Kodi Playlist Folders

by | Oct 10, 2015


Note: This article was originally written for XBMC media center software. The name "XBMC" has been changed to "Kodi". In keeping with this name change, this article has been updated from the original to reference to Kodi instead of XBMC.

If you are still using XBMC, I highly recommend you upgrade to the latest version of Kodi. It really is a much improved media center.

You can download the latest version of Kodi here:

Kodi Downloads

For those of you who are interested in where Kodi playlist files are placed, here's a quick discussion of the folders that are used for both Basic and Smart playlist (substitute your user name without the brackets anytime [your user name] appears):

Windows XP
Documents and Settings\[your user name]\Application Data\Kodi\userdata\playlists\

Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata\playlists\

Mac OS X
/Users/[your user name]/Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/playlists/



Within those folders, add: “mixed”, “music” or “video” folder names to denote the type of playlist. On a Linux system, for example:

mixed playlists are here: $HOME/.kodi/userdata/playlists/mixed

music playlists are here: $HOME/.kodi/userdata/playlists/music

video playlists are here: $HOME/.kodi/userdata/playlists/video

For a real-world example, I have Kodi installed on my Windows 10 desktop computer and on my family’s HTPC (Home Theater PC) which is an Ubuntu Linux computer. On my Windows desktop, music playlists live here:

C:\Users\Steve Cooper\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata\playlists\music

And on our Linux HTPC, music playlists are stored here:


A more in-depth discussion on playlists can be found on the official Kodi wiki which can be found here:

Playlists — Kodi


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Steve Cooper is an applications software developer who also builds custom home media solutions. His interests include reading, music & movies, guitar, woodworking and motor racing.
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