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NOTICE: Manually editing files in the userdata folder is an advanced topic in XBMC. New users don't need to manually edit files in the userdata folder. XBMC does this for you, when you change the options in the XBMC GUI with the exception of advancedsettings.xml
NOTE There are two userdata folders, the system one contains default settings necessary for XBMC to operate, and the userdata folder for user modifications. Do not touch the files in the first system-userdata folder. This page (and most references on the wiki) are about editing the second, user-accessible, userdata folder.

The userdata folder is where all of your settings and customizations are stored.


1 Location of the userdata folder

Future Helix feature: In the upcoming Kodi v14 the xbmc directories will be renamed to kodi.

Operative system File path
Android (see note) Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata/
iOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC/userdata/
Linux ~/.xbmc/userdata/
Mac OS X (see note) /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/XBMC/userdata/
OpenELEC /storage/.xbmc/userdata/
Windows Start - type %APPDATA%\XBMC\userdata - press <Enter>

1.1 Android location

Sometimes the exact path will differ from device to device. The Android userdata folder is usually inside of "sdcard" so the path might be /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc/files/.xbmc/userdata/

2 Backing up your settings

See: Backup

3 UserData folder contents

Below are the elements contained in the UserData folder and their role:

  • addon_data - Contains configuration data for your currently installed addons, the addons themselves are not in userdata but one folder up in 'addons'
  • Database - This is where all of the databases required for your Music and Video Libraries are located, containing any downloaded (scraped) music or video information.
    • MyMusic#.db - Database file containing Music information.
    • MyPrograms#.db - Database file containing Program information.
    • MyVideos#.db - Database file containing Movie, TV Show and Music Videos information.
    • ViewModes#.db - Database file containing information on all XBMC views (viewmode, sorting etc.).
    • Addons#.db - Database file containing information on all XBMC addons (skins, scraper, video-addons...).
    • Textures#.db - Database file containing information on all XBMC textures (thumbs, fanart, posters...).
    • TV1#.db - Database file containing information on Live-TV channels (experimental PVR-builds only!).
    • EPG#.db - Database file containing information on EPG for Live-TV (experimental PVR-builds only!).
Note: Where # is the number of current database version in use.
  • keymaps - This folder is where your customized keymapping files reside (e.g. MyRemote.xml or keyboard.xml)
  • library - Directory to store custom library nodes.
  • Playlists - This is where your playlists are stored. There are separate subfolders for mixed, music and video playlists.
    • mixed - playlists containing both audio and music videos, will show in both the Music and Video Libraries.
    • music - playlists containing audio only, will show in the Music Library.
    • video - playlists containing videos only, will show in the Video Library.
  • Thumbnails - Cached Thumbnails (icons) are stored in this folder.
  • advancedsettings.xml - A user can create this file in their UserData folder. The file can contain additional settings and pre-defined values for the settings available in the GUI (thus removing them from the GUI settings screens). Useful for advanced users and for installers.
  • Visualizations - All of your visualization settings are stored in this folder. <<this is not present in frodo?
  • favourites.xml - This file, which may be created by XBMC or the user in their UserData folder contains items added via the Add to Favourites context menu option.
  • guisettings.xml - This is where your settings configured in the GUI are stored (through the User Interface Settings).
  • Lircmap.xml - This file which may be created can contain changes to the default Lircmap (Linux Only).
  • partymode.xsp - Defines the Smart Playlist to be used when using Party Mode for music playback.
  • profiles - Directory stores your additionally created user-profiles settings and data information this directory may contain all the contents of the userdata list depending on settings used to create the user. ?
  • RssFeeds.xml - RssFeeds.xml is used to configure the RSS feeds displayed in XBMC.
  • sources.xml - Defines your Media Sources and locations.
  • mediasources.xml - Similar to sources.xml, but just for the "Browse for new share" window.
  • profiles.xml - Stores your Master user and additional user(s) Master lock codes and profiles information see also Settings/System#Master lock and Media sources#Locking ?
  • autoexec.py - optional python script that is run at XBMC startup.
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