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Kodi has a built-in UPnP A/V media server (UPnP-server). Originally added to help share files to other Kodi instances as a UPnP media source, Kodi's UPnP server also enables you to share media with other UPnP-clients on your local network. Kodi's UPnP server can share files that are normally only locally accessible on the Host Kodi device, as well as metadata (summaries, cover art, etc) to supporting clients. As of v12, the UPnP server can also share video files that are not scanned into the library, however music still requires being added to the library to be shared.

1 UPnP server settings

To turn on the UPnP server in Kodi, go to Settings -> Services -> UPnP and enable "Share video and music libraries through UPnP".

Setting Description Setting level
Share video and music libraries through UPnP Enables the UPnP server; this will enable you to stream media to any UPnP client.
-Announce library updates via UPnP
Tells Kodi instances to refresh their library listing when there is an update, when using the above UPnP server.
Look for remote UPnP players
Allow control of Kodi via UPnP Enables the UPnP client; this will enable you to steam media from any UPnP server (and most DLNA servers) to Kodi, with a control point and control playback from that server.

2 Kodi to Kodi sharing

See: HOW-TO:Share libraries using UPnP
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