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XBMC (formerly "Xbox Media Center") is a free, [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html open source (GPL)] multimedia player that originally ran on the first-generation [[Wikipedia:Microsoft Xbox|XBox]], (not the newer Xbox 360), and now runs on computers running Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS. XBMC can be used to play/view the most popular video, audio, and picture formats, and many more lesser-known formats, including:  
 
XBMC (formerly "Xbox Media Center") is a free, [http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html open source (GPL)] multimedia player that originally ran on the first-generation [[Wikipedia:Microsoft Xbox|XBox]], (not the newer Xbox 360), and now runs on computers running Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS. XBMC can be used to play/view the most popular video, audio, and picture formats, and many more lesser-known formats, including:  
  
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These can all be played directly from a CD/DVD, or from the hard-drive. XBMC can also play multimedia from a computer over a local network (LAN), or play media streams directly from the Internet. For more information, see the [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_FAQ XBMC FAQ].
 
These can all be played directly from a CD/DVD, or from the hard-drive. XBMC can also play multimedia from a computer over a local network (LAN), or play media streams directly from the Internet. For more information, see the [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=XBMC_FAQ XBMC FAQ].
  
==Installation==
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== Installation ==
  
 
{{Note|These instructions assume you have a working X installation. If you have not done this yet, please consult [[Beginners_Guide#Graphical_User_Interface]].}}
 
{{Note|These instructions assume you have a working X installation. If you have not done this yet, please consult [[Beginners_Guide#Graphical_User_Interface]].}}
  
The stable version of XBMC is available in the community repo:
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[[pacman|Install]] {{Pkg|xbmc}} from the [[official repositories]].
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If you plan to use the pvr extensions of xbmc you will need to install {{Pkg|xbmc-pvr-addons}}.
  
{{bc|# pacman -Syu xbmc}}
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== Configuration ==
  
The SVN (testing) version of XBMC can be downloaded from the [[AUR]] ([https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=45036 XBMC-git]), e.g. using yaourt:
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=== Autostarting at boot ===
  
{{bc|$ yaourt -Syua xbmc-git}}
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To use XBMC on HTPC you may want to start XBMC automatically on boot. Since version 11.0-11 '''xbmc''' package includes the xbmc group, user, and service file necessary to do this.
  
{{Warning|This is not the recommended way of using XBMC, as svn versions are always on the bleeding edge of development and thus can break sometimes. If you want a stable media center experience, go with the stable releases.}}
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To make XBMC start at system boot you should simply enable the service:
  
==Starting XBMC==
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# systemctl enable xbmc
  
First install [[D-Bus]] and add it to your [[Daemons#Starting_on_Boot|DAEMONS Array]] if you have not already:
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=== Enabling shutdown, restart, hibernate and suspend ===
  
{{bc|(... '''dbus''' ...)}}
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Since version 12 XBMC supports power management via systemd logind daemon. To enable it you should have {{Pkg|polkit}}, {{Pkg|upower}} and {{Pkg|udisks}} installed on your system.
  
Next, you'll probably want to get [[ConsoleKit]] up and running, if you have not already, and add the following line to your {{ic|.xinitrc}}:
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In case XBMC is started using the systemd service, the session might not get initialzed properly and therefore polkit may not allow the shutdown or reboot of the system. If this happens, adding the following rule file will allow users in the ''power'' and ''storage'' group to shutdown, restart, hibernate and suspend computer.
  
{{bc|exec ck-launch-session xbmc-standalone}}
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{{hc|/etc/polkit-1/rules.d/10-xbmc.rules|2=
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polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
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    if(action.id.match("org.freedesktop.login1.") && subject.isInGroup("power")) {
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        return polkit.Result.YES;
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    }
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});
  
Make sure you add your user (or whatever user will run xmbc on your system) to at least groups '''audio''', '''video''', and '''storage'''.
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polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
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    if (action.id.indexOf("org.freedesktop.udisks") == 0 && subject.isInGroup("storage")) {
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        return polkit.Result.YES;
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    }
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});
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}}
  
{{bc|$ for x in audio video storage; do sudo gpasswd -a $USER $x; done}}
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=== Using a remote controller ===
  
{{Note|If you do not run [[Sudo]], simply run the above command as root. You may also need to swap out $USER for another username if you are not logged in as the xbmc user.}}
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As XBMC is geared toward being a remote-controlled media center, if your computer has an IR receiver, you will probably want to set up a remote using [[LIRC]]. Once you are sure your remote is working properly (tested with {{ic|$ irw}}), add '''lircd''' to your [[Daemons#Starting_on_Boot|DAEMONS Array]] and you'll be ready to create an Lircmap.xml file for it.
  
