Custom home items
|Video library||Management||Custom home items|
A common question people have after setting up their library is how can they separate their library so not everything is just in one big section, and how to have that as an option on the home screen in Kodi. Kodi can already filter and separate library items using a number of methods mentioned above, and combined with a skin that supports custom home items, the library can be laid out exactly was you want, right from the home screen.
This same idea can also be applied to add-ons, programs, and anything else you might want to place on the home screen.
The main requirement for customs home items is using a skin that supports such customization. Most third party skins that can be downloaded have some form of support for this. However, Kodi's default skins (previously Confluance, and now Estuary) don't have many home screen customization options.
If you like the look of the default skin, but still need custom home items, here are some possible solutions:
Video library example
The easiest method is to use something like favorites, smart playlists, custom video nodes or video library tags (or even a mix of those) and create a list for each special type (like anime, documentaries, westerns, etc) and create one for "general TV shows". Basically, "TV shows" becomes a smart playlist where it's all TV shows except for the ones with special playlists. Then grab a skin that lets you use custom home items, such as Transparency!, Hybrid, or Aeon Nox, and set those as home buttons while hiding the original "TV shows" button.
Some skins even let you use custom video nodes (which are based on smart playlists) to automatically alter what is displayed on the home screen.
If you want to completely separate the library you can also use profiles, where each profile has their own Kodi library and settings.