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Kodi Beginners Guide p3: Add media sources to Kodi

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]

Best Wireless HTPC and Android TV Box Keyboards

  1. Logitech K410 Living-Room Wireless Keyboard with Built-In Touchpad - $37.75 editors pick
  2. Logitech Illuminated K830 HTPC Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad - $69.99
  3. iPazzPort KP-810-10AS Wireless Mini Keyboard Remote with Touch - $15.99
  4. Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad - $22
  5. LYNEC C120Pro Mini Wireless Gyro Remote Keyboard Mouse - $13

Adding media sources to Kodi

Kodi default Main Screen
Notice the Kodi default Main Screen with no Movies and TV Shows section

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:

Add media sources to Kodi videos
Add videos to increase the options on your library

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:

Adding Kodi Video Sources width=
Browse in Kodi to add several video folders

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:

Add sources Kodi library
Kodi browser which shows all direct connected drives

So, to add our NAS device to the available shares we go to “Add network location”.

Go to Page 2 – Add Kodi Media Sources…

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About the author


My name is Raf Cole. I’ve been into computers, Movies, and TV as far as I can remember. Other interests are technology, Android, XBMC (Kodi), HTPC’s and Tennis. Been working in Industrial Automation for 10 years in both discrete and DCS automation, currently as Proposal Specialist.