===Autostarting at Boot===
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Using your favorite text editor, you'll need to go in and create an [[Wikipedia:XML|XML]] file at {{ic|~/.xbmc/userdata/Lircmap.xml}} (note the capital 'L'). Lircmap.xml format is as follows:
  
Using the above method, xbmc should run every time you start your X server, so auto-starting at boot can be configured just like a [[Display Manager]], with one important difference. If you choose to use the {{ic|/etc/inittab}} method, you can skip loading a display manager altogether and autologin XBMC by default. To do this, change your default runlevel to 5 in {{ic|/etc/inittab}} as usual:
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{{bc|1=<lircmap>
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  <remote device="devicename">
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      <XBMC_button>LIRC_button</XBMC_button>
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      ...
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  </remote>
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</lircmap>}}
  
{{bc|## Only one of the following two lines can be uncommented!
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* '''Device Name''' is whatever LIRC calls your remote. This is set using the '''Name''' directive in lircd.conf and can be viewed by running {{ic|$ irw}} and pressing a few buttons on the remote. IRW will report the name of the button pressed and the name of the remote will appear on the end of the line.
# Boot to console
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'''#'''id:3:initdefault:
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# Boot to X11
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id:5:initdefault:}}
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Note the comment (#) in front of {{ic|id:3:initdefault:}} and not {{ic|id:5:initdefault}}. Then, comment out all the default display manager lines at the end of the file:
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* '''XBMC_button''' is the name of the button as defined in [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Keymap.xml keymap.xml].
  
{{bc|# Example lines for starting a login manager
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* '''LIRC_button''' is the name as defined in {{ic|lircd.conf}}. If you automatically generated your lircd.conf using {{ic|# irrecord}}, these are the names you selected for your button then. Refer back to [[LIRC]] for more information.
#x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/xdm -nodaemon
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#x:5:respawn:/usr/sbin/gdm -nodaemon
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#x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/kdm -nodaemon
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#x:5:respawn:/usr/bin/slim >/dev/null 2>&1}}
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Finally, add this line (toward the end of the file, near where the lines you just commented are):
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* You may want to check out the very thorough [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Lircmap.xml Lircmap.xml] page over at the [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Main_Page XBMC Wiki] for more help and information on this subject.
  
{{bc|x:5:wait:login -f <YOUR_XBMC_USERNAME> </dev/tty7 &>/dev/tty7}}
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==== MCE remote with Lirc and Systemd ====
  
{{Warning|'''There is a security risk using this method.''' This bypasses login authentication and should only be used if you are sure you know what you are doing!}}
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Install {{Pkg|lirc-utils}} and link the mce config:
  
If you use systemd you can try this:
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# ln -s /usr/share/lirc/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb /etc/lirc/lircd.conf
{{hc|/etc/systemd/system/autologin.service|<nowiki>
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[Unit]
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Description=Direct login to X
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After=systemd-user-sessions.service
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[Service]
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Then, make sure the remote is using the lirc protocol:
Restart=always
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$ cat /sys/class/rc/rc0/protocols
ExecStart=/sbin/mingetty --autologin <username> tty7 linux
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If not, issue:
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# echo lirc > /sys/class/rc/rc0/protocols
  
[Install]
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A udev rule can be added to make lirc the default. A write rule doesn't seem to work, so a simple RUN command can be executed instead.
WantedBy=graphical.target
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</nowiki>}}
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Also you need install mingetty package.
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{{hc|/etc/udev/rules.d/99-lirc.rules|2=
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KERNEL=="rc*", SUBSYSTEM=="rc", ATTR{protocols}=="*lirc*", RUN+="/bin/sh -c 'echo lirc > $sys$devpath/protocols'"}}
  
Save your {{ic|/etc/inittab}} changes and add the following to your {{ic|.bash_profile}}:
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Next, specify the lirc device. This varies with kernel version. As of 3.6.1 {{ic|/dev/lirc0}} should work with the default driver.
  
