If you are using Kodi 17 Krypton you are probably wondering how to add custom menu items or widgets. Estuary is not as mature as Confluence or other popular skins so there aren’t many customization options available yet. Luckily for us there’s Estuary Mod.
Estuary Mod is a skin based on Estuary with a lot of new features, developed by Guilouz, Estuary Mod will let us create custom menu items and add widgets to our Home Screen.
In this tutorial we are going to use Exodus and Trakt to create a custom menu item for TV shows similar to the one available when using library integration, check our guides on how to install Exodus or Exodus and Trakt if you need any help. You can use your preferred addon, we are using Exodus just to illustrate.
Installing Estuary Mod
After the installation you’ll be prompted to switch skin, confirm by pressing Yes.
Configuring Estuary Mod
Estuary Mod uses other addons to improve the user experience, we are going to configure the skin and install its dependencies.
Some of these addons are located on Marcelvdt’s repository and installation will fail if the repo is not installed.
Creating Menu Items with Estuary Mod
We are going to create a new menu item called My TV Shows that will take us to our Trakt’s TV Collection when selected. We’ve already set up Exodus and linked it to Trakt, you can use your favorite addon instead, the steps are very similar.
Go to the Home Screen and test your new menu item. There are a lot of possibilities here, check the other options available when choosing an item for menu.
Adding widgets to Estuary Mod
Now let’s add some widgets, following with our Exodus and Trakt example, we are going to add a widget to show us the latest released episodes from Trakt.
Go back to the home screen and test your widget. You can add up to 6 widgets for each menu item, there are some extra widgets on Skin Helper Service Widgets, check them out.
There are 2 types of widgets: Pre-configured widgets (video, movies, tv shows, music video and music) you can overwrite the widgets but not remove them. Customizable Widgets (posters, thumbs, icons and hub) these are fully customizable.
Creating a Sub Menu
Estuary Mod allows us to create sub menus, we are going to add a shortcut to Exodus’s people watching category.
To create more sub menu items use the + button on the left side of the screen. Try adding a couple more items.
There it is, fully customized Estuary. We used Exodus on this guide but you can use your favorite addon. Estuary Mod really shines when used with library integration, there are a lot of options on Skin Helper Service Widgets and Extended Info Script. Some addons like Nextup Service Notification won’t work without library integration. If you want to install addons that support library integration check out our guides on Specto, Quasar or SALTS.
- Estuary Mod Skin for Kodi.
- Kodi Media Center official site.
- Exodus addon on tvaddons.ag forum.
- Trakt.tv official site.