How to Set Up Scrapers in XBMC

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Free XBMC -- also now known as Kodi -- media center software for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems opens a gateway for viewing digital media such as TV, movie files and music videos. Within XBMC/Kodi, you can set up a "Library View" of your media, where the software downloads metadata about your files from the Internet including movie plot descriptions and poster graphics. To set up XBMC/Lodi to automatically download media information, use the software's built-in scraper tools.

  • Open the XBMC/Kodi software. Select the Video option to a view the list of all video sources.

  • Right-click the video source for which you want to set up the scraper. Click Set Content from the menu to launch the scraper setup screen.

  • Click the up and down arrows to specify the type of media files that are in the selected share. For example, if a specific share you are setting up contains movie files, select the Movies option.

  • Click OK and then OK again in the confirmation screen. The scraper automatically downloads descriptions of your media files from the selected source.

Tips & Warnings

  • Media scrapers work best if a source is a directory with only a specific kind of media. Before setting up a scraper, organize media files in directories by type. For example, place all music videos in one directory and all TV shows in another directory.

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