How to Clear/Remove Video Cache in Kodi XBMC (Jarvis/Krypton)

When you play movies, tv shows and other videos over Kodi add-ons they usually play brilliantly. However, all add-ons require a pre-buffered amount of data to make sure that your videos don’t pause every second. Kodi saves this video buffer in the RAM, using the 20MB that is allocated to all its add-ons by default.

Sometimes, to cover high quality buffering addons override default settings and save buffered data on your hard drive. Well and good for high spec devices, but low spec devices tend to display messages like “Cache is full, empty your Cache.” This leads to slow video playback and buffering when you play high quality videos.

There is no harm in clearing up the default cache as it frees up space allowing other add-ons to use it to create buffer for video playback, giving you an excellent streaming performance. Kodi will at one point automatically clear the video cache in case it needs the space for its add-ons.

SO, let’s go ahead and discover how to remove (clear) cache in Kodi. Since it’s the same for all versions, I will demonstrate this on Kodi xbmc Jarvis.

 

How to Clear Cache Automatically in Kodi (Fix Buffering Issues Caused by Full Storage)

There are various program add-ons you can use to clear Kodi caches. However, the newest in town is the Merlin Wizard, a replacement of Merlin Auto Cleaner that clears all your cache. This Wizard is available on Merlin Repository, so read on for how to install Merlin Wizard:

  1. Open Kodi > Click on Settings icon (located at the top) > Go to File Manager > Then double click Add Source.how to remove cache in kodi using merlin
  2. Click where it says ‘None’ > Type the URL http://mwiz.co.uk/repo/ > Click OK > Type the Media Source name ‘MERLIN’ > Click OK.
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  3. Click ‘Backspace’ key multiple time to go back to Kodi Main Menu > Now click on Add-ons > Then click on Package Installer icon (Located at top left corner) .
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  4. Select Install from Zip File > repository.merlin.zip > It will take a few minutes to install the repository.
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  5. Now select Install from Repository > Merlin Repository > Program Add-ons > Merlin Wizard > Click Install > Wait until the add-on is enabled.How to Clear Cache Automatically in Kodi
  6. Now go back to Kodi Main Menu > Add-ons > Program Add-ons > Merlin Wizard (Sometimes Merlin Wizard box appears itself, you just have to click Open Merlin Wiard from that box).clear cache on kodi startup
  7. Go to Tool Box option located in the above menu > At the bottom you will see various options, but the most important ones are the 3 options i.e. Clear Caches, Delete Packages, and Delete Thumbnails. Below each of these options will carry a space that each carries. Click on all of these 3 options to free unnecessary space.done clearing cache kodi
  8. Click on Exit once you have cleared Cache, deleted Packages, and deleted Thumbnails.

 

Congratulations you have successfully cleared your Kodi cache, enjoy pause free video playback. Do remember that video streaming also depends on a number of factors including you internet connection, your WI-FI connection, ISP throttling etc.

 

How to Clear Cache in Kodi FireStick

Like the Windows, Mac, and Android versions you can use the same step by step methods listed above to clear the cache in your Kodi for FireStick also. Since the Amazon FireStick has limited storage, it is good to routinely clear the cache on the device.

Just to be sure, also check your FireStick’s connectivity with the router and then clear the cache in FireStick following the same steps as instructed above.

 

See You Again Soon

Hope you found my how to remove cache in Kodi guide helpful & your streaming issues worked out fine. Check out our blog and guides sections for more interesting add-ons, configuration guides, troubleshooting and unblocking solutions for Kodi.

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78 Responses to How to Clear/Remove Video Cache in Kodi XBMC (Jarvis/Krypton)

  1. Tony Torres says:

    Tried clearing all cache files but it won’t get to 0. Still having problems with excessive buffering.

    • admin says:

      Hello Tony Torres, let me guide you to another way of solving your problem regarding slow browsing and clearing your cache which will get the job done. You can install Xunity Maintenance Tool add-on that works just fine. You follow the underlines steps: Open Kodi> Settings > File Manager > Double click Add Source > Type the URL http://www.xunitytalk.me/xfinity and type the media source name ‘Xunitytalk’. Kodi Home Screen > Add-ons > Package installer > Install from zip file > Xunity Talk Repository > Install from Repository > .Xunitytalk Repository > Program Add-ons > Xunity Maintenance> Install > Kodi Home Screen > Add-ons > Program Add-ons > Xunity Maintenance > Maintenance > Delete my cache
      Hope this resolves your problem.

