate device “app manager” (not store!), Scroll to Kodi, SPMC, FTMC etc – Clear data
  • FireTV OS – Home, Settings, Applications, Manage Installed Applications, Scroll to Kodi, SPMC, FTMC etc – Clear data
  • Windows Press Win+R Keys for “run dialog”, type %appdata% – ok, Delete the folder, restart Kodi
  • Linux (general) ~/.kodi/userdata/, delete the contents of the folder and relaunch kodi.

After clearing data, it is generally recommended to force stop and relaunch Kodi/SPMC/FTMC etc, or simply reboot your device. Allow Kodi to update itself (you just deleted files it needs to work properly!)

  • It is always a good idea to turn off your device for a few mins and reboot to eliminate all kinds of weird problems caused with devices being left on, memory leaks, multiple apps running in the background etc.
  • We also recommend a weekly router reboot – this has cured many frustrating “slow”, “failed” or “aborted” downloads etc.
“Failed to update”

You are using an old version of Ares Wizard – update and this should cure it

“Failed to reach server”

This message is triggered because Ares Wizard cannot reach the main server – this is caused by ISP Blocking, over aggressive Anti-Virus on pc's and/or bad net connections from your device.

“Connection Refused”

You have exceeded downloads for a build (Pulse only atm)

“SSL related error”

This is normally ISP blocking, but could also be Anti virus on PCs, or parentol controls on your router.

“No build lists”

This message is triggered because Ares Wizard cannot reach the main server – this is caused by ISP Blocking, over aggressive Anti-Virus on pc's and/or bad net connections from your device.

“Slow Downloads”

Ares Wizard only links to build installs – they are not kept on our servers, therefore with things like Dropbox, Archive and other free host sites being used, they will get very slow at peak times, like weekends etc. The builds in Green at the top we host on fast servers, the rest are down to their authors.