Kodi Music Processing Phase 5: Album Artwork

This article is Part 5 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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Album Artwork Processing

In Phase 4, default artwork for each album was established. Phase 5 completes the album sorting process, determines if local or remote album artwork should be applied, and cleans up multi-disc album art. It handles the following tasks:

  • Resolve duplicate album entries
  • Evaluate local artwork
  • Determine whether to use local or remote album art
  • Scrape album art as needed
  • Normalize multi-disc album artwork
Kodi Music Scan/Scrape Process Phase 5: Album Artwork Processing

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 6: Album Artist Artwork