How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi – For Audio & Video


Everyone these days creates playlists for their media files but have you heard of a smart playlist? A smart playlist is where you do not select the files to play but define a series of rules that the system can use to select for you. You define some guidelines and then your player application will look for files that meet this criteria. In this “How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi” post we will show you just how easy it is to set these up within the software. We will create an example smart playlist and define a set of simple Kodi smart playlist rules. A full video tutorial is included at the end of this post.

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How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi – For Audio & Video

A full video tutorial is shown in the last section of this article. For this How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi guide we are using Kodi 17.4 Krypton. The process is more or less the same for different versions of the application. If you are running and older release consider upgrading Kodi before you begin. Always ensure that you backup your media device prior to making any changes. [Read: How to Update Kodi Library Automatically – Scan for New Content]

Create a New Kodi Smart Playlist

In this post we are going to create a simple smart playlist in Kodi that will produce short songs for running using tracks from our audio library. Smart playlists can be used however for both audio and video files. To begin select Music from the main Kodi menu system. You will presented with the screenshot shown below. Scroll down and select Playlists as shown. [Read: How to Change Kodi Splash Screen – Custom Startup Image]

How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi
Kodi Playlist Location

The screen that follows provides all of the options for your Kodi playlists. When you have created your first smart playlist it will appear in this location ready for use. To begin select New smart playlist as highlighted below. This will take you to the main smart playlist options screen. [Read: How to Change Kodi Screensaver & Kodi Screensaver Addons]

Kodi Smart Playlist Rules
Kodi Playlist Types

Kodi Smart Playlist Options

The next screen that you will hit is the main options screen for smart playlists. It allows you to dictate which files this should be applied to and contains the Kodi smart playlist rules creator. We will now briefly look at the options available on the left hand menu. [Read: 30 Best Kodi Skins – The Complete List]

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Kodi Smart Playlist Options

The “Type” option allows you to set what category you are going to use this new rule set against. You can select from the following options. [Read: Kodi Controller Configuration – A Gamepad Remote]

  • Songs
  • Albums
  • Artists
  • Mixed

For our running smart playlist we are going to select “Songs”.

The “Playlist name” option is rather self explanatory. You can call your Kodi smart playlist anything you like. We will using the name “Running”.

“Items must match” allows you to set how many of your rules must be satisfied in order for Kodi to select the track. You can for example say 1 or more rules must be met. In our case we will choose “all of the rules” meaning that every single rule that we set must be met in order for a song to be selected by Kodi.

Under “Limit to” you can set a maximum number of songs that your smart playlist can select for you. We will set ours to a maximum of 25 items. [Read: How to Lock Kodi using Kodi Master Lock Code]

The final two menu items control how your smart Playlist will be ordered. We will select “Title” for the “Order by” option and ascending for the “Order” option.

Kodi Smart Playlist Rules

Now we must define our Kodi smart playlist rules. On the right menu of the “Edit smart playlist” screen select New rule and you will be presented with the screen shown below. Kodi smart playlist rules are split into three variables as shown. In the first row you are telling Kodi which element of each file to query. You can run rules against the items that follow. There are more options but I have listed some of the popular choices. [Read: How to Check Log Files on Kodi & the Kodi Log file Location]

  • Genre
  • Title
  • Duration
  • Track
  • Year
  • Play Count
  • Rating

For the first Running playlist rule we are going to run this rule against the song title. You can see this selected below. [Read: How to Launch Android Apps from Kodi]

Kodi Smart Playlist Creator
Create a New Kodi Smart Playlist Rule

In the second row of the above screenshot you are telling Kodi how the first variable (in our case “Title”)should be queried. For queries against a Title the following options are available to you:

  • Is
  • Is not
  • Contains
  • Does not contain
  • Starts with
  • Ends with

We have selected “Contains” for this Running smart playlist. The final row when creating Kodi smart playlist rules is to tell Kodi what it is looking for. As our smart playlist is for use when running we will enter the word “fast” into the final row. [Read: UK TV Kodi Addons – Live TV and Catch Up]

So to recap what we have done here for our first rule is that we have told Kodi to query song Title looking for titles that Contain the word Fast. Once you have created a rule you can select New rule again to add further conditions to your smart playlist. [Read: How to Play Blu-ray Movie Discs with Kodi]

The Complete Kodi Smart Playlist

The image below shows our complete Kodi smart playlist for running songs. You can see that I have added further rules on the right hand side. This smart playlist now looks for song titles that contain the word fast, have a duration of under 3 minutes, that were produced after 1989 and before the year 2000. On the left hand side you can see that all rules must be met for a track to be selected and Kodi will add a total of 25 songs to the smart playlist. This Kodi smart playlist can now be used to play 25 short songs from the 90s with a title that suggests a fast pace! [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]

Kodi Smart Playlist Empty
Kodi Smart Playlist Example

Kodi Smart Playlist Video Tutorial

The below video tutorial shows how to create the example smart playlist we have used in this guide. For many more Kodi guide videos subscribe to the Home Media Portal YouTube Channel now!

HMP Verdict – How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi

Smart playlists are a great way to filter out songs that meet certain criteria. You can create playlist for activies like we have done or you can create them for different moods. The example used in this “How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi” tutorial is very simple but your smart playlist rules can be as complex as you like. Remember that with Kodi smart playlists are not just for audio collections and can also be applied to video content. [Read: How to Setup TV Shows in Kodi]