Welcome to the AwkwardTV Wiki
As you probably know, Apple TV is a set-top box manufactured by Apple. Out of the box, it is enabled to stream digital content from any computer running iTunes. As there is little information provided about what is going on "under the hood" of the Apple TV, this is a place to collect and share information.
This website is dedicated to finding additional uses for the Apple TV by (legitimately) enabling its Potential Capabilities, and is a place for the community to share ideas, discoveries and solutions. It is for informational purposes only. AwkwardTV is not responsible if you void your warranty or damage your device.
- $1000 Bounty offered for external USB drive hack.
- RSS Reader View custom RSS feeds in AppleTV
- Linux on Apple TV-- Linux kernel loader from gimli; we have full hardware support (accelerated video, wireless, USB).
- "Mac nano": Mac OS X can run on Apple TV, Google video.
- ATVFiles released. Plugin for Apple TV that plays video files without transcoding and syncing/streaming them.
- USB port works. Keyboard, mouse working. Youtube video.
- Asterisk running on an Apple TV (Digg): Instructions from l0rdr0ck
- AppleTV plugin that plays movies (duggmirror): Discuss on the Plugins wiki page
- awkwardTV gets press in Austria
- "DVD" Jon Lech Johansen gives us a mention. Hi Jon, keep up the good work!
Plugins directory and instructions
FRAppliance_101 - Tutorial for creating new PlugIns
Please feel free to contribute! We are all learners at this stage ;-)
(Please put your projects here-- in categories)
- Booting from a USB Thumbdrive Pre-made 256MB image for testing; small download
- Boot.efi Information An effort to understand the boot.efi file format
- Linux on Apple TV Our AppleTV-Linux Resource Guide (work in progress)
- Patchstick A project to build a Darwin kernel plus tools to have a 100% legitimate way of enabling hacks on the ATV (without opening case) (work in progress)
Awkward Project Wikis
- ATVFiles Plugin to play back video files that are not in the Apple TV library.
- Emulation Efforts to test and tweak compatibility regarding Game Emulation. (work in progress)
- Install Developer Tools (work in progress)
- Patch Over Network - Patching AppleTV over the network (without opening case) (work in progress)
- Enable Internet Sharing (work in progress)
- Volume control Control the volume (analogue) with the remote control + and - (during playback) (work in progress)
- QE/CI/Rotation on AppleTV OSXNano Install! =Testers/Help Needed=
- Dual Boot ATVOS/OSXNano from internal ATV drive
- How to upgrade hard drive with GUI tools ($100) or CLI
- How to upgrade hard drive using command line. (more pictures)
- Macworld's in-depth (mostly CLI) hard drive upgrade tutorial with pics.
- InsanelyMac Apple TV resource compilation
- Apache on Apple TV
- Turbo's AppleTV hacks @ 0xfeedbeef. A wealth of information, especially USB related.
- How to set up the Apple TV skin for XBMC
Hard Drive Preparation
- Backup your original Hard Drive Methods of imaging your drive; a key safety measure.
- Prepare a Hard Drive for use in the AppleTV
- Boot OS X from an External USB drive without voiding your warranty! (hackint0sh)
- Enabling USB and boot from USB External Hard Drive
General Software Modifications
- Enable Remote Desktop (VNC)
- Enable Quartz Extreme and Quartz 2D Extreme (To Speed Up Certain Applications)
- Enable AFP Server (Personal File Sharing)
- Enable WebDAV (Personal File Sharing - requires apache)
- Working with ASL (Syslog)
- Correct Time Zone
- Replace Finder
- AppleTV FrontRow on Intel Mac Installing ATV's FrontRow 2.0 UI on a Mac
- How To 'Enable' Mouse Cursor/Pointer on the AppleTV
- Uncompress LZSS compressed files like mach_kernel.prelink
- Connect the Apple TV to a TV with Composite (Monochromatic Picture)
- Connect the 2.5" IDE drive to a USB/FW bridge without having to remove it, use a M/M 2.5" ide adapter from here
- Here are some NTSC color bars to use when calibrating your TV.
- Hardware Profile
- Sysctl output
- Various diskutil command results
- Power Usage
- Airport Card in MacBook Pro
- Apple TV OS 10.4.7
- Boot Process
- osputil command-line program to control the LED
- dmesg output
- Ps output
- glQuery output
- kextstat output
- kernel_settings.xml (by n8man)
- Media Library
- Open Source 10.4.8 Components you can install on Apple TV
- XML Downloaded By ATV
Third party software
- Codec Sources
- Remote Buddy
- nano Excellent, lightweight text editor for scripts and such.
- vim Another classic text editor.
- MacPorts suggestions to bootstrap the MacPorts infrastructure natively
- Xbench 1.3 Benchmark
- Connecting drive to PowerPC Mac makes drive unbootable (successes reported inside as well)
- Apple TV HDMI "Green Screen" bug
Tried & Working Video
Thanks for the updates everyone! Looks much better -kad77
- 720p Xvid
- 720p Divx (Perian)
- MKV with VLC (Coming in perian 1.0 for Quicktime)
- .vob(DVDrip) with VLC (Menu, subtitles, 5.1 surround working)
- MPEG2 using QT MPEG-2 Component. 720p and 1080i playback was very choppy.
- WMV doesn't seen to play. Flip4Mac component doesn't seem to work.
- List of file formats working on Apple TV