Sorry if its been answered a lot. I am new to scripting and would like to know where I start to do this. I want to script it myself but would like to know what I need to do to start kodi in fullscreen and play a song upon startup. So when I unplug it and power it back on it resumes the content.

Thanks a bunch!

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Try this it goes into pretty good detail on what you are needing. http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Autostart_Kodi_for_Linux


The first bit is quite easy, you can simply install kodi via apt-get,

sudo apt-get install kodi -y

There is also a file /etc/default/kodi Change the line ENABLED=0 to ENABLED=1 as far as starting playback of a song you will need to learn how to use The kodi api with Python to playback songs on startup.

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    May 28, 2017 at 15:57

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