Music tagging

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Starting in v16 "Jarvis", Kodi will ask the user who adds any file music source, if it should be imported.

We recommend you say yes to this prompt as the Kodi Music library has many extra features that help with music navigation, metadata and artwork retrieval.

Once the music is imported in Kodi's library, you can start to organize and browse music in all kinds of awesome ways. We have chart views, artist, genre, and many other views. Starting from v15 "Helix" you can also create your own custom music nodes just like smart playlists. For example you can now create an A-Z artist view, or all music from the 2000's. See Music nodes for a guide.

1 Explanation of Music importing options

The first thing we need to do is go to System >> Settings >> Music >> Library

And look at the options available:


Include Artists who appear only on compilation albums

Turning this option on will show many more artists than you would normally like to see as it will include any "extra" artists found on an album. An example could be an album by a band, with 1 track that has a collaboration with a rapper on 1 song. It can also include VA albums. The option is triggered if more than 1 artist is found on an album. Basically you will normally want to turn this option off if you want a nice clean Artists view. You can always go to the compilations node to see the albums and artists that are missing.

Fetch additional information during updates

This option will grab extra metadata and artwork from online sites. Since we are a media centre and this kind of stuff is great, we recommend you turn this option on. It will download lots of things with scrapers such as artist biographies, moods, artist thumbnails, album artwork ect.

Prefer online information

This option will overide some of your tags with information it finds online. It can be useful to get very accurate music data, but we recommend you switch it off normally so your id3 tags take precedence. This makes it easy to tag your music files and know exactly how they will show up in Kodi. It also makes it easy to change data by simply editing the id3 tag.

Scraper selection

This option lets you choose a scraper to grab metadata such as artist biographies, and artwork such as pictures or artists. Kodi uses 2 scrapers here, one for the artist, and another for the albums. The difference being the album scraper is able to grab cover-art and album descriptions, genres and reviews. We recommend you stick with the universal scraper here, which will use the MusicBrainz API to search and a number of different sites such as, and Allmusic to grab the additional data. Since some of these sites are open, it is possible to add information to these sites and scrape the new data from them instantly.

2 NFO files

Like with most metadata in XBMC, MusicBrainz tags can be added using NFO files. Both album.nfo and artist.nfo files can contain the MusicBrainz tag or simply contain a URL to the correct page on the MusicBrainz website, similar to how Movies can contain an IMDb URL NFO file.

3 See also

3.1 Similar page names