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JSON RPC is a HTTP-based interface for communicating with XBMC. It replaces the now-depreceated HTTP API, and offers a more secure and robust mechanism in the same format. It is based upon the JSON RPC 2.0 specification.

Enabling JSON RPC

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To enable the JSON RPC interface in XBMC the "Allow External Control of XBMC" option must be enabled in the settings page. To control XBMC from other computers the "Allow Control from other computers" must also be enabled.

Note: The EventServer is a different interface for sending remote keypresses to XBMC, and must be enabled separately, some programs may use both interfaces.


The XBMC JSON api is split up into namespaces, which contain methods that can be called. These namespaces are: Namespaces



Plays a specified index in the playlist

index          integer    The playlist index of the item to start playing