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A really KISS movie catalog software

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Kolekto is a really KISS movie catalog software.


  • Cool CLI interface (and maybe a web interface to browse collection later)

  • Able to query The Movie Database to collect metadata about movies

  • Able to get informations from files itself depending of the container (title, quality, runtime…)

  • As simple as possible: all movies are stored in a directory, a berkley database store the metadata for each movie, and a bunch of symlink are created depending of the patterns set in the config file (“by actors”, “by title”…)

  • Easy to extend, really!


The fastest and more common way to install Kolekto is using pip:

pip install kolekto


If you use Debian Sid, you can also use the Tecknet repositories. Add theses lines in your /etc/apt/source.list file:

deb sid tecknet
deb-src sid tecknet

Add the Tecknet repositories key in your keyring:

# wget -O - | apt-key add -

Then, update and install the kolekto package:

# aptitude update
# aptitude install kolekto


Create your Kolekto tree:

$ mkdir /tmp/kolekto_test && cd /tmp/kolekto_test
$ kolekto init
Initialized empty Kolekto tree in /tmp/kolekto_test/

Check that the tree has been properly created:

$ kolekto list

Look at the .kolekto directory created:

$ tree -a
└── .kolekto
    ├── config
    ├── metadata.db
    └── movies

2 directories, 2 files

The config file is the config file of the tree (not a joke!), the metadata.db file is the berkley database storing metadata for each movie in the tree, and the movies directory is where to store movies themselves.

You can edit the config file using the following command:

$ kolekto config

It will just launch your favorite editor.

There is two types of section in the config file, views and datasources. Before to import movies, uncomment the tmdb section and fill the API key. You can get it after a signup on I will come back to the views later.

Now, import a movie:

$ kolekto import ~/Sintel.mkv
Title to search [Sintel]?
Please choose the relevant movie for the file: Sintel.ogv

[1] Sintel (2010) by Colin Levy [tmdb]
[2] Enter manually informations
[3] None of these

Choice [1-3]? 1
Do you want to edit the movie metadata [y/N]

Copying movie in kolekto tree...
 100% [=====================================]  420.31 M/s | Time: 00:00:01

Check that your movie has been imported:

$ kolekto list
 3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d  Sintel (2010) by Colin Levy

You can show more informations about the movie:

$ kolekto show 3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d
title: Sintel
directors: Colin Levy
year: 2010
cast: Halina Reijn
      Thom Hoffman
writers: Esther Wouda
collection: Blender Open Movies
genres: Animation
title_fi: Sintel - Hiillos
title_nl: Durian Open Movie Project
score: 1162.625
quality: 720p
container: Matroska
ext: mkv
runtime: 14
_datasource: tmdb
_tmdb_id: 45745

Now reopen the config file (using kolekto config), and add another view called "Example" with this pattern: '{genres}/{year}/{quality}/{title}.{ext}':

view 'Example' {
    pattern = '{genres}/{year}/{quality}/{title}.{ext}'

The following command will create symlinks for each view defined in your config file:

$ kolekto link
Found 0 links to delete, 4 links to create

Inspect your Kolekto tree for the newly created links:

$ tree
├── Example
│   ├── Animation
│   │   └── 2010
│   │       └── 720p
│   │           └── Sintel.mkv -> ../../../../.kolekto/movies/3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d
│   ├── Fantasy
│   │   └── 2010
│   │       └── 720p
│   │           └── Sintel.mkv -> ../../../../.kolekto/movies/3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d
│   └── Short
│       └── 2010
│           └── 720p
│               └── Sintel.mkv -> ../../../..kolekto/movies/3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d
└── Titles
    └── Sintel.mkv -> ../.kolekto/movies/3bb8414b6f70e5125e2092a3d96b483088a2283d

11 directories, 4 files

You can use the --help option to see all available commands.


v1.3 released on 15/06/2014

  • Added new markup based text formatting

  • Better cleaning of titles before to search

  • Added rewrite datasource

  • Added configurable listings

  • Added cache on mediainfos datasource

  • Now use Configure instead of Dotconf (project has been renamed)

  • Now cleanup empty directories on link

  • Now show quamity on output of find-duplicates

  • Removed debian packaging from upstream repository

  • Removed globbing feature of importer command (let shell do its work)

  • Fixed edit command

v1.2 released on 09/12/2013

  • Added command profile system (first step to supporting tv shows)

  • Added multiple patterns in a single view

  • Added a progress bar on link generation operation

  • Fixed bad usage of Dotconf API

  • Fixed duplicate link problem

  • Fixed creating parent directories on link even with dry-run

  • Fixed config command with a non-ascii config file

  • Fixed symlink to be relative to movies pool on import

v1.1 released on 27/07/2013

  • Try to clean the filename before to search it on TMDB

  • Added auto mode in import command (unattended import of movies)

  • Import command now show gathered informations before to import movies

  • Added the tmdb_votes field on movies

  • Added the ability to delete original files after importing

  • Added field alternative in view patterns (eg: {title_fr|original_title})

  • Added default values on field alternatives (eg: {watched|”Unwatched”})

  • Added watch, fav and crap commands

  • Added ability to select movies using a file path instead of movie hash directly (eg: kolekto show ./Titles/mymovie.mkv)

  • Added the ability to import movies using a symlink instead of copying or hardlinking them

  • Added the edit command (manual edit of a movie)

  • Better error reporting

  • Fixed a lot of bugs

v1.0 released on 28/02/2013

  • Initial release


You can send your pull-request for Kolekto through Github:

I also accept well formatted git patches sent by email.

Feel free to contact me for any question/suggestion/patch: <>.

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