Welcome everybody to the Kodi Beginners Guide Part 3: Add media sources to Kodi! In Part 1: What is Kodi, we went through the origins of Kodi and in Part 2: How to use Kodi we covered the installation and how to organize your media files. In this third part I’ll show you how to add media sources to Kodi and how to setup Kodi library. If you’re having trouble getting started just take a look on how to setup Kodi on Windows to help you on your way.
How do you add media sources to Kodi?
In creating this Kodi setup guide I’m navigating through Kodi with a wireless Mouse and keyboard.
But if you own a smartphone or tablet running Android, I’d also recommend using either the offical remote app Kore or the Yatse remote app from Tolriq. [Read: Yatse vs Kore: a comparison to help you decide]
Adding media sources to Kodi
Now, before we can add media to Kodi we have to know where and how our data is stored. It could be something as simple as a USB drive, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device or you could go for something more advanced like making your own budget HTPC/NAS Combo. Directly connected drives like USB or internal drives should be recognized automatically by Kodi. However, if you have a NAS installed, like I do, you have to add it in Kodi as an SMB share. [Read: 5 Most common NAS or Home Server uses]
We will start the process by clicking on “Videos” and then “Files” to see this screen:
I find that all basic actions feel very intuitive in Kodi, like in this case, where you can only click on “Add Videos” in the following Kodi source install dialog, to go forward:
Add Network Location
Clicking on browse will open up the Kodi browser. Here you can see all the type of shares that are supported to setup Kodi library. Notice that there isn’t a network location configured at this time:
So, to add our NAS device to the available shares we go to “Add network location”.