Kodi Binding

Kodi (formerly known as XBMC) is an free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, BSD, Windows, iOS, and Android. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

The Kodi Binding integrated Kodi media center support with openHAB, allowing both controlling the player as well as retrieving player status data like the currently played movie title.

The Kodi binding is the successor to the openHAB 1.x xbmc binding.


In order to allow control of Kodi by this binding, you need to enable the Kodi application remote control feature. Please enable "Allow remote control from applications on this/other systems" in the Kodi settings menu under:

  • Settings ➔ Services ➔ Control ➔
    • Allow remote control from applications on this systems
    • Allow remote control from applications on other systems

To make use of the auto-discovery feature, you additionally need to enable "Allow control of Kodi via UPnP" in the Kodi settings menu.

  • Settings ➔ Services ➔ UPnP / DLNA ➔ Allow remote control via UPnP

Supported Things

This binding provides only one thing type: The Kodi media center. Create one Kodi thing per Kodi instance available in your home automation system.

All Kodi devices are registered as an audio sink in the ESH/openHAB2 framework.


The binding supports auto-discovery for available and prepared (see above) instances of the Kodi media center on your local network. Auto-discovery is enabled by default. To disable it, you can add the following line to <openHAB-conf>/services/runtime.cfg:


Binding Configuration

The following configuration options are available for the Kodi binding:

Parameter Name Description Required
callbackUrl Callback URL URL to use for playing notification sounds, e.g. no

Thing Configuration

The Kodi thing requires the IP address of the device hosting your Kodi media center instance, the TCP port to access it (default: 9090) and the HTTP port to build URLs to the Kodi webinterface for downloading thumbnail and fanart images (default: 8080). You optionally can define a httpUser and a httpPassword parameter if the access to your Kodi webinterface is protected. The IP address will be found by the auto-discovery feature. You can use the notificationVolume property for setting a default volume (in %) as well as a notificationTimeout (in s) to be used to play notifications.

A manual setup through a things/kodi.things file could look like this:

Thing kodi:kodi:myKodi "Kodi" @ "Living Room" [ipAddress="", port=9090, httpPort=8080]


The Kodi thing supports the following channels:

Channel Type ID Item Type Description
mute Switch Mute/unmute your playback
volume Dimmer Read or control the volume of your playback
control Player Control the Kodi player, e.g. PLAY, PAUSE, NEXT, PREVIOUS, FASTFORWARD, REWIND
stop Switch Write ON to this channel: Stops the Kodi player. If this channel is ON, the player is stopped, otherwise Kodi is in another state (see control channel)
title String Title of the currently played song/movie/tv episode
showtitle String Title of the currently played tv-show; empty for other types
album String Album name of the currently played song
artist String Artist name of the currently played song or director of the currently played movie
playuri String Plays the file with the provided URI
playfavorite String Plays or opens the favorite with the provided title (channel's state options contains available favorites)
pvr-open-tv String Opens the PVR TV channel with the provided name (channel's state options contains available PVR TV channels)
pvr-open-radio String Opens the PVR Radio channel with the provided name (channel's state options contains available PVR Radio channels)
pvr-channel String Title of the currently played PVR channel
shownotification String Shows the provided notification message on the screen
input String Sends a key stroke to Kodi to navigate in the UI. Valid commands are: Back, ContextMenu, Down, Home, Info, Left, Right, Select, ShowCodec, ShowOSD, ShowPlayerProcessInfo and Up. ExecuteAction and SendText should be used with the dedicated channels inputaction and inputtext.
inputtext String Sends a generic input (unicode) text to Kodi.
inputaction String Sends a predefined action to Kodi to control the UI and/or perform other tasks. Valid commands are: left, right, up, down, pageup, pagedown, select, highlight, parentdir, parentfolder, back, menu, previousmenu, info, pause, stop, skipnext, skipprevious, fullscreen, aspectratio, stepforward, stepback, bigstepforward, bigstepback, chapterorbigstepforward, chapterorbigstepback, osd, showsubtitles, nextsubtitle, cyclesubtitle, playerdebug, codecinfo, playerprocessinfo, nextpicture, previouspicture, zoomout, zoomin, playlist, queue, zoomnormal, zoomlevel1, zoomlevel2, zoomlevel3, zoomlevel4, zoomlevel5, zoomlevel6, zoomlevel7, zoomlevel8, zoomlevel9, nextcalibration, resetcalibration, analogmove, analogmovex, analogmovey, rotate, rotateccw, close, subtitledelayminus, subtitledelay, subtitledelayplus, audiodelayminus, audiodelay, audiodelayplus, subtitleshiftup, subtitleshiftdown, subtitlealign, audionextlanguage, verticalshiftup, verticalshiftdown, nextresolution, audiotoggledigital, number0, number1, number2, number3, number4, number5, number6, number7, number8, number9, smallstepback, fastforward, rewind, play, playpause, switchplayer, delete, copy, move, screenshot, rename, togglewatched, scanitem, reloadkeymaps, volumeup, volumedown, mute, backspace, scrollup, scrolldown, analogfastforward, analogrewind, moveitemup, moveitemdown, contextmenu, shift, symbols, cursorleft, cursorright, showtime, analogseekforward, analogseekback, showpreset, nextpreset, previouspreset, lockpreset, randompreset, increasevisrating, decreasevisrating, showvideomenu, enter, increaserating, decreaserating, setrating, togglefullscreen, nextscene, previousscene, nextletter, prevletter, jumpsms2, jumpsms3, jumpsms4, jumpsms5, jumpsms6, jumpsms7, jumpsms8, jumpsms9, filter, filterclear, filtersms2, filtersms3, filtersms4, filtersms5, filtersms6, filtersms7, filtersms8, filtersms9, firstpage, lastpage, guiprofile, red, green, yellow, blue, increasepar, decreasepar, volampup, volampdown, volumeamplification, createbookmark, createepisodebookmark, settingsreset, settingslevelchange, stereomode, nextstereomode, previousstereomode, togglestereomode, stereomodetomono, channelup, channeldown, previouschannelgroup, nextchannelgroup, playpvr, playpvrtv, playpvrradio, record, togglecommskip, showtimerrule, leftclick, rightclick, middleclick, doubleclick, longclick, wheelup, wheeldown, mousedrag, mousemove, tap, longpress, pangesture, zoomgesture, rotategesture, swipeleft, swiperight, swipeup, swipedown, error, noop.
systemcommand String This channel allows to send system commands to Shutdown, Suspend, Hibernate, Reboot or Quit Kodi (channel's state options contains available system commands)
mediatype String The media type of the current file. Valid return values are: unknown, channel, episode, movie, musicvideo, picture, radio, song, video
genreList String A comma-separated list of genres of the current file
thumbnail Image The URL to the thumbnail of the current file
fanart Image The URL to the fanart of the current file
playnotification String Plays the notification sound by a given URI
audio-codec String Audio codec of currently playing media Advanced
video-codec String Video codec of currently playing media Advanced
currenttime Number:Time Current time of currently playing media
currenttimepercentage Number:Dimensionless Current time of currently playing media
duration Number:Time Length of currently playing media

