How to Check Kodi Error Log for More Information and Quick Fix

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In this guide, I will show you how to check the Kodi logfile on Kodi 18.5 & Kodi 17.6. The guide covers the manual process for all the popular Kodi supported devices. You will also get the detailed instructions to install relevant Kodi addons. 

Why do I need the Kodi log file you may ask? Kodi is a great media player, used by millions worldwide. But, it is not perfect. Sometimes, you bump into errors that don’t seem to go away. You may then seek help in the Kodi official forums or from a Kodi expert you may know. The one who troubleshoots your issue is likely to ask you for the Kodi log file. You might have noticed the message “Check the log for more information” along with errors on Kodi. The log file contains information specific to the error, thereby allowing us to find more relevant and accurate solutions.

In this guide, you will learn how to check the log on Kodi. First, you will see how to manually find the Kodi log file residing in the device storage. Later, I will introduce you to two Kodi addons that let you access the Kodi log location from within the Kodi app. Keep reading!

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How to Check Kodi Log Manually

You could also check the Kodi log file manually. The log file is a simple text file. Therefore, you can open it with any basic text editor/viewer such as Notepad on Windows.

You will need to manually navigate to the folder on the device storage where the log file resides. The path to the folder varies across devices.

Here is the list of Kodi log location by devices. In the event, you can’t find the file, use the Kodi Logfile Uploader add-on.

Check Kodi Log File on Windows

Windows users can follow the path below.

Windows Drive (usually C:) > Users > {username} > AppData > Packages > XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p > LocalCache > Roaming > Kodi > Kodi.log

Locate Kodi Log on Mac

If you are a MacBook user, you should find the Kodi log file at the following location.

Users > {username} > Library > Application Support > Kodi > Kodi.log

Find Kodi Log location on Android

Device Storage > Android > Data > org.xbmc.kodi > files > .kodi > temp > kodi.log

In Android devices, the “.kodi” folder is hidden. You will need to unhide it first to access the log file. All file manager apps have an option in the settings to unhide the hidden folders and files. For instance, if you are using ES File Explorer, you can make the hidden folder and files visible by turning on ‘Show hidden files’ from Settings > Display Settings.

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Check Kodi Log on iOS

private> var > mobile > Library > Preferences > Kodi > kodi.log

Kodi Log File on Linux

Linux users can check log by following the path below-

Root folder > .kodi > kodi.log

How to Check Kodi Log on FireStick

You can use any file manager to view the Kodi log file, which is saved on the FireStick storage. I prefer ES File Explorer, which is one of the best FireStick apps to explore FireStick storage.

  • Get ES File Explorer – From the FireStick homes screen, select search icon on the top right and type in ‘ES File Explorer’ (without the quotes). Select ES File Explorer in the search result and click it by pressing the select button on your remote.  Follow the on-screen instructions to install this app.

how to check kodi log on firestick

  • Run the app from ‘Your Apps & Games’ section once it is installed. Now, open Settings option on the left

firestick kodi log

  • Click ‘Display Settings’

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  • Scroll down to ‘Show hidden files’ and enable it by checking the box next to it

kodi log file location firestick

  • Return to ES File Explorer home screen. Highlight the ‘Local’ option on the left column, expand it and click the second ‘Home’ option (the one without the home icon next to it)

firestick kodi log file location

  • Now, open the Android folder

kodi error log firestick

  • Navigate to data > org.xbmc.kodi > files >  temp. You will see the ‘kodi.log’ file here.

how to check kodi log on firestick

So, this is how you check the Kodi log on your FireStick or Fire TV device. If you got a new Fire TV Stick and don’t have Kodi on it, follow the below resources link.

  • How to Jailbreak FireStick
  • How to Install Kodi on FireStick

View the Kodi Log with ‘Log Viewer For Kodi’ Addon

If for some reason you cannot navigate to the log file on your device storage, you can always use a Kodi add-on called ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’. This add-on will let you view the logs from within Kodi, without you having to look up for the folder.

Log Viewer for Kodi is available in the official Kodi Add-on repository. I will show you how to install this add-on. Here are the steps.

#1. The first thing you need to do is click the ‘Add-ons’ option on the left sidebar. You will find it on the Kodi home-screen.

Kodi error log

#2. Now click the open box icon on the top left, which is also called Package Installer.

Kodi log viewer

#3. Open the option ‘Install from repository’

Kodi log location

#4. On the next screen click Kodi Add-on Repository

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#5. Scroll down a bit and select ‘Program add-ons’

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#6. Now scroll down all the way to the ‘L’ section. A bit of scrolling will be required. Select ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ add-on

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#7. Simply click the ‘Install’ button on the bottom left of the next screen to install Kodi Log Viewer add-on

Kodi log viewer

#8. Wait for the add-on to install. It should not take more than 30 to 60 seconds. When the installation is complete, a notification will appear saying ‘Add-on installed’ on the top right

Kodi log location

#9. Now go back to the Kodi home screen and navigate to Add-ons  > Program Add-ons. You will now see the ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ add-on among other program add-ons.  Click it to open the add-on

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#10. You will now see three options – Show Log, Show old Log, and Settings. You can view the most recent logs in the ‘Show Log’ section. If you have run into any Kodi error, this is the section you will want to open to get the latest Kodi logs.