      • Mike says:

        Honorable Admin…Kindly help me in following issues.
        I have Video and Audio Problems with KODI 17 Krypton in MBOX-M96X-AMLOGIC S905X-upgraded-A53. ANDROID 6.0 -Model M96X- 64Bit
        I am using only Legal videos and legal live tv channels now on Kodi 17.3 Kryopton .I am also facing problems
        1-No audio sound with all video,yv,even I enabled audio in setting
        2- Video quality in these , videos and live tv is very poor. Kindly give me hints to fix this problem ,I am using
        3-which is better tool xunity or merlin for cleaning
        4-Kindly give me your worthyopinion about replacing Kodi krypton 17 with my previous working Kodi Jarvis 161. ??

        • admin says:

          Hello Mike,
          1. To fix your audio issues, as you said you have already visited the audio settings and you further mentioned that some of the videos have audio while others do not. This means only one thing that there is a problem with the sources/links provided by the addon that you have installed, and no problem whatsoever with your Android box.
          2. Video quality is strictly linked to the sources offered by your addon. Only some of the live TV add-ons would provide HD video quality. So definitely you cannot fix this issue, but you need to add other addons such as Live HUB.
          3. Xunity is down, so you are left with the only option i.e. Merlin Auto Cleaner. You can get its installation process here. 4. In our opinion, the latest version of Kodi is always better than the previous version, and how is that? It is because third-party add-ons are regularly updating itself to the newest version of Kodi. Therefore, if you won’t have the newer Kodi version i.e. Kodi 17, then you may face errors while installing the add-ons. So, my suggestion is to get Kodi 17.

  2. Anne says:

    Cannot find Maintenance Tool listed. Went to Kodi home screen, then Programs but only thing s that come up are “Android apps” and “Program add-ons”. Nothing else.
    So guessing the Program add-ons was the one referred to I selected that went to “Get more…”. But NO Maintenance tool comes up. Would it have a different name? Please help.
    AFB

    • admin says:

      Hello Anne, let me guide you to another way of solving your problem regarding slow browsing and clearing your cache which will get the job done. You can install Xunity Maintenance Tool add-on that works just fine. You follow the underlines steps: Open Kodi> Settings > File Manager > Double click Add Source > Type the URL http://www.xunitytalk.me/xfinity and type the media source name ‘Xunitytalk’. Kodi Home Screen > Add-ons > Package installer > Install from zip file > Xunity Talk Repository > Install from Repository > .Xunitytalk Repository > Program Add-ons > Xunity Maintenance> Install > Kodi Home Screen > Add-ons > Program Add-ons > Xunity Maintenance > Maintenance > Delete my cache
      Hope this resolves your problem.

      • Dan says:

        After adding the URL and hit OK I get this:
        Couldn’t retrieve directory information. This could be due to network not being connected ……

        • admin says:

          Hello Dan, Xunity Talk repo is having some issues at the moment. You can try downloading the Xunity Talk repository directly by clicking on this link: https://github.com/kodil/kodil/blob/master/repo/repository.xunitytalk/repository.xunitytalk-1.1.5.zip

          Once you have downloaded the Xunity Talk repo zip file on your computer or device, you need to follow some steps. Open Kodi> Go to Add-ons > Click on Package Installer icon > Install from zip file > Now navigate and click on the file that you saved on your computer. It will take few minutes to download. Now click on Install from Repository and follow the routine steps. This will resolve your problem.

  3. Lee says:

    Hi, I have no maintenance tools on my kodi, so have tried to install xunity maintenance but can’t because I have no package installer from my kodi home screen or add ons. Any help would be appreciated.

