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XBMC supports multiple user profiles, much the same as setting up individual users on your home computer. These individual profiles allow you to customize the environment for multiple users, allowing for such functionality as:
- Customized view settings such as skins for each user
- The ability to lock folders, such as network shares on a per-user basis
- Separate Media Libraries for each user
- Unique RSS feeds for each user
- Unique keymapping for each user
- Unique network settings
- The ability to add scripts both globally or on a per-profile basis
All options stored in The UserData Folder can be customized per profile, allowing for an amazing amount of flexibility.
Note: There are many references to the Master Code below. See Master Lock for more information.
Note: Profiles is an advanced topic in XBMC. XBMC works out of the box without the need of you knowing anything about Profiles. Profiles however may increase the security on your XBMC installation if you feel the need to.
1 Profile Settings
Selecting Profiles from the main settings window will bring you to the screen pictured to the left. In this screen you have the following options:
2 Adding a Profile
In order to add a profile, simply choose Add Profile... .
First, you will be prompted to enter a name for your profile. Enter the name for your profile. Then, it will prompt you for your profile directory. This is where your personalized settings will be stored. Choose New Folder and add a folder with the same name as your profile (this is the default). Then select the new directory and choose OK.
3 The Profile Lock Preferences
4 Configuring Scripts for Profiles
You have the ability to choose to display scripts on a per-profile basis, as well as globally. This functionality allows you to block other users from using scripts that contain objectionable material.
In order to use this functionality, simply place the scripts that you would like available to all users in the XBMC/Scripts folder. All per-user scripts should be placed in a /Scripts folder within the profile's data folder.
NOTE: The global scripts folder is internally mapped as drive Q:, while the profile scripts folder for the currently loaded script is internally mapped as drive P:.
5 Switching Profiles
Either you you choose a profile from the login screen (if enabled above).
Or you call up the context menu while in Profile Settings and select "Load Profile".
6 Manually editing profiles
Profile data is stored in the master userdata folder in an XML file called profiles.xml. While this file is human-readable, it is recommended that the user does not touch it unless they're prepared for the consequences.