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TMDb TV Shows

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Author: Team Kodi
Website: link
Type: TV information
Repo: repo v20 repo v19

License: GPL-3.0-or-later
Source: Source code
Summary: Fetch TV Show metadata from
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ TMDb TV Shows
Attention talk.png Need help with this add-on? See here.

The Movie Database (TMDb) is a community built movie and TV database. Every piece of data has been added by our amazing community dating back to 2008. TMDb's strong international focus and breadth of data is largely unmatched and something we're incredibly proud of. Put simply, we live and breathe community and that's precisely what makes us different.


This add-on is installed from the Add-on browser located in Kodi as follows:

  1. Settings
  2. Add-ons
  3. Install from repository
  4. Information providers (v16 and higher)
  5. TV information
  6. TMDb TV Shows
  7. Install


TMDb TV Shows is the latest scraper developed by Team Kodi. It is written in Python and has proven to be more stable and reliable than the Regex based scrapers currently in use.

TMDb TV Shows scraper accesses the following sites to scrape your TV Shows, seasons and episodes to populate your library:


If the scraper is unable to find the correct TV Show, you can perform a search using either the IMDB, TMDB or TVDB ID's. This may be a more convenient method than using a Parsing NFO file.

  • To search by TMDB enter the prefix tmdb/ followed by the ID. eg tmdb/90027
  • To search by TVDB enter the prefix tvdb/ followed by the ID. eg tvdb/365026
  • To search by IMDB ID enter the ttxxxxxx ID directly without any prefix. eg tt0489974

Note: This method can only be used for the TV Show. It cannot be used to find episodes.


Scraper settings can be adjusted in two locations, each location having a different result. When adjusting the settings be mindful of where:

Scrapers are installed with default settings. Adjusting settings in this location sets the new default settings for your scraper. From this point on any source you change to this scraper will use the new default settings. Existing sources are not changed
If an existing source is already using this scraper, and you would like the new settings to take effect, change the source to use another scraper, save and answer no to updating the library. Then change the scraper back and the new default settings will be loaded.
Changing settings at the source will affect that source only.

Note: Changing scraper settings does not change what is already in your library. Only items scraped after the setting changes will be affected.


Image 6- General Settings

Preferred language
Set which language of metadata to scrape
Preferred certification country
Country/Nation preference for Content Advisory Ratings (MPAA)- eg M, MA, PG
Include certification prefix
To display the appropriate Content Advisory Rating flags in your skin, the rating must be prefixed. Enable this setting and add the prefix in the next setting.
Insert the required certification prefix here. If unsure, check with the skin author what the required prefix is for your chosen country.
Keep Original Title
Use the original (untranslated) title when downloading metadata for a foreign film.
For example the TV show Money Heist is the English translated title. The original title of the TV show is La casa de papel. If you prefer the English translated title (or whichever language you have set in the scraper settings), then disable the setting. If you prefer the original languge title then enable the setting.


Image 7- Ratings

Default rating from
Choose which default rating to download. Choices are TMDB, IMDB and Trakt.
Also add IMDB ratings
Add IMDB in addition to the default rating
Also add ratings
Add in addition to the default rating
Also add TMDB ratings
Add TMDB ratings in addition to the default rating

This section allows you to nominate which extra artwork you would like scraped.

Due to changes in Artwork handling within the core program, v18 and v19 use different settings as described below.

v18 - Leia

Scraping and caching extended artwork is currently a two step process-

  1. Add the extended artwork types to be scraped into the advancedsettings.xml file. See: TV-Show artwork
  2. Enable the corresponding settings in the scraper as shown in the image.

Image 8-

Client key (optional)
Enter your personal API key here if you have one.
A personal API key is not required to use these features.
Enable xxx
Enable which extended artwork to be scraped

v19 - Matrix

Future.png FUTURE Matrix FEATURE:
This page or section describes features that are a future part of the Kodi v19 release, codename "Matrix". For more information see development builds.

Scraping and caching of extended artwork is now a single step process. The artwork settings have been removed from the scraper, as well as the requirement for editing the advancedsettings.xml file.

Stop hand.png All artwork related settings are now set in Settings > Media > Videos in the new Artwork section of the Kodi settings.
If you had the artwork tags in your advancedsettings.xml file from v18, these will have been transferred across to the new settings system and added to the Custom setting, otherwise you will need to manually enter which artwork types you prefer.

Image 9-

Include art from
This setting is enabled by default which allows scraping of artwork.
For those that prefer no extended artwork, a single toggle is available to disable artwork scraping from
Client key (optional)
Enter your personal API key here if you have one.
A personal API key is not required to use these features.


Image 10- Advanced

Verbose debug logging
Used to add additional logging to help fault find scraping issues.
The additional logging is detailed and not required for general scraping issues. Please do not enable this unless specifically requested.

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