We all have seen the “One or more items failed to play. Check the log for details” error message. But where’s the log and how can i check it? In this guide we’ll show you two ways to check Kodi’s log file for errors.


Checking the log file itself

Kodi’s log is a plain text file so you can open it with any text editor. Use this method if you are planning on asking for help in forums, having the log file at hand can save you a lot of time.

Every OS uses different paths to store Kodi’s files, you can find the path to the log file on the following list.

  • Windows: C:\Users\{user_name}\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\kodi.log
  • Android:{storage}/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/temp/kodi.log
  • Linux~/.kodi/kodi.log
  • iOS/private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/kodi.log
  • Mac/Users/{user_name}/Library/Application Support/Kodi/kodi.log
  • OpenELEC/storage/.kodi/kodi.log
  • OSMC: /home/osmc/.kodi/temp/kodi.log
  • XBian: /home/xbian/.kodi/temp/kodi.log


It’s considered good practice to use services like xbmclogs.com or pastebin.com to upload your log instead of posting the file directly to a forum.


Using Log Viewer for Kodi addon

You can check the log file without leaving Kodi by downloading the Log Viewer for Kodi addon in Kodi’s official repository. This method will show you the log file regardless of the OS you are running.


1. Select “System” on the Home Screen.System option in kodi home screen
2. Then “Add-ons”. Addons option in Kodi settings
3. Click on “Install from repository”. Install from repository option
4. Select “Kodi Add-on Repository”. (If you don’t have any other repo installed, Kodi will use the official repo by default)Kodi official addon repository
5. Go to “Program add-ons”.program addons on Kodi official repository
6. Scroll the list until you find “Log Viewer for Kodi” and click on it. kodi program addons log viewer
7. Press “Install” and wait a couple of seconds while it downloads. installing Log Viewer for Kodi
8. Go back to the Home Screen and select “Programs”. (If you are using Android you’ll see an extra menu after, select “Program add-ons”)programs option on kodi home screen
9. Click on “Log Viewer for Kodi” to open it. Log Viewer for Kodi addon
10. Select “Show Log” to display the log file. Some low power system might take a couple of second to show the log file.kodi-programs-log-viewer-show-log


Kodi’s log file can give us a hint of what’s going on, you don’t need to fully understand it but it’s a good starting point when identifying failing addons or asking for help in forums. Remember to check the log file as soon as the error happens, Kodi events are constantly being written to this file so the longer you wait the more difficult it’ll be to identify the error.


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Stephanie Rain Canfield
Stephanie Rain Canfield

Mine is still staying error when I want to watch a movie and I keep checking the log, i don’t know what to do, help?!?!

ed conahan

now that I found the log how do I go about fixing the errors


What’s next after the log?

Ann Jones

How do I get the kodi to work again after I went to log viewer wgat do I do now

Ann Jones

What do I do now that I found the log viewer for kodi it’s just bunch of stuff o don’t understand please help me


It’s just saying subject name missing. Help me please


So I have a ton of errors in my log file. How do I fix the errors or where do I upload my log file to?


I have the log file with a ton of errors how do I fix them


I found the log with a lot of errors. How do I correct them? I have watched at least 20 videos and rebooted and restarted my fire stick and still have errors. What now?????


Hey guys I’m tryna find out how to change the date on my Kodi. I am operating raspberry pi model 3b or something. Don’t know much about this stuff at all it says 26 November 2016 and I can’t watch anything later then that date

Stephanie Johnson

What if it says “log viewer for kodi installation failed?

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You can check the log file manually in the Kodi’s installation folder.


How do I understand what the errors are and how to fix them?


type the error into google. that would be a start. any error numbers are good too.


For some reason, the LOG FILE is displayed when I’m watching Kodi and I can’t get rid of it.


Hi, that’s very unusual. Try uninstalling the Log Viewer addon


I have done all the steps but after step 10 for ” show log” and i press on it nothing comes up what should I do ?