    • admin says:

      Hello Lee, if Package Installer icon does not show up on your Kodi then you must have a previous version of Kodi i.e. Kodi Jarvis. Do’t worry we have the fix for Kodi Jarvis as well. Just follow these steps.
      Open Kodi > Systems > File Manager > Double Click Add Source > Select None and paste the link http://xunitytalk.me/xfinity
      Type the media source name ‘Xunitytalk’
      Click OK
      Now go to your Kodi Main menu by clicking ‘Esc’ button on your keypad
      Now go to Systems > Add-ons > Install from Zip file > Select Xunitytalk > locate and click Xunitytalk_repository
      Now wait for the add-on to enable > Now click Install from repository > .Xunitytalk repo > Program Add-ons > Xunity Maintenance
      Install > Now go to Kodi Main Menu again and locate XunityTalk add-ons. Hope this resolves your problem. Do let us know if it does not. Take care

      • Pumz says:

        Hi, I had the same problems with my account, buffering constantly or just generally not loading insanely frustrating. I did as instructed. (The comment I’m replying too) the system now seems to run faster, load faster and no more by! Thank you kindly.

        • Pumz says:

          Buffering

        • admin says:

          You are welcome. Glad to be of assistance.

          • _Null_ says:

            Please STOP directing people to Unity as it does not work the link you have listed is broken that is NOT the answer

          • admin says:

            Hello Null, Yes, the Xunity Talk Repository has been taken down by the owner just recently in the last 48 hours. We directed our viewers to a solution which was at the time ‘working’ really fine. Since the recent crackdown of law enforcement against Kodi boxes and repositories, many of the great add-ons have been wiped from the Kodi world unfortunately. But we just keep bringing other alternatives for our viewers. Merlin Auto Cleaner is a better alternative than Xunity Maintenance tool for clearing caches and it can be found in Merlin Repository in Program add-ons. The URL for the repository is http://mwiz.co.uk/repo/ . If you have any problems, do let us know. We have checked, its working brilliantly. The good thing about this maintenance tool is that it clears your cache every time you open Kodi. You just need to tune its settings.

      • Jen says:

        When I try and add the file source and hit ok I get a box that says network not connected? What network as I am hardwired into the internet so not sure what I am supposed to do. Have tried a couple times get same message.

        • admin says:

          Hello Jen, if this doesn’t work, try downloading the Xunity Talk repository directly by clicking on this link: https://github.com/kodil/kodil/blob/master/repo/repository.xunitytalk/repository.xunitytalk-1.1.5.zip

          Once you have downloaded the Xunity Talk repo zip file on your computer or device, you need to follow some steps. Open Kodi> Go to Add-ons > Click on Package Installer icon > Install from zip file > Now navigate and click on the file that you saved on your computer. It will take few minutes to download. Now click on Install from Repository and follow the routine steps. This will resolve your problem.

  4. anjee says:

    I downloaded maintenance tool, updated it but get the following error when I try to open it:
    “maintenance tool error, check the log for more info”

    • admin says:

      Hello Anjee, maintenance tool add-on and Xunity Talk repository has been taken down due to copyright claims. But don’t worry, we still have a third option and even a better one than its predecessors. It’s called Merlin Auto Cleaner and it can be found in Merlin Repository in Program add-ons. The URL for the repository is http://mwiz.co.uk/repo/ . If you have any problems, do let us know. We have checked, its working brilliantly. The good thing about this maintenance tool is that it clears your cache every time you open Kodi. You just need to tune its settings.

  5. calvin says:

    this add must be old, because fusion is down off ect…

    • admin says:

      Yes, Calvin the Fusion repository has been taken down. Now we have the Xunity Repository for maintenance tool.

  6. Mystery blue says:

    Every time i click ok it says couldn’t retrieve directory information due to not being connected to a network which i am need help

    • admin says:

      Hello Mystery Blue, you might be pasting the URL without the ‘End Slash /’ which may give you this error. If you pasted the new link of Merlin Repository http://mwiz.co.uk/repo/ you could see there is an end slash (/). Please try this and let us know if it works.

  7. Kelly says:

    Hi I have kodi firestick I did have maintenance took & have cleared the cache previously, but it’s now disappeared I have tried tons of add ons all with the same result of “unable to connect couldn’t retrieve directory information” etc I’ve tried the xunitytalk with again no success, I’m making sure there are no spaces etc when typing the website, extremely frustrated as it’s constantly buffering then it skips forward doesn’t let me fast forward or rewind and can just cut off, just don’t understand what’s wrong and why the maintenance tool disappeared. Please help I’ve tried what seems like everything

    • admin says:

      Hello Kelly, while listening to the countless of problems from internet viewers around the world, we came up with another amazing maintenance tool (Merlin Auto Cleaner). We have currently updated this blog with the installation guide for Merlin Repo. Try installing this add-on. We are sure this will help.

