How to add movies to Kodi that you own legally



How to add movies to Kodi

In this post, we’re going to instruct you on how to add movies to Kodi! These are movies that you own yourself, stored on discs or hard drives.

Before we start

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As you’re more than likely aware, the majority of Kodi users use it for it’s third party add-ons and custom builds. These allow the streaming of pirated content from online.

However, the Kodi platform wasn’t originally designed for this. It’s sort of just what it’s evolved too. You see, Kodi was designed as a media centre, with a purpose of providing all of your local Movies, TV Shows and other media files in one central location.

How to add movies to Kodi. Interface showing the kodi library with locally added movies
Kodi library with locally owned movies

It gathers metadata, fan art and other information, putting all your media in an accessible location with a great looking interface. This is how I use my own Kodi setup. Although you may see me talking about add-ons and builds, I don’t use them. I have my own build set up which I created myself, and it houses all of my local media.

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It’s so much better to use the platform this way, and that’s why we’re going to show you how to add movies to Kodi! No buffering, no poor quality and no bad sources.

Adding your movies to Kodi

We’ll go through this guide using the default Kodi Krypton skin Estuary, so everyone can follow it easily.

  1. Start by heading into the Videos section from the Kodi home screen.
  2. Once inside, choose Files, then select ‘Add videos…’
  3. Choose browse on the right, and locate the folder where you store your movies.
  4. Press OK, to select the directory. Then OK again to finish adding the source.
  5. You will get a new window popup. Select ‘This directory contains’ and choose Movies.
  6. You can usually leave it at it’s default settings. However, if you keep your movie files in separate folders, instead of all files being in one folder, check “Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title”.
  7. Press OK to add your movies. If a message pops up asking if you want to refresh information for all items, choose Yes.
  8. Kodi will now index your movies and provide them to your home screen, along with all the relevant meta-data and fan art!

You can go ahead and repeat the process for your TV Shows.

Something to also note, is that when you delete a media file such as a movie, it won’t instantly delete from your Kodi setup. You’ll need to run the “Clean Kodi Library” option to remove missing files.


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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!