How to Find, Debug, and FIX with Kodi Error Log File

Whether we like it or not, we occasionally find ourselves needing to check the Kodi error log. Even when facing a simple EBKAC error, we might wish to peruse the Kodi log file to see what affect this may have had on our system. “One or more items failed to play. Check the log for details.” Does this sound familiar? Just like any other software on the planet, Kodi does have its fair share of bugs and issues seemingly appearing out of nowhere. The Kodi log file will usually contain helpful information for tracking down the problem. If you can’t understand all of the writing, then some support personnel online (like us?) likely will happily help when provided with a copy of the Kodi log file.

Kodi Error Log File Locations and Uses

Within this site, you’ll learn to keep Kodi running smoothly. This usually happens easiest by simply keeping everything up to date. Also, using the latest add-ons with the latest version of Kodi really helps to track things down when something does go awry. Most support people have their head deep into the latest happenings, which includes problems that pop up on a regular basis.

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As always, Kodi cannot directly take the blame for every error it throws at you. If you access the internet without privacy, your ISP may be blocking certain activities. Many organizations also block access due to where you live. This geo-blocking happens more than you might think. If a ball team plays in town, then you likely cannot watch online. They will usually have a blackout in effect for the region surrounding the stadium. In either of these cases, you can go around their decisions about what you can and cannot watch online by using a quality VPN.

Why should you access the Kodi error log?

Things like this will happen with Kodi, so learning to identify them will keep you happy. The right way to deal with them makes all the difference. We’re here to help you solve the issue, then handle the problem with a few minor, but very meaningful steps. Before you identify the location of this Kodi error log, you need to understand why you should access the error log and what information it can offer you.

Basically, the reason why you want to see the Kodi error log is that here you can find a list of all the stuff that went wrong when the app crashed. There are lots of reasons why a software will crash, so identifying those should be your top priority. Thankfully, the Kodi app can help you identify and deal with that particular error via the error code displayed on the screen.

But yes, if you end up accepting the Error Prompt, you’ll no longer see the code. Even if you do, that won’t offer much information. What you can do here is to use the Kodi error log. There’s a lot of information about the error, and you can use that to access some very helpful features.

Debug Logging

Also, it’s a good idea to enable the debug logging option on Kodi. This will help you get more information about the Kodi status in any log file. If you encounter an issue, google it, and still can’t find an answer, then you can talk with the developers of the related add-on or Kodi itself. Send them the Kodi error log, then they can help you identify and fix the problem much faster.

Most of the time, if there’s an issue with Kodi, a simple restart should solve the issue without accessing the Kodi log file. As you can imagine, this won’t be the solution all the time. Therefore, you’ll need to find some additional methods to solve the problem at hand. This can be made easier by studying the Kodi error log to see what’s wrong.

Where can you find the Kodi error log?

As you can imagine, the Kodi error log will be stored in a different place depending on what operating system your device runs. The error log is a plain text file, so you can open it with any text editor.

  • Windows Desktop%APPDATA%\Kodi\kodi.log
  • Windows Store%LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\XBMCFoundation.Kodi_4n2hpmxwrvr6p\LocalCache\Roaming\Kodi\kodi.log
  • Linux$HOME/.kodi/kodi.log
  • Mac OS/Users/<user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/kodi.log
  • Android<data | sdcard | storage>/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/temp/kodi.log
  • iOS/private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/kodi.log
  • OpenELEC/storage/.kodi/kodi.log

Make sure the app you use allows you to see and access hidden files. These Kodi log files are typically hidden and require special privileges for access.

Log Viewer Kodi Add-on

Kodi Log ViewerThe easiest way to access the Kodi log file is with an official Kodi add-on named, aptly enough, Log Viewer. This Kodi add-on can be found in the official Kodi repository and does exactly as its name suggests. This is really helpful when using an Amazon Fire TV or Firestick with only hard-won access to the internal file system. Log Viewer makes viewing the Kodi log file a very simple process regardless of the platform you are running it on.

How to Install Log Viewer Kodi Addon

  1. Click Add-ons menu item within Kodi’s main menu.
  2. Then, enter the Add-ons Manager (package icon at top of menu).
  3. Choose to Install from repository.
  4. Select the Kodi Add-on repository.
  5. Now, click on Program add-ons.
  6. Finally, click Log Viewer for Kodi, then hit the Install button.

You will now find Log Viewer add-on in Kodi’s Program Addons category. Launch Log Viewer from there anytime you wish to view your Kodi error log file.

Check your Kodi error log and always use a VPN


Accessing the Kodi error log, then reading through it can help in the case of installation or performance issues. Check any error information shown on the web to help identify solutions. You can also visit the forums for the specific add-on or repository related to the issue. Interacting with the developers and sharing your log file will likely root out the problem.

Yes, the Kodi error log helps sometimes, and can provide you with lots of information about the entire process. Even if there are issues with Kodi, you have an error log to access the information needed to fix them. The process is fast, convenient, and makes it easier for you to get the information you want about the error in question.

Ben Wilde

Ben Wilde

  1. Hey Mac,

    URLResolver went down when the top repositories were pulled offline nearly two weeks ago. It’s back in a couple of other repositories now, so check out the Looking Glass repo installation article to get it updated. I hope that fixes things for you. There is also a Real-Debrid article that might help with authorization once you have URLResolver updated.

  2. when I go to play a movie a drop down comes down and says authorization required and it gives me an address to go to to authorize I went to it and authorized it and a pop up says iys a virus . It wanted my user name and password . I didn<t do it but I can<t access my movies and tv has the sound messed up. would appreciate some help new to this thank you John I'm got the kodi no limits magic build


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