HOW-TO:Install XBMC on Apple TV 1, List of skins

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Thanks to lots of hard work by [http://xbmc.org/about/team/ Team-XBMC]'s very own [[User:Davilla|Scott Davilla]] and [[User:MaestroDD|Stephan Diederich]] it is now possible to install and run [http://xbmc.org XBMC Media Center] on you [http://www.apple.com/appletv Apple TV].
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This page is to be used to keep an updated list of working and non-working [[HOW-TO install and switch between skins in XBMC|skins]] with the current [http://xbmc.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/xbmc/XBMC/ SVN] version of XBMC.<br>
  
In short it is [[XBMC for Mac]] on Apple TV made easy for everyone to enjoy!
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:For more information on skins for XBMC see the [[HOW-TO install and switch between skins in XBMC]] article.
  
=How does it work?=
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<em style="color:red;font-style:normal">'''NOTE:''' These are mostly third-party skins, and are thus not officially supported by [[Team XBMC and Others|Team XBMC]]. Requests, bug reports, and support should be directed to author or on the [http://forum.xbmc.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67 Skin Specific Requests and End-User Support (Help) Forum]. Please do '''not''' ask for help with third-party skins on Team XBMC's tracking system (Trac) site or the IRC-channel.</em>
[http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] let you make a so called "''[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_TV#Modifications_and_hacks patchstick]''", a bootable USB flash drive which you boot your [http://www.apple.com/appletv Apple TV] with to install [[XBMC for Mac]] to run nativly on Apple TV OS (which by the way is "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X_v10.4 Tiger] based).
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===Really Frequently Asked Questions and Answers===
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*Question: What happens to original Apple TV software after the XBMC installation?
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**Answer: XBMC is installed onto the Apple TV built-in harddrive but you will still be able you use your Apple TV software as normal, XBMC will only be an extra option that you can launch from the Apple TV's original menu when you want to utilize the extra features and functions that are available in XBMC compared to the original Apple TV software. So XBMC will not replace the original Apple TV software, it instead works as complement the existing Apple TV software.
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*Question: Is XBMC running natively on the Apple TV or under an Linux environment?
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==default skin==
**Answer: This installs [[XBMC for Mac]] which is a native Mac OS X application, (Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger to be precise), this does not run under a Linux environment.
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Starting with XBMC 9.11 Beta1 the default skin has been changed from Project Mayhem III skin to Confluence
  
*Question: Will the Apple TV playback 1080p videos encoded with the H.264 codec (like Blu-ray rips)?
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A ‘Confluence’ is the coming together of many things into one point, and the skin lives up to that for sure. Jezz_X started it as a progression of his [http://blackbolt.x-scene.com/Jezz_X/download_redux.php MediaStream_Redux], but it has evolved into something entirely different from its origins. You’ll surely notice that it shares a home-screen ‘blade’ with [http://www.teamrazorfish.co.uk/mediastream.html MediaStream], a settings screen feel with [http://www.aeonproject.com Aeon], views from many other skins, etc. In short, he’s used ideas from existing skins to make a coherent amalgamation that is both sexy and easy to use. Feel free to visit the gallery for screenshots or the forum to discuss the skin.
**Answer: No, the Apple TV hardware is only powerful enough to decode 720p videos encoded with the H.264 codec.
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*Question: Does XBMC on the Apple TV upscale standard-definition and 720p videos to 1080p output?
 
