Debug Logging Removal in Kodi


What is Debug Logging

A debug log can record database operations, system processes, and errors that occur when executing a transaction or running unit tests. Debug logs can contain information about: Database changes. (source)

How does this apply to Kodi ? Because at some point during your foray into Kodi, you will likely come up against a problem that isn’t made 100% clear from errors in the GUI. This is where the log file comes into play. Kodi writes all sorts of useful stuff to its log, which is why it should be included with every bug/problem report.

You can manually enable debug logging directly using an advancedsettings.xml file. This is especially useful if Kodi is crashing during start-up and you are unable to turn debugging on via the GUI. The advancedsettings.xml file is simply a plain text document that is saved in the userdata folder and read when Kodi first starts up. For a more detailed description, please use this link.

How to Disable/Remove Debug Logging

Because the Human Mind is naturally inquisitive, sometimes it can get us in trouble or do things without thinking. So sometimes while we like to snoop around and occasionally we accidentally click on something we didn’t intend on. This is especially true with new comers to Kodi. But you’re not alone, even those of us who should know better are guilty of the same thing.


Perhaps you have just purchased a used or “loaded” device with kodi installed and when you first open it, you see what’s shown above. Now what on earth are those ? Basically, Kodi tracks everything you do while in kodi. Opening Add-ons, trying to stream files or even the key strokes you may have used. While completely harmless, these can be rather annoying especially if you don’t know how to remove it.


Click on the Cog Icon located in the top left corner while in the kodi Home Page.


Select System Settings.


First of all, it’s important to ensure the “Mode” is set to Expert as shown in the lower left corner. To change, simply click on the name until it changes. Move the cursor up to Logging, then to the right and up to “Enable debug logging”. As you can see it is now enabled, click anywhere in the blue area to disable.


As a result, you have just removed that annoying list of figures. Now that wasn’t so hard now was it!

In Conclusion

If you are ever asked to upload a Log File on line, please only do so in a private message as opposed to in a Forum Setting or any Social Media Groups. Don’t forget you are showing everyone any private passwords etc. Something that only you should know. Please take a moment and see all the other great articles available in GeeksCorner.

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