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The current stable release for iOS is XBMC v13.2 Gotham.

Requirements
  • To Install XBMC on ATV2 you must have a jailbroken Apple TV 2 running versions 4.1 to 5.3
  • XBMC only works on the second generation Apple TV (ATV2), which is the black version that outputs 720p. XBMC does not work on the newer third generation Apple TV (ATV3) that outputs 1080p (Full HD), because there is no jailbreak for the ATV3.
  • If you have any issues, be sure to read the iOS FAQ!


Contents

1 Installing from the command line

  1. Open up your terminal/ssh application and enter the following command to log in to your ATV2. Note, you need to replace "YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS" with the IP address of the Apple TV:
    ssh root@YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS
    EXAMPLE: ssh root@192.168.1.5
  2. You will be asked for a password: default password is alpine
  3. Continue to enter the following commands:
    apt-get install wget
    wget -O- http://apt.awkwardtv.org/awkwardtv.pub | apt-key add -
    echo "deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org/ stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
    echo "deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
    apt-get update
    mkdir -p /Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliances
    apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
    mkdir -p /Applications/XBMC.frappliance
    reboot

And you're done! You should now be running XBMC v13.2 Gotham for Apple TV 2. See here to verify your XBMC version.

2 Installing from NitoTV

Attention.png NOTICE:
While this should work in theory, the official installation method for XBMC is to use the command line instructions. If you have issues with any of the Nito installers then please try the command line instructions to see if that fixes the issue. Nito simply gives a GUI for those command line instructions, so it should work, but Team XBMC has no control over those installers and cannot update them or see any errors from them, or anything like that.
NitoTV on the Apple TV 2
  1. Scroll right to the NitoTV menu on the Apple TV and choose the first option "Install Software".
  2. Scroll down the list until you see "XBMC-ATV2" and click on that.
  3. From that menu press "install" and your Apple TV will install XBMC and then do a SOFT reboot (no tethered boot required).
  4. XBMC will now be in your Apple TV menu, scroll right to it, click and enjoy.

And you're done! You should now be running XBMC v13.2 Gotham for Apple TV 2. See here to verify your XBMC version.

3 Updating

Either update through NitoTV or issue the following commands to update:

  1. Open up your terminal/ssh application and enter the following command to log in to your ATV2:
    ssh root@YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS
    EXAMPLE: ssh root@192.168.1.5
  2. You will be asked for a password: default password is alpine
  3. Continue to enter the following commands:
    apt-get update
    apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

4 Development and custom builds

ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR USERDATA FOLDER WHEN USING DEVELOPMENT BUILDS!

Build Description URL
Nightly build Nightly builds are unstable test builds that have the latest bug fixes and feature additions. They are not fully tested, so anticipate issues and be sure to backup your userdata folder http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/atv2/
Monthly build Monthly builds are more stable than nightly builds, but still contain lots of experimental new code. http://mirrors.xbmc.org/snapshots/darwin/atv2/
Betas and release candidates Betas and release candidates are builds that are being tested to see if they have any bugs left before becoming a stable release. Most major bugs should be fixed in these builds. http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/pre-release/atv2/deb/
Older stable builds If you wish to download an older version of XBMC for whatever reason, you can do so with these same instructions below. http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2/deb/
  1. Open one of the above URL locations in a web browser and copy the url of the most recent file in that listing.
    EXAMPLE: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/atv2/xbmc-20111202-6729214-master-atv2.deb
  2. Open up your terminal/ssh application and enter the following command to log in to your ATV2:
    ssh root@YOUR.ATV2.IP.ADDRESS
    EXAMPLE: ssh root@192.168.1.5
  3. You will be asked for a password: default password is alpine
  4. Continue to enter the following commands:
    rm -f *xbmc*.deb
    wget URL-FROM-STEP-ONE-HERE
    EXAMPLE: wget http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/atv2/xbmc-20111202-6729214-master-atv2.deb
    dpkg -i *xbmc*.deb
    rm *xbmc*.deb

See here to verify your XBMC version.

Note: To go back to a stable version of XBMC you might need to first uninstall XBMC and then use the normal install instructions, or manually download the stable release deb file and install using the dev build instructions.

5 Uninstalling

5.1 Uninstalling just XBMC

SSH into your Apple TV (Using the same instructions from above to login). Then run:

 apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2

It will ask you if you want to continue:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 5 not upgraded.
After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]?

Just enter "Y" to accept and continue.

5.2 Removing settings

XBMC will uninstall from your Apple TV but will leave certain things (databases and everything in your userdata folder) behind to make it easier if you wanted to reinstall. To delete those also run:

rm -Rf /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/XBMC

This will then be completely clear and XBMC will be removed.

5.3 Deleting XBMC dependencies

XBMC has three dependencies that it installs along with itself when you first install XBMC (org.xbmc.xbmc-seatbeltunlock, gawk, bsdiff). After uninstalling XBMC you can also uninstall these 3 dependencies by running this command:

apt-get remove org.xbmc.xbmc-seatbeltunlock && apt-get remove gawk && apt-get remove bsdiff
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