**Answer: Yes, XBMC on the Apple TV will upscale all videos to 1080p is that is your output resolution.
 
  
*Question: How do I get XBMC to show full screen rather than in windowed mode?
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==Currently Working Skins==
** Answer: Settings -> Appearance -> Screen -> Resolution -> Full Screen
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Feel free add skins to this list with a sur-fix of  ['''LIVE'''], ['''LINUX'''], ['''MAC'''], ['''WINDOWS'''], ['''XBOX'''] to indicate compatible platforms:
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* [http://blackbolt.x-scene.com/Jezz_X/download_redux.php MediaStream_Redux] ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX'''
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* [http://www.aeonproject.com Aeon] (closed source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Back-Row] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Basics-101] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Basics-Vision] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Clearity] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/[['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Clearity] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/'''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Containment] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Fusion] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Insidious] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter MARK-III] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter MC360] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/'''XBOX''']
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* [http://www.teamrazorfish.co.uk/mediastream.html MediaStream] (open source)['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [https://xboxmediacenter.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/xboxmediacenter/MiniMeedia/ MiniMeedia] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/'''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Mint] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://xbmc.org/download/ PM3.HD] (one of XBMC's two default skins)  ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/'''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Project Mayhem I] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Project Mayhem II] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://xbmc.org/download/ Project Mayhem III] (one of XBMC's two default skins) (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://xbmc.org/skins/transparency/ Transparency!] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/'''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Vision] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Vision 2] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Xbox-Classic] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Xii] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter xTV (Apple TV - Take 1 Replicate Skin)] (open source) ['''LIVE''']/['''LINUX''']/['''MAC''']/['''WINDOWS''']/['''XBOX''']
  
==Minimum requirements==
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==Broken Skins and Skins in Need of Update==
*[http://www.apple.com/appletv Apple TV (with 'Take 2' version of the 'Apple TV OS', meaning version 2.x of Apple TV software)]
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This is a list of skins that currently do not work in XBMC becuase they are not been maintained and have been abandoned by their original authors, these skins are in need of updating and if they are open source then feel free to do so yourself.
**'Apple TV OS' version 2.2 requires [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] 0.3 and for you to update the ''XBMC/Boxee Launcher'' to 0.2 and then [[XBMC for Mac]] to have a completely successful install.
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*[http://www.apple.com Mac computer with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.4 (Tiger)] (Windows and Linux [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] is coming soon).
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*512MB (or larger) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB_flash_drive USB flash memory drive].
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**Note that it [http://www.u3.com/uninstall/default.aspx can not still have U3 software on it (so uninstall that first if you have U3 USB flash memory drive)].
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=HOW-TO install XBMC on your Apple TV=
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Feel free add skins to this list:
[http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] is currently available for Mac OS X (Windows and Linux [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] is coming soon).
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Amped] (open source)
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter BLUEblack] (open source)
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter CEOMR] (open source)
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter MediaPortalX] (open source)
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter PDM] (open source)
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter T9]
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter The Orbs]
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter Visor] (open source)  
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* [http://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter XMBOX] (open source) PlayStation 3 XrossBar Replica Skin
  
'''NOTE:''' Just to be safe, unplug any other Mac formatted USB drives just in case, (as you do not want to risk the chance the patchstick utility to overwrite the data on any other USB drive you might have connected).
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=More downloads=
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You can find many more skins here:
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* https://sourceforge.net/projects/xboxmediacenter
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* http://forum.xbmc.org/forumdisplay.php?f=67
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* http://www.teamblackbolt.co.uk/
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* http://blackmarket.ictcsc.net/
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* http://savvygeek.com/xbmc-skins/
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* http://www.xbox-skins.net
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* http://www.aeonproject.com/
  