{{bc|<nowiki>[[ $(tty) = "/dev/tty7" ]] && exec startx </dev/null &>/dev/null</nowiki>}}
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{{hc|/etc/conf.d/lircd.conf|2=
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#
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# Parameters for lirc daemon
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#
  
You may also add a {{ic|.hushlogin}} to your home directory to further suppress login messages:
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LIRC_DEVICE="/dev/lirc0"
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LIRC_DRIVER="default"
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LIRC_EXTRAOPTS=""
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LIRC_CONFIGFILE=""}}
  
{{bc|touch ~/.hushlogin}}
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The default service file for lirc ignores this conf file. So we need to create a custom one.
  
====ConsoleKit Issues with Automatic Login via /etc/inittab====
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{{hc|/etc/systemd/system/lirc.service|2=
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[Unit]
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Description=Linux Infrared Remote Control
  
[[ConsoleKit]] is known to have problems registering a session as both local and active when logging in directly via the {{ic|/etc/inittab}} method described above. If you would like to be able to shutdown and reboot your machine directly from XBMC while logging in via {{ic|/etc/inittab}}, perform the autologin via mingetty (note: this method requires '''mingetty''' and '''upower''' to be installed). There are two steps involved:
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[Service]
* 1. Comment out the line {{ic|x:5:wait:login -f <YOUR_XBMC_USERNAME> </dev/tty7 &>/dev/tty7}} from above and, in the consoles section of {{ic|/etc/inittab}}, append the following:
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EnvironmentFile=/etc/conf.d/lircd.conf
{{bc|c7:2345:wait:/sbin/mingetty --autologin <YOUR_XBMC_USERNAME> tty7 linux}}
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ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/ln -sf /run/lirc/lircd /dev/lircd
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ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/ln -sf /dev/lirc0 /dev/lirc
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ExecStart=/usr/sbin/lircd --pidfile=/run/lirc/lircd.pid --device=${LIRC_DEVICE} --driver=${LIRC_DRIVER}
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Type=forking
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PIDFile=/run/lirc/lircd.pid
  
* 2. Then, in your XBMC user's {{ic|~/.bash_profile}}, include the following (in place of the {{ic|.bash_profile}} line indicated above) (source: [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=887022#p887022 Arch forums]):
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[Install]
{{bc|<nowiki>[[ $(tty) = "/dev/tty7" ]] && exec xinit ~/.xinitrc -- /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp vt08 &>/dev/null</nowiki>}}
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WantedBy=multi-user.target}}
  
==Configuration==
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Finally, enable and start the lirc service:
  
===Using a Remote===
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# systemctl enable lirc
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# systemctl start lirc
  
As XBMC is geared toward being a remote-controlled media center, if your computer has an IR receiver, you will probably want to set up a remote using [[LIRC]]. Once you are sure your remote is working properly (tested with {{ic|$ irw}}), add '''lircd''' to your [[Daemons#Starting_on_Boot|DAEMONS Array]] and you'll be ready to create an Lircmap.xml file for it.
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This should give a fully working mce remote.
  
Using your favorite text editor, you'll need to go in and create an [[Wikipedia:XML|XML]] file at {{ic|~/.xbmc/userdata/Lircmap.xml}} (note the capital 'L'). Lircmap.xml format is as follows:
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=== Fullscreen mode stretches XBMC across multiple displays ===
  
{{bc|1=<lircmap>
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If you have got a multi-monitor setup and don't want XBMC to stretch across all screens, you can restrict the fullscreen mode to one display, by setting the environment variable SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD to the number of the desired target display. For example if you want XBMC to show up on display 0 you can add the following line to your [[Bashrc]]:
  <remote device="devicename">
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      <XBMC_button>LIRC_button</XBMC_button>
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      ...
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  </remote>
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</lircmap>}}
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* '''Device Name''' is whatever LIRC calls your remote. This is set using the '''Name''' directive in lircd.conf and can be viewed by running {{ic|$ irw}} and pressing a few buttons on the remote. IRW will report the name of the button pressed and the name of the remote will appear on the end of the line.
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SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD=0
  
