Official add-on repository
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XBMC includes an interface to browse remote repositories from where add-ons can be retrieved. The model is similar to the way many current Linux distributions work, whereby there is a main repository that is the default, and additional ones may be added by the user. XBMC has two official repositories that are included by default (XBMC.org Add-ons and XBMC.org PVR Add-ons) and are maintained by the XBMC team (Team XBMC). This page outlines how to submit your add-on to the official repositories and keep it up to date.
1 The repositories
1.1 XBMC.org Add-ons
Browsing add-ons can be done from within XBMC through the built-in add-ons browser. From here you can install any add-on that is listed in the XBMC.org official repository. For the time being each version of XBMC will have its own repo which contain only add-ons that are compatible with that specific version of XBMC. Manually installing add-ons is possible but remember to check if these are compatible for your XBMC version.
XBMC uses Git to manage the official repository. See below for the list of git repositories that comprise it. This information is only useful for Team XBMC members who have repository pushing rights. You should not do any pull requests using these repositories. This is merely for information purpose only.
git clone ssh://email@example.com/p/xbmc/plugins git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/p/xbmc/scrapers git clone ssh://email@example.com/p/xbmc/screensavers git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/p/xbmc/scripts git clone ssh://email@example.com/p/xbmc/skins git clone ssh://firstname.lastname@example.org/p/xbmc/visualizations git clone ssh://email@example.com/p/xbmc/webinterfaces
All current add-ons can be downloaded as ZIP files from the repository server. Feel free to see which ones there are and perhaps you they might give you some ideas for creating your own. These are also great examples for getting started and see how things are done in more extensive add-ons.
1.2 XBMC.org PVR Add-ons
For more info on PVR see here: PVR
1.3 Repo Branches
For each version of XBMC there will be a specific branch of the XBMC.org add-on repository. As development progresses for the next version of XBMC, a repository for that next version will also be made. These repositories are automatically selected depending on which version of XBMC (stable or development) that the user is using. When the development XBMC repository is open we ask that add-on developers still maintain versions of their add-ons for the stable XBMC repository until that next development version of XBMC is released and becomes the new stable. When both repositories are open add-on developers will need to follow submission and update procedures individually to be in both. It is highly recommended to take advantage of the development XBMC repository so that your add-on is prepared for the next version of XBMC.
2 Submitting add-ons
3 See also