How to add libraries to Kontakt and fix the library not found error


I get a lot of questions when it comes to adding libraries to Kontakt.

Especially for those who first learned of Kontakt through the Kontakt Player.

Any libraries made for Kontakt Player show up or can be added to the library tab so they show up on the left side of Kontakt.

However there are TONS of Kontakt format libraries that are not licensed specifically for the player, these libraries cannot be added to the library tab….officially.

So I wanted to make a quick video showing how to organize other Kontakt libraries that you can’t add to the library tab so that you can still quickly access them.

Hopefully this helps you out, let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Another method is to just copy the folder containing library that isn’t found inside of another library that is licensed. Then they show up under that library.

    I usually just put them in my default Kontakt Library folder, and they show up!

  2. what up man this is Hasznone from the Maschine Family once again you are the cat in the Kontakt/Native Instruments hat another long awaited Jewel!! Definitely something I’ve always wondered about, thanks again for the perfected workflow tip!

  3. This have been very useful. It simplifies the workflow. I have another problem that I find cumbersome to deal with: is there a quick way to unload a multi? The only way I have found so far is to kill all its loaded elements.

    Many tx.

  4. I’ve purchased Modern billboard library from Studiolinkedvst and when i load it up in my Kontakt 5 free player, it shows up as a demo. Can you help me out with that problem?

  5. Thank you so munch we been doing this for about a week and half, keep getting the error no library found , I’ll try this later I’m so glad I found. You, you are the best. Thank you

  6. Hey I have a question. I have the Colossus Library Files that I understand you have to load into Kontakt? I have Kontakt 5 as a Stand-Alone as well as a Plugin for FL Studio. When I try to load one of the instruments into Kontakt it gives me “This patch cannot be loaded! Make sure that the original library is properly activated.” I’ve tried a bunch of different things, still cant seem to figure it out. Any help brotha?

  7. Here’s the fix from Native Instruments that finally worked for m

    In order to solve this problem, you must completely uninstall and reinstall
    the [NI LIBRARY] including all installation information.

    *Anti-Virus & Security*

    *Please disable any anti-virus, spy-ware protection, and/or any other Internet
    security software before proceeding. It is important that the Registry in Windows
    (XP/Vista/ 7) is accessible by installers and uninstallers. Without this the
    inability to resolve the issue will occur.

    Please proceed to uninstall via the Add/Remove Programs control panel (Windows XP)
    or the Programs and Features (Vista / 7) from the Control Panel. You must also
    deactivate the User Account Control in Windows Vista / 7 (32bit/64bit).
    Deactivating UAC is quite easy, here’s what you need to do:

    Windows 7 (32/64-bit)
    * Go to the START Menu, type “UAC” in the START SEARCH and press enter. You
    will see in the search results “Change User Account Control settings”.

    * Click “Change User Account Control Settings”.

    * You will see a graphical ‘slider’. Manually click and drag the ‘virtual
    slider’ all the way down to the ‘Never Notify’ setting and click on OK (button).

    * You can now close the User Accounts home page. You need to reboot the
    computer for changes to apply.

    (Note that you can re-enable UAC by manually click and drag the ‘virtual slider
    back to the ‘Default’ setting (second position from the top) and click on OK (button).

    *Registry Editing*

    In some more difficult cases, you may the need to manually remove files from the
    Registry in Windows. This can be done with the Registry Editor as follows:

    *Please note that the Registry is in many ways the backbone of the system. Please
    be careful to not delete any files that are not mentioned here. You may render
    your operating system useless. This will result in a re-installation of Windows
    from scratch.

    * *1.Open the Registry Editor.
    The most common and quickest way to launch this application is press the WINDOWS
    button (aka Start Menu/ Windows Logo button) and the letter “R” on your keyboard.
    This will open the “RUN” command tool. In the open field, here you type “regedit”
    (without the quotes) and press ENTER.

    (Alternatively you can click on the Start menu and then: (XP) click on “RUN”_
    OR_(VISTA / 7) in the Start Search; please type ‘regedit’ here.)

    * *2.Find and Delete an entry.

