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The Movie Database Python

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Author: Team Kodi
Website: link
Type: Movie information
Repo: repo v20 repo v19 repo v18

License: GPL-2.0-or-later
Source: Source code
Summary: Python TMDB Movie Scraper
Home icon grey.png   ▶ Add-ons ▶ The Movie Database Python
Attention talk.png Need help with this add-on? See here. 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

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. Movie information
  6. The Movie Database Python
  7. Install

2 Introduction

The Movie Database Python 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.

The Movie Database Python scraper accesses the following sites to scrape your movies and populate your library:

3 Search

If the scraper is unable to find the correct movie, you can perform a search using either the IMDB or TMDB 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/240832.
  • To search by IMDB ID enter the ttxxxxxx ID directly without any prefix

4 Settings

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 where 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.

4.1 General

Image 5- General Settings

Keep Original Title
Use the original (untranslated) title when downloading 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 (or whichever language you have set in the scraper settings), then disable the setting. If you prefer the original Chinese title then enable the setting.
Enable fanart from TMDb
Enable this setting to download Fanart from TMDB. Will override the setting.
Separate TMDb fanart with title to landscape
Fanart is 16:9 artwork with no text. Landscape is fanart with text.
With this setting enabled, fanart with text is scraped as a Landscape image type.
Enable Trailer (YouTube)
Scrapes the links for trailers from YouTube.
Stop hand.png If you have locally saved trailers, do not enable this setting. See... Trailers
Preferred Language
Set which language metadata to scrape
Preferred Certification Country
Country/Nation preference for Content Advisory Ratings (MPAA)- eg M, MA, PG
Certification Prefix
To display the appropriate Content Advisory Rating flags in your skin, the rating must be prefixed. Check with the skin author what the prefix is for your chosen country.
Default Rating from
Choose which default rating to download. Choices are TMDB, IMDB and Trakt.
Add also IMDB ratings
Add IMDB in addition to the default rating
Add also ratings
Add in addition to the default rating
Add multiple studios
Scrape all movie studios associated with the movie.
Stop hand.png Enabling this setting will break the display of Studio Icons in your skin. Studio Icons can only be displayed for a single studio.
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


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.

4.2.1 v18 - Leia

The following are the available settings for extra artwork from

Settings are for Movies and the Movie Set if the movie is part of a Collection.

4.2.2 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.

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Enable artwork 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
Language for artwork
Allows you to select a language different to the metadata language. The default setting is English. personal API key(optional)
Enter your personal API key here if you have one.
A personal API key is not required to use these features.

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