Add-on:The Movie Database

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The Movie Database

See this add-on on the kodi.tv showcase

Author: Team Kodi

Type: Movie information
Repo: Kodi.tv repo v18
Kodi.tv repo v17

License: GPL v2.0

Summary: TMDB Movie Scraper
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ The Movie Database

themoviedb.org is a free and open movie database. It's completely user driven by people like you. TMDb is currently used by millions of people every month and with their powerful API, it is also used by many popular media centers like Kodi to retrieve Movie Metadata, Posters and Fanart to enrich the user's experience.

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. Information providers (v16 and higher)
  5. Movie information
  6. The Movie Database
  7. Install


2 Introduction

TheMovieDB scraper consists of two scapers as follows-

  • metadata.themoviedb.org- Used for scraping Movie metadata and artwork
  • metadata.tvshows.themoviedb.org- Used for scraping TV Show metadata and artwork from TheMovieDB database

It is important to be aware that these are two separate scrapers. They must be individually enabled if required.

See: http://themoviedb.org


When adjusting scraper settings you must make the adjustments on the Source using Change Content from the Context Menu when highlighting the Source. Do not make changes through the Add-ons menu option. This only sets default options and will not change existing settings attached to Sources.


3 TMDB - For Moves

metadata.themoviedb.org is used to download metadata and artwork for Movies. The following explains available scraper settings


3.1 Scraper Settings

Keep original title
Use the original (untranslated) title when getting info for a foreign film.
For example the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is the English translated title of the movie. The Original Name of the movie is 卧虎藏龙. If you prefer the English translated title, then disable the setting. If you prefer the original Chinese title then enable the setting.
Enable fanart
Enable this setting to download Fanart.
Enable trailer (YouTube)
Download movie trailers from YouTube. If you have local trailers, ensure this setting is disabled otherwise all local trailers will be ignored.
Preferred language
Language to use for summaries and other metadata.
Preferred Certification Country
Country/Nation preference for movie ratings
Default Rating from
Choose site to download movie ratings from. Choices are TMDB and IMDB
Add also IMDB ratings
Only visible if the previous setting is set to TMDB. Allows scraping of ratings from both sources




4 TMDB - For TV Shows

  • metadata.tvshows.themoviedb.org is used to scrape TV Show metadata and artwork from TheMovieDB database. The following explains the available scraper settings


4.1 Scraper Settings

Keep original title
Use the original (untranslated) title when getting info for a foreign film.
For example the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) is the English translated title of the movie. The Original Name of the movie is 卧虎藏龙. If you want the English translated title, then disable the setting. If you want the original Chinese title then enable the setting.
Enable fanart
Enable this setting to download Fanart.
Preferred language
Language to use for summaries and other metadata.



5 See also


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