Kodi Crashes On Startup? Fix Your Problems Here

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Do you have an issue where Kodi crashes on startup, perhaps after a new upgrade, skin, build, or addon was installed? Read below for help on how to fix your problems!

October 24th: Note that we’ve updated our Kodi crashes on startup guide below after some users reported this issue after upgrading to Kodi 17.5. Troubleshoot these issues using below.

Are you finding that Kodi crashes on startup and won’t take you to the home screen? Commonly, this issue occurs the first time you restart Kodi after a new update to the software or after you install a new skin, build, or addon. Before we get into what the startup sequence means and how to fix Kodi crashing, always make sure the following bullet points are true:

  • You are running the latest version of Kodi.
  • Your box is Android 5 or better.
  • You’ve only installed addons from their official repositories (NO Superrepo!)


Next you must understand what the Kodi startup sequence does so that you know where to look the next time Kodi crashes on startup.

When Kodi starts up, one of the main things it does is loads user settings, skin, and addon information from a folder called userdata. Kodi is just an open source media software. The software itself has nothing to do with any skin, build, or addon. These are developed in python and made available to install. Therefore, Kodi doesn’t know HOW to break on startup. It is simply a shell that loads what you have installed on it.

The only reason Kodi crashes on startup is because the version of Kodi you have launched is not compatible with something you have installed yourself (addon, skin, or build).


Kodi Crashes On Startup Fix Guide

If you want to save yourself some time and troubleshooting effort, simply delete Kodi and download it fresh from the Google Play Store (Android), Windows App Store (Windows), or Kodi.tv official website. Install Kodi fresh and install the addons you actually use, one by one.

If you insist on getting your old Kodi setup back, you need to find what part of your current setup is no longer compatible with Kodi. To fix Kodi, try the following:

  1. Locate your userdata folder and move it somewhere away from your Kodi directory. The table below will help you find your userdata folder.
Operative system File path
Android Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/ (see note)
iOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/
Linux ~/.kodi/userdata/
Mac /Users//Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/ (see note)
OpenELEC /storage/.kodi/userdata/
Windows Start – type %APPDATA%kodiuserdata – press
  • With your userdata folder gone, start Kodi. Does it start properly? You’ve just confirmed that something in your userdata folder is the cause for Kodi keeps shutting down.
  • Move folders from your original userdata folder back into your new folder until you move the folder that causes Kodi to crash again.


When you move a folder in that causes Kodi to crash, that’s your problem addon, skin, or build! Try moving everything back into userdata except this folder. If everything works great, then avoid using this one extension. If Kodi crashes on startup still, follow the third bullet point above until you identify all problems.


Do you have more questions? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook if we can help you out!


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