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TMDb TV Shows

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Author: Team Kodi
Website: link
Type: TV information
Repo: repo v21 repo v20 repo v19

License: GPL-3.0-or-later
Source: Source code
Summary: Fetch TV Show metadata from
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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


The Movie Database Python scraper is developed and maintained by Team Kodi. It is written in Python and has proven to be more stable and reliable than the Regex based scrapers.

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


This scraper uses the folder name as the search string to lookup the title at TheMovieDB site.

If you are experiencing problems scraping the correct title, there are 3 methods available to force the scraper to the correct title.

Scraper Search

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.

Filename identifiers

Scrapers can optionally lookup via filename identifiers since Matrix (v21) if the scraper supports it. As of v21, TheMovieDB Python, TMDB TV Shows, and TV Maze scrapers support ID's in the folder or filename.

Filename identifiers are short tags added to the name of a file that directly provide metadata IDs to Kodi. This method streamlines the scraping process by giving Kodi explicit references to look for in its database. If an identifier could not be looked up using a filename identifier, Kodi falls back to the normal scraping process using title and year.

To take advantage of this feature, include the identifier within the filename and/or the folder (depending on the setting Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title in the Set Content screen) using one of the following supported formats:

  • Movie Name (Year) [sourceid=xxxx]
  • Movie Name (Year) [sourceid-xxxx]
  • Movie Name (Year) [source=xxxx]
  • Movie Name (Year) [source-xxxx]
  • Movie Name (Year) {sourceid=xxxx}
  • Movie Name (Year) {sourceid-xxxx}
  • Movie Name (Year) {source=xxxx}
  • Movie Name (Year) {source-xxxx}


sourceid / source - the appropriate site identifier of the ID (see Note below)
xxxx - the ID from the site

An example of a properly formatted filename would be:

/Blade Runner (2017) {tmdb=335984}/Blade Runner (2017) {tmdb=335984}.mkv

Note: Not all scraper sites accept all ID's. It is recommended that the sites own ID is used rather than a 3rd party site (eg imdb). 3rd party ID's at scraper sites rely on users to enter that data. It is not uncommon to have these ID's missing.

TheMovieDB for Movies and TV Shows - Use TMDB's own tmdb ID but the scapers will also accepted imdb and tvdb if that data is available at the site.
TV Maze - only acceptes tvmaze ID's
TVDB - As at the release of v21 Omega, the scraper requires updating by TheTVDB

Parsing NFO File

See: Parsing NFO Files


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

1. Kodi System Settings ▶ Add-ons ▶ Information Providers ▶ (Select Scraper)
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 use 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 for the source. See: Changing Scrapers
Alternatively, use the next method.
2. Videos ▶ Files ▶ Source ▶ Context Menu ▶ Change Content ▶ Settings
Changing settings at the source will affect that source only.
3. Videos ▶ Files ▶ Source ▶ Movie/TV Show folder ▶ Context Menu ▶ Change Content ▶ Settings
Changing settings on the folder containing a movie or TV show will affect only that movie or TV show.

Note: Changing scraper settings does not change the metadata or artwork 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
Select which country Content Certification system (MPAA) to use.
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.
Add keywords as tags
Scrape Keywords from TMDB and add them as Tags in Kodi
Be aware that larger libraries may be flooded with thousands of tags in Kodi
Categorize fanart with text as landscape
Fanart is 16x9 images with no text
Landscape are fanart images with text
With this setting enabled, 16:9 images with text are scraped as a Landscape image type.
Include country code with studio
When disabled the studio will be saved as HBO
When enabled, the studio will be saved as HBO (US) with the country of origin appended to the studio name.
If the skin uses Studio Icons, enabling this setting may break the display of icons for many studios.
Enable Trailer
When enabled, will scrape links to online trailers. Only a link is scraped to the trailer. The trailer itself is not downloaded.
Addon Player
Choose which addon to use to play the trailer.


Image 7- Ratings

Default rating from
Choose which rating to download and display as the default rating. Most skins displays only a single rating. Choices are TMDB, IMDB and Trakt.
Also add IMDB ratings
Download IMDB ratings in addition to the default rating. If IMDB is selected as default above, this setting will be greyed out.
Also add ratings
Download ratings in addition to the default rating. If is selected as default above, this setting will be greyed out.
Also add TMDB ratings
Download TMDB ratings in addition to the default rating. If TMDB is selected as default above, this setting will be greyed out.

This section controls artwork scraping from

All artwork related settings are set in Settings ▶ Media ▶ Videos in the Artwork section of the Kodi settings. Use these settings to modify which artwork types are downloaded. The default is to download all artwork types.

Image 9-

Include art from
This setting is enabled by default which allows scraping of artwork from
For those that prefer no extended artwork, disable this setting. Artwork will then be limited to Poster, fanart, landscape and clearlogo as provided by TheMovieDB, unless you have further adjusted the artwork settings in Kodi.
Client key (optional)
Enter your personal API key here if you have one.
A personal API key is not required to use these features.
For more information on API keys, see Personal API Key benefits


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.

Episode Orders

Some TV Shows are originally broadcast in one order (default order) but the order may be different when broadcasting in a different country (La Casa De Papel), or the DVD/Bluray release may have a different screening order (Firefly).

TheMovieDB uses Episode Groups for additional episode orders.

To use one of the orders for scraping, follow the images below. Paste the address into a Parsing NFO file then scrape. The Parsing NFO File will point the scraper to the listing. [1]

Note: When using episode groups, the numbering of your episode files (SxxEyy) must match the numbering of the order you have chosen to use.


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