Forks are often created whenever a different group or organization needs to make customizations to the program. In some cases, these changes are minor and are made for the purposes of supporting certain hardware, or adding in special features. In others, the changes are much more drastic. This holds true for not only Kodi itself but the addons as well.
In software development, a fork is when someone takes a copy of a program’s source code and uses it as a basis for further development, often without the support of the original creator. As such, an Exodus fork is simply an addon that was originally based on the popular third-party Exodus Kodi addon.
Since Exodus is no longer being supported, several forks have appeared. The most popular of these, Covenant, is now the “official” replacement and is receiving updates from the original Exodus development team.
Exodus forks are usually just Exodus clones, maintaining the functionality of the original addon. These are intended to provide another way to access the content should Exodus be taken down. However, some, add new functionality or themes.
The problem with Exodus and its forks is that the content they offer is unlicensed. Despite the many different forks available, none of them solely provides access to legitimately sourced content. These forks also come with greater risk than some other third-party addons. As some of these forks are only found in a single small repository, an attacker only has to compromise one location to impact all of the addon’s users. Because some of these forks aren’t widely known, there are very few sources of trustworthy information should the addon be hijacked.