Manually updating Kodi’s media libraries

Manually updating Kodi's media libraries
Published: by Renier Delport
Collection(s): Kodi, Raspberry Pi

Although Kodi is quite comprehensive with a lot of automatic functionality (build-in or via plugins), there are still some things that needs to be done manually. Cleaning and updating the media libraries is unfortunately one of them.

Kodi has three library types: Music, Videos & Movies. For this post, the Movies library will be used, but the scenarios and options are more or less the same when it comes to manually updating their entries. This post will show the most common scenarios one might encounter when working with Kodi’s libraries.

Note: Although the process might be very similar with other skins, the default Confluence skin was used when compiling this post.

Why you need to do manual updates

Manual updates are not necessary at all and the content will still play as expected, but in order to keep things clean and organised this is a must. The whole idea here is to remove double entries, incorrect named entries, corrupted images for entries and worse of all the wrong content.

Updating new content

This is the most basic function when coming to manual media library updates. After entering the Library of your choice, by pressing the up-key the View options will pop up from the left of the screen. Scroll down to and choose Update library under Actions.

Kodi Update library button
The Kodi Update library button can be accessed by pressing the up-arrow key after entering the Library.

Mine is quite up to date since I use automatic media library updates for Kodi media centre.

Renaming titles

There might be two similar looking items, but they might for example have different build-in subtitles or one is 3D and one is not. They are correctly identified by Kodi, but the naming needs fine tuning [e.g. Avatar vs. Avatar (3D)].

Kodi rename title
To change the title of an entry, while on the entry, press C/Context menu -> Manage… -> Edit title.

Double entries

Double entries are usually when the same item is added from different sources, or has slightly different filenames on the same source. They are correctly identified by Kodi, but the extra one needs to be removed.

Kodi double movie entry

To do a cursory investigation, while on the entry, press C/Context menu -> Movie information. This will, among other things, show the source of the entry. Together with investigating the source, the specs will help making a decision on which one is most desirable. I, for example, prefer movies with a good quality:size ratio.

After deciding which movie needs to be removed, while on the entry, press C/Context menu -> Manage… -> Remove from library. The library will automatically remove with this entry, but upon a new Library update, it will return again, so remember to remove the entry from the source too.

Incorrect entries

The are, sometimes accidentally spotted, entries with the wrong information. The poster, movie information, everything is incorrect. This is because Kodi was unable to assign the correct movie to the given entry title.

The filename of the incorrect movie can be obtained by pressing C/Context menu -> Movie information.

Kodi movie information screen
In this screen, the movie title and the movie path are completely different.

In order to correct the movie information, while in the Movie information screen, choose Refresh -> Manual and type in the most distinguishable part of the entry’s name in the search area. This will bring up one or a few options to choose the correct movie from, which will be updated permanently on the Library.

Kodi correct movie selection

Corrupt poster or background images

Incorrect poster or background images are those that looks funny or is incomplete. The movie is identified correctly by Kodi, but the poster or background needs to be refreshed.

Kodi corrupt movie poster example

This can be easily fixed by removing the entry (C/Context menu -> Manage… -> Remove from library) and simply by updating the library.

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Renier finds himself busy with creative web design and his websites, motorcycling, photoshopping, micro electronics, non-commercialised music, superhero movies, badass series and many other things that are not interesting to most people.