How to send URLs to xbmc

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XBMC, which stands for Xbox Media Center, provides a free and open source media centre solution that you can install in Windows, Apple and Linux operating systems. It can also run as a portable application and supports almost all popular video file formats and over 30 languages. Sending URLs to XBMC requires a Firefox plug-in called XBMCFox that allows you to control XBMC for onscreen playback and video control.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer with XBMC installed
  • Second computer
  • Firefox 3 or newer

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    XBMC Settings

  1. 1

    Start XBMC on the first computer and navigate to the "Settings" menu and select "Network". Select "Enable webserver/Allow control of XBMC via HTTP".

  2. 2

    Set the port setting at 80; this should be the default setting.

  3. 3

    Create a username and password in the specified fields to restrict access to the application.

  4. 4

    Check the option for "Allow programs on other system to control XBMC".

  5. 5

    Go back to the XMBC home page and right click "Settings". Click "System Info" and write down the IP Address.

    Firefox Add-on

  1. 1

    Open Firefox on the second computer and install the modified XBMCFox add-on.

  2. 2

    Click "Tools", select "Add-ons" then select "Extensions". Right click on XBMCFox and select "Preferences". Enter the IP address of the computer with XBMC installed.

  3. 3

    Go to the desired website with media links and copy the URL from the address bar.

  4. 4

    Right click on "Play in XBMC" in the Firefox add-on, paste the link and click "OK".

Tips and warnings

  • Check compatibility of any unreviewed Mozilla Firefox addons before installing them.

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