Scrapers

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1 Using Scrapers

Scrapers are used to contact online information providers to download metadata for video and music items to be added to the library.

A number of scrapers are installed by default when installing Kodi. Other scrapers are available for installation from the official repository. The below table lists all official scrapers and their compatability.

Scrapers compatible with v18 Leia Scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix Scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus
List of Album scrapers compatible with v18 Leia
List of Album scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix
List of Album scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus
List of Artist scrapers compatible with v18 Leia
List of Artist scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix
List of Artist scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus
List of Music Video scrapers compatible with v18 Leia
List of Music Video scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix
List of Music Video scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus
List of Movie scrapers compatible with v18 Leia
List of Movie scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix
List of Movie scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus
List of TV Show scrapers compatible with v18 Leia
List of TV Show scrapers compatible with v19 Matrix
List of TV Show scrapers compatible with v20 Nexus


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Creating your Video Library

Setting up your video library for the first time? Follow this How To guide

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Creating your Music Library

Setting up your music library for the first time? Follow this How To guide

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Video scraping problems

Something not working as expected? Check this page for common solutions.

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Changing Scrapers
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List of all Scraper pages


2 Scraper Development

Historically, Kodi scrapers were XML based. While XML scrapers have been used successfully for well over a decade, their use has been deprecated, since the release of Kodi v19 Matrix, in favour of Python based scrapers.

XML scrapers have become difficult to develop and maintain as they are no longer suited to the advanced REST API's used by the information providers, which results in frequent maintenance and updates to cope with API changes.

The following pages are available to help with the development process of scrapers. Although XML scrapers are deprecated, and no future XML scrapers will be accepted into the official repository, the two pages dedicated to XML scrapers contain useful information.


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Developing a Movie scraper in Python
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XML Scraper Development

XML scrapers are deprecated. This page may still contain useful development information.

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Developing a TV Show scraper in Python
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Writing an XML scraper

XML scrapers are deprecated. This page may still contain useful development information.