How to sideload a Roku channel

To  sideload a Roku Channel you need to follow the following steps:

- Enable Developer Mode

from the official Roku remote control, tap the following in the exact same order:

  • Home three times, then
  • Up two times, then
  • Right once, then
  • Left once, then
  • Right once, then
  • Left once, then
  • Right once.

The developer mode screen will be displayed. 

The development application installer allows developers to install and test their own applications. to enable the installer,  select 'Enable installer and restart' . 
if you have enabled the installer, after your Roku player restarts you can access ther installer by visiting your Roku IP.

eg: http//192.168.1.66 (make note of your own Roku IP address)
username: rokudev

You will be asked to accept the SDK licence agreement and set a password for the username rokudev to access the Roku installer web page.

- Access the installer:

Go to:  http//192.168.1.66 (needs to replace it by your own Roku IP address), enter:

username: rokudev

password: xxx (your selected password)

once connected, upload your zip file and click the button "install" to install your package. 

You can't sideload more than 1 channel at a time. 

is it safe to sideload channels?

Roku has been disabling Side-loading of channels for those using it for non-development purposes.