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

On Kodi 18.9 and Kodi 17.6, I’ll show you how to check the logfile in this guide. The manual process is covered in this guide for all of the popular Kodi supported devices. You’ll also get step-by-step instructions for installing the necessary Kodi addons.

You might be wondering why I need the Kodi log file. Kodi is a fantastic media player that is used by millions of people all over the world. However, it is not without flaws. You may occasionally run into errors that refuse to go away. You can then seek assistance from the official Kodi forums or a Kodi expert you know. The person who is troubleshooting your problem is likely to request the Kodi log file. On Kodi, you may have noticed the message “Check the log for more information” as well as errors. Because the log file contains information specific to the error, we can find more relevant and precise solutions.

You’ll learn how to check the log on Kodi in this guide. First, we’ll look at how to manually locate the Kodi log file in the device’s storage. Later on, I’ll show you two Kodi addons that allow you to access the Kodi log location directly from the Kodi app. Continue reading!

How to Check Kodi Log Manually

You could also manually examine the Kodi log file. A simple text file serves as the log file. As a result, you can use any basic text editor/viewer, such as Notepad on Windows, to open it.

You’ll have to manually navigate to the log file’s location on the device’s storage. The path to the folder differs depending on the device.

The following is a list of Kodi log locations organized by device. If you can’t find the file, you can use the Kodi Logfile Uploader add-on to upload it.

On Windows, Check Kodi Log File

.The steps below are for Windows users.

Users > username > AppData > Packages > XBMCFoundation.Kodi 4n2hpmxwrvr6p > LocalCache > Roaming > Kodi > Kodi.log > Windows Drive (usually C:) > Users > username > AppData > Packages > XBMCFoundation.Kodi 4n2hpmxwrvr6p > LocalCache > Roaming > Kodi > Ko

On a Mac, Locate Kodi Log

If you’re using a MacBook, look for the Kodi log file in the following directory.

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

On Android, Find Kodi Log location

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

The “.kodi” folder is hidden on Android devices. To access the log file, you must first unhide it. Unhiding hidden folders and files is an option in all file manager apps’ settings. If you use ES File Explorer, for example, you can make hidden folders and files visible by selecting ‘Show hidden files’ from the Settings > Display Settings menu.

More information can be found in the log. Error in Kodi

On iOS, Check Kodi Log 

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

On Linux  Kodi Log File

Linux users can check the log by going to the following URL:

.kodi > kodi.log > root folder

On a FireStick, how do you check the Kodi log

The Kodi log file is saved on the FireStick storage device, can be viewed with any file manager. To explore FireStick storage, I prefer ES File Explorer, which is one of the best FireStick apps.

ES File Explorer is a free program that allows you to browse your files. Select the search icon on the top right of the FireStick homes screen and type in ‘ES File Explorer’ (without the quotes). Select ES File Explorer from the search results and press the select button on your remote to launch it. To install this app, follow the on-screen instructions.

how to check kodi log on firestick

Once the app is installed, launch it from the ‘Your Apps & Games’ section. Go to the left-hand menu and select Settings.

firestick kodi log

Select ‘Display Settings’ from the drop-down menu.

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Scroll down to ‘Show hidden files’ and check the box next to it to enable it.

kodi log file location firestick

Return to the home screen of ES File Explorer. On the left column, select the ‘Local’ option, expand it, and select the second ‘Home’ option (the one without the home icon next to it)

firestick kodi log file location

Open the Android folder now.

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Go to data > org.xbmc.kodi > files > temp in Kodi. Here you will find the ‘kodi.log’ file.

how to check kodi log on firestick

So that’s how you can check the Kodi log on your FireStick or Fire TV. If you have a new Fire TV Stick and don’t have Kodi installed, use the resources link below.

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

If you are unable to locate the log file on your device’s storage, you can always use the Kodi add-on ‘Log Viewer for Kodi.’ This add-on will allow you to view the logs directly from Kodi, eliminating the need to search for the folder.

The official Kodi Add-on repository contains Log Viewer for Kodi. I’ll demonstrate how to set up this add-on. The steps are as follows.

The first step is to go to the left sidebar and select the ‘Add-ons’ option. It can be found on the Kodi home screen.

Kodi error log

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

Kodi log viewer

#3. Select the ‘Install from repository’ option.

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#4. Next, select Kodi Add-on Repository from the drop-down menu.

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#5. Select ‘Program add-ons’ after scrolling down a little.

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#6. Next, go all the way down to the ‘L’ section. There will be some scrolling involved. Add-on ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ should be selected.

how to check log on kodi

#7. To install Kodi Log Viewer, simply click the ‘Install’ button on the bottom left of the next screen.

Kodi log viewer

#8. Wait for the add-on to complete its installation. It should take no more than 30 to 60 seconds to complete. A notification will appear once the installation is completed in the top right corner that says “Add-on installed.”

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#9 Return to the Kodi home screen and select Add-ons > Program Add-ons. Among other program add-ons, you should now see the ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ add-on. To use the add-on, simply click it.

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#10. The Show Log, Show Old Log, and Settings options will now appear. In the ‘Show Log’ section, you can see the most recent logs. This is the section to open if you’ve encountered a Kodi error and want to get the most recent Kodi logs.

The older logs can be found in the ‘Show old Log’ section if you want to see them.