  8. Moss Bliss says:

    Do not find PROGRAMS opn my Home Screen. Options are:

    Movies
    TV Shows
    Music
    Music Videos
    TV
    Radio
    AddOns
    Pictures
    Videos
    Favourites
    Weather

    • admin says:

      Hello Moss Bliss, Yes exactly. When you open Kodi you are faced with these options. Now go to Add-ons (the option listed on that list) > Then go to Program Add-ons > Then click on Merlin Auto Cleaner. Try this and let us know. Cheers!

  9. Abrielle says:

    I went into the settings and under data memory i deleted the catched data and now my kodi wont load anything. How do I fix this issue?

    • admin says:

      Hello Abrielle, do you happen to be using Android box? Because this problem mostly occurs with Android boxes. You can Force Stop Kodi under settings options. Please let me know if this works, or if you are using any other box, or simply Kodi software.

      • Byron says:

        I had the same issue. I installed, everything was fine, used it and now nothing will load. I’m using a firestick. I force stopped kodi in setting but it hasn’t corrected the issue. Tried to delete the add on, it also didn’t help. I require assistance please!

        • Nick Michaelson says:

          Hello Byron, If you’re using a Fire Stick and want to clear your cache you can follow these steps. Simply go to settings from your Fire Stick device > Then go to Applications > Then Manage Installed Applications > Then click on Kodi > Then Clear Cache. The cache will be deleted. If you face any other problems, do feel free to contact us.

  10. Jaleesa says:

    Can I just delete the cache from the kodi menu m? It says launch application, force stop, clear data, and clear cache. Is this way not affective?

    • admin says:

      Hello Jaleesa, the process that you’re suggesting does not always work. It fails to clear the cache which are mandatory for streaming videos.

  11. KieranCLiverpool says:

    Don’t understand everyone else’s problem, this worked fine for me, thanks

  12. Nikesha says:

    Hi i just tried adding the merlin repository but I’m getting a messaged saying failed to updated .

    • admin says:

      Hello Nikesha, you must be making a slight error in pasting the repository link. Make sure there is no space at the beginning or the end. Just like this: http://mwiz.co.uk/repo/ If it still doesn’t work let us know we will find you an alternative method.

  13. Patrick Chiste says:

    This is going to drive me to an early grave. I’m trying to install a Kodi cache cleaner for 17.0 on my Fire Stick by following the directions here, and i keep getting stuck between steps 2 and 3. There is no screen that I can find like the ones pictured, and I never get to any menus that will allow me to unzip the file and open the thing. I don’t know why I even have this thing if it won’t even work as well as a Roku. Any help you can offer would make my day, but I admit I’m not optimistic.

    • admin says:

      Hello Patrick, if you’re trying to install this add-on on Fire Stick then you first need to Turn ON ADB debugging and Turn ON Unknown Sources by going through Devices. Then you need to go to Kodi and follow these steps. OR you can simply go to settings from your Fire Stick device > Then go to Applications > Then Manage Installed Applications > Then click on Kodi > Then Clear Cache. The cache will be deleted. If you face any other problems, do feel free to contact us.

  14. Sally R says:

    Hello. I’m a new android box user and am uneducated but learning quickly. However, major pvr problems . Nivea shield . Kodi. Constant pop ups which stall the system .will not allow downloads for tv cannot negate the warning signs. These systems should come with your own personal nerd to set them up for you. Buffering is ridiculous and no info for pvr set up. Please help with pvr issue.

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Sally, you can clear cache and free your Android box with unnecessary files that prevents your videos to work properly. Open Nvidia Shield box > Go to Apps > Sideload Launcher > Click on Aptoide > Now type in the search box ‘Task Manager’ > Scroll down and click on Task Manager (Task Killer) > Click Install > Once it is installed click Open > Now click on Kill selected app > Click Done. Hope this helps, but if it not do let us know. Cheers!

  15. Allyn says:

    We have cleared the cache repeatedly. It shows it has cleared however once we begin streaming a show the buffering begins again. We return to our firestick manage app section and now it shows the cache never cleared. Any help or advice is appreciated.

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Allyn, you need to clear the cache directly from Fire Stick. Open Fire Stick > Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Go to Kodi > Clear Cache. You won’t be needing Merlin add-on. I hope this helps.

