Updating or removing videos

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The basic steps for adding
videos to the library:

1. Naming video files

2. Adding video sources
3. Set content and scan

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This page will show you the various methods of updating library information for videos and how to remove videos.


1 Updating the library

There are several ways you can scan your videos into the Video library:

  • When a source or file has "content set" or changed, Kodi will ask you if you wish to update the library after you are done.
  • In Library view you can choose "Update library" from the lefthand sidebar menu by pressing (left).
  • Select the item in file view and either press I on the keyboard, or bring up the contextual menu (press C) and select "Movie information" or "TV show information"
    • If the file is already scanned in, you can also use the info screen to refresh/update that entry in the library.
  • You can select the share, folder, or TV show (anything that is basically a folder) that your videos are in and choose "Scan for new content" from the contextual menu (press C or Menu), which scans all files in that specific share/folder.
  • Have Kodi scan for new items upon start up by going to Settings -> Media Settings -> Library -> Update library on startup. You can set this individually for Music and Video sources.
  • Add-on:XBMC Library Auto Update can be used to schedule automatic updates to the library.
  • Add-on:Library watchdog can be used to watch folders for new files to trigger library updates.

2 Refreshing the library

Note: Kodi only scans each video once for information. The next time you update it will only add new videos, but won't download new art/summaries/etc for existing videos. To refresh the information for existing videos:

Refresh individually
  1. Select the item in file view and either press I on the keyboard, or bring up the contextual menu (press C).
  2. Select "Movie information" or "TV show information".
  3. Then select "Refresh".

When refreshing individually you can also choose to just refresh or manually select images for various views (cover art, fanart, thumbnails, etc).

Refresh by source/folder
  1. Remove a source/folder from the library by changing the content setting to "None".
  2. When Kodi asks you if you want to remove those items from the library, say yes.
  3. Kodi will then show a progress bar and remove those entries.
  4. Change the content setting back to what it was before.
  5. Kodi will then rescan in those entries.

3 Removing videos

  • You can remove the contents of entire folders/sources (without deleting the actual files) from the library by setting content to <None>, even if the parent folder is still included in the library. See Set content and scan for more info.
  • Individual entries can also be removed (without deleting the actual files) by bringing up the contextual menu (press C on a keyboard) and selecting "Remove from library". Those videos will be scanned in the next time the library is updated unless the parent folder's content settings has Exclude path from library updates selected.

4 Removing sources

To remove a source you need to use the contextual menu (C on a keyboard by default) on a video source.

  • Select "Videos" in the home screen menu
  • Select one of the Sources ( 'Movies' , 'TV' , etc )
  • Use the contextual menu (C) to bring up the additional options for that source
  • Use 'Edit' or 'Delete' to modify the source

5 Excluding directories/folders

Kodi can exclude certain directories from the library all together using a few different methods.

  • Use the "Exclude folder from scans" option when the content type is set to "none"
  • Place a file (even an empty one) named .nomedia in the directory you want to exclude.
Note: Windows users should name the file .nomedia. which will trick Windows into using the proper .nomedia name.
  • Folders with -trailer or sample in the name will be automatically skipped. For the exact pattern match, see here.

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