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1 What are Skip Steps?

Skip steps as implemented in Kodi is a method of additive skipping (also known as additive seeking) that applies to both videos and music, it allows you to skip backwards and forwards with the left and right cursor keys (this is the default keyboard mapping), and by pressing these keys several times you can skip with increasingly larger steps.
The following Action ID's are now forwarded to the Skip Step function:

  • StepForward
  • StepBack
  • SmallStepBack

2 Configuration

The settings can be found in the Videos -> Playback section.


Skip steps - This allows you to set the number of skip steps and the value for each step, the default values available here are -30 min, -15 min, -10 min, -5 min, -60 sec, -30 sec, -15 sec, -7 sec, 7 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec, 5 min, 10 min, 15 min, 30 min.

Skip delay: This is the amount of time Kodi waits for you to press the key again, before actually performing the forward or backwards skip, can be set to None and from there in 250ms steps until 3000ms.

2.1 Custom Skip Steps

The available skip step values can be customise via the advancedsettings.xml file with the <seeksteps> entry.

IMPORTANT: The values you enter are integers so apply for both the negative and positive direction e.g. a value of 10 will result in -10 sec and 10 sec appearing in the Skip step list.
IMPORTANT: This advanced setting only overrides the listed values listed in the GUI, in order to activate them you still need to go to the Step step setting and select the desired values.


<seeksteps>10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60</seeksteps>

This will result in the Skip step list of -60 sec, -50 sec, -40 sec, -30 sec, -20 sec, -10 sec, 10 sec, 20 sec, 30 sec, 40 sec, 50 sec, 60 sec

3 Additive Skipping

To make use of additive skipping (additive seeking) then you need at least two Skip step configured in either the positive or negative direction.


Skip Steps: -30 sec, -15sec, -7 sec, 15 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec
Skip Delay: 750ms

This table shows what happens with multiple presses of either the left kay or the right key:

Left Left Left Left Left Left Right Right Right Right Right Right
30 seconds backwards 15 seconds backwards 7 seconds backwards 15 seconds forwards 30 seconds forwards 60 seconds forwards

It is worth experimenting with Skip Delay to find the optimal setting for your hardware and the type of response you wish, for 250ms allows use of the additive function while retaining an almost instant response however this needs very quick presses for multiple presses to be registered.

4 Instant Skipping

With no more than a single negative or positive step configured, together with Skip Delay set to none, then Kodi will instantly skip without a delay.


Skip Steps: -7 sec, 30 sec
Skip Delay: None

Left Right
7 seconds backwards 30 seconds forwards