Parental Control addons Kodi

If you don’t want your children to be able to access certain add-ons within Kodi, you’ll probably want to enable parental controls to curb their viewing access.

Here is the top 3 methods of full parental control within kodi

1. Universal Parental Control


Universal Parental Control is built to work with videos played from your Kodi library and ALL addons. Addon developers do not need to change anything and Universal PC works even if metadata is disabled. Highly configurable: Set your PIN, set your watershed time, exclude addons if required, exclude modes if required.

2. Locking

If you want to make a source more private, you can use lockcodes or passwords to protect that source. The easiest way to accomplish this in Kodi, is using the GUI dialogs. First, enable the Master Lock in Settings/System/Master lock. After enabling the Master Lock, a Set Lock button will pop up in the Context Menu allowing you to set a lock on specific sources. Kodi will ask for the master lock codeand then give you the opportunity to set a unique Password on that specific share. To Remove the Lock you need to remember the Master Lock code.

Locking a source means you only give it protection in Kodi. Outside Kodi the source is still available and only protected, or not protected at all, by the Operating System. In the same way, if someone has access to manually edit the sources.xml he or she can remove or change the settings for the locked source. So, don’t feel too safe when you protect a source in Kodi.

3. XBMC Parental Controls

In XBMC, go to Programs -> Parental Controls. The first time you will need to choose a code. Once you are in, you can select the video addons you wish to protect and the ratings you will allow. At that point, you can browse your video addons and it will block restricted content. Restricted content will be placed under a sub-menu that you need to enter your code to access.

Download the zip file from

and place it in a location you can browse to from Xbox Media Center. In XBMC, go to System -> Settings -> Addons -> Install from zip file. Browse to the zip file you downloaded and install it.


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Mapping Kodi Keys

The keyboard.xml file controls how Kodi reacts to keypresses, that is it determines what action is mapped to what keypress. There are two main reasons for modifying keyboard.xml:

  1. You want to change the standard key mappings because of a personal preference
  2. You are configuring a Media Center remote control that sends keypresses

You can edit keyboard.xml using any text editor such as Notepad++ in Windows or gedit/nano in Linux. The location where the file should be located after creation is in userdata

There is a more detailed discussion of the keyboard.xml file. This article is focussed on the gory details of editing it.

Keymap Editor is a GUI for configuring mappings for remotes, keyboard and other inputs supported by xbmc. Note: existing user defined key mappings will be removed.

1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to:

  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository (v15/v16) / Get add-ons (v14)
  4. Kodi add-on repository
  5. Program Add-ons
  6. Keymap Editor
  7. Install

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Disable add-on auto updater Kodi

Depending on what repositories you install and the level of trust you have in them, it could in some cases be a smart move to consider disabling automatic add-on updates in order to ensure that the integrity of the add-ons you use aren’t compromised by untrustworthy developers.

Step 1: Navigate to the “Settings” tab under the “SYSTEM” menu heading.

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Step 2: Choose the “Add-ons” option from the left side vertical menu.

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Step 3: Press to the “Left” of your screen until the left side pop out menu is displayed.

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Step 4: Toggle the “Auto updates” field to “Notify” at this point.

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Step 5: Press to the “Right” of your screen to hide the pop out menu again.

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Step 6: You’ve now disabled automatic updates, however you can still check to see when updates are available by clicking on the “Available updates” option within the same menu in the future.

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Step 7: Select on the name add-on you wish to update at this point.

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Step 8: Click on the “Update” button within the add-on information prompt.

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Step 9: Wait a few seconds for the update to complete, it will then be removed from the list of available updates.

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Congratulations! Now you don’t have to worry about whatever sketchy repositories you’ve installed from other sites potentially hijacking others add-ons that they didn’t originally develop

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Disable Kodi Notification

Notifications at times can be a pain in the ass. Here is how you can easily stop all Kodi notifications!

  1. Go to system\settings\add-ons\. When at that screen press left to bring up the options menu. Turn off Notifications.
  2. Disable TVAddons Notifications

Step 1: Navigate to the “PROGRAMS” menu.

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Step 2: Highlight the “Notifications” add-on from the listing.

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Step 3: Toggle the “Context Menu” or right click on the Notifications add-on.

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Step 4: Select the “Add-on Settings” option.

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Step 5: Toggle “ON” the “Unsubscribe” field by clicking it once.

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Step 6: Press the “Ok” at the bottom of the window.

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3. System -> Addon Manager -> open the left bar menu with the little arrow -> uncheck “Notifications”

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Kodi default Folder location

So how do you find the userdata folder in Kodi?

Here you go!








/Users//Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/




Start – type %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata – press <Enter>

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