Alternative keymaps for Fire TV remote

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Alternative keymaps for the Amazon Fire TV remote, as suggested by the community.

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1 Installing keymaps

There are a few methods to load custom keymaps on Kodi.

1.1 File manager

Kodi's built in file manager can be used to copy files from a network file share (such as SMB/Windows sharing), or a USB thumb drive, to the userdata folder.

  1. Save the keymap you want to use as a plain text file as "keymap.xml" (it can be anything as long as it ends in .xml) on the file share.
  2. Go to the File Manager in Kodi. For the default skin, Confluence, highlight the "System" tab and then select the submenu "File manager" option.
  3. Add the file share as a source in the "A" window, then navigate to where the keymap file is.
  4. In the "B" window go do the Profile directory which will be the userdata folder, then open the keymaps folder.
  5. Highlight the keymap file from the "A" window, then press menu, and then select copy. This will copy the selected keymap to the Fire TV's userdata folder.
  6. Now just restart Kodi to load the new keymap.

1.2 Copy directly to userdata folder

  1. Save the keymap you want to use as a plain text file as "keymap.xml" (it can be anything as long as it ends in .xml)
  2. Use a file manager of your choice, such as the one build into your OS, and copy this file to the userdata folder within the keymaps folder.
Note: In older versions of the software (before v14) the kodi directories were named xbmc.
Operative system File path
Android Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/ (see note)
iOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/
Linux ~/.kodi/userdata/
Mac /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/ (see note)
LibreELEC/OpenELEC /storage/.kodi/userdata/
Windows Start - type %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata - press <Enter>


1.3 ADBFire

  1. Copy key map and paste in a text editor (such as NotePad), then save as "Keyboard.xml"
  2. Download ADBFire from http://jocala.com/adbfire.html
  3. Once installed use Push/Pull/Delete drop down menu select Keymap and click Push. Navigate to your xml file you created earlier and that's it. Be sure to restart Kodi if opened

1.4 elmerohueso's Tweaks for FTV addon

These keymaps can also be applied using elmerohueso's "XBMC Tweaks for FTV" program addon, which is available from elmerohueso's Kodi repo.

2 Keymap 1

Changes from the default are shown in bold print.

Button Global action Virtual keyboard Fullscreen video action Amazon Fire TV remote.jpg
3 Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up: Volume amplification up
  • Down: Volume amplification down
    Note: This is a "poor man's" volume control since FireTV currently doesn't support normal software volume control. Volume-amplification uses compression to increase quiet sounds, but does not make the loudest sounds louder. This can sometimes cause undesirable distortion.
  • Right: +30 seconds
  • Left: -30 seconds
4 Select Select On-screen-display menu
6 Context menu

(also show Favorites while on home screen)

Shift Small step back (go back 7 seconds)

(also opens CodecInfo when the on-screen controls are visible)

7 Fast forward Space Fast forward
8 Play/pause

(also highlights on File manager)

Enter Play/pause
9 Back Back Stop
10 Rewind Backspace Rewind


Cut and paste the following into a new text document and save as keyboard.xml and place in userdata/keymaps/
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<keymap>
  <Home>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>XBMC.ActivateWindow(Favourites)</menu>
    </keyboard>
  </Home>
  <FullscreenVideo>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>seek(-7)</menu>
      <backspace>Stop</backspace>
      <browser_back>Stop</browser_back>
      <up>volampup</up>
      <down>volampdown</down>
    </keyboard>
  </FullscreenVideo>
  <VideoMenu>
    <keyboard>
      <backspace>Stop</backspace>
      <browser_back>Stop</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </VideoMenu>
  <VideoOSD>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>CodecInfo</menu>
    </keyboard>
  </VideoOSD>
  <MyFiles>
    <keyboard>
      <play_pause>Highlight</play_pause>
    </keyboard>
  </MyFiles>
  <virtualkeyboard>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>shift</menu>
      <play_pause>enter</play_pause>
      <rewind>backspace</rewind>
      <fastforward>number0</fastforward>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
      <backspace>PreviousMenu</backspace>
    </keyboard>
  </virtualkeyboard>
  <Visualisation>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Fullscreen</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Visualisation>
  <Favourites>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Favourites>
  <NumericInput>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </NumericInput>
  <PVROSDChannels>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDChannels>
  <PVROSDGuide>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDGuide>
  <PVROSDDirector>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDDirector>
  <PVROSDCutter>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDCutter>
  <MyTVSettings>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </MyTVSettings>
</keymap>

3 Keymap 2

Keymap 2's function of showing codecinfo during video playback has been merged with the other keymaps.

4 Keymap 3

Changes from the default are shown in bold print.