Channel Configuration

group The PVR channels can be put into user-defined PVR channel groups. There are two default PVR channel groups. One for PVR TV channels and one for PVR radio channels. The default labels are "All channels" (in German systems "Alle Kanäle"). You have to adjust this configuration to use the pvr-open-tv and pvr-open-radio channels properly. You can optionally configure an user-defined PVR channel group. The PVR channels from Kodi will be populated during runtime into the state options of the pvr-open-tv and pvr-open-radio channels.

Audio Support

All Kodi instances are registered as an audio sink in the framework. Audio streams are sent to the playnotification channel and will change the volume of the audio sink using the notificationVolume defined in the properties for the thing, not the volume.

URL audio streams (e.g. an Internet radio stream) are an exception and do not get sent to the playnotification channel. Instead, these will be sent to the playuri channel.

Full Example

A manual setup through a things/kodi.things file could look like this:

Thing kodi:kodi:myKodi "Kodi" @ "Living Room" [ipAddress="", port=9090] {
        Type pvr-open-tv : pvr-open-tv [
            group="All channels"

Item Configuration


Switch myKodi_mute                  "Mute"                      { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:mute" }
Dimmer myKodi_volume                "Volume [%d]"               { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:volume" }
Player myKodi_control               "Control"                   { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:control" }
Switch myKodi_stop                  "Stop"                      { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:stop" }
String myKodi_title                 "Title [%s]"                { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:title" }
String myKodi_showtitle             "Show title [%s]"           { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:showtitle" }
String myKodi_album                 "Album [%s]"                { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:album" }
String myKodi_artist                "Artist [%s]"               { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:artist" }
String myKodi_playuri               "Play URI"                  { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:playuri" }
String myKodi_playfavorite          "Play favorite"             { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:playfavorite" }
String myKodi_pvropentv             "Play PVR TV channel"       { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:pvr-open-tv" }
String myKodi_pvropenradio          "Play PVR Radio channel"    { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:pvr-open-radio" }
String myKodi_pvrchannel            "PVR channel [%s]"          { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:pvr-channel" }
String myKodi_notification          "Notification"              { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:shownotification" }
String myKodi_input                 "Input"                     { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:input" }
String myKodi_inputtext             "Inputtext"                 { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:inputtext" }
String myKodi_systemcommand         "Systemcommand"             { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:systemcommand" }
String myKodi_mediatype             "Mediatype [%s]"            { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:mediatype" }
String myKodi_genrelist             "Genres [%s]"               { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:genreList" }
Image  myKodi_thumbnail                                         { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:thumbnail" }
Image  myKodi_fanart                                            { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:fanart" }
Number:Time myKodi_currenttime      "Current Time [%d %unit%]"  { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:currenttime" }
Number:Dimensionless myKodi_ctp     "Current Time [%d %unit%]"  { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:currenttimepercentage" }
Number:Time myKodi_duration         "Duration [%d %unit%]"      { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:duration" }
String myKodi_playnotification      "Play notification URI"     { channel="kodi:kodi:myKodi:playnotification" }

Sitemap Configuration


sitemap demo label="myKodi"
    Frame label="myKodi" {
        Switch    item=myKodi_mute
        Slider    item=myKodi_volume
        Selection item=myKodi_control mappings=[PLAY='Play', PAUSE='Pause', NEXT='Next', PREVIOUS='Previous', FASTFORWARD='Fastforward', REWIND='Rewind']
        Default   item=myKodi_control
        Switch    item=myKodi_stop
        Text      item=myKodi_title
        Text      item=myKodi_showtitle
        Text      item=myKodi_album
        Text      item=myKodi_artist
        Selection item=myKodi_pvropentv
        Selection item=myKodi_pvropenchannel
        Text      item=myKodi_pvrchannel
        Selection item=myKodi_input mappings=[Up='Up', Down='Down', Left='Left', Right='Right', Select='Select', Back='Back', Home='Home', ContextMenu='ContextMenu', Info='Info']
        Selection item=myKodi_systemcommand
        Text      item=myKodi_mediatype
        Text      item=myKodi_genrelist
        Image     item=myKodi_thumbnail
        Image     item=myKodi_fanart
        Text      item=myKodi_currenttime
        Text      item=myKodi_ctp
        Text      item=myKodi_duration