One of the great virtues of the KODI media player is that it allows a high level of customization. Thus, if you do not like the user interface you can always change it for another one that best suits your tastes and needs at the moment. In today’s post, we reviewed the 10 best free customization skins for KODI.
How to install a skin on KODI
Before we begin, if we have never changed the visual appearance of KODI, it is recommended to take a look at the skins installation process. The truth is that it does not have much mystery, and we can carry it out with just a few clicks.
- We open KODI and access the configuration menu (gear icon in the side menu).
- We navigate to “Interface -> Skins -> Skin”.
- Click on “Get more” and select the skin that interests us.
Unfortunately, there are a fairly limited number of skins in the KODI repository (a dozen or so). If we want to install any other skin that does not appear on the official list, we can do it as follows:
- We download the skin in ZIP format.
- We open KODI and go to “Add-ons -> Install from ZIP file”.
- We select the skin in ZIP format that we have just downloaded so that it is installed and ready.
Top 10 KODI skins of 2020
All the skins we have used to compile this list are free and 100% compatible with the latest versions of KODI 17 (Krypton) and KODI 18 (Leia).
One of the most powerful skins for KODI, both visually and personally. The user interface shows the control panel vertically, with wallpapers that change as we navigate through the menu. Likewise, when we enter a category, it shows us the titles seen and pending, as well as the metadata of the file to be reproduced.
It seems that the GRID developers have put the project aside, and if we try to install the official package “bareback” it gives an error. To solve it, just make a small change in the code (I explain it below, in the Chroma skin). You can also download a version with the change already made that works perfectly, in the link that I leave below.
Very similar to other mythical KODI skins from a few years ago like nBox and LightBox. Its main hallmark is its navigation menu and the arrangement of icons, which are displayed in an orderly manner, in the form of boxes of different sizes. It also allows you to download the covers and info of the movies, series and discs from external sources so that everything looks much more beautiful.
Another classic KODI skin, with a minimalist design, optimized for Full HD resolution screens. It has a lot of customization options. Don’t lose sight of it!
Note: The official version of Andromeda has not been updated, so it is no longer compatible with the latest versions of KODI. To fix it, I have updated the skin to make it compatible with KODI 18 Leia. You can download it from here.
Bello is one of the most popular skins for KODI, and a sign of this is that it is already in its seventh iteration. A sophisticated user interface that adds a really elegant touch to our favorite media player.
The interface is capable of displaying posters of the movies and series that we have added, as well as additional information and a TV guide in case we use KODI to watch TV online. Bello 7 is available for download from the official KODI repository within the application, or through the following installation package.
If we are looking for a clean and really polished interface this may be a more than recommended option. On this occasion, we will find the navigation menu at the bottom of the screen, with the tabs of the various films and others, horizontally arranged.
It also allows you to change the display modes (list or poster mode) and create your own shortcuts along with the standard categories that come by default. Includes TV guide.
The ideal skin for those looking for great visuals, with posters and grid images that we can customize to our liking. Many configuration options for each type of content (music, videos, etc.), with additional information for each title in our library. It is also a light skin that does not consume many resources: perfect for low-performance teams. Aeon Nox is available for download from the official KODI repository (skins -> get more).
The idea behind Nebula is to show the maximum number of elements on the screen in the most orderly way possible. Thus, we find a simple skin, with a white cut and a central navigation bar with its corresponding sliding covers for each subcategory. Designed for computers with a high resolution (Full HD) screen.
As its name suggests, we are facing a skin with a recommended resolution of 1920x1080p (Full HD). It is intended more for computers than for mobile phones and tablets, since it is not 100% compatible with touch control.
This customization package allows you to download the covers and posters of movies / series / music, add new items to the start menu and various settings to give a different touch to our KODI. Xperience 1080 is available for download from the official KODI repository (skins -> get more).
For those looking for an interface with Material Design design. Like almost all the skins we are seeing in this list, it is capable of displaying the poster and description of each movie in the selection menu. Simple but effective. In order to use this skin it is necessary to install the Unity add-on from the KODI native add-on repository.
This is a skin that has been on the market for a few years, a classic. The interface may not be to everyone’s taste, but it certainly has a loyal fan base.
If we have a high quality TV it can be a more than interesting alternative, since it allows us to use wallpapers in high resolution.
Note: The Chroma skin has not been updated and therefore gives an error when we want to install it. To be able to do it, we must unzip the ZIP, edit the file “addon.xml” and look for the line of code <import addon = »xbmc.gui» version = »5.12.0 ″ /> replacing it with <import addon =» xbmc. gui »version =» 5.14.0 ″ />. We save the changes, re-compress the folder and install the ZI