Kodi Music Processing Phase 4: Default Album Artwork

This article is Part 4 of a 10-part series exploring the Kodi multi-media player's music file scanning and metadata scraping processes via logic flow diagrams.

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Get Default Album Artwork

In Phase 3, compilation albums were further scrutinized to identify single-artist albums with guest artists that should not be marked as compilations. Phase 4 establishes default artwork for the albums. It handles the following tasks:

  • Assign album thumbnail artwork
  • Assign album cover art
  • Normalize artwork among all album files
  • Normalize multi-disc album artwork
  • Add all albums to the library
  • Mark albums with no name as Singles
Kodi Music Scan/Scrape Process Phase 4: Default Album Artwork

The bracketed numbers just below the diagram title are line numbers in Kodi's music scanning code (MusicInfoScanner.cpp) found at

Next up is Phase 5: Album Artwork Processing