In case you want to view the older logs, you will find them in the ‘Show old Log’ section.

In the ‘Settings’ section, you can tweak some settings and customize the log display. We will talk about Settings later. First, let’s open ‘Show Log’

how to check kodi log

#11. This is how your Kodi log will look like. I am not sure why, but the logs are sorted by older first. For the most recent logs, you will have to scroll down all the way to the bottom. But, you can change how the logs are sorted and view the most recent ones first.

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#12. Run Log Viewer for Kodi again and this time open ‘Settings’

where to find kodi error log file

#13. This is what you will see in the Settings section. Enable the ‘Invert Log (most recent first)’ to sort the logs to newer to older. Enabling this option will also enable the ‘Number of lines to show’. You can have ‘All’ the lines displayed or choose the number you want (20, 50 and 100 are the other options)

kodi error details

If you would like to display the Kodi log automatically when the error has occurred, enable ‘Show log when an error occurs’.

Enable ‘Use custom text box’ will show the logs in the full-screen mode

Enable Debug Logging for More Information on Error

If Kodi or an add-on is behaving erratically, and you are looking to get help from the experts, you will want to make sure that you provide as much information about the error as possible. This helps the trouble-shooters at Kodi Support Forum understand the problem better and offer more relevant solutions.

Debug logging, when enabled, adds additional information about the error to the Kodi logs. This added information could be vital in resolving the issue. So, before you generate the log file using the ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ or any other add-on, it would be worth your while to Enable Debug Logging.

Here is how you can do that:

#1. Open the Settings menu by clicking the cog icon on the top left of the Kodi home-screen

kodi settings

#2. Now open the ‘System settings’ from the list of the options on Kodi 17.6 or just ‘System’ on Kodi 18

kodi system settings

#3. Select ‘Logging’ on the left sidebar and you will see the related options on the right. As you can see in the image below, switch the ‘Enable debug logging’ on by moving the toggle. The moment you do that, additional log information will start appearing on the top left of the Kodi window.

kodi error log file location

You don’t have to concern yourself with this information. But, it will add some really useful data to the Kodi log, which the developers or experts at Kodi Support Forum can use to fix the problem at hand. All you have to do is reboot Kodi after enabling this option and reproduce the error. Plenty of new details will be added to the log file.

I know this additional overlay on top of every Kodi screen could be pretty annoying. It might draw your attention away from the content while watching a movie or any other content. But, you don’t have to keep the ‘Enable debug logging’ turned on all the time. Once you have regenerated the error and added more details to the log, you can turn it off again.

How to Upload Kodi Error Log Directly to Server with Kodi LogFile Uploader

Log Viewer for Kodi plugin lets you view the logs. That’s good! But, what if you had to share the logs at the support forum or an expert? Of course, one way is to locate the log file on the device storage and upload the file to the Kodi support forum.  This seems like a long-drawn process and often users are not able to locate the log folder. Thankfully, there is an easier way.

You can upload your logs directly to the server and share the URL with the concerned persons using the ‘Kodi Logfile Uploader’ add-on. This add-on is also available on the official Kodi Add-on Repository.

I will show you how to install and use Kodi Logfile Uploader. I have disabled Debug Logging as it hides the icons on the top and the images will not be very clear to you. So make sure that you turn Debug Logging on before following the steps below.

#1. Open Add-ons again from the home screen and click on the Open Package icon on the top left

kodi addon installer

#2. Again open the ‘Install from repository’ option on the next screen and then select ‘Kodi Add-on Repository’

kodi log uploader

#3. Now open Program Add-ons

how to upload kodi error log

#4. Scroll down to the ‘K’ section and click the ‘Kodi Logfile Uploader’ add-on

kodi logfile uploader

#5. Click ‘Install’ on the next screen (the button in on the bottom right) and like always, wait for the add-on to install. When you see the Add-on installed notification on the top right of your screen, it means you are good to go.

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#6. Now return to the home screen and navigate to Add-ons > Program Add-ons and you should see the add-on icon here

how to check kodi log

#7. Open the add-on. First, a prompt is displayed asking if you wish to view the logfile or upload it. Click ‘View’ to just view the logfile. Click ‘Upload’ to upload it.

Upon clicking upload, a new pop-up will appear with a URL. You can access this URL to view the logs. Share this URL with the description of the problem on the Kodi Support Forum.

check the log for more information kodi error

As you can see, there is a QR code for the log file. Just scan the code with your mobile and you will get the link to download the file on your device.

Every time you open this add-on, a new URL is generated with the updated logfile.

#8. This is how the Kodi error log details will look like when viewed through the URL:

kodi error log

Kodi Error Log: Wrapping Up

When you bump into a Kodi error you cannot find the solution for, you could seek help from the Kodi Support Forum or any other Kodi expert you may know. There is a fair chance you will be asked for the Kodi log file. This file has all the relevant details of the Kodi error and helps find a more accurate solution. You can navigate to the kodi.log file through the path I have provided. However, if you find that a bit long-drawn, you can install the Log Viewer for Kodi and Kodi Logfile Uploader add-ons.

Both these add-ons are found in the official Kodi Add-on Repository. You don’t need the log file every day. But, when you get the error message “Check the log for more information,” you must know how to get it. That’s what this article is all about. I hope you found it useful.  Please feel free to comment below if you have any suggestions or questions. Thank you for reading!

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