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[MAC] HOW-TO install plugins in XBMC for Mac (before the XBMC 10.0 Dharma release) - arielgr - 2008-09-01

Hi,

How do you install Plugins on XBMC os x?

On the xbox if you add source in pictures, movies or music, there is a source type plugin, but I can not see this in the mac version.
Do I need to add the source manualy somehow?
Where do I put the plugin code?

Thanks for the help,

Ariel.


- jmarshall - 2008-09-01

Hi there,

With Atlantis alpha4, you need to do it as follows:

1. Install the plugin by copying it to the appropriate folder. I *think* it's here:

~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins

2. Add the plugin source like you do on xbox (click Add Source, then select the plugin source). NOTE: the plugin source is only available if you actually have a plugin installed.

This process has since been streamlined in current SVN. Now step 2 is not required.

Note that even in Alpha4, the plugins node will appear in library view as soon as you have installed a plugin, so step 1 is all that is required.

Cheers,
Jonathan


- arielgr - 2008-09-01

Hi Jonathan,

Thanks so much for your reply.

Do you know what should be the structure under the plugins folder?
Should plugins go each in a folder right under the plugins folder of should there be a folder structure (pictures, music , videos) underneath?\

Thanks,

Ariel


- arielgr - 2008-09-01

Ah - it works now!
Now that I download atlantis4 there is already a plugin folder with subfolders underneath. I just copied the plugin code to the right folder and it automatically appears for selection.

Cheers,

Ariel.


- jmarshall - 2008-09-01

Glad you got it working Smile

Cheers,
Jonathan


- Gamester17 - 2008-09-01

arielgr Wrote:Do you know what should be the structure under the plugins folder? Should plugins go each in a folder right under the plugins folder of should there be a folder structure (pictures, music , videos) underneath?
For reference to others the structure is like this:

~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/music/
~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/music/PluginName/default.py

~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/pictures/
~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/pictures/PluginName/default.py

~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/programs/
~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/programs/PluginName/default.py

~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/video/
~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/video/PluginName/default.py


- einhänder - 2008-09-14

until now i just used scripts, but never plugins...also i never used xbmc ob a pc/mac, but only on my xbox.

right now i found a plugin that could be really useful for me: VDR Plugin

unfortunately i can't get it working. i'm using xbmc a4 on osx 10.5.4 and copied the plugin to ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/video/VDR. so far so good. it doesn't show automatically in the videos section. therefore i created a new source. afterwards i can see the "VDR" folder as a source under videos. but what now? how can i start it?


- Gamester17 - 2008-09-14

einhänder Wrote:until now i just used scripts, but never plugins...also i never used xbmc ob a pc/mac, but only on my xbox.

right now i found a plugin that could be really useful for me: VDR Plugin

unfortunately i can't get it working. i'm using xbmc a4 on osx 10.5.4 and copied the plugin to ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins/video/VDR. so far so good. it doesn't show automatically in the videos section. therefore i created a new source. afterwards i can see the "VDR" folder as a source under videos. but what now? how can i start it?
I think you will have to post your feedback about any specific plugin in the python forum:
http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=36988

Note that XBMC 'Atlantis' Beta 1 will be released any day now so might be worth waiting.

Wink


- einhänder - 2008-09-18

well, it was worth waiting. now everything is just fine regarding plugins. Wink


- oseres - 2008-09-23

hi,
I'm on 8.10 beta1 and installed various plugins in the ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins directory
Flickr
Youtube 3.1
Xe.licio.us

Result : xbmc sees the plugins, only Youtube accept to retrieve information, then any click makes xbmc crashing.

Thanks for your help


- rwparris2 - 2008-09-23

Quote:hi,
I'm on 8.10 beta1 and installed various plugins in the ~/Library/Application Support/XBMC/plugins directory
Flickr
Youtube 3.1
Xe.licio.us

Result : xbmc sees the plugins, only Youtube accept to retrieve information, then any click makes xbmc crashing.

Thanks for your help
2008-09-18 17:16

I believe those are scripts, and need to go into your scripts folder (which is different from plugins).

I'm curious - why isn't the XBMC-Addons Installer packaged with all builds to make this easier for users?

I know the official PMIII/PM3.HD skins no longer have the 'Programs' menu section but it could still be in favorites by default.


- oseres - 2008-09-24

thanks, rwparris2,
I ve installed XBMC add on installer. Works fine, thanks but :
1°) only 1/3 of the plugins i installed actually work (Flickr doesn't work for instance)
2°) the installation folder is always the same and i have to manually move the plugins into video, music, etc... folder. Would be nice if the installer had suggested or proposed the installation folder...


- Gamester17 - 2008-09-25

oseres Wrote:only 1/3 of the plugins i installed actually work (Flickr doesn't work for instance)
As all those scripts/plugins you listed are third-party add-ons you need to address the author of those plugins and scripts directly though the Python Scripts/Plugins Support and Requests Forum.

Know though that many Python scripts/plugins stop working quite often, not due to bugs in XBMC but by design as the nature of many scripts/plugins is that they scrape websites for the data they collect, websites that which can change, (instead of using a static and standard API which does not change, as many online services do not offer a such API). So the fact is, because scripts/plugins scrape a website and if that website changes its layout structure design then the scripts/plugins can not scrape them any longer without getting updated manually in their code.

Oo


- rwparris2 - 2008-09-26

oseres Wrote:2°) the installation folder is always the same and i have to manually move the plugins into video, music, etc... folder. Would be nice if the installer had suggested or proposed the installation folder...

Works correctly for me on windows & xbox, so that might be a mac specific bug in the installer. If so you should post in the python forum that Gamester17 pointed to.


- pbutterworth - 2008-11-26

Maybe i'm being stupid, but I cant seem to find any directories on my Mac for XBMC at all.

If I show package contents on the XBMC application I can see the plugin folders, but if I put plugins in there they arent shown in the application.

I'm trying to install the iPlayer plugin.

Any ideas?

Thanks

Paul


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