Autoexec Service

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Automatically execute code when Kodi starts up.

If you wish to run some code automatically when Kodi starts, you can do so by creating a service add-on.

(This replaces the now deprecated method of adding an file in the userdata folder.[1])

Create a folder for your autoexec add-on

  1. Navigate to the addons folder in the Kodi Data Folder
  2. Create a folder named service.autoexec.

Add an file

Move your existing file to this folder, or if you don't have one yet, create it and check out the code examples below.

Add an addon.xml file

Create an addon.xml file in this folder and copy and paste the following code to it:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<addon id="service.autoexec" name="Autoexec Service" version="1.0.0" provider-name="your username">
		<import addon="xbmc.python" version="3.0.0"/>
	<extension point="xbmc.service" library="">
	<extension point="xbmc.addon.metadata">
		<summary lang="en_GB">Automatically run python code when Kodi starts.</summary>
		<description lang="en_GB">The Autoexec Service will automatically be run on Kodi startup.</description>
		<license>GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2</license>

Enable your addon in kodi

Navigate to the autoexec add-on in the addonbrowser and enable it:
Settings > Add-ons > My add-ons > Services > Autoexec Service


Simple Examples

Here is an example that starts your favourite addon:

import xbmc


And this example takes you to the movie overview:

import xbmc


Example using profiles

If you are using profiles and wish to run specific code based on the user who logs in, it can be done like this:

import xbmc

if xbmc.getInfoLabel('System.ProfileName') == 'Master user':

elif xbmc.getInfoLabel('System.ProfileName') == 'your username':


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