Video library tags

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1 Introduction

Video library tags, aka Tags or Keywords, can be used to further sort and organise your library into meaningful lists. Sites such as IMDB and TheMovieDB use Keywords to describe themes, plot details or character types to group and easily locate similar titles. They are generally different to the genre.

You may create tags for whatever purpose you require, such as Mums movies, Vampires, Easter movies etc. They can also be used as a Rule criteria in Smart playlists.

Tags are a video library feature and require a correctly scanned or scraped library. They can be used in Movies, TV Shows and Music Videos. Tags are not available in file view mode.

Movies and TV Shows cannot be combined into the same tag.

Using a compatible skin, these tag lists can be added as a main menu or sub-menu item. See: Custom home items

This wiki page uses Movies as the example, but it applies equally to TV Shows and Music Videos

2 Create Tags

There are 3 methods to create a tag:

2.1 GUI

This is the most common method to create a tag. Select Videos from the main menu, then Follow the images to create a tag.

Note: At least one title must be added to the tag for the tag to be created.

2.2 NFO Files

Tags can be added to NFO files by using the following XML tag in your NFO file:


Multiple tags can be used. If a tag value already exists in your library, then the item will be added to the existing tag list. If the tag does not exist, then a new tag will be created in your library.

See: NFO files

2.3 Scrapers

The following two movie scrapers can download keywords from TheMovieDB:

This feature needs to be enabled in the scraper settings. Both scrapers can be installed via the Kodi repository.

Be aware that some movies can have twenty or more tags and all these will be scraped into the library.

There is currently no scraper that can download tags for TV shows or Music Videos.

3 Accessing Tags

Tags are accessed from the Videos menu as follows:

Movies - Videos > Movies > Tags
TV Shows - Videos > TV Shows > Tags
Music Videos - Videos > Music Videos > Tags

See Image 3 in section 2.1 above.

4 Managing tags

Tags can be modified to add or remove titles or to delete the tag completely.

Add Movies
Opens a dialog with the list of all titles that do not have this tag attached yet. The user can select one or multiple titles to add to this tag.
Remove Movies
Opens a dialog with the list of titles that have this tag attached. The user can select one or multiple titles to be removed from this tag. Removing all titles will not remove the tag.
Remove from library
Stop hand.png The Remove from library option is broken from v17 and later. Use the Remove Movies option and remove all movies from the tag instead.[1] Fixed for v19[2]
Removes the tag from all titles that contain it, then deletes the tag. The user will be prompted to confirm whether the tag should really be removed. It does not delete any titles from the library, only the tag attached to the title.

5 Add-ons

The following tag related add-ons are available from the Kodi repository or are available on the forum as a zip install.

Adds a context menu entry for movies and tvShows (under manage) to allow the selection of tags
Helps you create Smart Playlists from IMDb/Trakt Watchlists by tagging local movies found in specified lists. Also creates a stand-up comedy tag based on Wikipedia comedians, as there is no genre for stand-up. Specify your IMDb/Trakt watchlists then choose your desired Kodi tag for each list. Runs as a service in the background at a specified interval, and also allows for manual creation. For Trakt, you can add lists from your own account, from public accounts, or shared lists from anyone you are friends with (people you follow, who follow you back). Oscar tagging lets you tag winners and/or nominees with each award for each movie in the following format 'Winner: Best Motion Picture'.
Add tags to movies and tv shows from either the context menu or by mapping a remote control button to run the script.

6 References

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