[Release] NOOBS Companion KODI Add-on


  • Automatically scans and lists installed NOOBS / PINN systems
  • Boot into any system via the add-on (simply select it)
  • Add a favorites shortcut to boot into any system
  • Rename system display name & change icon
  • Choose which system auto-boots
  • Works with USB or SD card installs
  • Install Boot-Back (see Boot-Back section below)

How to Install

Step 1

Follow THIS post to install my KODI Add-on Repository (if not already installed).

Step 2

Navigate to "Main Menu -> Add-ons -> My Add-ons"
Select ".." then select "Install from repository"
Select "MattHuisman.nz Repository".
Select "Program add-ons" then "NOOBS Companion"

Select "Install" and the add-on will download and install.

You can now access the add-on in the Add-ons main menu item.

Click into the add-on and you can now boot into any of the NOOBS systems by simply selecting it.



Go into the NOOBS Companion add-on and navigate to the system you wish to boot first.
Open the KODI context menu on this item and select "Set to Autoboot"

This system will now automatically boot when you turn on your Pi.
Be careful you don't set it to a system where you can't get back to KODI, else you won't be able to change it again.
If this does happen, insert the SD card into a PC and delete the autoboot.txt file.

Autoboot is currently broken in NOOBS / PINN (since version 2.1)
Using it may even stop your Pi Booting or won't allow booting into certain systems.
See troubleshooting at bottom of this post for fix.


For the below systems there is an extra context menu item for installing "Boot-Back".
This will modify the chosen system to allow for easier booting back into KODI.

The changes it makes are as below.


Modifies the /recalbox/scripts/kodilauncher.sh script to reboot back into KODI partition instead of it's own internal KODI version.


Adds /recalbox/share/system/custom.sh script that modifies the /recalbox/scripts/kodilauncher.sh script on each boot to make it reboot back into KODI partition instead of it's own KODI.


Modifies /storage/.config/autostart.sh to make it wait for Retroarch to exit, and then reboot back into KODI partition.


A bash script, icon and desktop shortcut are added to reboot back into KODI partition when double clicked.


Adds a KODI system to the main menu.
Selecting this then "KODI" will reboot back into KODI partition.


1) NOOBS Companion add-on is removed from KODI.

Re-install the add-on following the steps above.

2) X System no longer boots back into KODI

Do the "Install Boot-back" step again on the system

3) I can't boot into X system from the NOOBS Companion Add-on

Autoboot currently breaks some systems.
Set PINN / NOOBS to "Autoboot" via the add-on context menu

This will remove the autoboot.txt file from the SD card and fix the issue.
PINN / NOOBS will still boot into the last used OS.
If you only boot to other OS's via the add-on, then the last OS will always be KODI.