* '''XBMC_button''' is the name of the button as defined in [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Keymap.xml keymap.xml].
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{{Note|Mouse cursor will be held inside screen with XBMC.}}
  
* '''LIRC_button''' is the name as defined in {{ic|lircd.conf}}. If you automatically generated your lircd.conf using {{ic|# irrecord}}, these are the names you selected for your button then. Refer back to [[LIRC]] for more information.
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=== Slowing down CD/DVD drive speed ===
 
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* You may want to check out the very thorough [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Lircmap.xml Lircmap.xml] page over at the [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Main_Page XBMC Wiki] for more help and information on this subject.
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==Fullscreen mode stretches XBMC accross multiple displays==
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The {{ic|eject}} program from the {{ic|util-linux}} package does a nice job for this, but its setting is cleared as soon as the media is changed.
  
If you have got a multi-monitor setup and don't want XBMC to stretch accross all screens, you cann restrict the fullscreen mode to one display, by setting the environment variable SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD to the number of the desired target display. For example if you want XBMC to show up on display 0 you can add the following line to your [[Bashrc]]:
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This udev-rule reduces the speed permanently:
  
{{bc|1=SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD=0}}
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{{hc|/etc/udev/rules.d/dvd-speed.rules|2=
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KERNEL=="sr0", ACTION=="change", ENV{DISK_MEDIA_CHANGE}=="1", RUN+="/usr/bin/eject -x 2 /dev/sr0"
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}}
  
===Shutdown-Suspend-Hibernate===
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Replace {{ic|sr0}} with the device name of your optical drive. Replace {{ic|-x 2}} with {{ic|-x 4}} if you prefer 4x-speed instead of 2x-speed.
  
If you have problems with shutdown, suspend or hibernate within XBMC make sure your user is in the ''wheel'' group and also that the upower package is installed.
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After creating the file, reload the udev rules with
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# udevadm control --reload
  
==Resources==
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== See also ==
  
* [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Main_Page XBMC Wiki]: An excellent resource with much information about Arch Linux specifically (upon which the original version of this article was largely based).
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* [http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Main_Page XBMC Wiki] - Excellent resource with much information about Arch Linux specifically

Revision as of 20:26, 9 June 2013

XBMC (formerly "Xbox Media Center") is a free, open source (GPL) multimedia player that originally ran on the first-generation XBox, (not the newer Xbox 360), and now runs on computers running Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and iOS. XBMC can be used to play/view the most popular video, audio, and picture formats, and many more lesser-known formats, including:

  • Video - DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD, MPEG-1/2/4, DivX, XviD, Matroska
  • Audio - MP3, AAC.
  • Picture - JPG, GIF, PNG.

These can all be played directly from a CD/DVD, or from the hard-drive. XBMC can also play multimedia from a computer over a local network (LAN), or play media streams directly from the Internet. For more information, see the XBMC FAQ.

Installation

Note: These instructions assume you have a working X installation. If you have not done this yet, please consult Beginners_Guide#Graphical_User_Interface.

Install xbmc from the official repositories. If you plan to use the pvr extensions of xbmc you will need to install xbmc-pvr-addons.

Configuration

Autostarting at boot

To use XBMC on HTPC you may want to start XBMC automatically on boot. Since version 11.0-11 xbmc package includes the xbmc group, user, and service file necessary to do this.

To make XBMC start at system boot you should simply enable the service:

# systemctl enable xbmc

Enabling shutdown, restart, hibernate and suspend

Since version 12 XBMC supports power management via systemd logind daemon. To enable it you should have polkit, upower and udisks installed on your system.

In case XBMC is started using the systemd service, the session might not get initialzed properly and therefore polkit may not allow the shutdown or reboot of the system. If this happens, adding the following rule file will allow users in the power and storage group to shutdown, restart, hibernate and suspend computer.

