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XBMC Media Center is a free cross-platform media player software and entertainment system application framework for Linux, Mac (Leopard, Tiger, and Apple TV), Windows, as well as the Xbox. XBMC is capable of playing back all popular video, audio, and picture formats out-of-the-box.

Installation Instructions for XBMC Media Center

A short and sweet install guide for XBMC Media Center 8.10 "Atlantis" for Apple TV Take2

Note: There is another guide which uses ATV USB Creator and a Patchstick:

Note2: Another way is to use the XBMC Launcher technique, it is easier and you can install Boxee and XBMC.


Actual Instructions

SSH into the AppleTV

installer -pkg XBMC.mpkg -target /

Ignore the message about installation failing, a perl post-install script has failed to run because perl is missing

This installs ;


make a sym link from /Applications to ~/Applications so NitoTV app launcher can see it

ln -s /Applications/XBMC.app /Users/frontrow/Applications/XBMC.app

Launch it under NitoTV

setting-> appearance-> resolution and pick the one with (FullScreen)

References/External Links


Attempts to get it running as-is on safe updated 1.1 ATV have come up short. Of course, this is to be expected.

Here's the error in CrashReporter.log:

Library not loaded: /opt/local/lib/libiconv.2.dylib
 Referenced from: /mnt/Scratch/Users/frontrow/Applications/XBMC.app/Contents/Mac OS/XBMC
  Reason: Incompatible library version: XBMC requires version 7.0.0 or later, but libiconv.2.dylib provides version 5.0.0

See Also