Add-on:Oz Weather

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Oz Weather

See this add-on on the showcase

Author: Bossanova808
Website: link
Type: Weather information
Repo: repo v18 repo v17 repo v16

License: GPL v2.0
Source: Source code
Summary: Weather forecasting and radar images for Australia using Bureau of Meteorology data
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ Oz Weather
Attention talk.png Need help with this add-on? See here.

Weather forecast data scraped from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology via WeatherZone - and For full features (e.g. radar) make sure you install the skin file you can find in the addon directory. Contributed files for other skins welcome.


1 Installing

To install this add-on you must do so from the Add-on manager from within Kodi by going to

  1. The home screen
  2. Add-ons
  3. Download
  4. Weather information
  5. Oz Weather
  6. Install

This Add On is for Kodi (Gotham and above....right through to Krypton in 2017) - with a recent re-write to improve the scraper robustness & speed.

Support, discussion, release notification:on the xbmc forum thread.

It has been adapted to source it's data from the BOM (Australian Bureau of Meteorology) - as this is really the only authoritative weather data in Australia.

1.1 Features
  • Live BOM radar maps
  • 7 Day Forecasts
  • Today's extended forecast
  • Direct access to 'ABC National Weather Update in 90 Seconds'
  • Mini weather when you pause video etc. if you want

It looks like this (although usually with more rain clouds here in Melbourne!!):

or if you're still using Confluence like me:

1.2 Notes on Krypton

I am not in love (or even like!) - with Estuary, the new default skin shipped with Kodi V17. I personally recommend you stick to Confluence and use the Helix and above Confluence skin files found below. But if you must use Estuary, I have made some skin file for that too. They're not as well tested perhaps as the Confluence ones, though, because I can't bring myself to use Estuary. Let me know if you find any issues.

1.3 Instructions

Go into Get More Add-Ons and choose Weather -> OzWeather... (Oz Weather is in the official Kodi repo).

NB if you experience errors running OzWeather, particularly if using profiles other than the Master profile, please check in Settings->System->Addons->Manage Dependencies and make sure that both the requests and urllib3 modules are enabled

To Configure - First, go to XBMC settings->Weather and choose the OzWeather add on as your weather add on. In the add on settings you can add up to three locations - you do this using their postcode - it will prompt you with matching locations if more than one area uses that postcode.

If you enable the extended features (see skin changes required below!) - then you need to direct input the BOM radar codes for the radar's you want displayed. Go to the BOM site and find the radar you want, then check the url:

...the code you need to enter (precisely) is IDR023

...there is also a list of Radar IDs and what they are on the BOM site here. Note not all codes actually work all the time, as some radars are only in part time use. The main capital city ones work well, e.g. IDR023 above which is the Melbourne 128km loop, or try IDR00004 for a nice national radar.

List of radar codes from BOM site here.

Notes If you get just the rain and no backgrounds on your radar, re-start XBMC and it will reload the skin & textures and the radar should come up ok. Don't hammer the location/refresh button - it can take up to 15 seconds or so to update, and you can confuse it if you go too fast...

If you are using an Apple TV with Crystalbuntu (or in general have issues with the radars and find messages about PIL or Python Imaging Library in your debug log, the try running: [code] sudo apt-get install python-imaging [/code]

1.4 Skin Changes

If you enable the long forecasts & radar, skin changes are needed. You just need to copy some files into your skin/720p or skin/xml folder. Note this will break compatibility with other weather add ons, so best to back up the original files first if you're worried about this.

Estuary Looks like this:

Confluence Looks like this:

Download the zip file for Estuary in Krypton here

Download the zip for all recent version of Confluence (i.e. Krypton/Isengard/Helix) here.

In your zip are up to three files, MyWeather.xml, DialogSeekBar.xml and (possibly, varies on version) a Font.xml - these much be copied to the 720p or xml folder in your local skin installation folder. Re-start Kodi after doing this so it reloads the skin files.

(If you are using openelec like me, you will find the system Confluence folder is not writeable, so I suggest you copy the system Confluence skin to your add ons directory, change the name in addon.xml, and start using your own modded Confluence!).

In the blade menu on the left you will also find a link to ABC's Weather in 90 Seconds video.

There is also an optional DialogSeekBar.xml that you can use if you want a mini forecast on your pause screen (shows radar map, current temp, predicted high, overnight low and tomorrow high).

Looks like this:


Neon (Eden era)

Contributed by forum user hastarin - thanks! May need updating for Frodo/Gotham Neon.

Download the zip here.

Neon (Helix era)

Note: The radar has been added to the weather home screen. Pic on forum.

Download the zip here.

Aeon MQ5 (Gotham era)

Contributed by forum user uksa007- thanks!

Download the zip here.

Titan MediaBrowser (Helix era)

Download the zip here.

Other Skins

Contributions gratefully accepted - post them to the forum thread and I will add them here!

1.5 Support & Troubleshooting

If your radar does not work - check your debug log first!

If there are errors about 'no muodule found PIL' or similar, it means python image library (PIL) is not installed. You can usually solve that with: sudo apt-get install python-imaging

Also, check your radar code - is it exactly as the BOM one - i.e. IDR023 or similar. You must include the IDR part! Does the URL in the debug log load if you paste it in to a browser?

Any issues, please post them on the xbmc forum thread.

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