How to Create a Library in Kodi?

In this brief guide we look at how Kodi creates a library of your content to easily access, search and play. As well as methods for importing videos, music and pictures into Kodi. Finally, we look at how to create libraries on your existing addons.

How Does Kodi Create a Library?

Before you begin creating a library in Kodi, its important to recognise that Kodi does not act like a cloud storage device.

Kodi simply takes what you have on your device, and maps out paths to files and directories, as well as adding additional information. Like cover art, IMDB rating, length and other additional information.

If there is no media present on your Android device then Kodi cannot build a library to start with.

Prior to creating a library, try to upload all your relevant media files and organise them into appropriates files depending on the type of media. Kodi will easily be able to categorise them in terms of genre, artist and so on.

Also, Kodi will arrange media in different libraries depending on the media type. SO, you don’t need to worry about pictures with videos and music.

From the Kodi Home screen you will see the following sections in the left-hand side menu, if you are using Estuary:

  • Movies
  • Tv Shows
  • Music Videos
  • Tv radio
  • Add Ons
  • Pictures
  • Movies
  • Music

You can change the sections and where they are displayed by going into: Settings > Skins > Configure Skin , where you can turn icons on and off and change their prominence in the menu hierarchy.

Importing Videos, Music and Pictures Into Your Library

Here we give a brief overview of each of the main types of media added to your library.


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  1. Form the main menu navigate down the “Videos” section
  2. From the right-hand side of the screen click “File”
  3. Then select “Add Videos”
  4. You will see a pop-up, where you can browse and add or remove sources
  5. Navigate to the folder that contains the videos that you want to upload
  6. Name your media source and then click “OK”
  7. On the “Set Content” you can manually choose from a number of categories including “Videos”
  8. Kodi will ask if you want to refresh information for all the files in this path, say yes, so it can fine tune to pick up only video files
  9. Give Kodi time to map and categorise all the items of media, most of the time is spent finding title names and cover art


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  1. Click on Music from the Home screen
  2. Click “Add Music”
  3. Click “Browse for music”, navigate to the file path containing all your audio files
  4. Kodi will then categorise all your music and seek out the relevant cover art and details for each album and single


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  1. Start on the Kodi Home Screen
  2. On the left-hand side menu click “Pictures”
  3. Select “Add Pictures…”
  4. You can navigate to browse and find the folder with your image files

Creating Libraries on Addons

Most addons will allow you to favourite movies, TV Shows and channels and allow you to create a Library of sorts. But this won’t be accessible from the libraries on your Kodi home screen.

Some addons may even allow you to download and then watch content offline. If you designate a folder which is covered by your library already then you will be able to view this from the library in the main section of Kodi. Just make sure to update your Kodi sources.

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