/etc/polkit-1/rules.d/10-xbmc.rules
polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if(action.id.match("org.freedesktop.login1.") && subject.isInGroup("power")) {
        return polkit.Result.YES;
    }
});

polkit.addRule(function(action, subject) {
    if (action.id.indexOf("org.freedesktop.udisks") == 0 && subject.isInGroup("storage")) {
        return polkit.Result.YES;
    }
});

Using a remote controller

As XBMC is geared toward being a remote-controlled media center, if your computer has an IR receiver, you will probably want to set up a remote using LIRC. Once you are sure your remote is working properly (tested with $ irw), add lircd to your DAEMONS Array and you'll be ready to create an Lircmap.xml file for it.

Using your favorite text editor, you'll need to go in and create an XML file at ~/.xbmc/userdata/Lircmap.xml (note the capital 'L'). Lircmap.xml format is as follows:

<lircmap>
  <remote device="devicename">
      <XBMC_button>LIRC_button</XBMC_button>
      ...
  </remote>
</lircmap>
  • Device Name is whatever LIRC calls your remote. This is set using the Name directive in lircd.conf and can be viewed by running $ irw and pressing a few buttons on the remote. IRW will report the name of the button pressed and the name of the remote will appear on the end of the line.
  • XBMC_button is the name of the button as defined in keymap.xml.
  • LIRC_button is the name as defined in lircd.conf. If you automatically generated your lircd.conf using # irrecord, these are the names you selected for your button then. Refer back to LIRC for more information.
  • You may want to check out the very thorough Lircmap.xml page over at the XBMC Wiki for more help and information on this subject.

MCE remote with Lirc and Systemd

Install lirc-utils and link the mce config:

# ln -s /usr/share/lirc/mceusb/lircd.conf.mceusb /etc/lirc/lircd.conf

Then, make sure the remote is using the lirc protocol:

$ cat /sys/class/rc/rc0/protocols

If not, issue:

# echo lirc > /sys/class/rc/rc0/protocols

A udev rule can be added to make lirc the default. A write rule doesn't seem to work, so a simple RUN command can be executed instead.

/etc/udev/rules.d/99-lirc.rules
KERNEL=="rc*", SUBSYSTEM=="rc", ATTR{protocols}=="*lirc*", RUN+="/bin/sh -c 'echo lirc > $sys$devpath/protocols'"

Next, specify the lirc device. This varies with kernel version. As of 3.6.1 /dev/lirc0 should work with the default driver.

/etc/conf.d/lircd.conf
#
# Parameters for lirc daemon
#

LIRC_DEVICE="/dev/lirc0"
LIRC_DRIVER="default"
LIRC_EXTRAOPTS=""
LIRC_CONFIGFILE=""

The default service file for lirc ignores this conf file. So we need to create a custom one.

/etc/systemd/system/lirc.service
[Unit]
Description=Linux Infrared Remote Control

[Service]
EnvironmentFile=/etc/conf.d/lircd.conf
ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/ln -sf /run/lirc/lircd /dev/lircd
ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/ln -sf /dev/lirc0 /dev/lirc
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/lircd --pidfile=/run/lirc/lircd.pid --device=${LIRC_DEVICE} --driver=${LIRC_DRIVER}
Type=forking
PIDFile=/run/lirc/lircd.pid

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Finally, enable and start the lirc service:

# systemctl enable lirc
# systemctl start lirc

This should give a fully working mce remote.

Fullscreen mode stretches XBMC across multiple displays

If you have got a multi-monitor setup and don't want XBMC to stretch across all screens, you can restrict the fullscreen mode to one display, by setting the environment variable SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD to the number of the desired target display. For example if you want XBMC to show up on display 0 you can add the following line to your Bashrc:

SDL_VIDEO_FULLSCREEN_HEAD=0
Note: Mouse cursor will be held inside screen with XBMC.

Slowing down CD/DVD drive speed

The eject program from the util-linux package does a nice job for this, but its setting is cleared as soon as the media is changed.

This udev-rule reduces the speed permanently:

/etc/udev/rules.d/dvd-speed.rules
KERNEL=="sr0", ACTION=="change", ENV{DISK_MEDIA_CHANGE}=="1", RUN+="/usr/bin/eject -x 2 /dev/sr0"

Replace sr0 with the device name of your optical drive. Replace -x 2 with -x 4 if you prefer 4x-speed instead of 2x-speed.

After creating the file, reload the udev rules with

# udevadm control --reload

See also

  • XBMC Wiki - Excellent resource with much information about Arch Linux specifically