Smart playlists/GUI Method

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1 Playlist Manager Location

The Playlist Managers are located as follows:

Music library
From the Main Menu navigate to Music > Playlists
  • Select New Smart Playlist to create a new playlist
  • Highlight an existing Smart Playlist and from the Context menu select Edit playlist to edit an existing playlist


Video library
From the Main Menu navigate to Videos > Playlists
  • Select New Smart Playlist to create a new playlist
  • Highlight an existing Smart Playlist and from the Context menu select Edit playlist to edit an existing playlist


For locations of the Smart Playlist files, jump to the XSP Method page for details.


2 Smart Playlist Editor

The following images are the Smart Playlist edit screen and applies equally to both Music and Video playlists unless stated otherwise. It is annotated with the steps to create the smart playlist.

Steps 1-4 are required, all others are optional. The playlist should be created in the order of the steps shown.

Step 1- Type
Select the media type- Songs, Albums, Artists, Movies, TV shows, Episodes, Music Videos or Mixed^.

Only one type can be selected and different types of media cannot be mixed into a single playlist.

^ Mixed is used to combine Music and Music Videos.


Step 2- Playlist name
Type a name for the playlist. Use a meaningful name as this name will be displayed in Kodi

You will be asked to confirm this name at the end of the process after selecting OK in Step 10.


Step 3- New rule...
The rules for the playlist are created here using the pop up box shown in the second image above.

Simple playlists may use a single rule or can be more complex using multiple rules.

See: Rules & Groupings for available rules, attributes and operators.


Step 3a- Title
This is the basis for the rule. Select this item from the pop-up box that lists all available fields. eg title, rating, movie studio, tags, album, etc.

The selection here varies depending on the media type selected in step 1.

The item chosen here is what will be used to match/exclude results.


Step 3b- contains
The operator is used to evaluate the rule. Depending on which rule was selected in 3a, the selection of available operators may differ. eg Rating is greater than


Step 3c- Enter text here...
The value that will be used to evaluate the operator. eg Rating is greater than 7


Step 3d- Browse
Works with item 3c. Allows you to browse and select known values in the database.

eg, when selecting Country in step 3a, browse and select the countries listed in the database rather than typing them in step 3c.

For many rules, multiple selections can be made.


Step 4- Items must match
If two or more rules have been created in Step 3, you must select how the rules are evaluated.

  • All of the rules- an item must match all rules for it to be displayed in the list
  • One or more of the rules- an item needs to match only one of the rules for it to be displayed in the list


Step 5- Limit to
Used to limit the number of matches in the list. You may want to display all matches or limit to the first 10 matches, for example.


Step 6- Order by
Select how the list should be ordered. eg order by title, rating etc


Step 7- Order
Used with Step 6, in what direction should the list be ordered- ascending or descending


Step 8- Group by
Adds grouping to the results.

eg Selecting group by Genre will open a list of all the genres that are used by the titles that match the rules. Then select a genre to see the title list.

See: Rules & Groupings for available Groupings.


Step 9- Type: Mixed
Only active when Sets is chosen in Step 8.

  • Disabled - Will only list the collection for movies that belong to a Set. Enter a collection to see the individual movie(s) that match the rule(s).
  • Enabled - Will show the collection that the matching movies belong to as well as the individual movies that do not belong to a set/collection.


Step 10- OK / Cancel
Save or discard your Smart Playlist.



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