How to Install Kodi Skins – Change the Look & Feel


Not only is Kodi the most feature rich media center software solution out there but it is also the most customisable. Kodi allows you to download and install skins which are different themes for the software. A skin contains the menu layout, background images, options you see and sometimes new features. A skin can change both how your HTPC looks and how it behaves. In this post we will show you how to install Kodi skins onto your system. This can either be from zip file or from a repository. We will show you the full change Kodi skin process allowing you to deploy a skin that suites you. Video tutorials are shown at the end of this post.

Best Accessories for Kodi

Bellow are a list of our Kodi accessory recommendations.

VONTAR T6 Plus 2.4GHz Remote
VONTAR T6 Remote
Somatosensory Mouse, Infrared Remote, 2.4GHz Wireless QWERTY Keyboard & Touchpad, Colorful Backlit, Lithium Battery. For Kodi, PC & Android. Micro USB charging.
Esynic 2.4G Wireless Mini Keyboard
Esynic Wireless Keyboard
2.4G wireless keyboard and mouse. Control Kodi from the comfort of your sofa. Supports PC, Android, Smart TV and other devices.
TBS DVB-S2 Dual Satellite Tuner
TBS TV Tuner
Watch satellite TV & listen to radio on PC from within apps like Kodi (PVR). Twin tuner allowing you to record multiple channels.
Toshiba X300 4TB Hard Drive
Toshiba X300
4TB storage capacity, 7200RPM speed, 128MB cache, 3.5" SATA. Reliable internal storage for your media center.
WD 2TB Elements Portable HDD
WD Elements 2TB
USB 3.0 portable hard drive in black for multiple devices. Carry your Kodi media libraries in your pocket.

How to Install Kodi Skins – Change Kodi Layout

In this post we will be using Kodi 17 Krypton with the default Estuary skin installed. Different skins offer different features and if you want to change Kodi layout you need to download and install a new skin. We will show you how to install Kodi skin from zip file and how to navigate a repository to find them online. Please ensure that you backup your PC or TV box prior to implementing this guide. If you are using older versions of Kodi see our Upgrade Kodi Guide post. See video tutorials at the end of this post.

Not chosen your Kodi skin yet? See our full list of 30 Best Kodi Skins.

Install Kodi Skin from Zip Files & Repositories

To install Kodi skins select addons from the left hand menu. Kodi skins are in the form of addon packages and when you install them they deploy both the skin itself and any additional addons that are required by it. [Read: Arctic Zephyr Install: Arctic Zephyr Kodi Skin for Elegance]

Install Kodi Skins
Install Addons with Kodi

Select the open box shape at the top of the left menu. This is where you head to install new addons with Kodi and browse the many available in the repositories. [Read: Estuary Mod Skin Install from the Guilouz Repository]

Change Kodi Skin
Kodi Addon Installer

You will now be at the Kodi Add-on browser screen shown below. You have two main options here to locate and install Kodi skins. If you want to install Kodi skin from zip select the 4th option. This will bring up a file browser allowing you can navigate down to the location of your Kodi skin. If you would like to browse the selection of skins that are available in the official Kodi repository select Install from repository. [Read: Kodi FTV Skin Install – Makes Kodi Look like the Fire TV]

Install Kodi Skin from zip
Kodi Addon Locations

Find Skins in the Repositories

When you are presented with your repository options select the Kodi repository. The majority of repositories follow a set naming convention and skins tend to be in the same place. Navigate to:

Look and feel > Skins

The Official Kodi Repo has a large number of available skins to download. In this guide we will install the Revolve Kodi skin. Navigate to the skin you would like and hit return. You will then be presented with the skins information page. This gives you a little detail about what the skin has to offer and its developer. Hit the Install button to commence the install. This is shown below. [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]

Change Kodi Layout
Kodi Revolve Skin Install

When the install is complete you will receive a notification saying “Would you like to switch to this skin?” Select Yes and Kodi will change to your new skin. [Read: How to Play Background Music on Kodi Media Centre]

Change Kodi Skin – Switch to Installed Skins

You may not want to download and install Kodi skins. You may simply want to browse skins that are already installed on your system. To do this select the settings cog once again at the top of the left hand menu. Next select Interface settings as shown in the image below.

Kodi Interface Settings

The first item in the Interface settings menu is Skin and you will see all skin settings. On the right side if you select Skin you can browse through all of the skins you have installed. Simply select one to change Kodi skin. The Configure skin option shown beneath this contains all of your skin options. Here for example you can change Kodi layout, customize the Kodi menu and home screen, add Kodi background music etc. [Read: The Official Kodi Repository – Kodi Addons, Skins & Tools]

Kodi Skin Settings

How to Install Kodi Skins from Repositories Video Tutorial

The below video shows a Kodi Skin Install from the official Kodi repository.

Change Kodi Skin -Final Thoughts

There are now more than 30 Kodi skins available all with different layouts and features. Install Kodi skins from repositories or from zip files on your computer. Selecting your skin is important as it changes the feel of your HTPC solution. To personalise your HTPC you can change Kodi layout to something that works for you. Skins also contain different features and some do different things better than others. I suggest you try a number of skins to find the one that best suites you. [Read: 30 Best Kodi Skins – The Complete List]