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Attention talk.png For more information and support see the YouTube add-on discussion thread


See this add-on on the kodi.tv showcase

Author: TheCollective

Type: Video
Repo: Kodi.tv repo v19
Kodi.tv repo v18
Kodi.tv repo v17

Summary: YouTube video plugin
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ YouTube

Plugin that lets you browse and play videos from everybody's favorite video site!

1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to

  1. The home screen
  2. Add-ons
  3. Download
  4. Video Add-ons
  5. YouTube
  6. Install

2 Introduction

In order to use this plugin you will need Dharma 10.1 or newer release of XBMC.

NOTICE: Changes in our development methodology have made it necessary to put the stable version of the plugin on life support. Some non-working features have been disabled as it wasn't feasible to repair them.

All functions are enabled if you are running an Eden v11 or newer version of XBMC.

2.1 Features

  • Non-intrusive user notifications
  • Video thumbnail browsing for a more pleasant user experience
  • Advanced Searching (including locally stored searches)
  • Listing of YouTube's standard feeds and region specific feeds
  • Adding and removing contacts
  • Adding and removing favorites
  • Subscribing and unsubscribing
  • Listing Subscriptions including new subscription videos
  • Listing a contacts uploads, playlists, favorite videos and subscriptions
  • Playback of all video streams (RTMP support is currently not working due to limitations in rtmpdump)
  • Plays videos that can't be embedded
  • Auto-magically filters unavailable video's from YouTube's results (If you see it, you can play it)
  • Supports YouTube Disco! (Music Discovery project) Searches (Beta)
  • Supports Browsing YouTube Categories, Trailers and Shows (Beta)

2.1.1 Browser extensions

Adds a "Play in XBMC" button under YouTube videos.

These extensions will autoplay everything while the browser is on the http://www.youtube.com/leanback page.

Some embedded videos will also have a "Play in XBMC" button, these may be badly placed.

Note: these plugins are no longer maintained, so have a look at the Unofficial Browser extensions.

2.1.2 Unofficial Browser extensions

The extensions above are known not to work with the newest YouTube and XBMC Eden and newer. The following unofficial extensions are available:

Mozilla Firefox

Google Chrome


3 Known problems

  • One of the main features of the plugin is that it defaults to thumbnails view for video items. This only works when using the default "Confluence" skin as the plugin is dependent on the Id defined for confluences thumbnails view.

4 Feature request

If you have a feature request then create a new post in the YouTube support thread.

5 Reporting a bug

If you are having problems with the plugin or just have a query please do read the documentation and do a search on the XBMC YouTube support thread before posting.

If you believe you have found a new bug, create a log (see below) and post in the YouTube support thread.

5.1 Creating a useful debug log

Typically users will report errors with descriptions that lack many important details. While we take all user reported errors seriously, its often is impossible to help if without a proper debug-log, this guide will take you through the steps to create such a log.

As such, if you want any help with this issue you must follow these steps.

  1. Open the plugin and go to "Advanced" in settings, enable "Plugin debug" and confirm.
  2. Find your debug Log here:
  • Linux::
  • Mac OSX:
  • Windows 7 & Vista:
  1. Paste your debug log to http://pastebin.com/ ( Do NOT upload part of the log, we need the ENTIRE log. )
  2. Post a message in this thread with your debug log.

If you have problems following the guide, please ask on the forum thread and we will help you through it.

6 Testing/Status

Integration and unittests are run continuously by Jenkins


7 See also

7.1 Similar page names