# Download the [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] from http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/
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[[Category:Add-ons]]
# Insert a 'bootable' USB flash memory drive into your Mac.
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[[Category:To-Do]]
# Run the [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator].
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# Follow the GUI to select "ATV Patchstick"" and which plugins you would like to install.
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#Make sure to select the correct disk and hit the circling arrows to the left of the drive menu if you insert the USB flash drive after launching atvusb-creator.
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# Remove the USB flash memory drive and plug it into your Apple TV.
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# Power on your Apple TV and the USB flash memory drive (now also called "patchstick") will automatically boot and run [http://code.google.com/p/atv-bootloader/ ATV bootloader].
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# After the ATV bootloader finishes, remove it and restart your Apple TV.
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# You Apple TV GUI will now have an option for XBMC on the main menu.
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# Click on XBMC, then select "Update", (this will download and install XBMC from the Internet)
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# Once XBMC is done installing, restart your Apple TV (again).
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# Click "XBMC", then select "XBMC" in the sub-menu to start XBMC.
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*Later if you wish to update XBMC select "Update" under the XBMC menu on your Apple TV.
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=Known Issues=
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* The default Apple TV screensaver may cause XBMC to not respond when it kicks in , (more accurately it can cause XBMC to loose control of the Apple Remote)
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**Due to the way that the Apple TV handles its 'wakeup' from its screensaver mode different from an infrared remote event from the Mac OS X computer platform, we will eventually need to make a source code change to the XBMC software to sort this out, but until then you can workaround this by disabling the screensaver on your Apple TV, (that is, not from within XBMC, but in the Apple TV's own screensaver).
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=Development for XBMC on Apple TV=
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To help out with the development of [[XBMC for Mac]] (which runs on Apple TV) see [[XBMC for Mac|here]]. To help out with the development of [http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator] or [http://code.google.com/p/atv-bootloader/ ATV bootloader] see their respective project sites on Google Code:
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*[http://code.google.com/p/atvusb-creator/ ATV USB Creator]
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*[http://code.google.com/p/atv-bootloader/ ATV bootloader]
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*[[XBMC for Mac|XBMC for Mac development]]
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This page is to be used to keep an updated list of working and non-working skins with the current SVN version of XBMC.

For more information on skins for XBMC see the HOW-TO install and switch between skins in XBMC article.

NOTE: These are mostly third-party skins, and are thus not officially supported by Team XBMC. Requests, bug reports, and support should be directed to author or on the Skin Specific Requests and End-User Support (Help) Forum. Please do not ask for help with third-party skins on Team XBMC's tracking system (Trac) site or the IRC-channel.

1 default skin

Starting with XBMC 9.11 Beta1 the default skin has been changed from Project Mayhem III skin to Confluence

A ‘Confluence’ is the coming together of many things into one point, and the skin lives up to that for sure. Jezz_X started it as a progression of his MediaStream_Redux, but it has evolved into something entirely different from its origins. You’ll surely notice that it shares a home-screen ‘blade’ with MediaStream, a settings screen feel with Aeon, views from many other skins, etc. In short, he’s used ideas from existing skins to make a coherent amalgamation that is both sexy and easy to use. Feel free to visit the gallery for screenshots or the forum to discuss the skin.


2 Currently Working Skins

Feel free add skins to this list with a sur-fix of [LIVE], [LINUX], [MAC], [WINDOWS], [XBOX] to indicate compatible platforms:

  • MediaStream_Redux [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX
  • Aeon (closed source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Back-Row (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Basics-101 (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Basics-Vision (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Clearity (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[[XBOX]
  • Clearity (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/XBOX]
  • Containment (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Fusion (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Insidious (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • MARK-III (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • MC360 (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/XBOX]
  • MediaStream (open source)[LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • MiniMeedia (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/XBOX]
  • Mint (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • PM3.HD (one of XBMC's two default skins) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/XBOX]
  • Project Mayhem I (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Project Mayhem II (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Project Mayhem III (one of XBMC's two default skins) (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Transparency! (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/XBOX]
  • Vision (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Vision 2 (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Xbox-Classic (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • Xii (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]
  • xTV (Apple TV - Take 1 Replicate Skin) (open source) [LIVE]/[LINUX]/[MAC]/[WINDOWS]/[XBOX]

3 Broken Skins and Skins in Need of Update

This is a list of skins that currently do not work in XBMC becuase they are not been maintained and have been abandoned by their original authors, these skins are in need of updating and if they are open source then feel free to do so yourself.

Feel free add skins to this list:

4 More downloads

You can find many more skins here:

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