WebGrab+Plus is a multi-site incremental XMLTV EPG grabber. It collects TV program guide data from selected TV guide sites for your favorite channels. It can later be used by Kodi and other popular players.
Install the AUR package.
Copy the default configuration directory:
$ cp -R /usr/share/wg++ ~/wg++
To generate EPG guide, run:
And your EPG guide will be stored in the location, which is defined in configuration file
All configuration files will be placed in
~/wg++ directory. The main configuration file is
~/wg++/WebGrab++.config.xml. See the upstream documentation for the available options.
guide.xmldirectly to it. For example
Finding and adding channels
Channel entries defines what TV programs needs to be included in EPG guide.
To list all possible TV programs, use this command:
$ grep site_id ~/wg++/siteini.pack/*/*channels.xml
To list all possible TV programs by country:
$ grep site_id ~/wg++/siteini.pack/Country/*channels.xml
To filter TV programs by keyword:
$ grep site_id ~/wg++/siteini.pack/*/*channels.xml | grep -i "keyword"
And paste as many
<channel> entries as you want into the configuration file.
Different channel names
Your IPTV provider might use different channel names from what WebGrabber+Plus offers. For example - TV3 channel exists in WebGrabber+Plus channels list, but your IPTV provider uses TV3 4K, which refers to the same channel, but cannot be found in WebGrabber+Plus channels list. If the channel name is not changed, then it will not be picked up by IPTV player either.
To resolve this, take the actual WebGrabber+Plus channel element:
<channel update="i" site="tvprograma.lt" site_id="tv3/42" xmltv_id="TV3">TV3</channel>
and change value accordingly:
<channel update="i" site="tvprograma.lt" site_id="tv3/42" xmltv_id="TV3">TV3 4K</channel>
Same channels under different names
Your IPTV provider might provide backup channels or channels with different quality, therefore ending up with duplicating channels under different names. In order to generate EPG guide efficiently, modify configuration file as per below example:
<channel update="i" site="sporttv.pt" site_id="727" xmltv_id="SPORT.TV1">SPORT TV 1</channel> <channel offset="0" same_as="SPORT.TV1" xmltv_id="SPORT TV 1 HD">SPORT TV 1 HD</channel> <channel offset="0" same_as="SPORT.TV1" xmltv_id="SPORT TV 1 FHD">SPORT TV 1 FHD</channel> <channel offset="0" same_as="SPORT.TV1" xmltv_id="SPORT TV 1 XXX">SPORT TV 1 XXX</channel>
xmltv_idmust be unique in your configuration file. You might consider changing it to new channel's name as well.
Tips and tricks
Alternative configuration directory
You can specify and use alternative configuration directory. Copy default configuration directory to your desired destination:
$ cp -R /usr/share/wg++ /path/to/<configuration_directory>
To generate EPG guide, run:
$ wg++ /path/to/<configuration_directory>
Update channels list
AUR already contains channels lists, but they might not be up to date. To update them, you have 2 choices:
- Download latest upstream channels (sites) lists from GitHub repository.
- Update yourself for specific TV guide providers. See Site.channels.xml | WebGrab+Plus