Kodi Keeps Crashing [Fixed]

By Wendy Mai  Program Issues  Kodi   0 Comment

When you’re in the mood for a movie or TV, you usually go to Kodi. But if Kodi crashes every time you launch it or in the middle of an episode, it’s annoying. But don’t worry, it’s fixable! And in most cases, the fix is pretty fast and simple…

How to fix Kodi crashing

Here are a few solutions that have helped other Kodi users solve their “Kodi crashing” problem. You may not have to try them all. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update Kodi
  2. Remove addons
  3. Disable hardware acceleration
  4. Update your graphics driver
  5. Reinstall Kodi

Solution 1: Update Kodi to the latest version

When Kodi keeps crashing, it may be caused by software bugs. And you can try updating Kodi to fix the issue:

  1. Click this link to download the latest version of Kodi on your PC.
  2. Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Kodi.
  3. Launch Kodi to check if it works properly now. If not, try Solution 2, below.

Solution 2: Remove recently installed addons

If Kodi crashes soon after you installed an add-on, the add-on is probably the culprit. To check for it, you can remove the add-on’s directory from Kodi’s userdata folder:

  1. Close Kodi (if it’s not).
  2. On the keyboard, press the Windows logo keyand E at the same time to access File Explorer.
  3. In the address bar, type %APPDATA%\Kodi\userdata then press Enter.
  4. Double-click on the addon_data folder, and select the add-on directory that you think might be causing Kodi to crash, and press Del to delete it.

    If you’re not sure which one is the culprit, you can go back to the userdata folder to open the Database folder in it.

    then delete the Addons27 file.

  5. Relaunch Kodi to check if the problem is resolved. If Kodi still crashes, try Solution 3, below.

Solution 3: Disable hardware acceleration

Hardware acceleration is known to cause an app to crash. You can try navigating to the settings menu in Kodi to disable hardware acceleration and troubleshoot its crashing issue. Follow me:

  1. In Kodi, click the gear icon to go to the settings menu.

  2. Click Player settings.

  3. In the bottom left corner, click the gear icon three times to change the mode from Standard to Expert.


  4. Highlight the Video tab, then on the right side, in the Processing section, turn off Allow hardware acceleration -DXVA2.

  5. Restart Kodi and check if Kodi now works. If not, try Solution 4, below.

Solution 4: Update your graphics driver

If the steps above didn’t work for you, the most likely cause is a graphics driver problem.

Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to fix.

There are two ways to update your graphics driver: manually and automatically.

Update your graphics driver manually — You can update your driver manually by going to the hardware manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your graphics card. But if you take this approach, be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with the exact model number of your hardware, and your version of Windows.

Update your graphics driver automatically — If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your driver manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click Update next to any flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their drivers, then you can install them manually. Or click Update All to automatically download and install them all automatically. (This require the Pro version — you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee. )

  4. Restart your computer and check if Kodi now works properly. If it doesn’t, contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com for further assistance. They’d be happy to help you. Or you can move on to Solution 5, below.

Solution 5: Reinstall Kodi

You can also try doing a clean install of Kodi:

  1. You need to clean uninstall Kodi first:
    1. Press the Windows logo key

      and R key simultaneously to open the Run dialog, then type control in the box, and click OK.

    2. In Control Panel, under Programs, click Uninstall a program.
    3. Scroll down to find Kodi, right-click on it, then click Unistall.
  2. Remove Kodi completely from your PC.
    1. Press the Windows logo keyand E key at the same time to open File Explorer.
    2. In the address bar, type %APPDATA% and press Enter.
    3. Select the Kodi folder and press the Del key to delete it.
    4. Go to Recycle Bin, and delete the Kodi folder permanently.
  3. Restart your PC. 
  4. Download Kodi v17.6 “Krypton” from here.
  5. Open the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to install Kodi on your computer.
  6. Run Kodi and test.

That’s it.

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