1 Game library
Kodi does not have a game-library yet, although one is in development. Currently, games are managed using a basic file browser, and artwork is not yet supported.
To browse local or network files, the source can be added to the Games window. This is similar to how videos and music are added to Kodi. For more information on adding sources, see Adding video sources.
1.1 Game Launchers / Game Browsers
Game Launchers / Game Browsers (Python script addons for Kodi) can provide a fuller game experience similar to that of a game-library, although configuration is sometimes required.
Note! The versions of Game Launchers / Game Browsers available in Kodi Addon Repository can be outdated. You can find the latest versions in the forum:
- Advanced Emulator Launcher - https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=287826
- Rom Collection Browser - https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=70115
2 Game add-ons
Kodi Gaming (RetroPlayer and Kodi Game API) window supports starting/running both libretro emulator cores and stand-alone games or emulators that does not use the Libretro API.
2.1 Emulator Cores
Kodi's Game API in the Kodi has a Libretro wrapper which is 1:1 compatibility with the libretro API, so all libretro cores are valid game add-ons. Libretro itself is a well defined cross-platform interface to handle the communication between a frontend (Kodi with RetroPlayer) and an Emulator Core (e.g. nestopia).
If a source is added but no games appear, then you are missing emulators that support your files. This will be fixed when Kodi is able to install emulators from the add-on store.
Alternatively, you can use the latest (experimental) "build" from the lead Kodi developer working on Kodi Games features and functions. These builds are typically an unmodified version of Kodi, but with all emulators installed.
Latest (experimental) builds are available here: https://github.com/garbear/xbmc/releases
3.1 See also
- Gaming in Kodi - Index of game related articles
- Game management - A guide to managing game files for and in Kodi
- Game add-ons
- Game development - A guide to developing games for Kodi
- Compiling Kodi with RetroPlayer
- Compiling existing game add-ons