How to Clone Kodi Configuration and Duplicate Your Setup

How to Clone Kodi Configuration and Duplicate Your Setup

If you’re a serious Kodi user, you’ve definitely spent a lot of time tweaking your setup. In many cases, especially when upgrading a Kodi device, you must clone Kodi configuration, add-ons, and settings to the new location. Setting up Kodi to your liking might take hours, if not days. Learning how to clone Kodi devices might be quite useful if you have many Kodi devices at home. As our guide below demonstrates, it’s not all that difficult. Read this article to double your pleasure with Kodi. Also, you will learn to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another.

How to Clone Kodi Configuration and Duplicate Your Setup

How to Clone Kodi Configuration and Duplicate Your Setup

There are various reasons why someone would desire to clone the setup of Kodi.

  • You might want to do it so that all the TV boxes in your house have the same setup.
  • You could also wish to clone your setup to a friend’s brand-new machine to assist him in setting it up.
  • Perhaps you’ve recently acquired a new, more powerful TV box and want to transfer your previous settings to it.
  • Finally, if something goes wrong with your Kodi installation, you may want to save a clone of your setup as a backup.

It’s simple to clone Kodi because of the way it maintains its configurations, databases, add-ons, and settings. Add-ons, media, and user data are the only three directories that hold the whole Kodi setup. Your Kodi data folder has three subfolders.

  • Copying these three directories and moving them to the target device is all it takes to clone a Kodi installation.
  • Transferring data between computers is simple.

However, things might become more complicated when it comes to TV boxes and media devices. Most of these roadblocks can be overcome, and you will find out how. You may clone your device using a variety of techniques.

Note: All the processes listed here presume you’ve already installed and run Kodi on your target device at least once. They also presume that the source and destination devices have the same Kodi version.

Step 1: Locate Configuration Files On Source Device

The first step is to find the Kodi data folder on your computer. Its placement changes based on the running system on your device. This is where you’ll find them on the most prevalent Kodi operating systems.

1. On Windows: Go to the given folder location path.

Note: Replace USERNAME with your actual system username.

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\

Navigate to the Kodi Roaming folder

2. On Linux: You can find the files on ~/.kodi/ folder location in Linux.

3. On macOS: Navigate to the following location to find the configuration files on macOS.

Note: Replace USERNAME with your actual system username.

/Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Kodi/

On macOS, the contents of this folder are hidden by default. To see it, follow the below steps:

1. Open a terminal and type the following command to browse to the folder mentioned above.

cd /Users/USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Kodi/

2. Then, to see all the hidden files in the folder, do the following command:

chflags nohidden ~/Library

4. On iOS: Go to the given location in iOS device to get the configuration files. Note that viewing hidden files or folders in iOS is not an easy task. As a result, transferring your Kodi configuration to an iOS device is challenging. This limitation has workarounds, but they are outside the scope of this essay. It may be quicker to reinstall Kodi on the new device in some cases.

/private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/

5. On Android: Navigate to the following location path in your Android device to get Kodi configuration files.

Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/

Just like iOS, these files are hidden. This option is normally found in the options menu of the file explorer program.

6. On LibreELEC/OpenELEC: Following is the location path for the configuration files.

/storage/.kodi/

Also Read: How to Speed up Kodi in Windows 10

Step 2: Clone Kodi Configuration

Now, follow the given methods to clone Kodi configuration.

Method 1: To Android Device Without External Storage

Unlike other comparable devices, the Fire TV Stick lacks a USB connector, making it unable to connect to a computer or other storage devices like a USB key or an external USB hard disc. Your only option to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another is to use a Wi-Fi connection with extremely restricted local network access. It may be accomplished in two ways. Both require the ES file explorer software to be installed on your smartphone.

Option I: Install ES File Explorer

1. Hit the Home button on the remote to get to the Home screen of your Fire TV Stick.

2. Go to the top of the Home screen menu and select Search.

3. Type es into the on-screen keyboard to find the es file.

Amzon firestick or firetv home search

4. Choose ES File Explorer from the search results.

5. To begin downloading and installing ES File Explorer on your Fire TV Stick, select Download.

download es file explorer. How to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another

6. After the installation is complete, open ES File Explorer on your Fire TV Stick by clicking Open.

Note: If you have an Android smartphone that doesn’t have external storage, you might be able to download ES File Explorer from the Google Play Store.

Now, using ES File Explorer you can copy Kodi from one Firestick to another.

Also Read: How to Cast to Firestick from Windows PC

Option II: Transfer Directly Through Local Network

If both devices are linked to the same local network and the source Kodi data folder is accessible through a network share, you can follow this method to clone Kodi through local network.