You can change some settings and customize the log display in the ‘Settings’ section. Setting will be discussed later. To begin, open ‘Show Log.’

how to check kodi log

#11. Here’s how your Kodi log will appear. I’m not sure why, but the logs are sorted by the date they were created. You’ll have to scroll all the way down to the bottom to find the most recent logs. However, you can change the order of the logs so that the most recent ones appear first.

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#12. Relaunch Log Viewer for Kodi and select ‘Settings’ this time.

where to find kodi error log file

#13. This is what the Settings section looks like. To sort the logs from newer to older, enable the ‘Invert Log (most recent first)’ option. When this option is enabled, the ‘Number of lines to show’ option is also enabled. You can choose to see all of the lines or just the ones you want (20, 50 and 100 are the other options)

kodi error details

Enable ‘Show log when an error occurs’ if you want the Kodi log to appear automatically when an error occurs.

When you select ‘Use custom text box,’ the logs will be displayed in full-screen mode.

Enable Debug Logging To Get More Information on Error

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If Kodi or an add-on is acting strangely and you need assistance, make sure you provide as much information as possible about the problem. This helps the Kodi Support Forum’s troubleshooters better understand the issue and provide more relevant solutions.

When debug logging is enabled, it adds more information to the Kodi logs about the error. This additional data could be crucial in resolving the problem. So, before you use the ‘Log Viewer for Kodi’ or any other add-on to generate the log file, make sure you enable debug logging.

Here’s how to go about it:

#1. Click the cog icon in the top left corner of the Kodi home screen to open the Settings menu.

kodi settings

#2. Select ‘System settings’ from the drop-down menu on Kodi 17.6 or simply ‘System’ on Kodi 18.

kodi system settings

#3. On the left sidebar, select ‘Logging,’ and the related options will appear on the right. By moving the toggle to the right, you can enable debug logging, as shown in the image below. Additional log information will begin to appear on the top left of the Kodi window as soon as you do so.

kodi error log file location

You don’t need to be concerned about this information. However, it will add some extremely useful information to the Kodi log, which developers and experts at the Kodi Support Forum can use to resolve the issue. After enabling this option, all you have to do now is restart Kodi and try to reproduce the error. The log file will be updated with numerous new details.

I understand that having an additional overlay on top of every Kodi screen can be a pain. While watching a movie or other content, it may draw your attention away from the content. However, you do not have to leave the ‘Enable debug logging’ option on all of the time. You can turn it off again once you’ve regenerated the error and added more details to the log.

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

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Log Viewer for Kodi is a plugin that allows you to view logs. That’s fantastic! What if you needed to send the logs to a support forum or an expert? Of course, one option is to find the log file on the device and upload it to the Kodi support forum. This appears to be a lengthy procedure, and many users are unable to locate the log folder. There is, thankfully, an easier way.

Using the ‘Kodi Logfile Uploader’ add-on, you can upload your logs directly to the server and share the URL with those who need to know. This add-on can also be found in the Kodi Add-on Repository.

I’ll demonstrate how to set up and use Kodi Logfile Uploader. Debug Logging has been disabled because it obscures the icons at the top and makes the images difficult to read. As a result, make sure Debug Logging is enabled before proceeding with the steps below.

#1. Return to the home screen and click the Open Package icon in the top left corner of Add-ons.

kodi addon installer

#2. On the next screen, select ‘Install from repository’ again, and then ‘Kodi Add-on Repository.’

kodi log uploader

#3. Go to Program Add-ons and select it.

how to upload kodi error log

#4. Go to the ‘K’ section and select the ‘Kodi Logfile Uploader’ add-on.

kodi logfile uploader

#5. On the next screen, click ‘Install’ (the button in the bottom right) and wait for the add-on to install, as usual. You’re ready to go when you see the Add-on installed notification in the top right corner of your screen.

kodi error log

#6. Return to the home screen and go to Add-ons > Program Add-ons, where the add-on icon should appear.

how to check kodi log

#7. Switch on the add-on. A prompt appears first, asking if you want to view or upload the logfile. To just look at the logfile, click ‘View.’ To upload it, click the ‘Upload’ button.

When you click upload, a new pop-up window with a URL will appear. You can view the logs by going to this URL. On the Kodi Support Forum, post this URL along with a description of the issue.

 check the log for more information kodi error

For the log file, there is a QR code, as you can see. Scanning the code with your phone will provide you with a link to download the file to your device.

A new URL with the updated logfile is generated every time you open this add-on.

#8. Here’s how the Kodi error log details will appear if you go to the URL:

kodi error log

Wrapping Up How Check Kodi Error Log for More Information

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When you run into a Kodi error that you can’t solve, you can turn to the Kodi Support Forum or any other Kodi expert you know for assistance. It’s possible that you’ll be asked for the Kodi log file. This file contains all of the relevant details about the Kodi error and aids in the search for a more precise solution. Using the path I’ve provided, you can get to the kodi.log file. If you find that too time-consuming, you can install the Log Viewer for Kodi and Kodi Logfile Uploader add-ons instead.

Both of these add-ons are available in the Kodi Add-on Repository. The log file isn’t required every day. However, you must know what to do if you receive the error message “Check the log for more information.” That is the topic of this article. I hope you found it informative. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section below.