How to Update Kodi Library Automatically – Scan for New Content


Out of the box Kodi requires it’s users to update all of their content libraries manually. So, if you add a new movie to your media centre or remove a TV show then you have to perform a re-scan for to pickup the change. If you are someone who is regularly downloading new digital content you want your new videos to be ready to play as soon as they are on your system. Thankfully it is possible to force a Kodi update library on startup. In this simple post we will show you how to update Kodi library automatically keeping your media collections fully up-to-date. A full video tutorial is available at the end of the post.

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How to Update Kodi Library Automatically – Scan for New Content

A full video tutorial showing this guide in full is available at the end of the post. Before we look at the Kodi library auto update settings be sure to backup your media solution. Although this is only a minor setting tweak and easily reverted it is always good to keep a solid backup. For this post we are using Kodi 17.5 Krypton (latest at time of writing) but the process is the same for most other versions of the application. If you have not yet upgraded see our Upgrade Kodi guide post. [Read: How to Add Subtitles to Kodi & The Subtitle Settings]

Let’s begin! Click on cog shape shown at the top of the left hand menu. This will take you to the main Kodi settings screen you can see this highlighted on the image below. [Read: How to Change Language on Kodi]

Update Kodi Library Automatically
Select the Settings Cog

When you arrive at the main settings page you will see an icon for each type of Kodi setting. The Kodi library auto update configuration can be found under “Media settings” highlighted in the following screenshot. Select Media settings and you will be taken to the page that controls your libraries. [Read: 30 Best Kodi Skins – The Complete List]

Kodi Update Library on Startup
Select Kodi Media Settings

Kodi Library Auto Update Settings

Select Library from the left hand menu (this is the default starting page). On the right you will now see the following settings headers; Manage Sources, Video Library and Music Library as shown below. The “Manage Sources” section allows you to point Kodi in the direction of your content by telling it which folders contain Videos, Music or Pictures. [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]

Kodi Scan for new content
Kodi Library Settings

Scroll down to the Video Library heading. You will see from the image above that “Update library on startup” is highlighted. To let Kodi scan for new content when it boots you must switch on this setting as shown. Once this is switched on Kodi Library Auto Update is enabled and every time you load the application it will check your sources for new files. If it finds any it will download the necessary art work / information and display them ready for use. It will also remove items that no longer exist. [Read: How to Play Blu-ray Movie Discs with Kodi]

This settings is separate for Video and Music. To let Kodi update library on startup for Music you music scroll down to the Music Library heading and enable the same setting there. [Read: Kodi Controller Configuration – A Gamepad Remote]

Update Kodi Libraries Automatically Video Tutorial

The below video tutorial shows you just how easy it is to auto update Kodi libraries. For many more Kodi guide videos subscribe to the Home Media Portal YouTube Channel now!


HMP Verdict – Kodi Update Library on Startup

And that is all there is to it. Update Kodi library automatically and your content will always be fully up-to-date on your system. With just two settings to change you can let Kodi Scan for new content on startup and never have to refresh your media player manually again. Nothing like automating your Kodi house keeping tasks![Read: How to Lock Kodi using Kodi Master Lock Code]