1. Open Es File Explorer app on the destination device.

launch application

2. Select Network in the left side menu.

select network in es file explorer. How to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another

2. Then, select the Scan button under LAN on the right side.

3. Go to the Kodi data folder.

Note: If you don’t see the source computer or the share or can’t go to the Kodi data folder, check the sharing parameters on your source computer. Be patient if you make adjustments, as certain sharing modifications might take a few minutes.

4. While holding the Select button on the remote control, click on add-ons, media, and userdata folders.

5. Now, return to the left-hand menu, scroll down to the bottom, and locate and click on the Copy option.

6. Return to the left side Network tab.

7. Next, select Local this time and go to Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/.

8. Here, select the Paste button once you’ve arrived.

9. Finally, choose Overwrite when requested to overwrite existing files.

The copying process might take several minutes, depending on the quantity of the data you’re sending. After the copy is complete, launch Kodi on the target device to ensure that everything is working properly.

Option III: Use Dropbox

This method may be used to connect with devices on different networks. They may be on separate continents. All that is necessary is for both devices to have Internet connectivity to clone Kodi. Follow these steps to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another.

1. Open ES File Explorer app on the Fire TV Stick (or any comparable device)

2. Choose Network from the left-side menu, but instead of LAN, click on Cloud.

select network in es file explorer. How to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another

3. Then, select Add My Cloud Drive.

4. Select Dropbox from the list of alternatives.

select dropbox in add my cloud drive. How to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another

5. Enter your Dropbox credentials to log in to your Dropbox account.

6. Navigate to the location of the add-on, media, and userdata folders once you’ve linked to your Dropbox account.

7. Press the Select button on the remote control while clicking on the three folders as did in the previous method.

8. Select the Copy button.

9. Then, on the left side, go back to the Network tab.

10. Choose Local, and go to Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/.

11. Now, select the Paste button.

12. Finally, select Overwrite to overwrite existing files.

The amount of time it takes is influenced by the amount of data and your Internet connection speed. Expect it to take a little longer than the previously described direct transfer.

Method 2: To Other Devices

If your target device is Android, you may use one of the two methods described above by installing ES File Explorer. There are several methods to clone Kodi settings on other devices. Let’s look at the most commonly utilized methods.

Option I: Transfer Directly Through Local Network

This approach for copying files to a Fire TV Stick is identical to the last one. Instead of using ES file explorer, you can use the target operating system file explorer or file manager. You must be familiar with both the source and destination operating systems.

1. On the target device, open the File Explorer.

Note: It can be File Manager on the target device, depending on the name.

2. Then, go to your local network and look for the source device.

3. Navigate through the device directories until you find the Kodi data folder, which contains the add-ons, media, and userdata folders, and copy them.

kodi folder. How to Clone Kodi Configuration and Duplicate Your Setup

4. Return to the Kodi folder on the local device and paste the three copied folders there.

All source configurations should be there when you start Kodi on the target device.

Option II: Use External Storage Media

This approach necessitates external storage media, such as a USB key. Both workstations must support external USB storage. This approach has the advantage of allowing the source and destination devices to be the same. You can follow these steps to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another.

1. Copy the three folders (add-ons, media, and userdata) from the source device to the USB key.

2. Now, disconnect and reconnect the USB key to the target device.

connect usb drive

3. Then, copy the three directories from the USB key to the target device Kodi folder.

This is how you can clone Kodi configuration files through external drive.

Also Read: Fix Kodi Ares Wizard Not Working in Windows 10

Pro Tip: Use VPN

Internet Service Providers are known to keep track of their customer’s online activities. It’s to ensure that no one is violating their terms of service. When they believe someone is doing so, they might slow down their service, give them copyright infringement notifications, or even stop it altogether. When watching the Premier League on XBMC, you may encounter restrictions and safety problems. On the other hand, a Kodi VPN can help with these concerns. A VPN safeguards your privacy by encrypting all data entering and leaving your computer with powerful algorithms that are nearly hard to hack. Your Internet service provider will have no idea where you go or what you do online. A VPN will also allow you to bypass most regional limitations by selecting correctly positioned servers. If you are using a Windows 10 PC to watch programs on Kodi, then read our guide on How to set up a VPN on Windows 10 to use a VPN on the same.

connect to a vpn in windows

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We hope you found this information useful and that you were able to clone Kodi configuration and duplicate your setup. Please let us know which technique was the most beneficial for you to copy Kodi from one Firestick to another. Please use the form below if you have any queries or comments. Also, let us know what you want to learn next.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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