How to install XBMC Frodo on your Apple TV 2

by umOuch on February 28, 2013


xbmc 12 beta frodo apple tv How to install XBMC Frodo on your Apple TV 2

Back in January XBMC released the long awaited Frodo 12.0 for all of your Apple products. Now you can install XBMC on your iPads, iPhones, iPods, and your, glorious, little Apple TV 2. The installation is almost the exact same as installing previous builds of XBMC with 4 subtle differences. Here we have put together a guide that incorporates these changes. So, sit back, relax and grab a cup of coffee.

Note: XBMC is not yet compatible with the 5.1+ Apple TV software. XBMC Developer Memphiz said on XBMC forum that the team is “trying their best” to make XBMC running on Apple TV 5.2. XBMC now available on iOS 6.1 for Apple TV

Upgrading An Existing Installatin Of XBMC EDEN 11.0

So you may be asking the question, “what do I do if I already have XBMC Eden installed on my Apple TV?” If this is the case, we have a few tips for you specifically. After extensive testing throughout the BETA phase, the team at XBMCHUB.COM has discovered that you will find the best results by simply doing a fresh install of XBMC Frodo. Yes, it is possible to back up your settings and reinstall your preferences but this often leads to many of the same issues.

It is not the happy news you may have wanted, but it ends up that XBMC Frodo plays nicest with your Apple TV when you uninstall XBMC, and all of your presets, from your device. Though I am unsure where the problem is located when upgrading directly… The problem is there all the same.

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Installing A Fresh Version Of XBMC FRODO 12.0

Requirements

Step 1: Launch the “Terminal” or “PuTTY” application.

Step 2: Ensure that your computer and your Apple TV are on the same network.

Step 3: Connect to your Apple TV via SSH using the following commands.

  • ssh root@[Your Apple TV’s I.P. Address]

Example: ssh root@192.168.2.18
This can be found under General/Network on your ATV’s main menu

Note: Should you receive an “Authentication Error,” copy and paste the following command into the Terminal window and press Enter, then continue.

  • rm ~/.ssh/known_hosts

Step 4: Agree to any Security Prompts by typing “yes” (without quotations), then press Enter.

Step 5: When prompted for a Password, type the word “alpine” (without quotations) then press Enter.

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Step 6: Copy and Paste the Following Commands into your Terminal App, pressing the Enter key after each. It’s important that you wait for each one to finish before moving onto the next. Don’t worry… you will know when each line is finished.

1)      apt-get install wget
2)      wget -O- http://apt.awkwardtv.org/awkwardtv.pub | apt-key add –
3)      echo “deb http://apt.awkwardtv.org/ stable main” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/awkwardtv.list
4)      echo “deb http://mirrors.xbmc.org/apt/atv2 ./” > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/xbmc.list
5)      apt-get update
6)      mkdir -p /Applications/AppleTV.app/Appliances
7)      apt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2
8)      mkdir -p /Applications/XBMC.frappliance
9)      reboot

Step 7: Once the Apple TV menu reloads, Launch XBMC into XBMC Frodo.

Step 8: To ensure the new build fits your screen, let’s enter the “Settings” sub menu under the “SYSTEM” heading.

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Step 9: Select the “Appearance” tab from the left menu bar.

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Step 10: Under the “Skin” menu, you’ll now want to choose “-4%” for the “Zoom” field so that your XBMC configuration will properly fit your television display. Depending on the television, you might have to play around with this, but it should work flawlessly at the “-4%” setting. Press “MENU” on your Remote Control to return back one level once this is done.

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Step 11. Also worth noting: in XBMC 12.0 you will need to set up your sound. For this simply navigate to Settings/System/Audio Output go to the second option from the bottom and sleet the audio option that is right for you. Afterwards, go to the very first option and select between HDMI and Analog. If you are unsure… you are on HDMI.

Congratulations! Your Apple TV now has XBMC Frodo installed on it, and fitting on your screen. Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it?

  • Ashe

    Not sure how long ago you wrote this but xbmc is available with 5.2 now http://xbmc.org/natethomas/2013/02/22/xbmc-now-available-on-ios-6-1-for-apple-tv/

  • chris wallace

    It does work on Apple tv 5.2

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    i had frodo in my apple tv2, use the smb protocol to share files in my imac, and i can see the list but i cant play it. some help please :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    i had frodo in my apple tv2, use the smb protocol to share files in my imac, and i can see the list but i cant play it. some help please

  • DanLafd

    Why don’t you use afp? When you serve files from a Mac, AFP is faster et much more stable than SMB. From my experiences, SMB has always been buggy on a Mac. AFP is native/Apple protocol.

  • JonBOY26

    Here’s an easier method.

    1) use latest Seas0nPass to upgrade your ATV2 to 5.2
    2) Run Firecore’s installer to install aTV Flash 2.2 on your ATV2 over the network
    3) On your ATV2 use aTV Flash’s ‘maintenance’ app to install XBMC onto your ATV2.
    ………..Optional step
    4) Download the XBMChub wizard onto your mac or PC. Use the hub wizard to pimp out your XBMC install with just about every add-on you’ll ever need or want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    mm i dont know why, i just tried smb when i bought my apple tv and it worked. i will see what is afp. thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    yeahhh it works! thank danlafd i tried on afp and had to restart and wait but when the scan is done it worked. wuuuuu i have to celebrate watching the walking dead on 720p :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    aww no, another issue, this time with the audio, i cant listen for movies that are more than 1gb or is HD, however i can listen for 700mbs movies. someone knows why?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugenio.torres1 Eugenio Torres

    and i need to restart apple tv to recover the sound, because this issue break the sound in all the IOS :(

  • Ianp

    1) use latest Seas0nPass to upgrade your ATV2 to 5.2
    2) Download Nitro Installer for PC or Mac. Run and install XBMC
    3) Download the XBMChub wizard onto your mac or PC. Use the hub wizard to pimp out your XBMC install with just about every add-on you’ll ever need or want.
    Few simple clicks with mouse and no entering commmands. SIMPLE
    Full guide : http://www.xbmchub.com/blog/2013/01/11/complete-guide-to-installing-xbmc-on-the-apple-tv-2-from-beginning-to-end/

  • nurd

    Am I the only one having problems with all 720p MKV-movies after upgrading the ATV2 to 5.2 and installing XBMC again? Someone said something about the newest iOS taking up too much RAM… Any ideas?

  • shane

    does this work of apple tv 2 5.2.1 ios 6.1.3 can anyone please help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joao.winck.3 João Winck

    what is the diference of this new version Frodo to the V11 Eden? It worth it?

  • Vivi

    hey guys i downloaded the ne 12.0-1 xbmc-atv2 but when i open xbmc on the interface it keeps reseting and keeps coming back on the interface.

  • Vivi

    i cant access xbmc. can anyone help please?

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