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nfo is a contraction of Info or Information. It is a Filename Extension – mymovie.nfo and the contents of the file are written in XML. The file itself does nothing except hold information. It is basically a text document with special tags inserted around the information. These tags are recognised by Kodi which enables data importing.

One of the most considered features of Kodi is the way media is displayed. Gone are the days when choosing a movie to watch or album to listen to involved scrolling through lines of text. Kodi uses Artwork, and Extended Information to display your media. This information includes Actors, Directors, Plots, Taglines, Ratings, Run Times and more. All this data, known as metadata, is stored in the Kodi Library. The Library is a SQLite database.

As an example, searching for The Mummy on TMDB returns 65 titles. If you are attempting to add one of the more obscure versions to your library, chances are that Kodi will scrape the incorrect title, and trying to navigate to the 65th entry within Kodi will be problematic. The Parsing nfo offers an easy solution to this problem.

Note: Most online Movie and TV Show databases have IMDB fields that allow you to add the IMDB ID. This allows you to use the IMDB address in the Parsing NFO for Movies and TV Shows. This does NOT mean you will scrape the entry from IMDB. The scraper simply recognises the ttxxxxx ID in the Parsing nfo and uses it to search for the title at the online database of the currently active scraper. If you want the IMDB data, then you need to install the appropriate scraper.

Movie nfo TV Show nfo Episode nfo Parsing nfo files cannot be used for episode nfo’s Music nfo Music Videos nfo

It is possible to combine the above two types of nfo files into one nfo file. An example use would be to override data from the scraper site such as the title, runtime, movieset etc. It will scrape the metadata located between the XML tags and the omitted data will be scraped at the provided URL. An example:

• Scraping- This is the same process as performed by the Kodi scraper. The Media Manager will fetch metadata from the online scraper site and will create the nfo file, unlike Kodi that imports the metadata directly into the library database.

Once the program has been setup and pointed at your media, very little input is required by the user. Select a movie, tv show, album or artist and select scrape. Depending upon your settings, the media manager will scrape the media and create the nfo which is placed in the correct location with the media file. It can also download all artwork for the media.

Note: While Media Managers offer some level of control, convenience and peace of mind to the more demanding user, there are limitations with using them. As Kodi is constantly in development, new features are added while existing code is changed and updated or removed entirely. This causes changes to the way Kodi scans, scrapes and imports information into the library. Media Managers are known to be slow in catching up to these changes, or these changes may never be incorporated. There are many other media managers that have not been updated in many years claiming to be Kodi compatible.

This option requires that your library has already been scraped with metadata. Using the built in Import & Export function of Kodi, you can export the library metadata into individual nfo files which are correctly created and saved. This is useful if you have an existing library and would like to backup the library or to import the library into another Kodi installation.

The more difficult of the three methods. It requires basic knowledge of XML Tags. They can be created using a simple text editor such as Notepad in Windows, or the equivelant in other operating systems. There are dedicated code editors that can also be used. They will not provide the required Kodi tags, but they will avoid glitches when saving the nfo file, which is commonly experienced with text editors.

There is no special procedure to scrape nfo files. Performing the usual Library Update, or selecting Refresh for individual items, will scrape the nfo files into the library. Be aware that nfo files are not easily interchangeable between Movies, TV Shows, Music Videos, Artists and Albums. Although they all share common tags, each also has its own specific tags that won’t be recognised in other parts of the library.

After the NFO files are scanned into the library, the NFO file is no longer used and only serves as a backup. If you make changes to the NFO file you will need to Refresh that library entry for the changes to be loaded into Kodi. An Update Library will not capture the change as this only looks for new items.

• If TV Shows are being mixed, this is most likely caused by using outdated or incorrectly created NFO Files. Ensure at least one of the following tags is in the tvshow.nfo file. If there are no ID’s at the scraper site (eg home movies) then any random number will suffice.