Button Global action Virtual keyboard Fullscreen video action Amazon Fire TV remote.jpg
3 Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up: Next chapter/channel
    or +10 minutes
  • Down: Previous chapter/channel
    or -10 minutes
  • Right: +30 seconds
  • Left: -30 seconds
4 Select Select On-screen-display menu
6 Context menu

(also show Favorites while on home screen)

Shift Toggle subtitles on/off

(also opens CodecInfo when the on-screen-display controls are visible)

7 Page down Space Fast forward
8 Play/pause

(also highlights on File manager)

Enter Play/pause
9 Back Back Stop
10 Page up Backspace Rewind


Cut and paste the following into a new text document and save as keyboard.xml and place in userdata/keymaps/
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<keymap>
  <Global>
    <keyboard>
      <rewind>PageUp</rewind>
      <fastforward>PageDown</fastforward>
    </keyboard>
  </Global>
  <Home>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>XBMC.ActivateWindow(Favourites)</menu>
    </keyboard>
  </Home>
  <FullscreenVideo>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>ShowSubtitles</menu>
      <backspace>Stop</backspace>
      <browser_back>Stop</browser_back>
      <rewind>Rewind</rewind>
      <fastforward>FastForward</fastforward>
    </keyboard>
  </FullscreenVideo>
  <VideoOSD>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>CodecInfo</menu>
    </keyboard>
  </VideoOSD>
  <MyFiles>
    <keyboard>
      <play_pause>Highlight</play_pause>
    </keyboard>
  </MyFiles>
  <virtualkeyboard>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>shift</menu>
      <play_pause>enter</play_pause>
      <rewind>backspace</rewind>
      <fastforward>number0</fastforward>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
      <backspace>PreviousMenu</backspace>
    </keyboard>
  </virtualkeyboard>
  <Visualisation>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Fullscreen</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Visualisation>
  <Favourites>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Favourites>
  <NumericInput>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </NumericInput>
  <PVROSDChannels>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDChannels>
  <PVROSDGuide>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDGuide>
  <PVROSDDirector>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDDirector>
  <PVROSDCutter>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDCutter>
  <MyTVSettings>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </MyTVSettings>
</keymap>

5 Keymap 4

Changes from the default are shown in bold print.

Button Global action Virtual keyboard Fullscreen video action Amazon Fire TV remote.jpg
3 Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up
  • Down
  • Right
  • Left
Directional pad:
  • Up: Next chapter/channel
    or +10 minutes
  • Down: Previous chapter/channel
    or -10 minutes
  • Right: +30 seconds
  • Left: -30 seconds
4 Select Select On-screen-display menu
6 Context menu

(also show Favorites on home screen)

Shift Small step back (go back 7 seconds)
or Live TV OSD channel switcher

(also opens CodecInfo when the on-screen controls are visible)

7 Page down Space Fast forward
8 Play/pause

(also highlights on File manager)

Enter Play/pause
9 Back

(also shutdownmenu on home screen)

Back Stop
10 Page up Backspace Rewind


Cut and paste the following into a new text document and save as keyboard.xml and place in userdata/keymaps/
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<keymap>
  <Global>
    <keyboard>
      <rewind>PageUp</rewind>
      <fastforward>PageDown</fastforward>
      <browser_home>ActivateWindow(Home)</browser_home>
      <key id="0xf200">ContextMenu</key>
    </keyboard>
  </Global>
  <Home>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>shutdownmenu</browser_back>
      <backspace>shutdownmenu</backspace>
      <menu>ActivateWindow(Favourites)</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">ActivateWindow(Favourites)</key>
    </keyboard>
  </Home>
  <FullscreenVideo>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>seek(-7)</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">seek(-7)</key>
      <backspace>Stop</backspace>
      <browser_back>Stop</browser_back>
      <rewind>Rewind</rewind>
      <fastforward>FastForward</fastforward>
    </keyboard>
  </FullscreenVideo>
  <VideoOSD>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>CodecInfo</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">CodecInfo</key>
    </keyboard>
  </VideoOSD>
  <FullscreenLiveTV>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>ActivateWindow(pvrosdchannels)</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">ActivateWindow(pvrosdchannels)</key>
    </keyboard>
  </FullscreenLiveTV>
  <pvrosdchannels>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>back</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">back</key>
    </keyboard>
  </pvrosdchannels>
  <MyFiles>
    <keyboard>
      <play_pause>Highlight</play_pause>
    </keyboard>
  </MyFiles>
  <virtualkeyboard>
    <keyboard>
      <menu>shift</menu>
      <key id="0xf200">shift</key>
      <play_pause>enter</play_pause>
      <rewind>backspace</rewind>
      <fastforward>number0</fastforward>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
      <backspace>PreviousMenu</backspace>
    </keyboard>
  </virtualkeyboard>
  <Visualisation>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Fullscreen</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Visualisation>
  <Favourites>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </Favourites>
  <NumericInput>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </NumericInput>
  <PVROSDChannels>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDChannels>
  <PVROSDGuide>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDGuide>
  <PVROSDDirector>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDDirector>
  <PVROSDCutter>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>Close</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </PVROSDCutter>
  <MyTVSettings>
    <keyboard>
      <browser_back>PreviousMenu</browser_back>
    </keyboard>
  </MyTVSettings>
</keymap>
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