  16. Swiss says:

    Thanks a lot for this guide! Been looking for a good cache-clearing add-on since Xunity went down!

    One question, as well as clearing the cache and packages, does this add-on also clear the error/crash log?

    Thanks.

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Swiss, thank you for your kind words. But I’m afraid Merlin Auto Cleaner does not clear error/ crash log. It doesn’t have that capability.

  17. Jade Erickson says:

    I installed the program and I see that it is installed but it won’t let me run the program.

  18. Rich says:

    Hi all that happened to me is after I’ve added source and zip etc nothing happens after install from repository and throws up and error message saying I’m not connected ?

    I am connected as I’ve just logged in 🙁

  19. Bree says:

    Hello. I cleared the cache on all my apps and now, Kodi (Exodus) won’t load anything. Please help. So frustrating.

  20. Sonya Hall says:

    Hello. What is another option for the firestick instead of right clicking?

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      There is another way to clear cache on you Fire Stick device. Open Fire Stick > Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Go to Kodi > Clear Cache. Hope this resolves your issue.

  21. Charlie says:

    Had to do a reinstall on August 2, and now the Merlin Auto Cleaner is missing from the repository.

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Charlie, Merlin Auto Cleaner is no longer available as it has been taken down. If you had already installed Merlin Auto Cleaner or if you could see it in your Program Add-ons then you don’t need to open the add-on. All you need to do is right click on the add-on and go to its settings and from there Turn ON the three options that are listed.

  22. Danielle says:

    I made it to step 5.. when i am in the “install from repository” menu, the only two options are the merlin back up data and merlin wizard.. but no auto cleaner.

  23. Brooke says:

    So I followed the prompts. Seemed to be going well, until I couldn’t find Merlin Auto Cleaner. It didn’t download. It installed two other programs except the one needed.

  24. Dee says:

    Would love to obtain a cache clearing maintenance tool to speed up my Kodi 17, but neither ‘xunity’ nor ‘merlin’ is working for me. Merlin only presents 2 options: ‘merlin data backup’ and ‘merlin wizard’ (no merlin ‘auto cleaner’ option). I’ve downloaded xunity instead via my Installer app using the link you referred since the normal file add method inside kodi kept saying I wasn’t connected. However, after a reportedly “successful” download, I’m unable to find the zip file even via the ‘search’ utility. Please help!!!
    Is it safe to just use the ‘clear cache’option in the first Kodi menu (from manage installed applications)? I don’t want to delete anything important to my video streaming experience.

    • Nick Michaelson says:

      Hello Dee, since Xunity is gone I don’t think you’ll be able to download it via installer app either, it will give you the same error once you move in to further steps. Tune in to this blog, we’re soon going to update another auto cleaner add-on for Kodi.

  25. Ian Wainwright says:

    I installed the Merlin auto cleaner 2.0 isn’t there to select.repo but the cleaner isn’t there to select? Can’t watch anything these days without is slowing down or freezing.

  26. Nick Michaelson says:

    Hello Ian, if you’re trying to watch movies and TV shows why don’t you go for Covenant add-on? It is the Exodus replacement. Here is the link how you can download: https://www.kodivpn.co/how-to-install-covenant-on-kodi/

  27. Frank says:

    I installed everything correctly and setup the settings to automatically clear the cache but the videos keep buffering and I keep receiving the message that the cache is full. Please help!

  28. Dust says:

    is there another cache cleaner tool yet?`

  29. patrick says:

    Het beste is altijd naar een zipbestand zoeken dan op je usb zetten dan naar je Android toestel in erop zetten
    Goed in gemakkelijk

  30. Kiya says:

    Most of the time is spent buffering instead of watching shows. I don’t know anything about technology and this device isn’t giving me any satisfaction. How can I find simple answers to get this to work? Is there someone that I could call?

  31. confuzzled says:

    thank you for posting this tutorial! however, I’m not getting the Merlin Auto Cleaner as an option….Just Merlin Wizard….. I’m not sure why?

  32. Cyndi says:

    Is there a new program available to clear the cache? I have tried all I found and they are all dead. Help! Thank you

  33. Ross says:

    I’ve downloaded Merlin and clear all 3 and still buffering?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ross, It seems like the add-on has not been performing as it used too. We are looking into some alternatives and will update soon. Watch this space!

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