    Windows Vista/ 7 (64-bit)
    Please expand the folders until you reach the folder in question at both of the
    following locations:



    (If you have the right folder selected [highlighted folder name] when the bottom
    of the window reads:



    Please right click on folder to get the “Delete” option. Select the “Delete”
    function. When prompted with “Are you sure you want to permanently delete this key
    and all of its subkeys?” Please select Yes.


    Please then reinstall from the original installer DVD. Remember to update to the
    latest version of the software. You can download and install the latest update
    that is available in our Update Manager (either in the Service Center or on our

      • Wow! This helped me solve my issue but not by following those steps…. I just ran Kontakt as Administrator and readded the library. They show up every time now even without running as admin again. So simple!

        • Cool. This video is dealing with “non” Kontkat PLayer libraries, the ones that don’t show on the left in the browser. But glad you got your stuff working!

  8. Of Kontact. Actually my problem was that the installation was aborted and when I tryed to install it again it says that I already have a full version installed. I can’t erase it completely, even erasing the reg entries.

  9. Hi!
    What can I do when I manually add the library and then I get a message “This patch is encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective Library is registered properly”?


  10. I’ve been struggling for three months to find a way to fix the (Demo mode) when I use the studiolinkedvsts in my kontakt 5 that I purchased with activation key and everything. everytime i play the sounds it’s only available for 30 minutes after it says demo time out. I even Uninstalled it and install it again but i’m having the same problem.

    I would appreciate your help. Thank’s

  11. If you have always “library not found error”, and if you have too the following message: “this patch is encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective library is registered properly kontakt” just turn off your antivirus software…

  12. nope, whenever I want to load them just as you did i got this message saying “The patch is encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective Library is registered properly”
    Then if I open kontakt as admin. I can add the library freely with no problem. But if I open my daw and load the kontakt, said library has dissapeared and so on, here I cannot add the library. I tried oppening my daw as admin but wont solve a thing. 🙁

    • Very weird, especially if it’s a Kontakt Player library. I would check your folder permissions on the Kontakt/library folders to make sure you have full access.

      • “The patch is encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective Library is registered properly” …can not do anything with that..i have downloaded the kontakt factory library(23 gb) from torrentz.and there is no library installation file..iam using konakt 5.3.0. can u anyone please hlp!

  13. I made one folder for konkatk instruments….other instruments in that folder are work i tried quick load process but its not work same problem

    • I’m not sure what you mean by it’s not working. If you point to the folder with the instruments in it, it will add them to the quickload. This is really for “non player” libraries. But if you don’t add the right folder level it will not work. It will only go through so many sub folder levels.

    • The size doesn’t matter, nor the location, just that you’re adding the proper folder structure. Can you browse directly to the folder and open the instruments, or can you drag one directly into Kontakt, does it work at all?

  14. Hi, I have loaded Mr Sax in my kontakt, but if i load an instrument, there is no sound, there is a message saying turn on CC# no. I don’t understand what exactly is this. Please explain

  15. Many thanks SaintJoe, nice that you’re so succinct. Been struggling with this for a while…and you resolved it all in a couple of minutes. Hope something really nice happens for you today, thanks man :o)

  16. bro i need your help, i downloaded introninja kontakt library folders and everything works up to the point where its asking me to activate with the service center. how can i avoid this?

    • Not sure what product that is, but if it’s asking you to activate it then you need to enter the serial number to use it. If you’re saying it’s a commercial library that you downloaded and don’t have as serial for it then I can’t help you with that.

  17. Hello please help me
    I suffer from a problem in KONTAKT 5
    The error message says: problem in kontakt:this patch is encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective library is registered properly.
    Is there a solution, help me

  18. Yo man I have Kontank 5 and I have files like .nkx .nkc .nki that when I go into library and try tu upload them it says that these patches are encrypted and cannot be loaded unless the respective Library is registered properly. Moreover if I go and click directly on the files it will action but won’t work/open. Don’t know if you can help me with this man 🙂

    • oh no i thought it fixed. i got this error: your new library needs to be added before this instrumental can be used. please go to Kontakt’s libraries tab and press the add library button.
      i want to install “Kontakt Factory”


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