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 Kodi add-ons 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 Auto Cleaner which clears all your cache automatically at the start of your Kodi. This repository is available on Merlin Repository. So read on for how to install Merlin Auto Cleaner:

  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.clear cache kodi
  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).addon removal kodi
  4. Select Install from Zip File > repository.merlin.zip > It will take a few minutes to install the repository.merlin zip file install
  5. Now select Install from Repository Merlin Repository > Program Add-ons > Merlin Auto Cleaner > 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 > Right click Merlin Auto Cleaner and select Settings.clear cache on kodi startup
  7. A box will appear > Turn ON Clear Cache on Startup and Clear Packages on Startup > Select OK > Enjoy!

done clearing cache kodi

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.

31 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.

  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.

  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

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