How to Set Up Scrapers in XBMC

Updated November 22, 2017

The XBMC media centre software is a free application for Windows, Macintosh and Linux commonly used for enjoying digital media such as TV and movie files, or even music videos. Within XBMC, you can set up a "Library View" of your media, where the software downloads metadata about your files from the Internet such as movie plot descriptions or movie posters. To set up XBMC to automatically download media information, you use the software's built-in tools, known as "scrapers."

Open the XBMC software. Select "Video." A list of video sources appears.

Right-click the video source for which you want to set up the scraper. Click "Set Content" from the menu. The scraper set-up screen appears.

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 files in it that are movies, select the "Movies" option.

Click "OK." A confirmation screen appears.

Click "OK" to confirm the media type selection. The scraper begins automatically downloading descriptions of your media files from the selected source.


Media scrapers work best if a source is a directory with only a specific kind of media. Before setting up a scraper, it's best to have your media files organised in different directories by type. For example, place all of the files that are music videos in one directory, all of the files that are TV shows in another and so on.

Things You'll Need

  • XBMC software
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Jaime Vazquez has been writing since 2000 about technology, geek culture, music and nightlife. His work has appeared in print publications such as "TimeOut Chicago" and "O, The Oprah Magazine," as well as online for sites such as DrPhil, the Northwest Evaluation Association and MetroMix. Vazquez graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in American culture.