How to use Trakt with Elementum and Kodi

Elementum can use your Trakt.tv account to manage your Collection, Watchlist, and other lists directly on Kodi. This is especially helpful if you want to keep all your favorite shows and movies synchronized across all your devices.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at Trakt.tv and how to use it with Elementum. If you need help installing Elementum, please read How to install Elementum on Kodi first.

Intro to Trakt

Trakt.tv is a free service that lets you organize your favorite TV shows and movies, it helps you to keep track of what you’re watching on TV.

Trakt can integrate with Kodi to help you organize and synchronize your favorites across devices. You can access Trakt using a browser, smartphone app, or directly on Kodi using add-ons.

Trakt offers a lot of features, in this guide we’re going to focus on two specific ones: Collection and Lists.

The Collection: it’s similar to the library on Kodi, here you’ll add your favorite shows and movies.
  1. To view your collection select Collection from the Profile Menu on the top-right corner.
  2. Use the Filter to select Shows or Movies.
  3. You can Sort the results by Title or Date.
Trakt.tv collection sorted by TV show title
Lists: You can create your own custom lists here, Trakt comes with a default Watchlist you can use to add all the shows and movies you’d like to check out.
  1. To view your lists select Lists from the Profile Menu on the top-right corner.
  2. Add new lists using the Add Lists button.
Trakt lists on user profile

Be aware that the Watchlist is a temporary list, this means that the movies and shows on this list will be automatically removed once they are marked as watched. On the other hand, the Collection and custom lists are persistent.

To add a TV show to your Trakt collection or list select TV from the Top Menu.
  1. Use the buttons under each Show to Mark as watched, Add to Collection or Add to a List.
  2. You can search for specific shows or movies using the Search Box on the top-left corner.
  3. Click on Trending or Popular to explore new shows.
Adding tv show to collection using Trakt.tv

Try adding a couple of shows to your collection and check out the other features to familiarize yourself with Trakt, once you are ready switch back to Kodi.

Authorize Elementum with Trakt

Elementum can get access to your Trakt Collection, Watchlist and custom lists, to do this you must authorize Elementum to use your Trakt account.

1. Open Kodi, go to the Add-ons tab, open the Context menu on Elementum, and select Settings. open Elementum settings on Kodi

Note: To open the Context Menu use C on the keyboard, long-press on touch devices, right-click with the mouse, or use the menu key on the remote.

2. Select the Trakt tab and click on Authorize Elementum on Trakt.tv
Kodi Elementum Trakt authorization
3. Copy the authorization code
Trakt authorization code for Elementum on Kodi
4. Use your browser to go to https://trakt.tv/activate/, enter the code and press Continue.  (You must be logged into your account.)   
activate kodi addon on trakt.tv
5. Press Yes to allow Elementum to use your Trakt account.   
use Elementum with Trakt
6. Go back to Kodi and press the OK button.  
accept Trakt authorization code with Elementum Kodi addon
7. Wait a couple of seconds and you’ll see a notification. Your Trakt user name should now appear next to Username. Press OK to continue. 
set up your Trakt account on Elementum

How to use Trakt with Elementum

Authorizing Trakt will enable new categories on Elementum’s TV Shows and Movies menu, use them to get access to your Collection, Watchlist, and custom lists within Kodi.

8. Open Elementum and select TV Shows. TV shows category on Elementum Kodi addon
9. Use My Progress, My Lists, My Watchlist, My Collection, and Calendars to get access to Trakt.
using Trakt collection on Kodi with Elementum

Use the Calendars feature to view upcoming episodes of your shows. My Progress is like an automatic bookmarks list based on what you’ve watched.

Adding items to Trakt using Elementum

Elementum lets you manage items on your Trakt Collection and Watchlist.

10. Highlight a show or movie and open the Context Menu. Use Add to collection or Add to watchlist to add an item to Trakt.
Adding item to Trakt collection using Elementum Kodi addon

The Context Menu will show options to remove the item if it’s already on Trakt.

[Optional] Import Trakt to the library using Elementum

Elementum can use your Trakt Collection, Watchlist and/or custom lists to populate the library. Items on your library will appear under the Movies and TV Shows tabs on the Home Screen. If you want Elementum to use the library please read Library Integration with Elementum Kodi addon.

11. Use the Context Menu to open Elementum settings.
open Elementum settings on Kodi
12. Select the Trakt tab, enable Use Trakt information if available, and Scrobble
integrate Trakt with the library using Elementum
13. Scroll down to the Synchronization section and select which components of Trakt to sync with the library. You can sync your library with the collection, watchlist, and/or custom lists
synchronize Trakt with Kodi's library
14. Press Update Trakt to import items from Trakt to the library.  
import Trakt info to Kodi's library with Elementum
15. Press Yes to refresh the library.
refresh library after Trakt sync on Elementum

Refreshing the library can take a couple of minutes depending on the number of items in your collection or lists.

More info:

How to use Trakt with Elementum Kodi addon
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