How To Fix Backgrounds Not Showing in Kodi

Fix no backgrounds

If you own a Build and after downloading it on another device through a Wizard your backgrounds might not show up. This is caused for multiple reasons, for example you might have the pictures stored only on your own device and not on others. So follow the steps bellow to fix the black background issue and have your backgrounds show on other devices including yours.


  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Run
  2. Type the following: %appdata%/kodi/userdata
  3. Create a new folder and call it “Backgrounds”
  4. Copy all your pictures or backgrounds inside that new folder
  5. Open Run again and type the following: %appdata%/kodi/userdata/addon_data
  6. Open your Skin’s folder (ex: skin.aeon.nox5) and open the settings.xml with Notepad++
  7. Replace all paths that starts with C:// OR /storage with special://userdata\Backgrounds\(picture chosen). Follow the example bellow
  • Before:

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>C://user/….</setting>


<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>/storage/…</setting>

  • After: 

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>special://userdata\Backgrounds\Tv.png</setting> *This will only take the Tv.png picture*


<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>special://userdata\Backgrounds\TV\</setting> *This will take all the pictures in the TV folder*

That’s pretty much it! If you’re still having issues feel free to contact me and I will try to help you solve your issues.

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8 Comments on How To Fix Backgrounds Not Showing in Kodi

  1. When your wizard is downloading from Kodi to upload the build, how do you change the name on to say my wizard and not simple kore? Thank you for all your help with these videos they are very helpful!

  2. Is this supposed to have a forward slash / and a backslash in the same line\? I copied and pasted what you have listed above and I still have a black background. It is not showing my pictures. Please help. Thank you

  3. Hi,
    Great video and I love it. I am technical and trying to understand the details.

    I am trying to build this wizard for Android box. Will it work? I see come code in that seems to be designed for Windows only. What do I need to change to make it work on Android box.

  4. Last year this worked great with Aeon Nox skin and Kodi 16.1. I just spent a lot of time making a new build on Krypton 17.1 and the background isn’t working again. I dont know if its a Krypton problem. I tried it on both Aeon Nox and Aeon Nox 5 SILVO.

    Any ideas?

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