Kodi Setup Guide: Pictures

Kodi does a lot more than just play movies and music. Kodi can also take your photo library for a spin too.

There isn’t as much functionality included in the picture viewer, mostly because there isn’t a whole lot that you can do with images out of the box. That being said, there are quite a few great add-ons to help put a little spice into your image library.

Adding Pictures to the library

If you’ve added music or movies to your library, then this is going to look very familiar. From the Kodi home screen’s ribbon scroll over to the Pictures option. Here there’s only one sub-menu listed below for any Add-ons you want to install. That’s not what we’re looking for, so click on the main Pictures option instead.

Just as with Movies and Music, you can install Kodi Add-ons and add files to your media library in this screen. Also, when you do have pictures in your library, their folder names will be listed in this menu as well.

Unlike the Movies and Music tabs, the Pictures menu is much simpler. In fact, allyou can do on this page is add pictures to your library or install an add-on.

Let’s walk through how to add pictures to your Kodi media library. As you can probably guess, you’re going to want to click on Add pictures… to start the process.

By now Adding a Source should look familiar. If you know the file path, you can enter it in the text box, or click Browse to search for it.

All of the drives that your Kodi installation can detect will be listed here.

My pictures are stored on a Western Digital MyCloud Network Accessible Storage (NAS) device, which could be found in one of three ways, depending on how I set it up: Network File System (NFS), Universal Plug and Play UPnP devices, or Windows network (SMB). In my particular Kodi setup, it’s configured as a Windows network (SMB) device.

Navigate to the folder that your pictures are stored in. For this example, I went to one individual folder without any subfolders. Kodi won’t list the individual pictures, only the folder names.

Once you’ve found the folder, click OK to continue.

Once you click OK, you’ll be brought back to the Add Pictures source window and your folder path will be listed in the text box. Choose a name for your pictures and click OK to continue.

That will take you back to the main Pictures sub-menu and your folder will be listed on the menu. In my case, you can see my Sample Pictures folder listed between Picture add-ons and Add pictures...

Kodi will then attempt to scan the folder to get a better idea of what kind of files are in that directory.

After the scan is complete, click in your new directory and take a look at your pictures library.

Pictures Sidebar Menu

You can access the Pictures sidebar menu by moving the mouse to the left hand side of the screen and selecting Options on the lower left hand corner, or by pressing the left directional arrow if you’re using a remote control with a D-pad.

From the sidebar menu, you can change settings related to how you view your pictures and how you view slideshows. The View options are fairly self-explanitory, but I want to touch on the slideshow settings. They are listed under the Misc Options heading.

Actions

Once you’re in a folder that has pictures in it, you’ll see three things listed in the sidebar menu: Slideshow, Recursive Slideshow and Randomise. The only settings change here is the toggle for randomizing the order that your photos appear.

The Slideshow and Recursive Slideshow options will both (predictably) start a slideshow using the pictures in this folder. A Recursive Slideshow will also look in any and all sub-folders in the directory and include those images in the slideshow as well.

Slideshow settings in Kodi have been trimmed down slightly and made a bit easier to understand. Only a bit though. I think there’s still room for improvement, especially for users who aren’t programmers or who’s primary language is not English. Recursion is a topic I don’t hear about very often, unless I’m speaking with my computer programmer friends. A simpler way to describe this would be a toggle for “include sub-folders”, which would mean the same thing and is easier to understand.

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