Setting Up Kodi with USB and Google Drive

This guide will show you how to set up Kodi as your media center for your media. This will show you the following:

  • Mounting your USB seedbox to Kodi as your Media source via FTP
  • Setting Google Drive as a source

Take note that Kodi only does direct play. It does not transcode your media.


Prerequisites

  • You must download and install Kodi to your devices. Visit the Kodi Downloads Page to learn more.
    • The setup below is done on a Windows PC using Kodi 18.7.
  • You must set up an FTP/SSH password on your slot. You must also know the path to where your media is. Refer to this link to learn more.
  • Mount your Google Drive to your slot. You can refer to this link to learn more.

Setting Up Kodi

FTP

  • This part of the guide sets the seedbox as your media source via FTP. In this case, we'll be adding our movies folder.
  • Highlight Movies and click on Enter Files Section.

  • Click Add Videos. The Add video source appears. Click Browse.

  • Click Add network location and add the following info:
Protocol: FTP Server
Server address: lwxxx.usbx.me
Remote Path: path/to/media/folder|auth=TLS&verifypeer=false
Port: 21
Username: {username}
Password: {set FTP password}
  • Click OK to save the remote location.

  • Select the remote you just created and verify if you have the correct path. Once that's done, click OK.

  • Then add a name to your added path. In this guide, we'll be using USB_Movies.

  • A Set content window comes up. Since the path contains Movies, change This directory contains dialogue to Movies.
  • Select the information provider that you want. In this case, it's The Movie Database.

  • Click OK. Kodi will scan your FTP location and add your Movies. This'll go to the Movies section.

Google Drive

  • Install the Google Drive Plugin by going to Settings ⇾ Add-ons ⇾ Install from repository

  • Scroll down then click on video add-ons and click on Google Drive.

  • Finally, click Install. It'll ask for you to install other dependencies, click OK to proceed.

  • Go back to the Home screen ⇾ Add-ons and select Google Drive.

  • Click Add an account

  • A window appears with instructions on how to connect your Google Drive account to Kodi. Either scan the QR code or visit the link shown then enter the code to connect your Google Drive account.

  • Next, create a folder somewhere on your device that you can save exported Google Drive *.strm files to.

    • In this example, C:\Users\{username}\strm is used.
  • Reopen your Google Drive add-on and browse through your account.

  • Right click to the media folders you want to set. Right click it and select export to .strm files...
  • Set the destination folder to the folder you set, which in this case is C:\Users\{username}\strm
  • Enable Update library after export and Watch for changes in the Cloud folder then click OK. Let Kodi scan for all the files in your Google Drive folders.

  • Go back to Enter Files Section

  • Click Add Videos. The Add video source appears. Click Browse then browse to where you created your folder, which should have the folders with .strm files.

  • Select the folder you just created and verify if you have the correct path. Once that's done, click OK.

  • Then add a name to your added path. In this guide, we'll be using TV.

  • A Set content window comes up. Since the path contains TV Shows, change This directory contains dialogue to Movies.
  • Select the information provider that you want. In this case, it's choose TVDB. You can select that from the Get More button.

  • Click OK. Kodi will scan your Google Drive location and add your TV Shows. This'll go to the TV Shows section.