• Stream movies from PC to Firestick with Kodi

    Putting Kodi on your Firestick is one of the best ways to watch movies on your big screen TV. The Firestick provides convenient remote controls and high quality playback, while various Kodi addons bring you vast amounts of video sources from the Internet.

    However, I’m not going to show you how to install and use addons in this note. I’ll show you how to use Kodi on Firestick to play movies that are stored on your computer.

    In summary, there are four steps:

    1. Organize movie files on your computer
    2. Share the folder that contains the movie files to your network
    3. On your Firestick, create a movie library in Kodi from the shared folder
    4. Assign a static IP address to your computer

    Organize movie files on your computer

    Kodi gives you some flexibility to organize your movie files, but it makes things a lot easier if you can stick to the two rules below:

    1. Create a separate folder for each movie. This way, you can store artwork and info files alongside the video file.
    2. Name the movie folder like this: movie name (year)

    More info is available from the Kodi Wiki.

    Share the folder that contains the movie files

    The process shown here is for Windows 10. The steps will be different if you user a different Operating System (OS).

    Before sharing the movie folder, create a dedicated Kodi user on your computer.

    1. Select Start  > Settings  > Accounts  and then select Family & other users. (In some editions of Windows you’ll see Other users.) 

    2. Select Add someone else to this PC.

    3. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information, and on the next page, select Add a user without a Microsoft account.

    4. Enter a user name, password, password hint or choose security questions, and then select Next.

    Share the movie folder, give access to the Kodi user.

    1. Right click on the Movies folder, then click Properties to bring up the Properties dialog.
    2. Change to the Sharing tab, click “Advanced Sharing…“.
    3. Check “Share this folder“, click OK.
    4. Change to the Security tab. Add kodiuser to the list of Groups or user names. Click OK to save changes.

    Create a movie library in Kodi

    1. Open the Kodi app on your Firestick, scroll to the Videos menu. Click on Files.
    2. In the Add video source dialog, click Browse.
    3. Click Add network location…
    4. Select Windows network (SMB) for Protocol, enter the IP address of your computer, enter the share name (Movies, if that’s the name you chose for the Windows share). Finally, enter the Windows Kodi username and password. Click OK.
    5. Click on the newly created SMB share, then click OK.
    6. Click OK again to dismiss the Browse for new share dialog.
    7. Click OK again to dismiss the Add video source dialog.
    8. In the Set content dialog, select Movies for This directory contains. Toggle on Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title and Scan recursively. Click OK.
    9. Click Yes to finish. Kodi will scan the shared folder and build a Movies library.

    Assign a static IP address to your computer

    Finally, don’t forget to assign a static IP address to your computer that shared the movies folder. In the example above, my computer’s IP address is I’ll need to configure my router to always assign this IP address to my computer, so that Kodi can always find the shared folder. Even after I reboot the router or computer.

    The process may be different for each router, but every router should have the ability to do it. If you are using the pcWRT router, check out this topic in our forums: Set up hostnames and static leases.

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  1. pcwrt says:

    As a quick note, these are the steps to share a movies directory on Ubuntu.

    1. Install Samba: sudo apt install samba
    2. Create Kodi user: sudo useradd -M -s /sbin/nologin kodiuser
    3. Set Kodi user password: sudo passwd kodiuser
    4. Add Kodi user to Samba: sudo smbpasswd -a kodiuser
    5. Edit file /etc/samba/smb.conf to add the movies share:
          comment = Movies share
          path = /home/username/movies
          browsable = yes
    6. Restart Samba daemon:
      sudo service smbd restart

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