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Updating or removing videos

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The basic steps for adding
videos to the library:

1. Naming video files

TV shows
Music videos

2. Adding video sources
3. Set content and scan

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This page will show you the various methods of updating library information for videos and how to remove videos.


1 Updating the library

There are several ways you can scan your videos into the Video library:

  • When a source or file has "content set" or changed, XBMC will ask you if you wish to update the library after you are done.
  • In Library view you can choose "Update library" from the lefthand sidebar menu by pressing (left).
  • Select the item in file view and either press I on the keyboard, or bring up the contextual menu (press C) and select "Movie information" or "TV show information"
    • If the file is already scanned in, you can also use the info screen to refresh/update that entry in the library.
  • You can select the share, folder, or TV show (anything that is basically a folder) that your videos are in and choose "Scan for new content" from the contextual menu (press C or Menu), which scans all files in that specific share/folder.
  • Have XBMC scan for new items upon start up by going to Settings -> Video -> Library -> Update library on startup
  • Add-on:XBMC Library Auto Update can be used to schedule automatic updates to the library.
  • Add-on:Library watchdog can be used to watch folders for new files to trigger library updates.

2 Refreshing the library

Note: XBMC only scans each video once for information. The next time you update it will only add new videos, but won't download new art/summaries/etc for existing videos.

To refresh the information for existing videos:

Refresh individually
  1. Select the item in file view and either press I on the keyboard, or bring up the contextual menu (press C).
  2. Select "Movie information" or "TV show information".
  3. Then select "Refresh".

When refreshing individually you can also choose to just refresh or manually select images for various views (cover art, fanart, thumbnails, etc).

Refresh by source/folder
  1. Remove a source/folder from the library by changing the content setting to "None".
  2. When XBMC asks you if you want to remove those items from the library, say yes.
  3. XBMC will then show a progress bar and remove those entries.
  4. Change the content setting back to what it was before.
  5. XBMC will then rescan in those entries.

3 Removing videos

  • You can remove the contents of entire folders/sources from the library by setting content to <None>, even if the parent folder is still included in the library. See #Removing sources for more info.
  • Individual entries can also be removed by bringing up the contextual menu (press C on a keyboard) and selecting "Remove from library".
  • Cleaning up the Video Library (removing invalid and missing videos) can be done in Videos Settings with the 'Clean Library' option.
  • While most users seem to prefer using a desktop computer to manage the actual "physical" files, including deleting them, there is an option to let you delete files in XBMC/Kodi. Editor note: Someone feel free to expand on this

4 Removing sources

Setting the content back to (None) after previously having selected a scraper for a source, will prompt users if they want to remove the contents from the Library.

This is recommended if you wish to switch scrapers. First set content to (None) and then choose the new scraper.

Setting content to (None) also removes the contents of the selected folder from the Library altogether. This is useful if you want to remove the contents of an entire folder from the video library as removing entries from the contextual menu will only remove single items.

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