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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35 thoughts on “How to check Kodi’s log file

  • January 14, 2017 at 4:42 pm
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    errorlog #184467440723272976000 non exsistant control, 18446744072290992584 can’t find window peripherals, can’t find windows fire stacking dialog. What di I do?

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  • January 2, 2017 at 9:55 pm
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    After any TV show or movie no matter what add on I use kodi fails. I can watch movie or TV show all the way threw. But soon after I stop it or is over few seconds I get the Kodi fail message and back to the home screen. How can I fix this from happening. Especially when your catching up on TV shows you had to scroll threw many pages or search for. No matter how I tried after it stops Kodi fails.

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  • November 30, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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    I have the same. I have no idea and i have looked online too. These android boxes just seem to be more of a hassle than they are worth. Either exodus shows up as no streams available after loading 97% of them and TV Turk Playlist just keeps saying error check logs. Might throw mine away and just get sky at least there are less issues than the XBMC boxes.

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  • November 26, 2016 at 2:26 pm
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    How do I fix error : exception: non-existent control 1?

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  • October 18, 2016 at 10:25 pm
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    I get constant messages coming on screen DVB VIEWER CLIENT LOST ARGUS CLIENT LOST what do they mean ?

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  • October 2, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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    My log is saying that Control 50 in window 10001 has been asked to focus, but cant. And then it continues with a bunch of warnings: static XFILE::*…etc…

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  • August 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    my log is full of errors and warnings what do I do ?!

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    • September 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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      How do you fix it?

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  • August 30, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Mine says error: virtual book clmageloader do work – direct texture file loading failed for special://masterprofile/thumbnails. How do I fix this?

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  • August 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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    Installed the addon but it remains empty even after getting many “error check log file” messages.

    Anyone?

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    • August 29, 2016 at 3:55 pm
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      If you’re seeing a blank window when opening the addon, close the window and select “Show log” to re-open it. It can take a couple of seconds to load (up to 12 seconds on my old android box)

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    • September 3, 2016 at 11:07 am
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      Try clicking on show old for log

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  • August 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm
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    I have gone in to view log loads of errors have came up I don’t kow how to solve them please help

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  • August 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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    I need help… what do i do after i look at the file log???

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  • August 20, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    Trying to add exodus add on keeps saying check error log. In error log says Python script error the handshake operation timed out. How do I fix this?

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  • July 27, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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    Reading this, most apps have this feature built internally and automatically, so that when it states to look into the error log, you have that option available… having to do an add-on is IMHO a stupid step to have to do …

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  • July 24, 2016 at 11:32 am
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    Error control 61 in window 10147 : link resolve failed

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  • July 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    Looking at the log viewer and it reads ERROR:CGUI Media window::Get directory(plug in://) failed

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    • July 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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      seems like you are missing an addon, are there any other error messages in the log?

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    • August 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm
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      How did you fix this Dave, mine is saying the Dane thing

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  • July 11, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    Okay how do I fix these errors now?

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    • July 11, 2016 at 9:13 am
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      try to identify the addon causing the error and google the error message. if no solution comes up in search results try searching for the addon’s official forum and make a post describing your problem, dont forget to add a link to your log file on pastebin or xbmclogs

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  • June 29, 2016 at 1:29 pm
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    won’t do nothing all I am gettin is a black screen. went out of it and back in still nothing. I get constant error messages

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  • June 15, 2016 at 6:45 am
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    Nothing comes up, just a black window

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  • June 5, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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    After looking into error log I’ve noticed UrlResolver is missing?!.
    ConfigWizard & reinstalled all addons which fixed all errors for me and everything is working again.
    Thanks for hint 🙂

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    • May 2, 2016 at 10:31 am
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      Look for error messages in the log, you’ll see which plugin is causing the problem and usually a message describing the problem, you can try googling the error or asking in some forums, tvaddons.ag Forums has official threads for a lot of popular addons and people at /r/Addons4Kodi are very helpful.

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  • May 1, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    What next when you get in log files

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  • April 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm
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    So how do I clear the error log on Kodiak now. I have a lot of errors and it doesn’t do anything

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  • April 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm
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    I followed directions and now I am waiting and waiting for something to show up. I have had many error messages. Does it have to wait while loading them all?

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    • April 11, 2016 at 8:44 am
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      If you are seeing a black window and nothing is happening, close the window and select “Show log” again. The log should be visible after a couple of seconds.

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  • March 16, 2016 at 9:19 am
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    What do I do now it says failed I already knew that

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