Quick start guide

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Congratulations, new user, in your choice of media center software: Kodi!

This guide is designed to get you up and running with Kodi in the shortest time possible, and was written with the most typical use cases in mind. For more in depth information please refer to the Kodi online wiki manual

The Kodi interface is designed with the 'Home Theater' in mind. This means it is best viewed on a large-screen TV while you sit on your couch 10-feet away from that TV, rather than on a small monitor while you sit at your desk. Because everything is designed with the home theater experience in mind, the best way to interact with Kodi is with a remote control, rather than a computer mouse. If it helps, think of Kodi as the ultimate DVD-player/set-top-box.


1 Installing Kodi

Kodi can be installed on a wide range of supported hardware, from normal desktop computers, ARM powered tablets and phones, to tiny set-top-boxes, and more.

If you haven't already done so, download Kodi from http://kodi.tv/download/ or see the installation guides here:

Universal Windows Platform
Raspberry Pi
Mac OS X

See the Installing page for additional guides.

2 Adding files

While you can just use Kodi with plain file views, adding/scanning files to the library will add rich features such as cover art, summaries, thumbnails, trailers, and more.

To just quickly add files see Adding videos to the library/Adding media sources.

2.1 Adding videos to the library

2.2 Adding music to the library

To create your Music Library, please follow our beginners guide How to create your Music Library

2.3 Adding pictures

Adding sources for your pictures follows the same method as adding other media sources. From the Home Page navigate to Pictures, select Add Source and browse to the location of your picture files.

3 Using a remote control

In Kodi the primary environment was designed for the living room (10-foot interface) and controlling it only with a remote control. While Kodi does support mouse, keyboard, and even touch controls, the main method of controlling Kodi is designed around is the typical remote. This further enhances the appliance feel of the Kodi and fits next to (or replaces) the other remotes that are likely to be in your entertainment room.

4 Kodi add-ons

Add-ons are packages that add features and functions not normally included with Kodi. Add-ons are developed by people on Team Kodi and third-parties. Kodi has a growing list of community driven add-ons for online content like YouTube, Hulu, Grooveshark, Pandora Radio, as well as skins (themes) and more available from a common official repository, while still enabling third-party developers to also host their own unofficial repositories for add-ons that any user can choose to add themselves if they like.

For this example a skin is being installed, the same method is used for other add-ons.

Select Install from repository -> Select the repository (if no other repositories are installed it will automatically open the Kodi Add-on repository) -> Select the add-on category -> Select the add-on -> Select Install

To access the Add-on browser see: How to access the Add-on browser

When the add-on has finished downloading Kodi will enable it and depending on the add-on ask if you want to start using it. Add-ons will then appear in their appropriate section (e.g. skins in the appearance section of settings, movie scrapers in the options of scrapers when adding a new movie source)

5 Changing the look and feel of Kodi

Kodi is unlike many contemporary media and gaming centers, in that it can be easily customized to look completely different using skins while still remaining equally as useable and providing access to all your videos, music, and more.

To get new skins, go to: Settings → Interface settings → Skin → Skin - Estuary

You will be provided a list of currently installed skins and an option to "Get More..." where you can download additional skins.

To change skins, see: How To: Change Skins

6 Important note about the Context Menu

As you read this wiki and experiment on your own, you will quickly learn about the value of the context menu.

To use it, while highlighting an item, long press the Enter/OK key on a IR remote, long press return on a keyboard. if you are using a mouse, you can right click while hovering over an item or long left click.

7 Guides

The aim of these modules is to provide the required information to enable you to correctly set up, modify, and reinstate your Video library as required. As this guide is created for the new user, most pages have been created with minimal jargon and short explanations in an effort to reduce information overload and confusion. Where extra information is provided, note is made to what can be safely ignored.

8 See also

First time user

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