How to Clean Your Kodi Library (Remove Old Files)


KodiHow to Clean Your Kodi Library (Remove Old Files)

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Kodi library cleaning, what is it?

Cleaning your Kodi library is something we all have to go through at some point. If you’re reading this now, you’re probably at said point. Therefor it’s extremely important that you know when to clean your library, as well as how to do it.

If you have a large Kodi media library, or a library of any size at all really, you may find yourself running into one of the following problems

  1. You change the directory of your local media files. Resulting in Kodi still thinking the files are in the old directory and refuses to play them, leaving you with unplayable media.
  2. Somehow, a single movie, or multiple movies have duplicated themselves in your library. So now they are need deleting.
  3. Deleting a file from your directory, however it still sits in your library, doing nothing and taking space.

If I’m describing a problem you are having, then it’s time to sort it. To solve this, we’re going to run through the simple process of cleaning your library. When you do this, Kodi will automatically scan all of your media files and remove any instances where the connecting media file can not be found. Thankfully, Kodi has this tool implemented so there is no need to download any add-ons or programs.

How to clean your library from Estuary

This tutorial is for the latest Estuary skin. There is a gallery with some images incase you have any problems. This process should be similar for almost every skin, so just look for the same menus.

  1. Go into your Kodi settings menu
  2. Select “Media Settings”
  3. Make sure that your settings level is set to “Expert”
  4. Go into the Library tab and select “Clean library”
  5. In the next window, pick yes.
  6. Thats it!
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!